Also in this year: 1988

European Champion Clubs' Cup winners: PSV Eindhoven (0-0 aet, 6-5 pens v SL Benfica)

European Footballer of the Year: Marco van Basten (AC Milan)

Eurovision Song Contest winner: Céline Dion (Switzerland) singing Ne partez pas sans moi

European Golden Boot winner: Tanju Çolak (Galatasaray AS)

Nobel Peace Prize winner: United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces (for their participation in various conflicts since 1956)

Men's Olympic 100m champion: Carl Lewis (United States) running an Olympic record 9.92

Formula 1 world champion: Ayrton Senna (Brazil) driving a McLaren

Oscar for Best Picture: Rain Man

Key events

27 September – Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson sent home from Seoul Olympic games after testing positive for a banned substance, three days after setting a new world record of 9.79 in the 100m final

29 September – Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from Cape Canaveral, two-and-a-half years after the Challenger disaster

2 December – A cyclone in Bangladesh leaves five million homeless and thousands dead.


Top scorers

5Marco van Basten - Netherlands
2Oleg Protassov - USSR
2Rudi Völler - West Germany

Team of the Tournament

  • Hans van Breukelen »
  • Giuseppe Bergomi »
  • Ronald Koeman »
  • Frank Rijkaard »
  • Paolo Maldini »
  • Giuseppe Giannini »
  • Lothar Matthäus »
  • Jan Wouters »
  • Ruud Gullit »
  • Gianluca Vialli »
  • Marco van Basten »



  • Preliminary round
  • Final tournament - Group stage
  • Semi-finals
  • Final

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