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  • The 1978 Italian National Soccer Team

    In 1978 Argentina hosted the 11th World Cup Tournament and in the end they became the fifth team to be both hosts and World Champions. 16 teams qualified for the tournament and they were divided into 4 groups of 4. Like 1974 the top two teams in each group moved on to the second round. In the second round teams were placed into two groups of 4. The top team in each group would advance to the title game while the second place teams would battle for third place. Italy was placed in Group 1 with Argentina, France and Hungary. They finished Round 1 of group play 3-0 and advanced to Round two. In the second round Italy was placed in Group A with Austria, Netherlands and West Germany. They finished the second round with a 1-1-1 record, which was good for second place in Group A. Their second place finish earned them a chance for third place, which they ended up losing to Brazil. Below is list of the players that participated in the tournament, goals they scored and the results of each match the team played.

    No.NamePositionGoals
    9 Giancarlo Antognoni Midfielder  
    2 Mauro Bellugi Defender  
    10 Romeo Benetti Midfielder 1
    18 Roberto Bettega Forward 2
    3 Antonio Cabrini Defender  
    16 Franco Causio Midfielder 1
    4 Antonello Cuccureddu Defender  
    5 Claudio Gentile Defender  
    19 Francesco Graziani Forward  
    6 Aldo Maldera Defender  
    7 Lionello Manfredonia Defender  
    11 Eraldo Pecci Midfielder  
    20 Paolo Pulici Forward  
    21 Paolo Rossi Forward 3
    17 Claudio Sala Midfielder  
    13 Patrizio Sala Midfielder  
    8 Gaetano Scirea Defender  
    14 Marco Tardelli Midfielder  
    15 Renato Zaccarelli Midfielder 1
    Goal Keepers
    No.NameRecord (W - D - L)Goals Allowed
    22 Ivano Bordon    
    12 Paolo Conti    
    1 Dino Zoff 4 - 1 - 2 6
    Coach - Enzo Bearzot

    Match Results
    Group 1 - First Round
    Italy2 - 1France
    Paolo Rossi 29'
    Renato Zaccarelli 54'
    Goals ScoredBernard Lacombe 1'
    Italy3 - 1Hungary
    Paolo Rossi 34'
    Roberto Bettega 35'
    Romeo Benetti 61'
    Goals ScoredAndrás Tóth 81'
    Italy1 - 0Argentina
    Roberto Bettega 67'Goals Scored 
    Group A - Second Round
    Italy0 - 0West Germany
     Goals Scored 
    Italy1 - 0Austria
    Paolo Rossi 13'Goals Scored 
    Italy1 - 2Netherlands
    Ernie Brandts 19' (own goal)Goals ScoredErnie Brandts 49'
    Arie Haan 76'
    Third Place Match
    Italy1 - 2Brazil
    Franco Causio 38'Goals ScoredNelinho 64'
    Dirceu 71'
    4th Place Finish
    1974 World Cup 1982 World Cup
    Italian National Soccer Team


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