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Marco Tardelli, Italy v West Germany, World Cup Final 1982
Italy’s passage to the final we saw in they followed up that quarter final win over Brazil with a victory over Poland in the semis with two more goals from Rossi. Their opponents in the final were West Germany who were fortunate to beat France in the other semi-final.

In a tight first half Italy were awarded a penalty but Antonio Cabrini fired wide. Just before the hour mark Italy were awarded a free kick thirty yards from goal, they took it quickly catching the German defence unaware and Rossi scored with a diving header to put the Italians 1 up.
The Goal
Italy work the ball to defensive midfielder Marco Tardelli, Tardelli appears to miscontrol the ball before hitting it sweetly in to the corner of the net. The celebration that followed is more famous than the goal itself as we see Marco Tardelli expressing every happy emotion possible.

What Happened Next?
Italy scored again before West Germany got a consolation goal. West Germany would suffer more heartbreak in the 1986 final before finally winning the World Cup for the third time in 1990.
Tardelli continued to win titles with Juventus before slowly winding down his playing career with Inter and St Gallen in Switzerland. He became a manager and had spells in three countries. He taught the Italian U21 side as well as a couple of clubs, he had a spell as Egypt head coach before most recently being assistant to Trappatoni as Republic of Ireland assistant manager.

Tardelli’s celebration would provide inspiration for Grosso’s in 2006…

The Guardian looks at the best celebrations in sport in the 1980’s

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