West Germany won Their Third FIFA World Cup in 1990

West Germany won Their Third FIFA World Cup in 1990

1990, West Germany Won Their Third FIFA World Cup

On this day during on July 8, 1990, West Germany won their third FIFA World Cup against Argentina at Stadio Olimpico, Rome.

West Germany won the title, beating Argentina, 1-0 in front of 73,603 audience.

During in the 1990, final was one of the lowest-scoring final in the history. The only goal in final scored by Andreas Brehme.

Firsts in World Cup History

On this match marked several firsts in World Cup history. This was the first rematch of a final and, to date, the only back-to-back rematch, as Argentina defeated West Germany (3-2) in the previous final in 1986.

West Germany’s win against Argentina marked the first time a UEFA side defeated a CONMEBOL side in a final.

West Germany became the first team to play in three consecutive finals, they played in the 1982, 1986 and 1990 finals. Brazil became the second team to play three consecutive finals, in 1994, 1998, and 2002.

Argentina became the first defending champion to reach the final and lose. Also Argentina became both the first team to fail to score in a World Cup final.

West Germany’s last FIFA World Cup

In 1990, West Germany’s last World Cup match and they unified German team was formed later in 1990, as a result of the reunification of the country after more than 40 years.

The Franz Beckenbauer

Germany coach Franz Beckenbauer became the only person to have won both silver and gold medals at the World Cup as a player (1966, 1974) and as a coach (1986, 1990).

The Germany Football Team

Germany is one of the most successful national teams in international competitions, having won four World Cups in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014.

Germany is the only nation to have won both the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

1990 FIFA World Cup

The 1990 FIFA World Cup was the 14th FIFA World Cup. Italy became the second country to host the event twice.

The 1990 World Cup is widely regarded as one of the poorest World Cups in terms of the games. It generated an average 2.2 goals per game a record low that still stands.

The 1990 World Cup record 16 red cards, including the first ever dismissal in a final there were in fact 2 dismissals during the final.

The 1990 World Cup stands as one of the most watched events in television history, garnering an estimated 26.69 billion non-unique viewers over the course of the tournament.

This was the first World Cup to be officially recorded and transmitted in HDTV by the Italian broadcaster RAI in association with Japan’s NHK.


The Golden Boot award received by Salvatore Schillaci for scoring six goals in the World Cup. This made him the second Italian footballer to have this honour, after Paolo Rossi won the award in 1982. In total, 115 goals were scored by 75 players


  • Top scorer: Salvatore Schillaci (6 goals)
  • Best player: Salvatore Schillaci
  • Best young player: Robert Prosinečki
  • Fair play award: England


Gettyimages-west germany fifa world cup final 1990