Italian legend Enzo Bearzot passes away

Italy’s World Cup winning Coach of 1982 Enzo Bearzot passed away this morning at his home in Milan. He was 83 and had been battling illness for sometime but his condition deteriorated fatally in the past few days.
‘Vecio’ as he was lovingly known to fans and his players carved himself a place in the annals of Italian football as he led his Azzurri side to it most unlikely triumph at Spain’82.
He was the second longest serving La Nazionale manager having been at the helm of the team for 11 years from 1975 to 1986 only behind the great Vittorio Pozzo who won the 1934 and 1938 World Cup.
Bearzot who was born on September 27, 1927 was also an accomplished midfielder during his years as a player and he enjoyed successful spells at Torino and Inter Milan in the 50s.
His success with Italy in 82 was all the more significant as it came at a time when Italian football was embroiled in a match fixing and betting controversy.
Tributes poured in for the Coach and members of his World Cup winning squad were among the first to express their condolences for his death.
Dino Zoff who was the Azzurri keeper at the time said: “I am very emotional and sad. Losing a person of this moral standard is really bad. He was one of the few people in this world with crystalline honesty, which has now become very strange. “
Paolo Rossi who was pivotal to Italy’s win with six goals in the ’82 campaign also expressed his great sadness at Bearzot’s death. “For me he was like a father, I owe everything to him, without him I would not have done what I did.
“He was a person of a incredible honesty and a technician with great depth. He embodies the spirit of the Italian people, and although he was not a scientist or an artist, he will be remembered as one of the greats of the last century. “

Many clubs also took the opportunity to pay a tribute to Bearzot and expressed their solidarity with his family.

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