Tuesday, December 21, 2010

RIP Enzo Bearzot who Coached Italy to Victory in 1982 World Cup finals

Today, Italy and the Football world mourn Enzo Bearzot, the man who lead Italy to victory in the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain. Bearzot, 83, died in Milan after battling a long illness.

Bearzot, a defender, began his playing at Pro Gorizia in 1946 and went on to play for Inter, Catania, and Torino before retiring as a player in 1964. Following his playing career, Bearzot became an assistant coach at Torino and, in 1968, the head coach at Prato.

In 1975, Bearzot, who only had one cap with the national team, was named as a coach of the Italian National Team, becoming sole coach of the team in 1977. Bearzot had previously been coaching the Italy U-23 squad between 1969 and 1975.

Italy, under the guidance of Bearzot, won the 1982 World Cup by beating West Germany 3-1 in the final. Before reaching the final and after a rough first round, Italy managed to defeat both Argentina and Brazil in the second round.

Bearzot retired in 1986, after coaching the national team in 104 matches.

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