Italy arrived at the 1994 World Cup in the USA in good confidence as one of the tournament favourites, having finished third in 1990 World Cup.
Somewhat predictably, Italy's strength lay in their defence. Italy's backline was made up of AC Milan's legendary back four of Maldini, Baresi, Costacurta and Albertini.
The Italians were not without flair, however, as their team featured the 1993 World Footballer of the Year, the 'Divine Ponytail' himself: Roberto Baggio.
Despite a slow start in the group stage, Italy soon found their feet defeating Nigeria, Spain, and Bulgaria to reach the World Cup final.
In the final, Italy played Brazil in a rerun of the 1970 final. The match itself wasn't anywhere near as exciting and went to a penalty shoot-out for the first time in a World Cup final.
With Brazil leading 3-2, Baggio stepped up to the penalty spot knowing he had to score to keep Italy in the game. He shot over the bar.
Brazil were world champions and the lasting image of Roberto Baggio, one of the greatest players to grace the game, was him ballooning a shot hopelessly off-target.
Eventual Winners: Brazil