Size: 23 x 35 inches
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About The Poster:
A wonderful poster from a series of 15 which were produced by various artists for the 1982 Soccer World Cup, which was held in Spain. It was in 1982 that for the first time, the World Cup finals expanded from 16 to 24 teams. This allowed more teams, including those from Algeria, Cameroon, Honduras, Kuwait and New Zealand to participate for the first time.
Soccer afficionados will know that in 1982 Italy became the first team to advance from the first round without winning a game, drawing all three, and also the only World Cup winner to draw or lose three matches at the Finals. By winning, Italy equalled Brazil's record of winning the World Cup three times. Italy's total of twelve goals scored in seven matches set a new low for average goals scored per game by a World Cup winning side (subsequently exceeded by Spain in 2010), while Italy's aggregate goal difference of +6 for the tournament remains a record low for a champion, equalled by Spain. This was the first World Cup in which teams from all six continental confederations participated in the finals, something that would not happen again until 2006.
And some trivia for soccer fans (from the cbc.ca website):
Food for Thought:
- Fourteen cities and 17 different stadiums (two each in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville) staged the competition's 52 games.
- Italy's Dino Zoff, at 40 years of age, is the oldest player to ever win the World Cup.
- Belgium's 1-0 victory over Argentina in the first game of the competition was the first tournament opener not to end in a 0-0 draw since the 1962 World Cup in Chile.
- Following the Austria-West Germany debacle, FIFA corrected its mistake by introducing a revised system at the 1986 World Cup and future tournaments where the final two games in each group of the opening round were played simultaneously.
- Curiously, Seville police barred Red Cross officials from the sidelines during the France-West Germany semifinal. As a result, Battiston was lying prone on the field unattended for three minutes before he received medical attention after being fouled by Schumacher.
- Runners-up in 1974 and 1978, the Netherlands were nowhere to be found in Spain as they failed to qualify for the tournament. The Dutch also didn't make the grade in 1986 and would have to wait until 1990 to make their World Cup return.
- It's no exaggeration to call Algeria's win over West Germany one of the greatest upsets ever at the World Cup — bookies listed the African nations as 1,000-1 long shots to win the World Cup prior to the tournament, the West Germans were 3-1 favourites to win it all.
- At 17 years and 42 days of age, Norman Whiteside of Northern Ireland became the youngest player to appear in a World Cup game when he saw action against Yugoslavia in the first round.
- Hungary's 10-1 win over El Salvador in the opening round was the biggest victory ever at the World Cup. It beat the old record set by Hungary in 1954 (9-0 vs. South Korea) and equalled by Yugoslavia in 1974 (9-0 vs. Zaire).
- Hungary's Laszlo Kiss is the only substitute to have scored a hat trick in a World Cup game. Hungary led El Salvador 5-1 when Kiss came on in the second half and scored in the 70th, 74th and 77th minute. Kiss's hat trick, taking a mere seven minutes to complete, was also the fastest ever recorded at the World Cup.