>Rossi was banned for *** on football, along with several other stars.
>It was a major scandal in Italy. He was reinstated at the last minute. He
>did not even play in the first few games. But after Italy struggled badly
>in the first round (3 points in 3 games: no wins!! Actually none of the
>4 teams in that group won a game; really boring) the old timers like Causio
>were benched and Rossi got to play.
Paulo Rossi DID play in the first round.
I watched all the games in the round and they were NOT boring but
rather exciting since all were so close and you never knew until the
>'82also saw the emergence of several new stars: Conti, Bergomi (only a ***ager
Actually Altobelli was already a star for Inter but Rossi was
Bergomi was only 17 at that time, and he was a sub.
The regular back four was Screa (sp??) who passed away, Gentile, and
Antonio Cabrini, all of Juventus, and Colovati of AC Milan.
>Re the Brazil game: Italy's wingers Conti and Grazianni had great games, partly
>because Brazil's fullbackswere always up front and left the Italians wide open.
>Rossi's hat trick was not surprising given the good feed from his teammates,
>with major assistance from the missing Brazilian defense. One of Rossi's goals
>was a direct gift from the Brazilian defender.
Actually when the Italia played Argentina the Itatians did well, and
scored 2 goals. I think Cabrini scored a goal, as well as Macro
Tardelli (if I am correct...)
Rossi played well too in that game.
In the game against Brasil Rossi finally came into the "game" and
scored all three, and 2 more in vs. Poland, and 1 in vs. Germany.
I would say it was his effort rather than pure luck.
>The shame of it was that Brazil did not even have to attack. They only needed a draw
>to advance. Italy had to win. but it was Brazil which did most of the attacking.
>Maybe that's all they know, or all they want to do. For that I'm for ever gratefull.
>By not playing "smart", they covered themselves with glory, unlike some other teams.
>The last thing we need is more travesties like the Germany-Austria game.
Actually Italy did well in the game against Brasil.