May 28, 2008

World Championships 1979

The photo of Louis (previous post) came from the British Petanque Association's very first issue of Petanque Magazine, September 1979.

Published right before the 15th World Championships were held in Southampton. Click on the images below to see some of the pages.
Noteworthy: at that time there were only 17 countries represented: Algeria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, the Netherlands, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, USA and Venezuela. Most countries came with two, some with three teams.

That year, Italy won, with Monaco second and France third.
Actually from 1978 to 1984 - seven years in a row - France never won, and made 3rd only three times. Since 1985 however, they've won 17 out of 23 editions. (see WC archives).

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