The FIFA World Cup – Seven One Cup Wonders

The FIFA World Cup – Seven One Cup Wonders
2nd May 2018 administrator

1982 (Spain)

Kuwait

Espana ’82 was a very strange World Cup indeed. It was extended to 24 teams and featured a new and never to repeated experimental second group stage. This allowed for at least one nation from each of the six confederations to be guaranteed a place in the Finals. Honduras, New Zealand, Algeria and Cameroon all took their maiden FIFA World Cup bow, but it was the AFC’s sole qualifier, Kuwait, that has never made it back since. They were drawn in a group with England (who like Scotland in 1974 went home undefeated), France and Czechoslovakia. The small Middle Eastern Emirate were not overawed by the occasion drawing with the Czechs and losing narrowly 1-0 to England. However, the match against France had a story of its own  – and definitely one to tell the grandchildren about.