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  • The 1982 Italian National Soccer Team

    In 1982 Spain hosted the 12th World Cup Tournament. After a 44 year wait Italy won their third title defeating West Germany 3-1 in the final. In 1982 the number of teams that qualified for the tournament changed from 16 to 24. The number of groups increased from 4 groups of 4 to 6 groups of 4. The top 2 teams in each group moved onto the second round where they were placed in one of four groups each with three teams. The top team in each group advanced to the knockout stage. In the first round Italy was placed in Group 1 with Cameroon, Peru and Poland. Italy managed to tie each of the teams in their group and finished in second place. They became the first team in World Cup history to advance from the first round without winning a game. In the second round Italy was placed in Group C with Argentina and Brazil. Italy's play improved from their first round performance and it showed as Italy defeated both teams. In the Knockout stage Italy drew Poland, which they defeated and that sent them to the final against West Germany. Italian striker Paolo Rossi finished the tournament with 6 goals giving him the Golden Boot for top scorer of the tournament. He was also given the Golden Ball award for being named the best player of the tournament. He became only the second person to win the World Cup, Golden Boot and Golden Ball in the same year. Below is list of the players that participated in the tournament, goals they scored and the results of each match the team played.

    18 Alessandro Altobelli Forward 1
    9 Giancarlo Antognoni Midfielder  
    2 Franco Baresi Defender  
    3 Giuseppe Bergomi Defender  
    4 Antonio Cabrini Defender 1
    15 Franco Causio Midfielder  
    5 Fulvio Collovati Defender  
    16 Bruno Conti Midfielder 1
    10 Giuseppe Dossena Midfielder  
    6 Claudio Gentile Defender  
    19 Francesco Graziani Forward 1
    11 Giampiero Marini Midfielder  
    17 Daniele Massaro Midfielder  
    13 Gabriele Oriali Midfielder  
    20 Paolo Rossi Forward 6
    7 Gaetano Scirea Defender  
    21 Franco Selvaggi Forward  
    14 Marco Tardelli Midfielder 2
    8 Pietro Vierchowod Defender  
    Goal Keepers
    No.NameRecord (W - D - L)Goals Allowed
    12 Ivano Bordon    
    22 Giovanni Galli    
    1 Dino Zoff 4 - 3 - 0 6
    Coach - Enzo Bearzot

    Match Results
    Group 1 - Round 1
    Italy0 - 0Poland
     Goals Scored 
    Italy1 - 1Peru
    Bruno Conti 18'Goals ScoredRubén Toribio Díaz 83'
    Italy1 - 1Cameroon
    Francesco Graziani 60'Goals ScoredGrégoire Mbida 61'
    Group C - Round 2
    Italy2 - 1Argentina
    Marco Tardelli 55'
    Antonio Cabrini 67'
    Goals ScoredDaniel Passarella 83'
    Italy3 - 2Brazil
    Paolo Rossi 5', 25', 74'Goals ScoredSócrates 12'
    Paulo Roberto Falcão 68'
    Knockout Stage - Semifinals
    Italy2 - 0Poland
    Paolo Rossi 22', 73'Goals Scored 
    Knockout Stage - Final
    Italy3 - 1West Germany
    Paolo Rossi 57'
    Marco Tardelli 69'
    Alessandro Altobelli 81'
    Goals ScoredPaul Breitner 83'
    1982 World Cup Champions
    Third Title
    1978 World Cup 1986 World Cup
    Italian National Soccer Team

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