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When World Cup Draws Go Bad – In 1982 Football Was A Tatty Affair

by | 6th, December 2013



THE World Cup is a glamorous, slick affair these days… but that wasn’t always the case. Back in 1982, the World Cup draw was an absolute shambles.

The draw for the 1982 World Cup in Spain suffered from a numerous cock-ups and technical problems while small boys in capes waddled around nonplussed.

And overseeing it all? A young Sepp Blatter, now president of FIFA, but at the time, merely the general secretary. It’s not like Blatter to make a hash of something surrounding football, is it?

Several teams were drawn in the wrong groups back in ’82 and then the cages started to seize up and the balls inside started to break. It really was a farce.

Today’s draw for the 2014 Fifa World Cup was a much smoother affair in Bahia, with England drawn in a horror group.

Have a look at the ’82 draw in the video below and remind yourself of a time when football was entirely held together with Sellotape and gum.


Photo: Former Brazilian soccer player Bebeto presents World Cup mascot Fuleco during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Draw at the Costa Do Sauipe, Salvador, Bahia.

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