Friday, January 1, 2010

1982 FIFA World Cup

The 1982 FIFA World Cup, the 12th FIFA World Cup, was held in Spain from 13 June to 11 July, 1982. Spain was chosen as hosts by FIFA in July 1966. The tournament was won by Italy, after beating West Germany 3–1 in the final.
Italy equalled Brazil's record of winning the World Cup 3 times. The tournament was marked by a series of great matches and is widely regarded by fans and pundits as the best World Cup since the 1970 tournament, and for the first time the World Cup was expanded to feature 24 teams, 8 more than in the previous tournament 1978.Italy's lead appeared secure, encouraging Italian president Sandro Pertini to wag his finger at the cameras in a playful "not going to catch us now" gesture, overcoming an initial reluctance from the Italian crowd to declare victory early after West Germany's famous comeback in the semi-final. In the 83rd minute, however, Paul Breitner managed to put a small scare back into the Italians by driving home a goal against the otherwise spectacular Dino Zoff but it was never enough and Italy claimed their first World Cup title in 48 years, and their third in total with a 3–1 victory.


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