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"West Germany lifted the FIFA World Cup™ for the third time in 1990 as they avenged their Final defeat by Argentina four years earlier, overcoming the holders 1-0 in Rome. Their victory was a real triumph for Franz Beckenbauer, who became only the second man to win the world crown as first a player and then a coach.

'Ciao' the FIFA World Cup 90 MascotThe 1990 finals set an unwanted record as the lowest-scoring tournament, with just 2.21 goals per game, but there was certainly no lack of colour or drama. The Opening Match alone provided one of the FIFA World Cup's most memorable upsets, with Cameroon beating Argentina at a magnificently revamped San Siro. With Roger Milla enjoying his finest hour, Cameroon would go on and make history.

This was Italy's second time to host the FIFA World Cup. Fifty-six years on from their 1934 triumph on home soil, they spared no expense in ensuring the competition was a success. Ten stadiums around the peninsula received a complete facelift while two vast new arenas were built in Turin and Bari. There was a stickman mascot named Ciao yet the real symbol of the tournament for Italian fans soon became Salvatore 'Toto' Schillaci, a striker without an international goal to his name before June 1990."

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Panini World Cup Italy 90 Sticker Album

  • Season: 1990Panini World Cup 90 Italy Album Cover
  • League: World Cup
  • Publisher: Panini
  • Pages: 48
  • Stickers: 448
  • Shinys: Tournament Logo, World Cup, Tournament Mascot, Team Badges
  • Signature Edition: No
  • Star Ratings: No
  • 3D: No
  • Album Available: No. Try eBay?
  • Hardcover Binder: No
  • Sticker Dimensions: 50mm x 66mm

Panini World Cup 90 Italy Sticker Packet

Opening the first page, we're greeted with a lovely duck-egg blue background, and from here it's quick to see that the album alternates each pair of pages with this colour and a deep salmon pink… interesting! Anyway, back to the football stickers; the first page shows the Italia '90 Logo shiny, World Cup Trophy shiny, a nice shiny poster of a pitch in the centre of the coliseum and the rather disturbing World Cup 1990 mascot - a strange looking block stick-figure who reminded us strangely of the bad guys from 'Infamous', or even the Citroen C2 robot advert. Again we've gone off topic, sorry!

Panini World Cup 90 Italy No.198The next page is pink, with stickers of the evil robo-mascot down the left hand side, the match programme fits in alongside that and the facing page begins to show stickers for the stadiums. Another two pages of stadiums follow on the duck-egg blue background, before Italy (for the third edition in a row) kick-off the national team's pages.

Each team gets a double-spread, the usual shiny badge, team photo sticker and in this edition there are 17 squad football stickers. Cameroon, Costa Rica, UAE, South Korea and Egypt get the wooden spoon in this edition with only a single page with two players per sticker. And, because we're sure by now that you're desperate to know - England fall on a pink page! 

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  • The 1990 World Cup album is the third album in a row in which Italy have been the first national team to appear.
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