1982 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 33 UEFA teams entered the competition. Moreover, Israel were also assigned to the European zone despite not being a UEFA member. The European zone was allocated 14 places (out of 24) in the final tournament. Spain, the hosts, qualified automatically, leaving 13 spots open for competition between 33 teams.

The 33 teams were divided into 7 groups. The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The number of teams and spots for each group were as follows:

  • Groups 1 to 6 had 5 teams each. The group winners and runners-up would qualify.
  • Group 7 had 3 teams. The group winner would qualify.

Draw[edit]

The draw for the qualifying groups took place in Zürich, Switzerland on 14 October 1979. During the draw teams were drawn from the 5 pots into the 7 groups. The seedings below were announced ten days before the draw.

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D Pot E

 England
 Scotland
 Czechoslovakia
 Poland
 Italy
 Netherlands
 West Germany

 Yugoslavia
 France
 Austria
 Hungary
 Soviet Union
 Sweden

 East Germany
 Belgium
 Wales
 Portugal
 Switzerland
 Greece
 Bulgaria

 Romania
 Northern Ireland
 Turkey
 Denmark
 Finland
 Republic of Ireland

 Malta
 Albania
 Cyprus
 Luxembourg
 Iceland
 Norway
 Israel

UEFA Group 1[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  West Germany 16 8 8 0 0 33 3 +30
2  Austria 11 8 5 1 2 16 6 +10
3  Bulgaria 9 8 4 1 3 11 10 +1
4  Albania 2 8 1 0 7 4 22 −18
5  Finland 2 8 1 0 7 4 27 −23



















West Germany and Austria qualified.

UEFA Group 2[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Belgium 11 8 5 1 2 12 9 +3
2  France 10 8 5 0 3 20 8 +12
3  Republic of Ireland 10 8 4 2 2 17 11 +6
4  Netherlands 9 8 4 1 3 11 7 +4
5  Cyprus 0 8 0 0 8 4 29 −25



















Belgium and France qualified.

UEFA Group 3[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Soviet Union 14 8 6 2 0 20 2 +18
2  Czechoslovakia 10 8 4 2 2 15 6 +9
3  Wales 10 8 4 2 2 12 7 +5
4  Iceland 6 8 2 2 4 10 21 −11
5  Turkey 0 8 0 0 8 1 22 −21



















Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia qualified.

UEFA Group 4[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Hungary 10 8 4 2 2 13 8 +5
2  England 9 8 4 1 3 13 8 +5
3  Romania 8 8 2 4 2 5 5 0
4  Switzerland 7 8 2 3 3 9 12 −3
5  Norway 6 8 2 2 4 8 15 −7



















Hungary and England qualified.

UEFA Group 5[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Yugoslavia 13 8 6 1 1 22 7 +15
2  Italy 12 8 5 2 1 12 5 +7
3  Denmark 8 8 4 0 4 14 11 +3
4  Greece 7 8 3 1 4 10 13 −3
5  Luxembourg 0 8 0 0 8 1 23 −22



















Yugoslavia and Italy qualified.

UEFA Group 6[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Scotland 11 8 4 3 1 9 4 +5
2  Northern Ireland 9 8 3 3 2 6 3 +3
3  Sweden 8 8 3 2 3 7 8 −1
4  Portugal 7 8 3 1 4 8 11 −3
5  Israel 5 8 1 3 4 6 10 −4



















Scotland and Northern Ireland qualified.

UEFA Group 7[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Poland 8 4 4 0 0 12 2 +10
2  East Germany 4 4 2 0 2 9 6 +3
3  Malta 0 4 0 0 4 2 15 −13





Poland qualified.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The match was interrupted in 77th minute due to stones thrown at the pitch; FIFA later gave this result to Poland.