1982 FIFA World Cup

The 1982 FIFA World Cup was the 12th FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial football tournament for men's senior national teams, and was played in Spain between 13 June and 11 July 1982. The tournament was won by Italy, who defeated West Germany 3–1 in the final, held in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the Spanish capital of Madrid. It was Italy's third World Cup title, but their first since 1938. The defending champions, Argentina, were eliminated in the second round (finishing third and last in their group). Algeria, Cameroon, Honduras, Kuwait and New Zealand made their first appearances in the finals.

1982 FIFA World Cup
Copa Mundial de Fútbol
España 1982
Copa del Món de Futbol
Espanya 1982
Munduko Futbol Txapelketa
Espainia 1982
Mundial de Fútbol
España 1982
1982 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host countrySpain
Dates13 June – 11 July
Teams24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)17 (in 14 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Italy (3rd title)
Runners-up West Germany
Third place Poland
Fourth place France
Tournament statistics
Matches played52
Goals scored146 (2.81 per match)
Attendance2,109,723 (40,572 per match)
Top scorer(s) Paolo Rossi (6 goals)
Best player(s) Paolo Rossi[1]
Best young player Manuel Amoros[1]
Fair play award Brazil[1]

The tournament featured the first penalty shoot-out in World Cup competition.[2][3] This was the last World Cup to feature two rounds of group stages. It was also the third time (after 1934 and 1966) in which all four semi-finalists were European.

In the first round of Group 3, Hungary defeated El Salvador 10–1, equalling the largest margin of victory recorded in the finals (Hungary over South Korea 9–0 in 1954, and Yugoslavia over Zaire 9–0 in 1974).