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FIFA president Jules Rimet, after whom the first, solid gold, World Cup trophy was named, was the principle driving force behind the staging of the inaugural competition. Just thirteen nations were to participate, a number achieved only after considerable arm twisting from Rimet.

Eigteen months prior to the World Cup 1986, Fifa had already decided that Italy should be awarded the World Cup 1990 competition. Italy was chosen ahead of England, France, Soviet Union and West Germany. During December 1984, a commitee was set up to overseas the tournament. They had named the 1990 World Cup, ‘ITALIA 90.’






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