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Old May 27th 2016, 07:02 AM
Abishai100 Abishai100 is offline
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Default 1982 World Cup (Soccer)

The 1982 FIFA World Cup was controversial, striking, unexpected, thrilling, and an under-rated watershed moment in international sports that effectively hoisted the nation of Italy to the level of global fame and perhaps drew it out slightly and thankfully out of the shadows of politics-clouded Mussolini-era mistakes.

All thanks to soccer (or football if you call it that).

For the first time, the World Cup finals expanded from 16 to 24 teams. This allowed more teams to participate, especially from Africa and Asia. There was some consideration given as to whether England, Northern Ireland and Scotland should withdraw from the tournament due to the Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom. Italy became the first team to advance from the first round without winning a game, drawing all three (while Cameroon were eliminated in the same way), and also the only World Cup winner to draw or lose three matches at the Finals. By winning, Italy equalled Brazil's record of winning the World Cup three times (source of information: Wikipedia).

The star of this World Cup (held in Spain) was Paolo Rossi, leading Italy past Poland in the Semi-Finals with 2 goals and helping Italy defeat West Germany 3-1 in the Finals with 1 goal. Rossi was the top-scored in this World Cup, notching 6 goals total, ahead of Brazil's sensational Zico, and earning both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards.

Rossi became one of multiple players who earned fame simply for their World Cup feats and not necessarily for their international wizardry before their World Cup heroics (as did players such as Johann Cruyff, Diego Maradona, and Ronaldo) --- Argentina's Kempes, Portugal's Eusebio, and Spain's David Villa.

It was the 1982 World Cup tournament that brought soccer into the stage of the modern world and out of the shadows of politics and celebrity that marked the 1970s and earlier.

In fact, it was the 1982 World Cup that made me a fan of Italian soccer and player such as Baggio, Nesta, and Totti.





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