Italia '90 was an incredible tournament, in both senses of the word. An African team - Cameroon - made the quarter-finals, inspired by a 38-year-old supersub striker; Ireland did too, without winning a single game; and England reached the semi-finals, eventually finishing fourth, after being inspired by a Mars bar-chomping Geordie unfazed by his crash landing on the world stage.
Incredible. But after any upheaval, life should return to normal. In a repeat of the 1986 final, the trophy match was played between West Germany and Argentina, after the latter were helped along with a handball from Diego Maradona. Incredible four years earlier, but no longer.