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Algeria factors into this week's World Cup format and 1982 scandal
Algeria factors into this week's World Cup format and 1982 scandal

World Cup watchers who welcome the schedule format that calls for the last two games in each group to happen concurrently can credit the scandal of 1982. (Conversely, blame can be directed at the same miscarriage of justice from viewers who dislike the overlapping matches.) Algeria had completed successful group play in '82, highlighted by an incomprehensible upset of West Germany. One German player, as legend goes, had told an Algerian beforehand that he would compete with a cigar in his mouth. Another had vowed that the Germans' seventh goal of the game would be dedicated to the players' wives and the eighth to their dogs. After Algeria's win, it was poised to...

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