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Revenge from the “Disgrace of Gijón” as Algeria and Germany Face Up Again at the World Cup

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Western Europe, Algeria, Germany, Spain, History, Sport
Algeria national football team in 1982 FIFA World Cup via wikipedia Public Domain [1]

Algeria national football team in 1982 FIFA World Cup via wikipedia Public Domain

Algeria and Germany national teams are set to face up on June 30 [2] in Porto Alegre in the knock-out round of the FIFA World Cup. The match will revive plenty of strong emotions from both sides because of their previous game in 1982 at the World Cup in Spain. In their first World Cup ever, Algeria shocked heavy favorites Germany in a 2-1 victory [3] that is still recalled fondly by Algerian supporters to this day. However, Algeria was still eliminated in the first round because Germany and Austria conspired to get a draw that would send both team through and Algeria home. The match is known around the football world as the “Disgrace of Gijón [4]“. Here are highlights of the 1982 Algeria-Germany fixture :