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Romario Discusses 1994 World Cup Triumph

Brazil legend Romario has revealed that he never practiced penalties in advance of his 1994 World Cup final spot kick against Italy. Romario converted and Brazil prevailed in the shootout, winning their 4th World Cup title in the process.

In an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, Romario revealed that it was his first penalty for the Seleção, “Despite what many people seem to think, I was very calm during that final.

“Yes, I was nervous about taking a penalty during the shootout, but only because I’d never taken one before for the national team. I never practised penalties. It was a tense experience to take part in a penalty shootout of such importance but, of course, it all worked out well for us in the end.”

The ex Barcelona striker, now a senator in Rio de Janeiro, says it was a big relief for Brazil to win the trophy after a 24 year pause, “It was a big relief. After 24 years, we had finally won another title in a moment like now, a moment of much suffering and much corruption.

“In spite of all the problems in our country, the supporters were able to smile. My most vivid memory is getting the trophy from Dunga and lifting it in the air. My proudest moment was becoming a world champion.”


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