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The 1982 Football World Cup will forever be know as Paolo Rossi's tournament. He was the leading scorer with six goals to give Italy their first victory in the World Cup in 48 years. They started out as long shots but this changed as the tournament went on. It got through to the second round without winning a match and then defeated both Argentina and Brazil.

The Italy - Brazil game game is a World Cup classic with Rossi scoring a hatrick in a 3-2 win. In the semi-finals, Italy outclassed Poland while West Germany defeated France in the first World Cup game to go to a penalty shootout. It was a tight match but Italy kicked free with three second half goals to record a famous victory.

If the 1982 tournament has taught us anything, it that you shouldn't read too much into the early football betting odds. England were eliminated despite not losing a game and the more fancied Spain, Argentina and Brazil all failed to reach the semi-finals. Instead it was Poland who reached the final four. You may struggle to qualify for the World Cup or in the early stages; what is important is to make it through to the knockout phase and hit your peak form then.




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