This week’s Video Of The Week is another marathon World Cup goals frenzy. It has been said that the best World Cup is the one that takes place when you’re ten years old, so this is for all the people that will turn thirty-eight years old this year. We’re going all the way back to the 1982 World Cup finals and a film that is basically the same as last week’s – all the goals of the tournament. Nothing more, nothing less. The 1982 World Cup finals was, of course, the first to feature twenty-four teams and FIFA crowbarred an extra eight teams in with a second group phase of three teams for those that contrived to get through the first phase.
The tournament featured a few surprises – Argentina getting beaten in the opening match by Belgium, Northern Ireland beating the hosts and West Germany’s defeat at the hands of Algeria – and one of the greatest teams not to win the tournament in a Brazil team that contained Zico, Socrates, Eder and, umm, Waldir Peres (whose Wikipedia page has been rather defaced) in goal. It was won by an Italian team that improved as the competition went on, from a drab goalless draw against Poland in their opening match in Vigo through to a sweat-drenched win in the final against West Germany. The commentary, again, comes from Martin Tyler.