1986 FIFA World Cup

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The 1986 FIFA World Cup, the 13th FIFA World Cup, was held in Mexico from 31 May to 29 June 1986.wikipedia
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Argentina national football team

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It was won by Argentina (their second title, after winning in 1978).
Argentina won again in 1986, through a 3–2 victory over West Germany, and a tournament campaign led by Diego Maradona.

1986 FIFA World Cup Final

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Argentina beat West Germany 3–2 in the final at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca.
The 1986 FIFA World Cup Final was the final and deciding game of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, held in Mexico.

Diego Maradona

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Argentina was captained by the 25-year old Diego Maradona, who played a large part in his team's success.
Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.

Canada men's national soccer team

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Canada, Denmark and Iraq made their first appearances at the final stage.
Their most significant achievements are winning the 1985 CONCACAF Championship to qualify for the 1986 FIFA World Cup and winning the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup to qualify for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Denmark national football team

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Canada, Denmark and Iraq made their first appearances at the final stage.
However, as amateurs who prohibited their internationals from becoming professionals at foreign clubs, Denmark did not qualify for the FIFA World Cup until 1986, although they won another Olympic silver in 1960.

Iraq national football team

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Canada, Denmark and Iraq made their first appearances at the final stage. In Group B Mexico beat Belgium 2–1, and despite being held 1–1 by Paraguay, they won the group after a further win over Iraq, 1–0.
Iraq has made one FIFA World Cup appearance, in 1986 in Mexico, but lost all three of their games to Paraguay, Belgium and Mexico.

Estadio Azteca

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Argentina beat West Germany 3–2 in the final at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca.
Regarded as one of the most famous and iconic football stadiums in the world, it is the first to have hosted two FIFA World Cup Finals; in the 1970 World Cup Final, Brazil defeated Italy 4–1, and in the 1986 World Cup Final, Argentina defeated West Germany 3–2.

The hand of God

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Maradona scored the "Hand of God" goal, as well as another voted "Goal of the Century", in the same quarter-final against England.
The Hand of God is the name given to the goal scored by Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona in the quarter-final match between Argentina and England during the 1986 World Cup.

1994 FIFA World Cup

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Mexico was selected on 20 May 1983 as the replacement hosts, beating the bids of Canada and the United States (who eventually hosted the 1994 World Cup), and thereby became the first nation to host two World Cups.
The U.S. bid was seen as the favorite and was prepared in response to losing the right to be the replacement host for the 1986 tournament following Colombia's withdrawal.

Hungary national football team

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, this was the last time that Hungary, Canada, Iraq and Northern Ireland qualified for the finals.
Despite these achievements, the Hungarian team faced a severe drought starting from their elimination at the 1986 World Cup, failing to qualify to a major tournament for 30 years and reaching their lowest FIFA ranking (87) in 1996 as well as finishing sixth in their group of Euro 2008 qualifiers before qualifying to Euro 2016, where they made their best European Championship performance in over 40 years after reaching the round of 16.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the African zone (CAF).

Morocco national football team

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Morocco topped Group F after holding both Poland and England to goalless draws, and beating Portugal 3–1.
Winners of the African Nations Cup in 1976, they were the first African team to win a group at the World Cup, which they did in 1986, finishing ahead of Portugal, Poland, and England.

1970 FIFA World Cup

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This second World Cup in Mexico came 16 years after the first one in 1970.
The tournament became the first World Cup hosted in North America, and the first to be staged outside South America and Europe; Mexico later became the first country to host the FIFA World Cup twice when it stepped in to stage the 1986 event after the original host selection, Colombia, suffered financial problems.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the South American zone (CONMEBOL).

FIFA World Cup

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The 1986 FIFA World Cup, the 13th FIFA World Cup, was held in Mexico from 31 May to 29 June 1986.
Since then, teams from these regions have enjoyed more success, with several having reached the quarter-finals: Mexico, quarter-finalists in 1986; Cameroon, quarter-finalists in 1990; South Korea, finishing in fourth place in 2002; Senegal, along with USA, both quarter-finalists in 2002; Ghana, quarter-finalists in 2010; and Costa Rica, quarter-finalists in 2014.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA).

1985 CONCACAF Championship

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It also served as the qualification for the 1986 World Cup.

Honduras national football team

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Canada clinched its spot after winning the final match against Honduras 2–1 in St. John's, Newfoundland.
They finished second in the 1985 CONCACAF Championship losing their final match 2 to 1 against Canada, who would eventually qualify to the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Mexico national football team

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In Group B Mexico beat Belgium 2–1, and despite being held 1–1 by Paraguay, they won the group after a further win over Iraq, 1–0.
Mexico's best progression in World Cups has been reaching the quarter-finals in both the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, both of which were staged on Mexican soil.

FIFA World Cup hosts

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Colombia was originally chosen as hosts by FIFA in June 1974.
Brazil made the first unopposed bid since the initial selection of the 1986 FIFA World Cup (when Colombia was selected as host, but later withdrew for financial problems).

Belgium national football team

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In Group B Mexico beat Belgium 2–1, and despite being held 1–1 by Paraguay, they won the group after a further win over Iraq, 1–0.
In the first period, which lasted from the 1980s to the early 1990s, the team finished as runners-up at Euro 1980 and fourth in the 1986 World Cup.

Italy national football team

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Italy were the defending champions, but were eliminated by France in the Round of 16.
Italy then entered as reigning champions in the 1986 World Cup but were eliminated by reigning European Champions, France, in the round of 16.

United States men's national soccer team

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In addition, this was the last time that the United States did not qualify for the finals until the 2018 tournament.
U.S. Soccer targeted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1986 World Cup as means of rebuilding the national team and its fan base.

France national football team

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Italy were the defending champions, but were eliminated by France in the Round of 16.
At the 1986 World Cup, France were favorites to win the competition, and, for the second consecutive World Cup, reached the semi-finals where they faced West Germany.