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Paolo Rossi

Paolo Rossi
Rossi with Vicenza in the late 1970s.
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-09-23) 23 September 1956
Place of birth Prato, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1975 Juventus 0 (0)
1975–1976 Como (loan) 6 (0)
1976–1980 Vicenza 94 (60)
1979–1980 Perugia (loan) 28 (13)
1981–1985 Juventus 83 (24)
1985–1986 Milan 20 (2)
1986–1987 Hellas Verona 20 (4)
Total 251 (103)
National team
1977–1986 Italy 48 (20)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Paolo Rossi (Italian pronunciation: ; born 23 September 1956) is an Italian former footballer, who played as a forward. In 1982, he led Italy to the 1982 FIFA World Cup title, scoring six goals to win the Golden Boot as top goalscorer, and the Golden Ball for the player of the tournament. Rossi is one of only three players to have won all three awards at a World Cup, along with Garrincha in 1962, and Mario Kempes in 1978. Rossi was also awarded the 1982 Ballon d'Or as the European Footballer of the Year for his performances. Along with Roberto Baggio and Christian Vieri, he is Italy's top scorer in World Cup history, with 9 goals in total.[2]

At club level, Rossi was also a prolific goalscorer for Vicenza. In 1976 he was signed to Juventus from Vicenza in a co-ownership deal for a world record transfer fee.[3] Vicenza retained his services, and he was top goalscorer in Serie B in 1977, leading his team to promotion to Serie A. The following season, Rossi scored 24 goals, to become the first player to top the scoring charts in Serie B and Serie A in consecutive seasons. In 1981 Rossi made his debut for Juventus, and went on to win two Scudetto titles, the Italian Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and the European Cup.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest Italian strikers of all time, in 2004 Rossi was named by Pelé as one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA's 100th anniversary celebration.[4] In the same year, Rossi placed 12 in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. Since retiring, Rossi has gone into sports journalism and punditry. He currently works as a pundit for Juventus Channel.


  • Career 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Scandal 1.2
    • 1982 World Cup 1.3
    • Later years 1.4
    • International goals 1.5
  • Career statistics 2
  • Style of play 3
  • Honours 4
    • International 4.1
    • Individual 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Early years

Rossi was born in Prato (Tuscany) in the area of Santa Lucia (as then Christian Vieri and Alessandro Diamanti).[5][6]

Although he was a member of the squad during the 1972-73 season, Rossi made his debut in professional Italian football with [8][5][9]

A young Paolo Rossi with Como in 1975.

His career came to a turning point when [8][9][10]

Rossi confirmed his growth during the 1978 World Cup tournament, gaining international fame as one of the world's best strikers. Playing for Italy as a central striker, he would switch positions with the two other forwards a fraction of the time, going to his original right wing position. Right winger [8][11]

Rossi up to this point had been jointly owned by Vicenza and Juventus. When the two clubs were called to settle the property, Lanerossi offered the shocking sum of 2.612 million lire for Rossi, who became the [8][10]


While at Perugia, he managed 13 goals in Serie A during the 1979-80 season, also helping the club to the round of 16 of the UEFA Cup. During the season, however, he was involved in the infamous 1980 betting scandal known in Italy as Totonero, and as a result of this Rossi was disqualified for three years, although this was later reduced to a two-year ban. As a result, Rossi missed out on the 1980 European Championship with Italy, where the team once again finished in fourth place, on home soil, after reaching the semi-finals. Despite the ban, Rossi always claimed to be innocent, and stated that he had been a victim of an injustice.[12][11]

1982 World Cup

Paolo Rossi kisses the 1982 FIFA World Cup trophy.

Despite his ban, Rossi was purchased back by Juventus's in 1981, and he returned to the starting line-up just in time for the end of the 1981-82 season to contribute to the club's 1981-82 Serie A title (scoring 1 goal in 3 appearances), and to take part in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, with Italy.[7] Italian journalists and tifosi initially lamented that he was in very poor shape, however, and this view seemed to be confirmed by Italy's first, appalling three group matches, in which he was allegedly described as a ghost aimlessly wandering over the field.[13]

Italy manager [8][11]

Italian fans hung banners proclaiming him "[8][14]

Later years

Paolo Rossi with Juventus.

After the 1982 World Cup, Rossi continued to play with [8][11][14]

After his stint with Juventus, he moved on to a then struggling [8]

Rossi scored a total of 20 goals in 48 senior international caps for Italy.[15] Undoubtedly, his most important goal was the winner against Brazil in the 1982 World Cup which completed a famous hat trick and enabled the Azzurri to advance to the semi-finals at the expense of the South Americans. Rossi further represented Italy in the 1991 edition of the World Cup of Masters, scoring in the third place play off against Uruguay. Rossi is currently Italy's joint all-time top goalscorer in the FIFA World Cup, with 9 goals in 14 appearances over two editions of the tournament, alongside Roberto Baggio and Christian Vieri. 6 of his World Cup goals came in 7 appearances in Italy's victorious 1982 edition, and 3 of his goals came in 7 appearances in the 1978 edition, where Italy finished in fourth place.[7][14]

Rossi was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004; during the same year, he placed 12th in the UEFA Golden Jubilee poll.[16][17]

In August 1990, he was named vice-president of Lega Pro Prima Divisione club A.S. Pescina Valle del Giovenco.[18]

International goals

Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.[15]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 1978 Estadio Mundialista, Mar del Plata  France 1–1 2–1 1978 World Cup
2. 6 June 1978 Estadio Mundialista, Mar del Plata  Hungary 1–0 3–1 1978 World Cup
3. 18 June 1978 Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires  Austria 1–0 1–0 1978 World Cup
4. 21 December 1978 Stadio Olimpico, Rome  Spain 1–0 1–0 Friendly
5. 24 February 1979 San Siro, Milan  Netherlands 2–0 3–0 Friendly
6. 26 May 1979 Stadio Olimpico, Rome  Argentina 2–1 2–2 Friendly
7. 13 June 1979 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb  Yugoslavia 1–0 1–4 Friendly
8. 5 July 1982 Estadio Sarriá, Barcelona  Brazil 1–0 3–2 1982 World Cup
9. 2–1
10. 3–2
11. 8 July 1982 Camp Nou, Barcelona  Poland 1–0 2–0 1982 World Cup
12. 2–0
13. 11 July 1982 Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid  West Germany 1–0 3–1 1982 World Cup
14. 5 October 1983 Stadio della Vittoria, Bari  Greece 3–0 3–0 Friendly
15. 22 December 1983 Stadio Renato Curi, Perugia  Cyprus 3–1 3–1 Euro 1984 qualifier
16. 4 February 1984 Stadio Olimpico, Rome  Mexico 2–0 5–0 Friendly
17. 3–0
18. 4–0
19. 5 February 1985 Dalymount Park, Dublin  Republic of Ireland 1–0 2–1 Friendly
20. 3 April 1985 Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca, Ascoli Piceno  Portugal 2–0 2–0 Friendly

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1975–76 Como Serie A 6 0
1976–77 Lanerossi Vicenza Serie B 36 21
1977–78 Serie A 30 24
1978–79 28 15
1979–80 Perugia 28 13
1980–81 0 0
1981–82 Juventus 3 1
1982–83 23 7 9 6
1983–84 30 13 9 2
1984–85 27 3 10 5
1985–86 Milan 20 2
1986–87 Hellas Verona 20 4
Total Italy 251 103
Career total 251 103
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1977 1 0
1978 10 4
1979 5 3
1980 3 0
1981 0 0
1982 11 6
1983 7 2
1984 6 3
1985 3 2
1986 2 0
Total 48 20

Style of play

Paolo Rossi is widely regarded as one the greatest and most prolific Italian forwards of all time.[9] Although he lacked the intimidating physical presence of a typical out-and-out striker, Rossi was a quick, agile, prolific, and elegant centre-forward, with good technique, balance, and an eye for goal.[5][20] He made up for his lack of strength, physicality and power with his keen sense of opportunism, intelligence, positioning, and sharp finishing skills with his feet, as well as in the air, and also with his head.[11][9][7] Although Rossi was primarily known as a striker, he began his career as a winger, and in his later career with Juventus, he was also deployed out of a position as a supporting forward, due to the offensive attributes of new arrivals such as Boniek and Michel Platini, in particular.[7]








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External links

  • Official website (Italian)
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