35000 spectators were there to welcome not only all the Gothia Cup teams from all over the world, but also Sweden’s Bronze Medal heroes from the World Cup in USA. This was the first year the Gothia Carnival was arranged in the city, and a new era was embarked upon with the opening of seven new grass playing-fields at Kviberg. Favourites Tahuichi from Bolivia fell 2-0 in their semi-final against the Gothenburg club Frölunda, who went on to lose the final against Monterrey from Mexico by the same score. Otherwise, this was Argentina’s tournament, with six teams in the finals, of which they won four. Because of rebuilding at the Ullevi Stadium, in preparation for the World Athletics Championships, both the 1993 opening ceremony and the finals had to be moved to the smaller Old Ullevi Stadium, a prospect which made the Gothia Cup organisers rather nervous.
Maybe it is a fact that never ever before, anywhere on our earth, so many young people from different nation, has gathered in one and same place as during Gothia Cup. According to the commission of inquiry of the tourism about 50000 people visited Gothenburg during this one week in connection with the Gothia Cup.
This was followed by a colourful flag waving accompanied by the song “Waving flag”. Gothia Heden Center offered this year more activities for the participants, both cage-football and sumo-wrestling were available to try out. But most appreciated must have been the big laundry facility. While the laundry was being washed, one was offered both massage and an espresso. Mamuka Kvaratskhelia, Vake-Wit, Georgia and Boriss Dugan, FC Ajax, Estonia were elected as new members of Gothia Cup Hall of Fame. This year’s tournament offered great weather and many spectators. The Iraqi team Al-Madina had great audience, so many that they could make any pro-team jealous. Iraq had not had the chance to participate in Gothia Cup for the past 29 years so they were really missed.
They didn't have to be. The opening ceremony was a colourful success with 25000 spectators, and the finals drew nearly as many to the cosy little arena. 810 teams from 44 countries came to Gothenburg, with Tahuichi regaining their accustomed place as gold medallists. The charming little Peruvian boys from Cantalao also established themselves as Gothia Cup “greats” with their 5th cup victory. Nigeria played a big part in the 1992 Gothia Cup. They charmed the Gothenburg public with their between-games dancing and their brilliant play. The Mowoe Babes and the Ugbowo Bombers (who beat Tahuichi in their semifinal) both won the Gothia Cup in their classes, with Rivers United narrowly losing on penalties to CSSA Pitest from Rumania in the class for the oldest boys.