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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.

THE OFFICIAL ESPANA '82 LOGO

Espana '82 Logo

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.




ESPANA '82 TOP SCORERS

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.

Paolo Rossi
Goals Player Country
6 Paolo Rossi Italy
5 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge West Germany
4 Zico Brazil
4 Zbigniew Boniek Poland
3 Falcão Brazil
3 Alain Giresse France
3 László Kiss Hungary
3 Gerry Armstrong Northern Ireland



THE OFFICIAL ESPANA '82 WORLD CUP TOURNAMENT FOOTBALL

1982 World Cup Ball
The Adidas Tango España

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 football ever. 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!




ESPANA '82 OFFICIAL ALL-STAR XI

Here's FIFA's official all-star team for the 1982 World Cup...

ATTACK

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Paolo Rossi


MIDFIELD

Zico

Michel Platini

Falcão

Zbigniew Boniek


DEFENCE

Júnior

Luizinho

Fulvio Collovati

Claudio Gentile


KEEPER

Dino Zoff

Ok, so whilst there are undoubtedly some great players in that team, our XI would be slightly different, as shown below...




ESPANA '82 C.F. CLASSICS TOURNAMENT XI

ATTACK

Paolo Rossi

Zico


MIDFIELD

Bruno Conti

Alain Giresse

Marco Tardelli

Falcão


DEFENCE

Antonio Cabrini

Karlheinz Förster

Gaetano Scirea

Manuel Amoros


KEEPER

Dino Zoff




THE OFFICIAL ESPANA '82 MASCOT

Espana '82 Mascot

"Naranjito" - an orange dressed in a Spanish football kit. One of the classic World Cup mascots.




THE OFFICIAL ESPANA '82 WORLD CUP POSTER

Espana '82 Poster

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.




ESPANA '82 PANINI FRONT COVER

Espana '82 Panini Album Cover




ESPANA '82 PANINI PACKET

Espana '82 Panini Packet