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Italy 1982 World Cup squad - Who were the players behind Azzurri glory and where are they now?

1:30 PM IST 03/12/22
Italy 1982 World Cup
The 1982 World Cup in Spain offered plenty of entertainment, with the Italians eventually going on to lift the trophy

Italy sealed their third World Cup in 1982 after a 44-year wait, but it was by no means an easy run for the Azzurri.

Unimpressive in the first group stage with three draws, Italy sprang into life in the second group stage with wins over Argentina and Brazil [thanks to a Paolo Rossi hat trick].

Two more goals from Rossi saw Poland dismissed in the semis before the final victory at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.

Rossi, Marco Tardelli and Alessandro Altobelli were on target for the Italians, while Paul Breitner scored the consolation goal for Germany.

Who were part of Italy's squad and what happened to them after their World Cup heroics?

  • Dino Zoff Italy

    Dino Zoff - Goalkeeper

    Zoff became the oldest man to captain a World Cup-winning side when he lifted the trophy in 1982, aged 40. He retired from playing in 1983 after 642 league appearances and 112 games for Italy. On retirement, he joined the coaching staff at Juventus and became the boss in 1988. However, despite winning the UEFA Cup in 1990, he was fired.

    In 1994 he became president of Lazi,o where he stayed until 1998 when he was chosen to succeed Cesare Maldini as the national team trainer. He came within 60 seconds of winning Euro 2000, only for France to score a late equaliser and then see David Trezeguet hit an extra-time winner.

    He took control of Lazio in 2001, but quit following a poor start to the season. Fiorentina was his next managerial job in 2005, but La Viola sacked him at the end of the season, despite his saving them from the drop on the last day of the campaign.

  • Giuseppe Bergomi Italien

    Giuseppe Bergomi - Defender

    Centre-back Bergomi was a one-club man, notching up 519 appearances for Inter in a Serie A career which spanned nearly 20 years. Lo Zio was just 18 at the 1982 tournament and played at four World Cup finals for the Azzurri, making a total of 81 international appearances. Bergomi also worked as a pundit for Sky Italia.

  • Antonio Cabrini Italy 1982

    Antonio Cabrini - Defender

    The left-back spent 13 years with Juventus from 1976 to 1989. Bell'Antonio made almost 450 appearances, picking up six Scudetti, a European Cup, UEFA Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup and Intercontinental Cup amongst a host of other trophies.

    Since retiring from football in 1991, Cabrini has found the managerial game a struggle, with little joy at Arezzo, Crotone, Pisa, Novara, or the Syrian national team.

  • Fulvio Collovati Italy

    Fulvio Collovati - Defender

    The defender was playing for Milan during the time of the 1982 World Cup finals but joined city rivals Inter after due to the Rossoneri’s relegation from Serie A. He also played for Udinese, Roma and Genoa before retiring in 1993. He was capped 50 times by his country.

    Collovati worked as an analyst for Italian station RAI on ‘Sunday Sport’ and also produced and presented ‘il Campionato dei Campioni’ on Odeon TV.

  • Claudio Gentile

    Claudio Gentile - Defender

    Gentile was a hard, uncompromising defender renowned for his tough tackling and 'take no prisoners' attitude. However, rather impressively, he was never sent off during a career which spanned 17 years with Juventus, Fiorentina, and Piacenza.

    He represented Italy at the 1991 World Cup of Masters and took the reins of the Italian U-21 side in October 2000. The youngsters won the 2004 European Championships but failed to get past the second round in 2006, leading to him being replaced by Pierluigi Casiraghi. Gentile also down an offer from Giovanni Trapattoni to become his assistant with the Republic of Ireland.

  • Gaetano Scirea Italy

    Gaetano Scirea - Defender

    Scirea has to go down as one of the finest Italian defenders of all time and is one of only five players to have won the European Cup, UEFA Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup, Super Cup and Inter-continental Cup. Add the World Cup and seven Serie A titles with Juventus and you have one of the most decorated players in Italian history.

    In contrast to many defenders of the time, Scirea was a classy, skillful player, who was never sent off in his entire career. He retired in 1988 and became a scout for Juventus. He sadly died in a car accident in Poland in 1989 while on a scouting mission for Juve.

  • Gabriele Oriali

    Gabriele Oriali - Midfielder

    Oriali wasn’t the most skillful of players - his talent lay in breaking up opponents' attacks in what is now considered the defensive midfield role. He was the Claude Makelele of his day.

    ‘Lele’ made 277 appearances for Inter, but left them soon after the World Cup to join Fiorentina. He retired in 1987 after close to 400 Serie A appearances. He entered coaching, taking on the sporting director role at first Bologna and then Parma. He later became technical director at Inter and held the post of Transfer Market Consultant & First-Team Representative.

  • Marco Tardelli Paul Breitner Italy West Germany 11071982

    Marco Tardelli - Defender

    Tardelli will be remembered for his goal celebration in the final as the raced towards the Italian bench screaming ‘Goal!’. He won five Serie A titles with Juventus as well as the European Cup in 1985.

    He retired in 1988 after a season in Switzerland with St. Gallen and entered the coaching profession. He took on the Italian U16s and later became the boss of the U21 side. Success there saw him given the job of Inter coach in 2000, but he lasted just one season. He has had further unsuccessful stints with Bari and Egypt.

  • Bruno Conti

    Bruno Conti - Midfielder

    Conti was another one-club man with Roma, although he did have two brief loan spells with Genoa. He was instrumental in creating Italy’s third goal in the final as he set up Alessandro Altobelli with a great cross.

    He retired in 1990 and took on a role as a youth team coach at Roma. When Luigi Del Neri left in 2005, he took temporary control of the first team and enjoyed relative success taking the Giallorossi into the Copa Italia final and a UEFA Cup berth. He also worked as a technical director at Roma. Both his sons are professional footballers; Daniele with Cagliari and Andrea with Bellinzona in Switzerland.

  • Francesco Graziani

    Francesco Graziani - Forward

    The striker scored only once in the 1982 World Cup finals, against Cameroon, and lasted just seven minutes in the final following a shoulder injury. He was at Fiorentina during the finals but had later spells with Roma and Udinese. He retired in 1988 before entering coaching.

    He wasn’t overly successful at either Fiorentina or Reggina and dropped into the lower leagues. While at Cervia, he was the subject of an Italian reality show, Campioni - Il Sogno. He also worked for Mediaset as a football pundit.

  • Paolo Rossi italy

    Paolo Rossi - Forward

    Rossi returned from a two-year ban for betting irregularities (always contested) in time for the 1982 World Cup final and, despite some below-par performances in the early stages, ended up as the tournament's leading scorer with six goals.

    He left Juventus in 1985 to join a struggling Milan before ending his career with Verona in 1987, having scored 103 goals in 251 appearances. He scored 20 in 48 games for Italy.

    He sadly passed on December 9, 2020 due to lung cancer aged 64.

  • Franco Causio

    Franco Causio - Substitute

    The Baron retired in 1988 after a lengthy career which saw him notch up 570 league appearances for the likes of Reggina, Palermo, Juventus, Udinese, Inter and Leece. He was capped 63 times and was also in the Italian squad for the world Cups in 1974 and 1978. Later, he worked as an analyst for SKY Italia.

  • Alessandro Altobelli - Italy-Germany 3-1, Spain 1982

    Alessandro Altobelli - Substitute

    Altobelli came on as an early sub for the injured Graziani and scored the third goal in the 81st minute, making him the first ever substitute to do so. His career saw him appear for Brescia, Juventus and Inter, amassing 61 caps for Italy.

    He dabbled in politics and had a three-year stint as sporting director at Padua. He was also a sports analyst for the Al Jazeera sports channel.

  • Enzo Bearzot

    Enzo Bearzot - Coach

    The 1982 winning coach resigned in 1986 after Italy lost to France in the round of 16 at the Mexico World Cup. In 2002 after a long period out of the game, he was appointed as President of the FIGC Technical Sector, although he left the post in 2005.

    On December 21, 2010, Bearzot passed away aged 83.