FIFA World Cup

A brief history of Fifa World Cup: Spain 1982, when Brazil thrilled the world but Italy won the cup

The greatest team to have not won the World Cup? Brazil in 1982 would, arguably, top the list.

It’s that time again! The greatest show on earth is upon us. Ahead of the Fifa World Cup in Russia, we look-back at the 20 tournaments before and the standout aspects from them.

Into the famous 80s, and the one where Brazil did everything but win the trophy.

Spain 1982

The number of entrants increased to 24 and two round-robin stages were used to determine the semi-finalists.

Tele Santana’s Brazil are widely considered the South Americans’ best side since 1970, and arguably, the greatest side to have not won the World Cup, and their strengths lay in a multi-talented midfield that featured Zico, Falcao, Socrates and Eder.

Brazil, with Zico, Eder and Socrates in full flow, caught the eye in the early stages, while Italy limped into the second round with three highly uninspiring draws. Suddenly the Italians – and recalled striker Paolo Rossi – sparked to life, beating Brazil 3-2 to reach the semi-finals, where they defeated Poland 2-0.

West Germany edged past hosts Spain and England into the semi-finals, where they faced France in a contest that left a bitter taste. The match, which finished 3-3 after extra-time, was marred by a diabolical challenge from West Germany goalkeeper Harald Schumacher on Patrick Battiston.

Incredibly, Schumacher stayed on the pitch and proceeded to make the saves that earned his side a 5-4 win in the penalty shootout.

Rossi’s predatory skills were too much for West Germany in the final, however. He opened the scoring in the second half, and the Italians won 3-1, matching Brazil’s achievement of winning three World Cups.

And the tournament, for all its controversies, is remembered for Marco Tardelli’s iconic screaming-in-tears celebration in the final.

“It’s a bit like when they say you’re going to die and you see your own life,” Tardelli is quoted as saying. “I returned to see when I began to play football as a child.

“The joy of scoring in a World Cup final was immense, something I dreamed about as a kid. My celebration was a release after realising that dream.”

Stats and trivia

  • Italian captain and goalkeeper Dino Zoff, at 40, became the oldest player to wear the World Cup winners’ medal and retains the record till date. As an interesting aside, the difference of 21 years and 10 months between 18-year-old Giuseppe Bergomi and 40-year-old Zoff, the second-youngest and oldest players to have played in a World Cup Final respectively, is the biggest till date.
  • First World Cup to feature 24 teams, with the total number of matches going up to 52.
  • Penalty shootouts were introduced for the first time to decide semi-final and final matches, with France’s Alain Giresse scoring the first ever spot kick in a shootout. The French lost to West Germany in the semi-finals though. 
  • Step aside, Pele. Northern Ireland’s Norman Whiteside, at the age of 17 years and 42 days, became the youngest player to appear in the tournament finals. And his team provided one of the main shocks by beating Spain 1-0 to reach the second round.
  • SIX: That’s how many goals Rossi finished the tournament with, earning him the golden boot. But this was more than just a tournament for the Italian, it was redemption. Rossi had just returned from a two-year ban from football – the result of his involvement in a match-fixing scandal – when the tournament began and what more, he failed to find the net in any of Italy’s three group games, all of them drawn. 
  • Leading goalscorer: Paulo Rossi (Italy) – 6 goals
  • Total number of goals scored in the tournament: 102 (2.7 goals per match) 

For your viewing pleasure

The final

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Official poster

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This article has been written by award-winning actor Swara Bhasker.

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There is a lot that impresses in Sharp Objects — the manner in which the storytelling gently unwraps a plot that is dark, disturbing and shocking, the stellar and crafty control that Jean-Marc Vallée exercises on his narrative, the cinematography that is fluid and still manages to suggest that something sinister lurks within Wind Gap, the editing which keeps this narrative languid yet sharp and consistently evokes a haunting sensation.

Sharp Objects is also liberating (apart from its positive performance on Bechdel parameters) as content — for female actors and for audiences in giving us female centric and female driven shows that do not bear the burden of providing either role-models or even uplifting messages. 

Instead, it presents a world where women are dangerous and dysfunctional but very real — a world where women are neither pure victims, nor pure aggressors. A world where they occupy the grey areas, complex and contradictory as agents in a power play, in which they control some reigns too.

But to me personally, and perhaps to many young women viewers across the world, what makes Sharp Objects particularly impactful, perhaps almost poignant, is the manner in which it unravels the whole idea, the culture, the entire psychology of that childhood admonishment “Nice girls don’t do that.” Sharp Objects explores the sinister and dark possibilities of what the corollary of that thinking could be.

“Nice girls don’t do that.”

“Who does?”

“Bad girls.”

“So I’m a bad girl.”

“You shouldn’t be a bad girl.”

“Why not?”

“Bad girls get in trouble.”

“What trouble? What happens to bad girls?”

“Bad things.”

“What bad things?”

“Very bad things.”

“How bad?”

“Terrible!!!”

“Like what?”

“Like….”

A point the show makes early on is that both the victims of the introductory brutal murders were not your typically nice girly-girls. Camille, the traumatised protagonist carrying a burden from her past was herself not a nice girl. Amma, her deceptive half-sister manipulates the nice girl act to defy her controlling mother. But perhaps the most incisive critique on the whole ‘Be a nice girl’ culture, in fact the whole ‘nice’ culture — nice folks, nice manners, nice homes, nice towns — comes in the form of Adora’s character and the manner in which beneath the whole veneer of nice, a whole town is complicit in damning secrets and not-so-nice acts. At one point early on in the show, Adora tells her firstborn Camille, with whom she has a strained relationship (to put it mildly), “I just want things to be nice with us but maybe I don’t know how..” Interestingly it is this very notion of ‘nice’ that becomes the most oppressive and deceptive experience of young Camille, and later Amma’s growing years.

This ‘Culture of Nice’ is in fact the pervasive ‘Culture of Silence’ that women all over the world, particularly in India, are all too familiar with. 

It takes different forms, but always towards the same goal — to silence the not-so-nice details of what the experiences; sometimes intimate experiences of women might be. This Culture of Silence is propagated from the child’s earliest experience of being parented by society in general. Amongst the values that girls receive in our early years — apart from those of being obedient, dutiful, respectful, homely — we also receive the twin headed Chimera in the form of shame and guilt.

“Have some shame!”

“Oh for shame!”

“Shameless!”

“Shameful!”

“Ashamed.”

“Do not bring shame upon…”

Different phrases in different languages, but always with the same implication. Shameful things happen to girls who are not nice and that brings ‘shame’ on the family or everyone associated with the girl. And nice folks do not talk about these things. Nice folks go on as if nothing has happened.

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The next time I hear someone say, “Nice girls don’t do that!”, I know what I’m going to say — I don’t give a shit about nice. I’m just a girl! And that’s okay!

Swara is a an award winning actor of the Hindi film industry. Her last few films, including Veere Di Wedding, Anaarkali of Aaraah and Nil Battey Sannata have earned her both critical and commercial success. Swara is an occasional writer of articles and opinion pieces. The occasions are frequent :).

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