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Description

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.

Screenshots

World Championship Soccer Genesis Goal!!!
World Championship Soccer Commodore 64 Your next match.
World Championship Soccer ZX Spectrum Left to its own devices the game can get stuck, so its possible the same could happen in 'normal' play. This situation persisted for around 20 minutes of game time - about 4 minutes real-time
World Championship Soccer ZX Spectrum Romania kick off and head for goal. The active S Korean player, in white and flagged by a small triangle, is way behind the ball

Promo Images

World Championship Soccer Magazine Advertisement

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

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Genesis Feb, 1990 905 out of 1000 90
Raze SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 84 out of 100 84
Sega Does SEGA Master System Mar 14, 2016 B+ 83
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Mar, 1991 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Mar, 1991 9.4 out of 12 78
Tilt Genesis Sep, 1990 15 out of 20 75
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jul, 1991 66 out of 100 66
VideoGame SEGA Master System Apr, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Retrogaming History SEGA Master System May 09, 2009 5 out of 10 50
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 5.8 out of 12 48

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Trivia

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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