World Cup 1982 Italy Coach Enzo Bearzot Dies

Enzo Bearzot, the man who led Italy to their third World Cup in 1982, has died aged 83...
World Cup winning Italy coach Enzo Bearzot has died aged 83.

Bearzot, who won the trophy in 1982, passed away in the early hours of the morning. He will be best remembered for the triumph in Spain 28 years ago when he conquered the world, beating Argentina, Brazil and West Germany along the way.

Born in Aiello del Friuli on September 27, 1927, Bearzot enjoyed a successful career with spells as a player at Pro Gorizia, Catania, Torino and Inter. He played just once for Italy in 1955 as player, but then his fortunes changed as coach.

He started coaching Torino's youth team in before moving to Prato and then taking charge of the Italy under-23's between 1969 and 1975.

From 1975 to 1986 he was Italy coach. His greatest achievement was winning the 1982 final against West Germany leading a squad of talent with the likes of Paolo Rossi and Antonio Cabrini. After a poor World Cup in 1986, Bearzot left la Nazionale having taken charge of 104 games - a record which stands today.

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