The 1984 FIFA Congress saw the celebration of two anniversaries – President João Havelange’s tenth year in office and FIFA’s 80th birthday. To commemorate the founding of FIFA 80 years earlier, in Paris on 21 May 1904, the 44th Congress was opened on precisely the same date in 1984.

At a ceremony held before the Congress, special awards were presented to those prominent figures who had left their mark on football over the preceding years. Among those honoured were Sir Stanley Rous (ENG), Mihailo Andrejevic (YUG), Helmut Schön (FRG), Pelé (BRA), Franz Beckenbauer (FRG), Sir Bobby Charlton (ENG) and Dino Zoff (ITA).

However, the highlight of this anniversary Congress was undoubtedly the repeat of the final of the 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain™, with Italy and West Germany doing battle once again in Zurich’s Letzigrund stadium. Hans-Peter Briegel scored the only goal of the game to ensure West Germany avenged their defeat in the Madrid final.