After just two editions as a hitherto high 38-match tournament, Spain 1982 became a 52-game spectacle – and nobody was left complaining about the increase.
Indeed the first round included Hungary thrashing El Salvador 10-1 for the biggest victory in FIFA World Cup™ history, Northern Ireland’s stunning upset of the hosts, and three Brazil matches decorated by multiple wonder goals. The second round involved Italy upsetting Brazil 3-2 in one of the competition’s greatest games.
Thereafter, following a thrilling 3-3 draw in the semi-finals, West Germany recovered a deficit in the penalty shoot-out to beat France 5-4, before Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Co lost 3-1 to Italy in a memorable Final.
Even the match for third place was a corker, with Poland scoring three goals in six minutes to edge France 3-2.