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. The first World Cup Panini album that everyone at school had really been into, with schooldays 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.
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|
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...
"Naranjito" - an orange dressed in a Spanish football kit. One of the classic World Cup mascots.