Tag Archives: Italy

 

Enjoy the World Cup – except when you play against us!

While the public mood is muted in Argentina and one of building resentment in Sao Paulo, enthusiasm for the forthcoming World Cup is bubbling on the streets of Montevideo, capital city of reigning Unofficial Football World Champions Uruguay. ‘Welcome! Enjoy the World Cup – except when you play against us,’ a friendly customs officer greeted me at Colonia del Sacramento, an hour-long ferry ride from Buenos Aires. Two-time winners of FIFA’s showcase competition, Uruguayan fans on Montevideo’s main boulevard, the Avenida 18 de Julio, described a draw which places La Celeste in the same group as England, Italy and Costa Rica as ‘both a dream and a nightmare’.

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UFWC World Cup preview: Uruguay’s chances in Brazil

The UFWC title is going to the World Cup, in the hands of Unofficial Football World Champions Uruguay. The WC tournament begins in Brazil this Thursday, 12 June, and the UFWC action begins on Saturday, 14 June, when Uruguay play Costa Rica in Group D. Also in Group D are England and Italy, both likely to be involved in UFWC title matches over the next couple of weeks. Depending on results, the unofficial title may then be contested in the knock-out stages, which would mean UFWC title matches all the way to the WC Final.

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UFWC World Cup Classics: Italy vs West Germany, 1982

Peru took the UFWC title into the 1982 World Cup in Spain, only to be beaten 5-1 by Poland and Zbigniew Boniek. Poland had a great tournament and reached the semi-final but, without the suspended ‘Zibi’, they lost to Italy and two-goal Paolo Rossi. So Spain 82 culminated with another UFWC / World Cup final decider, between UFWC champions Italy and West Germany. Italy had the likes of Dino Zoff, Guiseppe Bergomi, Marco Tardelli and the afore-mentioned Rossi. West Germany also had an impressive line-up, including Harald Schumacher, Paul Breitner, Pierre Littbarski and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

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