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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Austria shirt/kits World Cup 1978 and 1982


World Cup 1982 in Spain, Austria still with the Puma white shirt and black short. Austria in Group 2 of four teams West Germany, Chile and Algeria. Beat Chile 1-0 and Algeria 2-0, Austria and Germany met again, in the last game of Round 1, after the other two teams in their group had played a day earlier. A score by German striker Hrubesch after 10 minutes meant that both teams would advance if the 0-1 would be the final score, and thus both teams defended this result for 80 minutes in what was an exceptionally boring game, called the "de:Nichtangriffspakt von Gijón", the non-aggression pact of Gijon. Austria was eliminated by losing to France in the Second round group stage of three teams.
Austria the only team with Puma kits at World Cup 1978 in Argentina, they make biggest surprise of all came in Group 3, where Austria finished ahead of Brazil. The Austrians beat Spain 2-1in their first group match and Sweden 1-0 with Krankl on the score list. Brazil needed to beat Austria in their final group game to be sure of progressing to the second round, and managed a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Roberto Dinamite. Brazil and Austria thus finished with the same number of points and the same goal difference, but Austria won the group by virtue of having scored more goals.
In Second round Austrian in Group A, they had lost two games and would almost surely finish last in their group of four teams . The Netherlands got off to a flying start by thrashing Austria 5-1, The Italians beat Austria 1-0, and West Germany were surprisingly beaten by Austria 2-3 which marked their end as World Champions.

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