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Welcome to News – A tribute to Paolo Rossi

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Welcome to FIFA.com News - A tribute to Paolo Rossi
  • Paolo Rossi handed away on 9 December
  • Gianni Infantino, Marco Tardelli and Dino Zoff hail Pablito
  • FIFA pays tribute to Rossi with movies, quotes, trivia and stats

Gianni hails Pablito

“Ciao Pablito, image of pleasure, of revenge, of generosity, of sympathy, of success and, personally, image of satisfaction for all Italians. A human hero and a world legend.”

Read FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s full feedback under….

Infantino: Pablito was a symbol of joy and pride for all Italians

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Infantino: Pablito was an emblem of pleasure and satisfaction for all Italians



Inzaghi, Tardelli, Vieri, Zambrotta and Zoff lead homages

“When I was a boy and I played football in the street, Paolo Rossi was to Italy what Pele and Maradona were to Brazil and Argentina.”

Read the total comment from Clarence Seedorf and tributes from different footballing icons within the hyperlink under…

The football world mourns Paolo Rossi's passing

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The soccer world mourns Paolo Rossi’s passing



After Rossi’s exploits in Barcelona, it took 30 years for an additional participant to rating a hat-trick towards Brazil. Lionel Messi was subsequent in a 2012 pleasant.

The interview

“What really stays with me is seeing all the Italian flags in the stadium after the ref had blown the final whistle. Of course I remember the goals, all those great moments. But when I lifted my head and saw all those flags all over the stadium… I’m not a nationalist, but at moments like that you really feel like you belong to something. You belong to a group, to a nation. Seeing the stadium simply covered with Italian flags was an extraordinary moment, one I will remember forever.”

Read Rossi’s full interview with FIFA within the hyperlink under…

Rossi: The first Brazil goal changed my life

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Rossi: The first Brazil aim modified my life



Enzo’s artwork lesson

Paolo Rossi hadn’t scored for Italy in three years and nearly 15 hours of motion. Enzo Bearzot was below deafening strain to drop him going into the showdown with overwhelming favourites Brazil.

He refused. “He was the best striker in the world and I knew he was guy who could win us the World Cup,” stated ‘The Old Man’.

So, Bearzot got here up with an ingenious plan to loosen up Rossi. He spent the day earlier than the sport researching cubist and surrealist painters. That evening, he walked to Rossi’s room, knocked on the door, and so they spent 40 minutes discussing artwork.

The subsequent day Rossi painted Barcelona blue towards arguably essentially the most inventive aspect in soccer historical past.

“It may sound silly, but I always think back to how important that chat was for everything that happened,” Rossi stated years later. “I didn’t know at the time he was pretending [to be interested]. It relaxed me, I slept well, I woke up feeling up good.”

Did ?

  • Rossi was the primary participant to prime the scoring charts in Serie B and Serie A in back-to-back seasons. He did it thanks to 21 objectives in 36 video games for Vicenza in 1976/77, and 24 in 30 the next season.
  • Due to the primary spherical, through which the Azzurri had scraped by means of regardless of not successful a sport, and them being drawn in the identical group as defending champions Argentina and overwhelming favourites Brazil within the second group stage, an English bookmaker listed Italy twelfth favourites out of the 12 remaining groups to win Spain 1982.
  • Years after he ended the World Cup dream of Falcao, Socrates, Zico and Co, Pablito was on vacation in Brazil when a taxi driver recognised him within the rear-view mirror and angrily ordered him to get out. After a couple of minutes of the Italian apologising, the Brazilian lastly relented and continued the journey.
  • Rossi’s autobiography is titled I Made Brazil Cry.

Italy’s prime World Cup scorers

Player Goals Appearances
Christian Vieri 9 9
Paolo Rossi 9 14
Roberto Baggio 9 16
Toto Schillaci 6 7
Silvio Piola 5 4
Alessandro Altobelli 5 7

Only three gamers have received the adidas Golden Ball, the adidas Golden Boot and a winner’s medal at a World Cup: Garrincha (Chile 1962), Mario Kempes (Argentina 1978) and Rossi (Italy 1982).

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