1982

FourFourTwo - - WORLD CUP OF WORLD CUPS -

Host na­tion: Spain Games: 52 Goals: 146 (2.81 per match) Dis­missals: 5 Venues: 17 Win­ners: Italy Top scorer: Paolo Rossi (6 goals)

Spain 82 was a su­perb tour­na­ment, al­most in spite of it­self. It had an un­fath­omable dou­ble group stage. The draw – over­seen by Sepp Blat­ter – had to be re­done, with Scot­land placed in the pot meant for Ar­gentina, and Peru and Chile missed out en­tirely. The ham­ster wheel con­tain­ing the balls even jammed, with one falling on the floor. The rub­ber in­lay of the Adi­das Tango match­ball tore too eas­ily and it kept burst­ing. Mundies­pana, the or­gan­is­ing com­pany, in­flated ticket, flight and ho­tel prices, and then there was the strike at Seville air­port which grounded West Ger­many un­til 4am af­ter their semi-fi­nal.

STAR FAC­TOR

Brazil had Zico, Socrates and Fal­cao, West Ger­many had Paul Bre­it­ner, Karl-heinz Rum­menigge and Bernd Schus­ter, and hold­ers Ar­gentina boasted Ossie Ardiles, Daniel Pas­sarella and a young Diego Maradona. Plus Boniek, Blokhin, Pla­tini, Dal­glish, Robson and Rossi.

WON­DER GOALS

Long-rangers from Socrates and Eder against the So­viet Union were clas­sic Brazil­ian in­di­vid­u­al­ism. Scot­land de­fender David Narey took the Sele­cao on at their own game, while Gerry Arm­strong’s thwack saw off Spain in North­ern Ire­land’s finest World Cup mo­ment.

AG­GRO

It doesn’t get much worse than flat­ten­ing an op­po­nent when clean through on goal, knock­ing him un­con­scious and still not get­ting sent off. West Ger­many keeper Har­ald Schu­macher, we shall never for­get. Or France de­fender Pa­trick Bat­tis­ton’s miss­ing front teeth, bro­ken ribs and dam­aged ver­te­brae (above left) for­give. In the fi­nal, Ger­many cap­tain Rum­menigge or­dered his team-mates to hit Uli Stielike at half-time for hav­ing the temer­ity to sug­gest he wasn’t fit to start.

THE THRILLERS

Brazil’s ‘or­gan­ised chaos’ un­rav­elled with Paolo Rossi’s hat-trick in their 3-2 de­feat. Schu­macher as­sault aside, the semi-fi­nal be­tween France and West Ger­many is a con­tender for the great­est game ever. One-all af­ter 90 min­utes, the sides ex­changed four ex­tra-time goals, Les Bleus go­ing 3-1 up be­fore go­ing out on penal­ties. Breath­less.

THE FI­NAL

“GOL! GOL! GOL!” yelled Marco Tardelli in crazed ec­stasy af­ter scor­ing Italy’s sec­ond in the 3-1 vic­tory against West Ger­many. “I was go­ing mad,” he later re­called of the cel­e­bra­tion that de­fined him.

LEGACY

West Ger­many knew a vic­tory would en­sure qual­i­fi­ca­tion from their group at Al­ge­ria’s ex­pense. Aus­tria could lose 1-0 and still progress. Guess the score in the Dis­grace of Gi­jon? Lo­cal news­pa­per El Comer­cio pub­lished the match re­port in its crime sec­tion. From 1986 on, all fi­nal group-stage games would kick off at the same time.

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