10 of the most talked about matches in the last ten FIFA World Cups (excluding the final)


#9 The disgrace of Gijon

The disgrace of Gijon
West Germany and Austria didn't show any urgency after West Germany took the lead

Austria, Algeria, West Germany, and Chile were put in the same group at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Algeria wasn't expected to win any of the matches in their group. However, they shocked the world with a 2-1 victory over the mighty West German side.

A 0-2 loss to Austria and a 3-2 win over Chile meant that the African side finished the group with four points in their bag. Meanwhile, West Germany had only 2 points and Austria 4 before their final encounter. As a result, a win by one or two goals for West Germany would result in them and Austria qualifying at the expense of Algeria to the next round.

And, that is what exactly happened. West Germany got the lead through Horst Hrubesch in the tenth minute, and both the teams refused to show any urgency. 

Abhorring the incident, journalists and commentators expressed their disgust vehemently. A German commentator declined to cover the match any further. An Austrian commentator literally pleaded the viewers to turn off their television sets.

A New York Times journalist accused the teams to work in a concert. And El Comercio, the local newspaper, printed the match report in its crime section.

As a result, the final pair of group matches in international tournaments always started at the same time from the henceforth FIFA and UEFA tournaments. But, Algeria and the rest of the world will never forgive the two European sides. 

Edited by Shambhu Ajith
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