News Matches

Where Are They Now? Italy’s 1982 World Cup Winners

13:02 GMT 21/02/2009
The 1982 World Cup in Spain is remembered more for the classic semi-final between France and Germany, but also Italy’s 3-1 win in the final with th...

Italy sealed their third World Cup after a 44-yearwait. Unimpressive in the first groupstage with three draws, Italysprang into life in the second group stage with wins over Argentina and Brazil [thanks to a Rossi hattrick]. Two more goals from Rossi saw Poland dismissed in the semis before the finalvictory in the Bernabeu in Madrid.    


(1)  Dino Zoff   

Zoff became the oldest man tocaptain a World Cup winning side when he lifted the trophy in 1982, aged40. He retired from playing in 1983after 642 league appearances and 112 games for Italy. On retirement, he joined the coaching staff atJuventus and became the boss in 1988. However, despite winning the UEFA Cup in 1990, he was fired.   

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

He took control of Lazio in2001, but quit following a poor start to the season. Fiorentina was his next managerial job in2005, but La Viola sacked him at the end of the season, despite his saving themfrom the drop on the last day of the campaign.

Nowadays, he is to be foundgiving his valued opinion in various Italian and international newspapers.


(2) Giuseppe Bergomi  

Centre-back Bergomi was aone-club man, notching up 519 appearances for Inter in a Serie A career whichspanned nearly 20 years. Lo Zio was just18 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 punditfor Sky Italia.

(3)  AntonioCabrini   

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

Since retiring from footballin 1991, Cabrini has found the managerial game a struggle, with little joy atArezzo, Crotone, Pisa, Novara, or, lmost recently, the Syrian national team.

He has recently criticisedhis former club for not offering him a role in their back-room.

(4)  FulvioCollovati   

The defender was playing for Milan during the time ofthe 1982 World Cup finals, but joined city rivals Inter after due to the Rossoneri’srelegation from Serie A. He also playedfor Udinese, Roma and Genoabefore retiring in 1993. He was capped50 times by his country.

Collovati worked as ananalyst for Italian station RAI on ‘Sunday Sport’, but now produces and presents ‘il Campionato dei Campioni’ on Odeon TV.

(5)  ClaudioGentile 

Gentile was a hard,uncompromising defender renowned for his tough tackling and 'take noprisoners' 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 the1991 World Cup of Masters and took the reins of the Italian U-21 side inOctober 2000. The youngsters won the2004 European Championships, but failed to get past the second round in 2006,leading to him being replaced by Pierluigi Casiraghi. 

Gentile recently turned downan offer from Giovanni Trapattoni to become his assistant with the Republic of Ireland.

(6)  GaetanoScirea 

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

In contrast to many defendersof the time, Scirea was a classy, skilful player, who was never sent off in hisentire career. He retired in 1988 andbecame a scout for Juventus.

He sadly died in a caraccident in Polandin 1989 while on a scouting mission for Juve.


(7)  GabrieleOriali 

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

‘Lele’ made 277 appearancesfor Inter, but left them soon after the World Cup to join Fiorentina. He retired in 1987 after close to 400 Serie Aappearances. He entered coaching, takingon the sporting director role at first Bolognaand then Parma.

He later became technicaldirector at Inter, but now holds the post of Transfer Market Consultant &First-Team Representative.

(8)  MarcoTardelli 

Tardelli will be rememberedfor his goal celebration in the final as the raced towards the Italian benchscreaming ‘Goal!’. He won five Serie Atitles with Juventus as well as the European Cup in 1985.

He retired in 1988 after aseason in Switzerlandwith St. Gallen and entered the coaching profession. He took on the Italian U-16’s and laterbecame boss of the U-21 side.  uccessthere saw him given the job of Inter coach in 2000, but he lasted just oneseason. He has had further unsuccessfulstints with Bari and Egypt.

He is current assistant toGiovanni Trapattoni, alongside former Juventus team-mate Liam Brady.

(9)  Bruno Conti 

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

He retired in 1990 and tookon a role as youth team coach at Roma.  WhenLuigi Del Neri left in 2005, he took temporary control of the first team andenjoyed relative success taking the Giallorossi into the Copa Italia final anda UEFA Cup berth.

He is currently technicaldirector at Roma. Both his sons areprofessional footballers; Daniele with Cagliariand Andrea with Bellinzona in Switzerland.


(10)  FrancescoGraziani 

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

He wasn’t overly successfulat 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 currently works for Mediaset as a football pundit.

(11) Paolo Rossi 

Rossi returned from atwo-year ban for betting irregularities (always contested) in time for the 1982World 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 tojoin a struggling Milan before ending his careerwith Verona in1987, having scored 103 goals in 251 appearances. He scored 20 in 48 games for Italy.     

He is currently a construction entrepreneur, together with his formerteammate Giancarlo Salvi, as well as being a living Italian legend.


(12)  FrancoCausio 

The Baron retired in 1988after a lengthy career which saw him notch up 570 league appearances for thelikes of Reggina, Palermo,Juventus, Udinese, Inter and Leece. Hewas capped 63 times and was also in the Italian squad for the world Cups in1974 and 1978.

He now works as an analystfor SKY Italia.   

(14)  AlessandroAltobelli 

Altobelli came on as an earlysub for the injured Graziani and scored the third goal in the 81stminute, 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 AlJazeera sports channel.

Coach: Enzo Bearzot

The 1982 winning coachresigned in 1986 after Italylost to Francein the round of 16 at the Mexico World Cup. In 2002 after a long period out if the game, he was appointed asPresident of the FIGC Technical Sector, although he left the post in 2005.

Mathew Burt,