ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top Ten World Cup Heroes Paolo Rossi-True Blue

Updated on June 24, 2012

Paolo Rossi played in two world Cups for Italy,his priceless contribution to the Azzuri's 1982 World Cup triumph is legendary,all the more as it seemed he was destined to never play in that world cup.

The gifted Rossi was actually suspended from football for 3 years in 1980 after it was alleged he was involved in fixing football matches.The famous betting scandal erupted after Rossi's team Perugina drew 2-2 with Avellino.Rossi scored both goals,but he was accused of taking a bribe!The match fixing involved a huge syndicate and there were dozens of arrests.for Rossi's part he got a three year ban, however he always protested his innocence,and it was reduced to two allowing Rossi to play in the 1982 World Cup.

victorious Rossi
victorious Rossi

Born in Prato,Tuscany in1956,he made his professional debut for Como where he started out as a winger ,and was rather injury prone in his early career. Converted to striker he scored 21 goals in his first season,his progression was noticed by Enzo Bearzot who took him to Argentina for the 1978 World Cup.

Italy finished fourth in this tournament,as the 21 year old Rossi caught the eye of the football world.The prowling striker having scored three goals against Hungary,Austria and France. The fox in the box looked hungry for success.Only six months later though his career lay in tatters due to the betting scandal.

Azzuri coach Bearzot again selected Rossi for the 1982 World Finals. despite only playing three games for Juventus since his ban

Italy's campaign blew cold and hot.in the 1st round group stages they cynically drew all three games scoring only two goals.In the second round they had to play Brazil and Argentina.

In an extraordinary match against a wonderful Brazil, Rossi scored first after five minutes. After a Brazilian equaliser Rossi scored again, but Brazil levelled once more.Only for the brilliant Rossi to complete his hat-trick, and knock the peoples champions out of the world cup.

Against Poland in the semi-final Paolo Rossi's rich vein continued as he scored both goals in a 2-0 victory to set up a final against West Germany

Many thought the Italian bubble would burst, but after Rossi scored his sixth goal of the tournament, a diving header, to set Italy on their way to world cup glory.He also assisted MarcoTardelli for the second goal as the Azzuri outplayed their opponents in a 3-1 triumph.When it mattered Italy had beaten the best the world could offer.

Paolo Rossi was a hero again, he was the tournament's best player and he took the Golden Boot award.

Although Rossi was in the Italian squad for the 1968 World Cup, he did not play a game. Club football success continued whilst playing for Juventus.His career was still plagued by injuries,and he retired from football aged 31.

He scored 20 goals in 48 appearances for Italy including 9 world cup goals.

Many years later the player involved in accusing Rossi in the match fixing scandal admitted the allegations were made up.

The shy hero has little involvement with football nowadays and prefers deep sea diving.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      molly 

      7 years ago

      this dude i wered

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)