Espana '82 holds a special place in the hearts of C.F. Classics. Whilst we can remember a lot of Argentina '78, Espana '82 is the first World Cup that we can vividly remember everything about. For starters, it was the first of the Panini World Cup albums that everyone at school had really been into, with schooldays turning into a frenzy of swapping and using your tuck-shop money to get more stickers. Rushing home from primary school to catch the afternoon kick off, then waiting for the evening match, all watched in a blaze of sunshine, both at home and in Spain.
Espana '82 had a beautiful logo. Made up of an adidas Telstar-style football, and a Spanish flag merging into it, it gives the impression that it's been hit with the force of one of Eder's free-kicks.
Simple, but very effective.
Italian striker Paolo Rossi claimed the Golden Boot award, scoring six goals in the tournament. It was a remarkable feat for a player who'd only just returned to football having been banned for two years in Italy for the Totonero betting scandal.
|5||Karl-Heinz Rummenigge||West Germany|
|3||Gerry Armstrong||Northern Ireland|
Look at that. Just look at that! An object of pure beauty.
Not only was the 1982 World Cup tournament blessed with great teams, players, kits, fans and weather, it was also blessed with arguably the greatest of World Cup balls. Look at any photo of the 1982 World Cup which contains one of these footballs in the shot and we defy you to say that the picture is not improved substantially because of it!
Here's FIFA's official all-star team for the 1982 World Cup...
Ok, so whilst there are undoubtedly some great players in that team, our XI would be slightly different, as shown below...
Well, if anything screams "Spanish art", then it's this poster, painted by one of the country's most famous surrealists, Joan Miró.
We love it, as a piece of art, because it is so Spanish, and we do like a bit of culture. However, as a football poster it's missing something - the football. So for that reason we don't rank it quite as highly as some of the other classic World Cup posters.
1982 was a fine year for World Cup squad songs, with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland all having qualified, and all recording songs.
England reached number two in the UK singles chart with "This time (we'll get it right)", whilst Scotland reached number five with "We Have A Dream". Northern Ireland celebrated only their second ever appearance at the World Cup finals by enlisting the help of the country's Eurovision legend, Dana, to sing "Yer Man" with the boys in green.
The home nations efforts paled into insignificance compared to the West Germans though - Die Mannschaft recording not one, but three official songs!