Not A Safari

South Africa's World Cup, as seen from New York City


The story, so often retold now and familiar, of the World Cup played in Spain in which, after a beautiful performance by an Algeria that won two group games and that, through Rabah Madjer and Lakhdar Belloumi, gifted the world with gorgeously crafted goals, West Germany and Austria collaborated or, one might say, cheated, or one might even go as far to use the word Anschluss, to throw their game, ensuring a one goal victory for West Germany, in a ploy, successful, to see them both through and knock out the Algerians, is yet another thing, owing to my tender age at the time, that I do not actually remember about 1982.


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