Two old soldiers reflect
At the presentation of the official adidas Teamgeist ball for the Final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, FIFAworldcup.com caught up with Marco Tardelli and Dominique Rocheteau.
These former internationals relived their memories of the France-Italy encounters at the 1978 and 1986 tournaments, and also offered their thoughts on Sunday night's big match. In the Final in Berlin, Les Bleus will once again cross swords with the Azzurri in the world's greatest football competition.
Read the interview with Marco Tardelli
Read the interview with Dominique Rocheteau
The image of Tardelli screaming and shaking his head wildly after scoring in the Final of Spain 1982 is still as vivid as if it had happened yesterday. But the career of the former Juve man was far richer than any one picture could express. In the colours of the Vecchia Signora the defensive midfielder lifted five Scudetti, one European Cup, one UEFA Cup and one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Indeed Tardelli was regarded as one of the most complete players of his generation.
Dominique Rocheteau formed part of the Michel Platini generation, reaching two FIFA World Cup semi-finals (1982 and 1986) and winning the UEFA European Championship in 1984. A winger by trade, he was also a very useful goalscorer. Nicknamed the Green Angel, he also enjoyed a successful club career with Saint-Etienne. Four times a French champion, a triple French Cup winner and a European Cup finalist, Rocheteau was renowned for his impeccable sense of fair play.