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Background

The 1982 World Cup Finals, the twelfth FIFA World Cup, were held in Spain from 13 June to 11 July.  Spain were chosen as hosts at the 35th FIFA Congress in London on 6 July 1966 (along with those for the 1974 and 1978 World Cup Finals). Spain and West Germany, both facing each other in the running for hosting duties for the 1974 and 1982 World Cups, agreed to withdraw from each other's bidding process.


The Draw

The 24 participating teams were divided into six groups, two more than previous tournaments, in which all four teams will play each other once, at a draw conducted by machine in Madrid on 16 January 1982.

Pot 1 (seeded) Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Spain Austria Belgium Algeria
Argentina USSR Scotland Cameroon
Brazil Hungary Northern Ireland Kuwait
Italy Poland France El Salvador
West Germany Czechoslovakia Chile Honduras
England Yugoslavia Peru New Zealand

The group winners and runners-up would now compete in four second round three-team groups, each team playing each other once. The group winners would then go onto the semi-finals.

 

The Build-Up

JUNE 4: Ron Greenwood named his final squad of 22 players, following two midweek internationals, in Iceland and Finland.

JUNE 8: Two squad members missed training at London Colney; Kenny Sansom, with a thigh strain, and Trevor Brooking, with a troublesome groin. Meanwhile, Tony Woodcock signed for Arsenal.

JUNE 10: The squad flew to Bilbao from Luton Airport. 500 Spanish fans greeted them on arrival.

JUNE 11: Brooking went for a jog, whilst the squad had a two-hour training session at Lezama in heavy rain.

JUNE 15: Brooking was ruled out of the first game and Kevin Keegan failed a fitness test after a re-occurrence of a back injury in training.

The Times: "This is a squad, not a team," Mr. Greenwood went on to add. "And, regardless of who is injured, we have the players to come in and still be at our strongest."

 

First Phase Table
Group 4
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
England 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 6
France 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 3
Czechoslovakia 3 0 2 1 2 4 -2 2
Kuwait 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4 1
 
16 June 1982 - all 5:15pm CEST
England 3 France 1 [1-1]
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao, Euskadi (44,172)
Robson (2), Mariner
Soler
17 June 1982
Czechoslovakia 1 Kuwait 1 [1-0]
Estadio José Zorilla, Valladolid, Castilla y León (12,000)
Panenka (pen)
Al-Dakhil
20 June 1982
England 2 Czechoslovakia 0 [0-0]
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao, Euskadi (44,182)
T.Francis, Barmoš OG
21 June 1982
France 4 Kuwait 1 [2-0]
Estadio José Zorilla, Valladolid, Castilla y León (30,043)
Genghini, Platini, Six, Bossis
Al-Buloushi
24 June 1982
Czechoslovakia 1 France 1 [0-0]
Estadio José Zorilla, Valladolid, Castilla y León (28,000)
Panenka (pen)
Six
25 June 1982
England 1 Kuwait 0 [1-0]
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao, Euskadi (31,000)
T.Francis

JUNE 17: The Times - INSPIRED ENGLAND TURN ON THE HEAT

England have returned from the wilderness.

The temperature down below was measured at 91 degrees [33 degrees Celsius].

...England finished with as much assurance as they had started.

FOOTBALL MONTHLY - Cracking Start!

Both the result and the performance made it England's most promising start to any European or World Cup tournament for many years.

MICHEL HIDALGO (French coach): They deserved to win. They exploited our defensive errors and while they conserved their strength we lost ours.

JUNE 21: The Times - ENGLAND WAVE THE FLAG TO THE WORLD

Within 10 minutes England could well have been three goals ahead.

...Czechoslovakian discipline and organization that had eventually to be worn down.

FOOTBALL MONTHLY - Progress Guaranteed

So concluded another thoroughly professional performance that made England one of the outstanding teams in the first phase of the tournament.

RON GREENWOOD: We came to the World Cup via the back door. Now we are halfway up the front steps.

JUNE 26: The Guardian - VICTORY BEST FORGOTTEN

Robson['s]...strength and authority were badly missed in midfield...

...vulnerability of Foster...for pace.

...wayward finishing.

FOOTBALL MONTHLY - England Take It Easy

England had become one of only two 100 per cent teams in the first phase - sharing that distinction with Brazil - and were in the right frame of mind to face West Germany and Spain in the second phase.


The Second Phase

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Poland 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 3
USSR 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 3
Belgium 2 0 0 1 0 4 -4 0

28 June 1982 - all 9:15pm CEST
Poland 3 Belgium 0 [2-0]
Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluña (30,000)
Boniek (3)
1 July  1982
USSR 1 Belgium 0 [0-0]
Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluña (25,000)
Oganesian
4 July  1982
USSR 0 Poland 0 [0-0]
Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluña (45,000)
 
Second Round
Group A

Group B

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
West Germany 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 3
England 2 0 2 0 0 0 =0 2
Spain 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1

29 June 1982 - all 9:15pm CEST
West Germany 0 England 0 [0-0]
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid (75,000)
 
2 July 1982
West Germany 2 Spain 1 [0-0]
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid (90,089)
Littbarski, Fischer
Zamora
5 July 1982
Spain 0 England 0 [0-0]
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid (65,000)
 

JUNE 30: The Times - ADVANTAGE GREENWOOD

As fascinating to watch as chess...

...enough sweat poured out during the sultry evening to satisfy all those who admire work-rate. It needed just a drop of inspiration, just a moment of enlightenment.

[Bobby Robson confirmed that he had been offered the job of England manager, to succeed Ron Greenwood.]

FOOTBALL MONTHLY - Battle Of Wits!

Like most matches against West Germany, this was another uncompromising, all-action affair which brought a result that was both fair and very acceptable to both sides.

JULY 6: The Times - ENGLISH FLY HOME WITH THEIR HEADS IN THE AIR

...no need for England to feel ashamed. Far from it.

One of the most impressive units to have played in this competition.

England's weakness apart from their lack of finishing was their lack of one or two outstanding individuals that any side must contain to be confident of conquering the world.

...one of only three sides to remain undefeated.

JULY 6: The Guardian - ENGLAND OUT WITH HONOUR INTACT

...ultimately they were not quite good enough to stay in it.

...organisation and discipline...alone were not enough.

A sense of purpose was always admirable but of little account if the first touch on the ball and true accuracy in the final passes are not there and this was where England tended to fall down.

FOOTBALL MONTHLY - Out Through Poor Finishing

Nevertheless, we shall all look back on Greenwood's spell with a good deal of pleasure. He may have missed the final accolade - but he did restore much lost pride to the England team.

RON GREENWOOD: There is no question of any zip lacking from the players, but you have to score to win games. There is no excuse...I would like people to think that I tried my best as England's boss, that I was always honest and always loyal to people.

Group C

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Italy 2 2 0 0 5 3 +2 4
Brazil 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 2
Argentina 2 0 0 2 2 5 -3 0

29 June 1982 - all 5:15pm CEST
Italy 2 Argentina 1 [0-0]
Estadi de Sarriá, Barcelona, Cataluña (39,000)
Tardelli, Cabrini
Passarella
Gallego
2 July 1982
Brazil 3 Argentina 1 [1-0]
Estadi de Sarriá, Barcelona, Cataluña (44,000)
Zico, Serginho, Júnior
Díaz
Maradona
5 July 1982
Italy 3 Brazil 2 [2-1]
Estadi de Sarriá, Barcelona, Cataluña (44,000)
Rossi (3)
Sócrates, Falcão

Group D

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
France 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 4
Austria 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
Northern Ireland 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 1

28 June 1982 - all 5:15pm CEST
France 1 Austria 0 [1-0]
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid (30,000)
Genghini
1 July 1982
Austria 2 Northern Ireland 2 [0-1]
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid (24,000)
Pezzy, Hintermaler
Hamilton (2)
4 July 1982
France 4 Northern Ireland 1 [1-0]
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid (30,000)
Giresse (2), Rocheteau
Armstrong
 

Semi Finals

8 July 1982 - all 5:15pm CEST -
5:15pm CEST - Italy 2 Poland 0 [1-0]
Estadi de Sarriá, Barcelona, Cataluña (55,000)
Rossi (2)
9:15pm CEST - West Germany 3 France 3 [1-1]
AET [1-1] & Penalties [5-4]
Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, Sevilla, Andalucía (71,000)
Littbarski, Rummenigge, Fischer
Platini (pen), Trésor, Giresse
Penalty Shoot-out:- Giresse 1-0, Kaltz 1-1, Amoros 2-1, Breitner 2-2, Rocheteau 3-2, Stielike saved, Six saved, Littbarski 3-3, Platini 4-3, Rummenigge 4-4, Bossis saved, Hrubesch 5-4.

 

Third Place Play-off

10 July 1982 - 8:00pm CEST
Poland 3 France 2 [2-1]
Estadio José Rico Pérez, Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana (28,000)
Littbarski, Rummenigge, Fischer
Girard, Couriol

 

The 1982 Final

11 July 1982 - 8:00pm CEST
Italy 3 West Germany 1 [0-0]
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid (90,089)
Rossi, Tardelli, Altobelli
Breitner

 

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