1982 FIFA World Cup Spain™
13 June - 11 July

1982 FIFA World Cup Spain™

1982 FIFA World Cup Spain™

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Brazil shine but Rossi strikes Spanish gold for Italy.

Italy became world champions for the third time in 1982, their triumph on Spanish soil made memorable by the scoring feats of six-goal striker Paolo Rossi and an iconic celebration by Marco Tardelli. The romantic-minded may have shed a tear for Brazil and France – unlucky losers in two of the finest matches of any FIFA World Cup™ – but few begrudged Enzo Bearzot's men a 3-1 victory over a rugged West Germany team in a Final in which Rossi's opening goal secured him the Golden Shoe to complete a personal redemption story even more dramatic than the Italians' revival after a faltering start.

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8th July 1982: German goalkeeper Schumacher saves Bossis' shot at the goal in the penalty shoot-out after the World Cup semi-final match between West Germany and France at Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Seville. West Germany won the match on penalties.

1982 FIFA World Cup Spain ™

The hero and villain of a Seville thriller


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Italy player Marco Tardelli (r) celebrates after scoring the second goal in their 3-1 victory over West Germany in the 1982 FIFA World Cup Final at Santiago Bernabéu on July 11, 1982 in Madrid, Spain.

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Tardelli’s scream still echoing



Manager of the English national football team, Ron Greenwood (1921-2006) pictured looking at a replica of the World Cup trophy placed in the centre spot of a subbuteo table football pitch on 4th May 1982.

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Subbuteo strategy for England’s Greenwood



ITALY - JULY 08: FUSSBALL: WM 1990 FINALE GER - ARG 1:0 Mailand, 08.07.90, DEUTSCHLAND FUSSBALLWELTMEISTER 1990/DEUTSCHLAND WELTMEISTER 1990, Lothar MATTHAEUS kuesst den WM Pokal/Cup (Photo by Bongarts/Getty Images)

1982 FIFA World Cup Spain ™

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Italy's Paolo Rossi lifts aloft the FIFA World Cup Trophy.
Italy players celebrate Paolo Rossi scoring the opening goal against West Germany in the 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain™ Final. The goal saw Rossi finish one ahead of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in the race for the adidas Golden Boot.
The electronic scoreboard shows Italy's Paolo Rossi has won the man-of-the-match award in the semi-final against Poland. Rossi scored both goals in La Nazionale's 2-0 victory at Camp Nou.
Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer Norman Whiteside, circa 1985. (Photo by Harry Goodwin/Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
1982 World Cup Finals, Second Phase, Madrid, Spain, 4th July, 1982, France 4 v Northern Ireland 1, Northern Ireland's Norman Whiteside (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
1982 World Cup Finals, Zaragoza, Spain, 17th June, 1982, Yugoslavia 0 v N,Ireland 0, Northern Ireland's Norman Whiteside (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
1982 World Cup Finals, Valencia, Spain, 25th June, 1982, Spain 0 v Northern Ireland 1, Spain's Juan Juanito beats Northern Ireland's Norman Whiteside (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

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Italy's Paolo Rossi is followed by Brazil's Junior 1982 World Cup Finals, Second Phase, Barcelona, Spain, 5th July, 1982, Italy 3 v Brazil 2, (Photo by Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)

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Diego Maradona of Argentina celebrates after scoring the second goal against England during a World Cup Quarter-Final match held at the Azteca Stadium, Mexico City on 22nd June 1986. Argentina beat England 2-1. (Bob Thomas/Getty Images).

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