Italy sealed their third World Cup after a 44-year wait. 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 Rossi hat trick]. Two more goals from Rossi saw Poland dismissed in the semis before the final victory in the Bernabeu in Madrid.
(1) Dino Zoff
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.
Nowadays, he is to be found
giving his valued opinion in various Italian and international newspapers.
(2) Giuseppe Bergomi
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 now works as a pundit
for Sky Italia.
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, lmost recently, the Syrian national team.
He has recently criticised
his former club for not offering him a role in their back-room.
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’, but now produces and presents ‘il Campionato dei Campioni’ on Odeon TV.
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 recently turned down
an offer from Giovanni Trapattoni to become his assistant with the Republic of Ireland.
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, skilful 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.
Oriali wasn’t the most
skilful 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
‘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, but now holds the post of Transfer Market Consultant &
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 U-16’s and later
became boss of the U-21 side. uccess
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.
He is current assistant to
Giovanni Trapattoni, alongside former Juventus team-mate Liam Brady.
(9) Bruno Conti
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 Alessadro Altobelli with a great cross.
He retired in 1990 and took
on a role as 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 is currently technical
director at Roma. Both his sons are
professional footballers; Daniele with Cagliari
and Andrea with Bellinzona in Switzerland.
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 -
He currently works for Mediaset as a football pundit.
(11) Paolo Rossi
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 is currently a construction entrepreneur, together with his former
teammate Giancarlo Salvi, as well as being a living Italian legend.
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.
He now works as an analyst
for SKY Italia.
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 is currently a sports analyst for the Al
Jazeera sports channel.
Coach: Enzo Bearzot
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 if the game, he was appointed as
President of the FIGC Technical Sector, although he left the post in 2005.
Mathew Burt, Goal.com