Tango España - The ball of the 1982 World Cup in Spain
Tango España - World Cup ball - Soccer ball
The 1982 World Cup took place in Spain for the first time. The host country was not able to set any impulses because they were eliminated in the second final round at this World Cup. Instead, Italy took their chance and defeated Germany 3-1 in the final. The game ball was called Tango España.
The 1982 World Cup: The non-aggression pact of Gijon
Germany could establish themselves again by making it into the final, after they had hardly convinced at the last tournament in 1978. The preliminary round match against Austria caused quite as much attention as the lost final against the Italians. In the last match of Group 2 both teams sufficed a tight victory of the Germans to make it into the second final round. After Germany had gone into an early lead, both national teams backed out and didn’t show any effort to score a goal anymore until the end of the game. Germany and Austria temporarily pushed the ball back and forth just to by-pass the time remaining. Eventually, the game ended 1-0, both moved into the next round and Algeria was eliminated from the tournament. After the match, Germany and Austria were accused of collusion. Thus, the game went down in history as the "non-aggression pact of Gijon" (or shame of Gijon).
Another noteworthy fact was the first round statistics of Italy. The Squadra Azzurra made it into the second final round without a win, and finally became world champion. This had never occured at a World Cup before.
The 12th football World Cup was held between the 13th June and 11th July 1982 and saw the participation of 24 (instead of 16) teams for the first time. The second final round was therefore held in 4 (instead of 2) groups of 3 teams each.
The Tango España - Introduction of the synthetic soccer balls
As the tango had already proven itself at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina and was considered as an innovation, a Tango should be used at this World Cup again. The Tango España was visually very similar to its predecessor but the ball offered a technical innovation. Although the new Tango was still made of leather, the seams were no longer just sewn together but welded together. In addition, a water-repellent polyurethane layer was used, which introduced the era of synthetic soccer balls. So the Tango España absorbed significantly less water, thus the weight increase was reduced.
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