Italy against the whole world
Maradona traveled to the World Cup in Spain in 1982, but did not manage to be the key star of the Cup. Paolo Rossi, the best scorer of the competition, led Italy to the third victory in the World Cup.
The World Cup was held from June 13 to July 11, 1982. The USSR team returned to participate in the tournament after an eight-year hiatus, and was able to overcome the first round, yielding only to the Brazilians. Another surprise of the championship was the team from Northern Ireland, who managed to win the host team, Spain, in their group. It is curious that the future champion, the Italian team, went out to the second round without having won a match (his result was three draws and three points, like the Cameroon team, but Italy beat him by number of goals).
However, in the second group stage, Italy was very confident in beating Brazil and Argentina. In the semifinal, Rossi’s two goals allowed the Italians to overcome the Poles. At the same time the team of the Federal Republic of Germany could overcome the French only in the series of penalties.
In the final that took place on July 11, 1982 at the Bernabéu, the Italians were stronger, 3 to 1. Rossi, Tardelli and Altobelli stood out in the Italian team, while Breitner scored a goal from the Germans. Maradona finished the Cup with two goals scored and a red card, which he had in the match against Brazil.
World 1982. Final
Italy – West Germany
Italy: Dino Zoff (C), Gaetano Scirea, Claudio Gentile, Fulvio Collovati, Giuseppe Bergomi, Antonio Cabrini, Gabriele Oriali, Bruno Conti, Marco Tardelli, Francesco Graziani, Paolo Rossi (Substitutions: Alessandro Altobelli, Franco Causio). Coach: Enzo Bearzot
West Germany: Harald Schumacher, Uli Stielike, Manfred Kaltz, Karlheinz Förster, Bernd Förster, Wolfgang Dremmler, Paul Breitner, Hans-Peter Briegel, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (C), Pierre Littbarski, Klaus Fischer (Substitutions: Hansi Müller, Horst Hrubesch ). Coach: Jupp Derwall
Referee: Arnaldo Cézar Coelho (Brazil)
Result: 3: 1 (Rossi 57 ‘, Tardelli 69’, Altobelli 81 ‘, Breitner 83’)
July 11, 1982
Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
Paolo Rossi (Italy) 6
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (West Germany) 5
Zico (Brazil) 4
Zbigniew Boniek (Poland) 4