Wednesday, 2 June 2010


1950...Sao Paolo
a 3-2 group defeat to Sweden.

a 4-1 play-off loss to hosts Switzerland.

Host nation hoodoo strikes again, 2-0 to Chile.

One of the great World Cup shocks, North Korea 1 Italy 0.

1970...Mexico City
Beaten by the best. 4-1 to Brazil in the Final.

Poland 2 Italy 1, out in the group stages again.

1978...Buenos Aires
2-1 defeat to the Dutch in the final group game of the second stage, with a place in the Final awaiting the winners.

1986...Mexico City
2-0 to France in the second round.

So close to the Final, but beaten to it by the golden boy of Naples - Maradona - and Argentina, who marched on to Rome via a penalty shootout.

1994...Los Angeles
Penalties again, this time in the Final, with hero turned villian Roberto Baggio missing the decisive kick.

Three in a row: penalty exit again to hosts France in the quarter-finals.

Merging of two hoodoos: hosts and the Korean peninsula! Out in the second round, South Korea 2 Italy 1, evoking memories of 1966.

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