Throwback Thursday: Brazil vs Italy, 1994 World Cup

Roberto Baggio of Italy shows his disappointment after missing his penalty as Brazil celebrate
Roberto Baggio of Italy shows his disappointment after missing his penalty as Brazil celebrate

My first ever sports related memory as a kid was the Brazil vs Italy penalty kicks that took place at the 1994 World Cup.  I came to Canada in 1994-a couple of weeks prior to the final, actually-so these penalty kicks had an even bigger impact on me while growing up.

 

All I remember was being in absolute tears-Niagara Falls-esque tears-when Roberto Baggio stepped up and missed a penalty kick he had to score to keep Italy alive.  I have no ties to Italy whatsoever, so the fact that Italy winning the World Cup meant so much to me is still a mystery to this day.  As my dad looked at me, I don’t think that he could believe a six year old boy was crying because of a soccer (football) match when he didn’t really know much about the game, rules etc.

 

This Brazil team, to me, was one of the best that I have ever seen.  Romario, Cafu, Dunga, Taffarel etc. were all world class (maybe exclude Taffarel) at one point or another in their careers.  A young Ronaldo was also featured in this Brazilian squad.

 

 

Ogi B

Author: Ogi

Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.

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