Rossi: UEFA to join Italian Football Federation in mourning 1982 World Cup hero

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) honours Rossi

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) honours Rossi

The flags are lowered to half mast today at the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) headquarters in Rome in honour of the deceased Paolo Rossi. News of the Azzurri legend’s death broke out when late on Wednesday when an Italian state TV report Erenrico Varriale tweeted that Rossi had died aged 64.

Rossi died at 64

 A very sad news: Paolo Rossi left us. Unforgettable Pablito, who made us all fall in love in that summer of ’82 and who has been a precious and competent workmate at RAI in recent years. Rip dear Paolo. 

Pablo Rossi 1982 World Cup

Rossi won the Ballon Do’r in 1982 after his six goals helped Italy to World Cup glory in Spain, also taking home the player of the tournament award. He scored a memorable hat trick against Brazilian in the quarter finals as Italy ran out 3-2 winners in  Barcelona. His two more goals against Poland helped secure a 2-0 semi final win, while he scored the opening goal in a 3-1 win over West Germany in the final. His exploits earning him the nickname “Pablito”.

Rossi’s club honours includes:

2 Serie A titles

1 European Cup

1 Coppa Italia

1 European Cup Winners’ Cup

1 UEFA Super Cup.

Moment of silence in Europa League for Rossi

UEFA have announced that “a moment of silence” will be observed before kickoff in all of Thursday night’s Europa League matches as tribute to the former Juventus and AC Milan striker.