TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Exactly 40 years ago, the Italian national team successfully won the trophy world Cup 1982. Behind the victory there is the figure of a legendary Italian striker named Paulo Rossi or often called Pablito..
Victory Italy at the 1982 World Cup was their third victory since 1938. Italy managed to beat Germany in the final encounter with a score of 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu in Spain.
But for the record, at the start, Italy barely managed to qualify for the second round. Coupled with goals, they only scored 12 goals, setting a new record for a World Cup winning side.
Paulo Rossi goal takes Italy to 1982 World Cup
This success is inseparable from the man who was born on September 23, 1956 in Prato, Italy. namely Paul Rossi. In the 1982 World Cup he managed to score the most goals with a total of six goals, although in Italy’s first three matches in the group stage Rossi failed to score.
In the second round match, he managed to score hat trick against the Brazilian team as the previous World Cup seed. After that, he scored again in their encounter against Poland. It was only then that he became Italy’s keeper in the final round when he scored in a goal guarded by controversial German goalkeeper, Harald Schumacher.
Seeing this record, Rossi was then awarded the Golden Boot award. (Golden Boots) after scoring the most goals and receiving the golden ball for the tournament’s best player.
Only three players in the world have won the award after Garrincha in 1962 and Mario Kempes in 1978. Moreover, Paulo Rossi also received the 1982 Ballon d’Or as European Player of the Year for his performances.
Launch italian football, he represented several well-known teams in Italy such as Juventus Football Club, Como, Vicenza, Perugia, Milan, Hellas Verona until his retirement in 1987.
He was able to score 20 goals in 48 appearances for Italy, including in their trophy in Spain. While in the Italian Serie A, he won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1984, the UEFA Super Cup from 1984 to 1985, the European Cup with Juventus in 1985 and two Serie A titles in 1982 and 1984.
After a long retirement, Paul Rossi continued to work as an observer at Sky, Mediaset Premium and Rai Sport, until his death on December 9, 2020. He breathed his last days after the death of another footballing legend, Diego Maradona.
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