Legendary Italian coach Bearzot dies

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MILAN -- Enzo Bearzot, who led Italy to the 1982 FIFA World Cup title, died Tuesday. He was 83.

Bearzot had been ill for years, although a cause of death was not announced. He never coached a Serie A side before taking over Italy in 1975, and stayed in charge of the team for three World Cup tournaments.

He snapped Italy's 44-year drought in the World Cup by capturing the title in 1982. Italy tied all three matches in the group stage that year, but defeated Argentina, Brazil and Poland to reach the final, where it beat West Germany, 3-1.

Before winning the 1982 World Cup, Bearzot helped Italy claim fourth the World Cup in 1978 and Euro 1980. Italy did not qualify for the Euro 1984 finals, but reached the last 16 in the 1986 World Cup.

Bearzot stepped down after the 1986 World Cup and never coached again.

Italy won its first two World Cups championships in 1934 and 1938. Italy won its fourth title in 2006, second only to Brazil's five.


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