Like many celebrated football managers, Bearzot was only a moderately successful player, capped for Italy just once. It wasn’t until he put on a suit and strode the touchlines did he become football legend.
Shahan Petrossian asks What went wrong with the Azzuri (Before, after and even during the 1982 World Cup?) The 1982 Italy squad is forever immortalized in history as World Cup Champions, Italy’s first in the post-war era. The names Paolo Rossi, Dino Zoff, Bruno Conti, Antonio Cabrini and manager Enzo Bearzot are forever part of Italian soccer folklore. Their victory over the purists’ favorite Brazil (containing Zico, Socrates, Falcao, etc.) regularly ranks as one of the greatest World Cup victories ever.