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España 82 – Madrid – Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

It was no surprise when the RFEF selected the iconic Estadio Santiago Bernabéu to stage the final of the 1982 World Cup. For nearly 35 years, the home of Real Madrid had played host to some of the world’s greatest players and most important matches, and now it was about to stage the ultimate game in world football. The building of the Bernabéu in More...

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By Chris Clements On Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

España 82 – Barcelona – Estadi de Sarriá

The second stadium in Barcelona to host games at the 1982 World Cup was RCD Espanyol’s old Estadi de Sarriá. This compact and atmospheric stadium stood barely a mile to the east of Barcelona’s Camp More...

By Chris Clements On Saturday, July 7th, 2012

España 82 – Málaga – La Rosaleda

From a purely footballing angle, Málaga was not an obvious choice to act as a host city for España 82, but when has that ever deterred FIFA? CD Málaga had never come close to winning a national title and the More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

España 82 – Valladolid – Nuevo Estadio José Zorrilla

In the late 1970’s Gonzalo Alonso was president of Real Valladolid and he had an eye for an opportunity. With his beloved club on the verge of returning to La Primera after a sixteen year absence and the World More...

By Chris Clements On Monday, July 2nd, 2012

España 82 – Madrid – Estadio Vicente Calderón

Madrid and its two cavernous stadiums were late-comers to the España 82 party. The tournament had criss-crossed the length and breadth of the country, but finally after 15 days of waiting, the Spanish capital got More...

By Chris Clements On Friday, June 29th, 2012

España 82 – Vigo – Estadio Balaidos

If you were searching for proof of the Spanish Federation’s commitment to making España 82 as culturally representative as possible, then Vigo made up an important piece of the jigsaw. Situated on Spain’s More...

By Chris Clements On Thursday, June 28th, 2012

España 82 – Sevilla – Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán

The city of Sevilla was dealt an unusual hand when the host cities were announced for España 82. It’s two splendid stadiums would get to host just four matches, but what matches they were, each full of quality More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

España 82 – Zaragoza – La Romareda

It’s easy to forget just how good Real Zaragoza were in the 1960’s & 1970’s. Runners-up in the league, three third place finishes, two wins in the Copa and a European trophy to boot. Over this More...

By Chris Clements On Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

España 82 – Elche – Nou Estadio Elche

Manuel Martinez Valero had a dream. He wanted the World Cup to come to Elche. Not an obvious location, even allowing for the fact that Elche CF was a first division stalwart, when the tournament was initially awarded More...

By Chris Clements On Friday, June 22nd, 2012

España 82 – Valencia – Estadio Luis Casanova

The World Cup was never going to pass on Spain’s third biggest city, but the city’s main stadium and the home of Valencia Club de Fútbol needed a considerable refit. There was a  problem however, More...