Italy’s World Cup-winning coach dies

December 22nd, 2010 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Milan, Dec 22 (IANS/AKI) Enzo Bearzot, the coach who led Italy to victory in the 1982 World Cup football tournament, has died. He was 83.Bearzot, who passed away here Tuesday, had been seriously ill for many years. He is survived by wife Luisa, daughter Cinzia and son Glauco.

He guided the Azzurri, as Italy’s national team is called, in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups. Bearzot coached the national team for 104 games.

“We lost an extraordinary person, an honest and brave man,” Dino Zoff, captain of the 1982 team, told Sky Italia.

Bearzot was born in Aiello in Italy’s northeast Sep 27, 1927 and played in midfield for Inter Milan, Catania and Torino. He retired as a player in 1964.

He returned to the Italian football association in 2002 as president of its technical sector, a post he held until 2005.

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