World Championship Soccer

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SEGA Master System
Amstrad CPC
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This soccer game lets you choose a team representing one of twenty-four countries around the world to participate in the World Championship tournament, which is identical to the real 1990 World Cup.

Once you pick your team you can also select which players you want on the field, so that you can round out the team's strengths and weaknesses. Also provided are modes for single exhibition matches, either against the computer or against a friend.

The action is viewed from above with large player sprites. Violent play is encouraged as there are no free kicks. The gameplay is rather simple: you can only control the player closest to the ball, and many soccer rules (such as penalty flags and offsides) are missing.


World Championship Soccer Arcade Ball is in the box.
World Championship Soccer ZX Spectrum The game starts here. Note I am playing as South Korea. This means South Korea will lose, and will lose badly. No disrespect is meant - I'm just not good at this game.
World Championship Soccer ZX Spectrum ... but it didn't. The ball hit some invisible boundary and stayed in play. I don't think this game caters for goal kicks and corners
World Championship Soccer Amstrad CPC The groups.

Alternate Titles

  • "World Cup Soccer" -- European / Japanese title
  • "World Cup Italia '90" -- European SEGA Mega Drive + Master System title
  • "World Cup Italia 90" -- Italian title
  • "Super Futebol 2" -- Brazilian Master System title
  • "Super Futebol" -- Brazilian Mega Drive title
  • "Sega Soccer" -- Alternative US title
  • "ワールドカップサッカー" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Raze Genesis Mar, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Genesis Nov, 1989 76 out of 100 76
Tilt Genesis Sep, 1990 15 out of 20 75 Genesis Apr 24, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jul, 1991 66 out of 100 66
VideoGame SEGA Master System Apr, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Dec, 1990 51 out of 100 51
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 5.8 out of 12 48 Genesis May 24, 2007 2 out of 10 20


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Version differences

The 8-bit computer versions are slightly cut down. Drawn matches on the C64, Amstrad and Spectrum version always end in a rematch rather than extra time and penalties, while the Spectrum and Amstrad versions lacks corners or throw-ins; the ball instead rebounds off invisible walls on the touchline.
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