Sport: Le Mundial des Surprises!

In Spain, soccer's tumultuous World Cup is alive and kicking

Weighing in at 11 Ibs., the solid-gold trophy, worth $4 million and resting safely in a Madrid bank vault, is not really a cup at all. Whoever wins it on July 11 at the long-awaited final game will have to swig the celebratory champagne straight from the bottle. No matter. Two years of elimination matches among 107 nations have left only 24 survivors, including sentimental favorite and host Spain, and defending champion Argentina, to settle Mundial '82: soccer's global championship. And for more fans...

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