During the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Zoff's Italy and the brilliant Paolo Rossi went from less to more. They beat Argentina, Brazil, Poland and Germany in the final held at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, thus earning their third star.
The 1982 World Cup in Spain had no less than 17 venues. Although, once again, the teams were divided into groups (6 of 4), the figure of the semifinal was reinstated. It is considered one of the best World Cups for its cast.