Goal! (video game)

Goal! is a football (soccer) video game published by Jaleco for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game supports up to two players.


The game has four modes: World Cup, Tournament, Shoot Competition, and Vs. Mode. The object of the game is the same as in real football; one team must score more goals than the other to win.

  • In World Cup mode, players must choose one of sixteen international football teams and compete to advance to the finals. The teams are: Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Uruguay, United States, and the USSR.
  • In Tournament mode, players must choose one of eight American teams and compete in a standard single elimination tournament.
  • In Shoot Competition mode, players must choose one of three characters and try to score as many shots out of five as possible.
  • In Vs. Mode, two human players face off against each other.

When playing World Cup or Tournament mode with two players, the players can either play on the same team or against each other.

The game later spawned a series of sequels, including Goal! 2 for the NES, Goal! (Super NES) (which was released in Europe as Super Goal! in order to distinguish this game from the original) and Super Goal! 2 (SNES), which in Japan was released as Takeda Nobuhiro no Super Cup Soccer.

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