1982 FIFA World Cup Final

1982 FIFA World Cup Final

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium held the final
Event 1982 FIFA World Cup
Date 11 July 1982
Venue Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee Arnaldo Cézar Coelho (Brazil)
Attendance 90,000

The 1982 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match contested between Italy and West Germany. It was the final match of the 1982 FIFA World Cup tournament and was played on 11 July 1982 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the Spanish capital and largest city of Madrid.

The conditions of this World Cup were in stark contrast to the chilly conditions of a Buenos Aires winter during the 1978 final match- the weather was, typical of a summer night in Madrid warm and pleasant. After a scoreless first half during which Antonio Cabrini fired a penalty low and wide to the right of goal, Paolo Rossi scored first, heading home a bouncing Claudio Gentile cross from the right from close range. Marco Tardelli then scored from the edge of the area with a low left footed shot before Alessandro Altobelli, at the end of a counterattack by winger Bruno Conti, made it 3–0 with another low left footed shot. Italy's lead appeared secure, encouraging Italian president Sandro Pertini to wag his finger at the cameras in a playful 'not going to catch us now' gesture from the stands. Paul Breitner scored for Germany in the 83rd minute, firing low past the goalkeeper from the right, but Italy held on to claim their first World Cup title in 44 years, and their third in total with a 3–1 victory.[1]

Coming after their 1934[2] and 1938[3] victories, Italy had now drawn level with record champions Brazil. Italy's Paolo Rossi won the Golden Boot as the tournament's top goalscorer, and the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player (awarded for the first time). Captain and goalkeeper Dino Zoff at forty also became the oldest player to win the World Cup.[4]

Route to the final

Italy Round West Germany
Opponent Result First round Opponent Result
 Poland 0–0 Match 1  Algeria 1–2
 Peru 1–1 Match 2  Chile 4–1
 Cameroon 1–1 Match 3  Austria 1–0
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 312051+44
 Italy 30302203
 Cameroon 30301103
 Peru 302126−42
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 320163+34
 Austria 320131+24
 Algeria 32015504
 Chile 300338−50
Opponent Result Second round Opponent Result
 Argentina 2–1 Match 1  England 0–0
 Brazil 3–2 Match 2  Spain 2–1
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 220053+24
 Brazil 210154+12
 Argentina 200225−30
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 211021+13
 England 20200002
 Spain 201112−11
Opponent Result Semi-finals Opponent Result
 Poland 2–0  France 3–3 (aet) (5–4 pen.)

Match details

11 July 1982
20:00 CEST
Italy  3–1  West Germany
Rossi  57'
Tardelli  69'
Altobelli  81'
Report Breitner  83'
West Germany
GK 1 Dino Zoff (c)
SW 7 Gaetano Scirea
CB 6 Claudio Gentile
CB 5 Fulvio Collovati
RWB 3 Giuseppe Bergomi
LWB 4 Antonio Cabrini
DM 13Gabriele Oriali  73'
RM 16Bruno Conti  31'
CM 14Marco Tardelli
LW 19Francesco Graziani  7'
CF 20Paolo Rossi
GK 12Ivano Bordon
MF 10Giuseppe Dossena
MF 11Giampiero Marini
MF 15Franco Causio  89'
FW 18Alessandro Altobelli  7'  89'
Enzo Bearzot
GK 1 Harald Schumacher
SW 15Uli Stielike  73'
RB 20Manfred Kaltz
CB 4 Karlheinz Förster
LB 5 Bernd Förster
RM 6 Wolfgang Dremmler  61'  62'
CM 3 Paul Breitner
LM 2 Hans-Peter Briegel
RW 11Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (c)  70'
LW 7 Pierre Littbarski  88'
CF 8 Klaus Fischer
GK 21 Bernd Franke
DF 12 Wilfried Hannes
MF 10Hansi Müller  70'
MF 14 Felix Magath
FW 9 Horst Hrubesch  62'
Jupp Derwall

Abraham Klein (Israel)
Vojtech Christov (Czechoslovakia)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Replay on 13 July if scores still level
  • Five substitutes named, of which two may be used

See also


  1. "Sparkling Italy spring ultimate upset". Glasgow Herald. 12 July 1982. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  2. "Delight for the Azzurri as home advantage tells". Fifa.com. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  3. "Pozzo the mastermind as Italy retain their crown". Fifa.com. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  4. "World Cup Hall of Fame: Dino Zoff". SportsIllustrated.CNN.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 13 June 2014.

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