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España 82 – Sevilla – Estadio Benito Villamarin

Sevilla, like Madrid & Barcelona saw two of its stadiums chosen as hosts for España 82. However, unlike the Spanish & Catalan capitals, the city had it’s rations cut, with Real Betis’ Estadio Benito Villamarin and Sevilla FC’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán staging just two games each. However, what was lost in quantity More...

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By Chris Clements On Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

España 82 – Alicante – Estadio José Rico Pérez

Since being awarded the World Cup in 1966, Spain’s Costa Blanca had evolved from a series of small towns and fishing villages, into one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. One of the main More...

By Chris Clements On Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

España 82 – A Coruña – Estadio Riazor

The 1970’s were not a good time for Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña. The baulk of the period was spent at the wrong end of La Segunda and there had even been a trip to the regionalised Tercera. Despite the More...

By Chris Clements On Monday, June 18th, 2012

España 82 – Oviedo – Estadio Carlos Tartiere

I’m not quite sure how the city of Oviedo got the gig for España 82. You see, whilst Real Oviedo had some first division pedigree, it hardly held a place amongst the league’s most stellar clubs. The More...

By Chris Clements On Friday, June 15th, 2012

España 82 – Bilbao – San Mamés

It might seem unthinkable now, but for a time there was a doubt about whether the 1982 World Cup could be hosted in the Basque Country. ETA, the Basque Separatist Organisation was at its most deadly in the late More...

By Chris Clements On Thursday, June 14th, 2012

España 82 – Gijón – El Molinón

The city of Gijón was experiencing something of a boom in post-Franco Spain. Its Port and steel industry was growing rapidly and so was its population. Not wanting to be left out, and after years as make-weights More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

España 82 – Barcelona – Camp Nou

Thirty years ago, on a sultry afternoon in Barcelona, the nation of Spain welcomed the world to the biggest football party on the planet. The Catalan capital was an obvious choice as a host city, given its size, More...

By Chris Clements On Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

España 82 – Entremése

It was 16 years in the making and cost upwards of £100m, but finally on 13 June 1982 Spain got its World Cup. It had been chosen as host nation way back in 1966 and at the 1970 FIFA Congress, the RFEF agreed to More...