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The 1986 FIFA World Cup Final was the final and deciding game of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, held in Mexico. The match was held at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on 29 June 1986 and had an attendance of 114,600. It was contested by Argentina and West Germany. Argentina won the match 3–2 in normal time.[1][2]

1986 FIFA World Cup Final
Estadio Azteca (2011-09-25).jpg
The Estadio Azteca held the final
Event1986 FIFA World Cup
Date29 June 1986
VenueEstadio Azteca, Mexico City
RefereeRomualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)
Both teams entering the field. Captains Diego Maradona and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on the front
José Luis Brown heading for the first goal


Route to the finalEdit

Argentina Round West Germany
Opponent Result First round Opponent Result
  South Korea 3–1 Match 1   Uruguay 1–1
  Italy 1–1 Match 2   Scotland 2–1
  Bulgaria 2–0 Match 3   Denmark 0–2
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Argentina 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 5
  Italy 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 4
  Bulgaria 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2
  South Korea 3 0 1 2 4 7 −3 1
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Denmark 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 6
  West Germany 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 3
  Uruguay 3 0 2 1 2 7 −5 2
  Scotland 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
  Uruguay 1–0 Round of 16   Morocco 1–0
  England 2–1 Quarter-finals   Mexico 0–0 (aet) (4–1 pen.)
  Belgium 2–0 Semifinals   France 2–0



Jorge Burruchaga scoring the third goal for the Argentine win

This was an exciting and memorable World Cup final. José Luis Brown opened the scoring for Argentina in the 23rd minute and it stayed at 1–0 until half-time. 10 minutes into the second half, Jorge Valdano doubled Argentina's lead. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pulled a goal back in the 74th minute for West Germany, his first goal in the tournament. West Germany then equalised in the 80th minute, with Rudi Völler scoring to seemingly salvage the game. Although Diego Maradona was heavily marked the entire game, his superb pass to Jorge Burruchaga in the 84th minute allowed Argentina to regain the lead at 3–2.[3][4]

Six yellow cards were issued in this match, which was a record number until the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, 3 of them were issued because of time wasting of Argentine players. As the clock expired, Argentina celebrated their second World Cup victory in three tournaments (after winning the 1978 World Cup).


Argentina  3–2  West Germany
Brown   23'
Valdano   56'
Burruchaga   84'
Report Rummenigge   74'
Völler   81'
West Germany
GK 18 Nery Pumpido   85'
SW 5 José Luis Brown
CB 9 José Luis Cuciuffo
CB 19 Oscar Ruggeri
RWB 14 Ricardo Giusti
LWB 16 Julio Olarticoechea   77'
DM 2 Sergio Batista
CM 7 Jorge Burruchaga   90'
CM 12 Héctor Enrique   81'
SS 10 Diego Maradona (c)   17'
CF 11 Jorge Valdano
MF 21 Marcelo Trobbiani   90'
Carlos Bilardo
GK 1 Harald Schumacher
SW 17 Ditmar Jakobs
CB 4 Karlheinz Förster
CB 2 Hans-Peter Briegel   62'
RWB 14 Thomas Berthold
LWB 3 Andreas Brehme
CM 6 Norbert Eder
CM 8 Lothar Matthäus   21'
AM 10 Felix Magath   62'
CF 11 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (c)
CF 19 Klaus Allofs   46'
FW 9 Rudi Völler   46'
FW 20 Dieter Hoeneß   62'
Franz Beckenbauer

Assistant referees:
Erik Fredriksson (Sweden)
Berny Ulloa Morera (Costa Rica)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Five substitutes named, of which two may be used


Diego Maradona (with the cup) and other players celebrating the title

The second World Cup won by Argentina is regarded by many as the most important victory for an Argentine side.[5] Four years after Argentina's victory over West Germany, both teams met again on the final of the subsequent World Cup, with West Germany winning the match 1–0 via a penalty kick. This marked the first time two World Cup finalists met twice, a record shared with Brazil and Italy, the latter two having met in the 1970 and 1994 World Cup finals.

With the 1986 defeat, German manager Franz Beckenbauer gained the rather unwanted distinction of having lost a World Cup final as both a player and a manager. (Beckenbauer had played in West Germany's defeat in 1966.) However, four years later he led Germany to the Gold medals and then became winner of the World Cup both as player and as manager (he also won as player in 1974).

The two teams met again in the 2014 final for a record breaking third time in which Germany won the honors as 4th time champion.


  1. ^ 1986 Final on Planet World Cup
  2. ^ 1986 FIFA World Cup Final on
  3. ^ En la cima del mundo by Pablo Ibaldi on Diario Publicable, 29 Jun 2016
  4. ^ México 1986: Dios y diez más levantaron la segunda y última Copa by Federico Cristofanelli, Infobae, 30 Apr 2014
  5. ^ Mundial ´86: a 30 años de la mayor hazaña del fútbol argentino by Augusto Dorado, 29 Jun 2016
  6. ^ Argentina 86 on El Gráfico