Spain 1982 World Cup Finals

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Spain - Hosted the twelfth World Cup, in 1982.

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Spain - Hosted the twelfth World Cup, in 1982.

The Spain 1982 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed slightly to have two group stages.

The winners of the four second-round groups of three qualified for the semi-finals.

World Cup History - Spain 1982

Some teams were playing not to lose and contributed 16 draws in the group stages, seven of them (0:0). There were also eight (1:0) victories to add to the snore bores.

Italy drew all three of their first-round matches, nudging an unbeaten Cameroon out on goals scored, then stepped up a gear when it was needed; to win all their remaining games.

England were also unbeaten in the tournament but as they could only draw (0:0) against Spain and West Germany, in their second-round games, missed out on a semi-final spot in Seville; to the West Germans, who beat the hosts (2:1).

At least the West Germany vs France semi final was a classic and Hungary scored a record 10 goals against El Salvador, in their first-round game; played in Elche.

West Germany trailed France by two goals, in extra-time, then snatched the semi-final away from Platini's team by bringing the scores level and winning the penalty shootout (5:4).

The player of the tournament was probably Paolo Rossi (leading scorer with 6 goals), who scored three of them against Brazil (3:2) in a second-round group that also included World Cup holders, Argentina.

Italy went on to beat Poland in their semi-final (2:0), with another two goals by Paolo Rossi, and win the World Cup for the third time, by beating West Germany (3:1); Paolo Rossi again on the scoresheet.

24 Countries Competed at Spain 1982

Algeria Algeria
Group 2 (2:1) (0:2) (3:2).

Argentina Argentina
Group 3 (0:1) (4:1) (2:0); Group C (1:2) (1:3).

Austria Austria
Group 2 (1:0) (2:0) (0:1); Group D (0:1) (2:2).

Belgium Belgium
Group 3 (1:0) (1:0) (1:1); Group A (0:3) (0:1).

Brazil Brazil
Group 6 (2:1) (4:1) (4:0); Group C (3:1) (2:3).

Cameroon Cameroon
Group 1 (0:0) (0:0) (1:1).

Chile Chile
Group 2 (0:1) (1:4) (2:3).

Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Group 4 (1:1) (0:2) (1:1).

El Salvador El Salvador
Group 3 (1:10) (0:1) (0:2).

England England
Group 4 (3:1) (2:0) (1:0); Group B (0:0) (0:0).

France France
Group 4 (1:3) (4:1) (1:1); Group D (1:0) (4:1); Semi-finals (3:3 aet) (4:5 pens); Third place (2:3).

Honduras Honduras
Group 5 (1:1) (1:1) (0:1).

Hungary Hungary
Group 3 (10:1) (1:4) (1:1).

Italy Italy
Group 1 (0:0) (1:1) (1:1); Group C (2:1) (3:2); Semi-finals (2:0); Winner (3:1).

Kuwait Kuwait
Group 4 (1:1) (1:4) (0:1).

New Zealand New Zealand
Group 6 (2:5) (0:3) (0:4).

Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Group 5 (0:0) (1:1) (1:0); Group D (2:2) (1:4).

Peru Peru
Group 1 (0:0) (1:1) (1:5).

Poland Poland
Group 1 (0:0) (0:0) (5:1); Group A (3:0) (0:0); Semi-finals (0:2); Third place (3:2).

Scotland Scotland
Group 6 (5:2) (1:4) (2:2).

Spain Spain
Group 5 (1:1) (2:1) (0:1); Group B (1:2) (0:0).

Russia USSR
Group 6 (1:2) (3:0) (2:2); Group A (1:0) (0:0).

Germany West Germany
Group 2 (1:2) (4:1) (1:0); Group B (0:0) (2:1); Semi-finals (3:3 aet) (5:4 pens); Finalist (1:3).

Serbia Yugoslavia
Group 5 (0:0) (1:2) (1:0).

First Round - Group Stage

Group 1

14th June
Vigo: Italy vs Poland (0:0)

15th June
La Coruna: Peru vs Cameroon (0:0)

18th June
Vigo: Italy vs Peru (1:1)

19th June
La Coruna: Poland vs Cameroon (0:0)

22nd June
La Coruna: Poland vs Peru (5:1)

23rd June
Vigo: Italy vs Cameroon (1:1)

Poland and Italy qualify for the second round.

Group 2

16th June
Gijon: Algeria vs West Germany (2:1)

17th June
Oviedo: Austria vs Chile (1:0)

20th June
Gijon: West Germany vs Chile (4:1)

21st June
Oviedo: Austria vs Algeria (2:0)

24th June
Oviedo: Algeria vs Chile (3:2)

25th June
Gijon: West Germany vs Austria (1:0)

West Germany and Austria qualify for the second round.

Group 3

13th June
Barcelona: Belgium vs Argentina (1:0)

15th June
Elche: Hungary vs El Salvador (10:1)

18th June
Alicante: Argentina vs Hungary (4:1)

19th June
Elche: Belgium vs El Salvador (1:0)

22nd June
Elche: Belgium vs Hungary (1:1)

23rd June
Alicante: Argentina vs El Salvador (2:0)

Belgium and Argentina qualify for the second round.

Group 4

16th June
Bilbao: England vs France (3:1)

17th June
Valladolid: Czechoslovakia vs Kuwait (1:1)

20th June
Bilbao: England vs Czechoslovakia (2:0)

21st June
Valladolid: France vs Kuwait (4:1)

24th June
Valladolid: France vs Czechoslovakia (1:1)

25th June
Bilbao: England vs Kuwait (1:0)

England and France qualify for the second round.

Group 5

16th June
Valencia: Spain vs Honduras (1:1)

17th June
Zaragoza: Yugoslavia vs Northern Ireland (0:0)

20th June
Valencia: Spain vs Yugoslavia (2:1)

21st June
Zaragoza: Honduras vs Northern Ireland (1:1)

24th June
Zaragoza: Yugoslavia vs Honduras (1:0)

25th June
Valencia: Northern Ireland vs Spain (1:0)

Northern Ireland and Spain qualify for the second round.

Group 6

14th June
Seville: Brazil vs USSR (2:1)

15th June
Malaga: Scotland vs New Zealand (5:2)

18th June
Seville: Brazil vs Scotland (4:1)

19th June
Malaga: USSR vs New Zealand (3:0)

22nd June
Malaga: USSR vs Scotland (2:2)

23rd June
Seville: Brazil vs New Zealand (4:0)

Brazil and USSR qualify for the second round.

Second Round - Group Stage

Group A

Played in Barcelona.

28th June
Poland vs Belgium (3:0)

1st July
USSR vs Belgium (1:0)

4th July
Poland vs USSR (0:0)

Poland qualify for the semi-finals.

Group B

Played in Madrid.

29th June
West Germany vs England (0:0)

2nd July
West Germany vs Spain (2:1)

5th July
Spain vs England (0:0)

West Germany qualify for the semi-finals.

Group C

Played in Barcelona.

29th June
Italy vs Argentina (2:1)

2nd July
Brazil vs Argentina (3:1)

5th July
Italy vs Brazil (3:2)

Italy qualify for the semi-finals.

Group D

Played in Madrid.

28th June
France vs Austria (1:0)

1st July
Austria vs Northern Ireland (2:2)

4th July
France vs Northern Ireland (4:1)

France qualify for the semi-finals.

Semi-Finals - 8th July, 1982

Barcelona: Italy vs Poland (2:0)

Seville: West Germany vs France (3:3 aet)
West Germany win (5:4) on penalties.

Third Place - 10th July, 1982

Alicante: Poland vs France (3:2)

1982 World Cup Final
11th July:
Italy vs West Germany (3:1)

How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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