Mario Vicary is considered one of the founding fathers of the Italian Football Association (FIGC - Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio). On 16 March 1898, the engineer formed the organisation in order to arrange leagues and matches after work. If anyone had told him at the time what a great success his idea would become, he probably would have shaken his head in disbelief.
Over a century later, the FIGC is one of world's most successful associations and boasts a famous history. After joining FIFA in 1905, it did not take long for Italy to claim their first major title. Gli Azzurri were particularly dominant in the 1930s, winning two FIFA World Cups™ in 1934 and 1938, as well as the Men's Olympic Football Tournament in 1936.
However, it would be another half century before Italy lifted their next trophy at Spain 1982, when the legendary Paolo Rossi spearheaded the national team to glory, netting six goals to claim the adidas Golden Boot as top scorer and the adidas Golden Ball as best player en route to a long-awaited third world title.
To celebrate the FIGC's 114th birthday, FIFA.com is taking users back in time with a video about the 1982 FIFA World Cup featuring all the main protagonists of that historic win. The clip features some wonderful footage of Rossi and fellow heroes Dino Zoff and Marco Tardelli, whose unforgettable celebration after scoring the winning goal against Germany in the final has become an iconic FIFA World Cup moment.
Join us on our journey back in time and enjoy the best moments from Italy's triumph at the 1982 FIFA World Cup!