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"Italy became world champions for the third time in 1982, their triumph on Spanish soil made memorable by the scoring feats of six-goal striker Paolo Rossi and an iconic celebration by Marco Tardelli. The romantic-minded may have shed a tear for Brazil and France – unlucky losers in two of the finest matches of any FIFA World Cup™ – but few begrudged Enzo Bearzot's men a 3-1 victory over a rugged West Germany team in a Final 'Naranjito' the FIFA World Cup 82 Mascotin which Rossi's opening goal secured him the Golden Shoe to complete a personal redemption story even more dramatic than the Italians' revival after a faltering start.

Rossi had barely returned from a two-year ban from football – the result of his involvement in a match-fixing scandal – when the finals began and he failed to find the net in any of Italy's three group games, all of them drawn. Indeed the Italians only advanced ahead of Cameroon because they had scored one goal more. They came good when it counted, though, eliminating favourites Brazil in the second round thanks to a hat-trick from Rossi, who then struck twice more in the semi-final against Poland.

Italy's other heroes included 40-year-old goalkeeping captain Dino Zoff and 18-year-old full-back Giuseppe Bergomi. Yet while Bergomi became the youngest Italian to appear on the world stage, Northern Ireland's Norman Whiteside surpassed Pele's record as the youngest player in the tournament's entire history – aged 17 years and 41 days. And his team provided one of the main shocks by beating Spain 1-0 to reach the second round."

- FIFA

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Panini 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain Sticker Album

  • Season: 1982Panini World Cup 82 Spain Album Cover
  • League: World Cup
  • Publisher: Panini
  • Pages: 48
  • Stickers: 427
  • Shinys: Tournament Logo, Tournament Mascot, World Cup Trophy, Team Badges
  • Signature Edition: No
  • Star Ratings: No
  • 3D: No
  • Album Available: No. Try eBay?
  • Hardcover Binder: No
  • Sticker Dimensions: 50mm x 70mm

Panini World Cup 82 Spain Sticker Packet

1982 saw Spain hosting the FIFA World Cup for the first time, and, it is also the first time that Panini put shiny 'foil' stickers into their World Cup Sticker Albums! Which is a relief, as here at FootballStickipedia.com we love the shinys. The first page is resplendent in its shiny glory, with the Tournament Logo, Tournament Mascot (a gleeful apple from the look of things, whose football boots look about 12 sizes too small), and World Cup Trophy all glittering beautifully.

Panini World Cup 82 Spain No.148 (Paninimania.com)The Panini Espana 82 World Cup Sticker Album is also the first to do away with the pages looking back to previous tournaments, so the following page jumps to the tournament programme with spaces to fill in scores and results, and the stadiums. There are also some artsy-fartsy looking poster stickers along the top of the page. After 3 pages of stadiums and posters, the national team pages begin, this year with the title holders Italy.

The teams each receive a shiny (thank goodness) badge sticker, a team photo sticker and 16 squad football stickers, spread across two pages per team. Unfortunately for New Zealand, El Salvador and Kuwait, they only receive a single page, the football stickers here are two players each, so they still manage to squeeze in 16 squad football stickers.

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  • The fourth edition of the Panini World Cup Sticker Albums was the first to introduce shiny or 'foil' sticker for important badges and logos
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