Italy's 1982 World Cup winning coach passes away

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Enzo Bearzot, the coach who led Italy to World Cup glory in 1982, died yesterday, aged 83.

Tributes poured in for Bearzot, who worked his way up the Italian coaching pyramid to take charge of the Azzurri between 1975 and 1986, despite never having managed a Serie A team.

He played for Internazionale and Torino as a defender, and won one cap. "For me he was like a father," Paolo Rossi, the 1982 Golden Boot winner, said.

"I owe him everything. He was an incredibly honest person."