People: Jul. 26, 1982

Italy 3, West Germany 1. It was the single most significant soccer score in 44 years for the Italians, whose team had just won its first World Cup since 1938. But the victory was surely sweetest of all for the club's champion striker, Paolo Rossi, 25. He had returned to the sport just two months earlier, after a two-year suspension when he was implicated in a betting scandal. Scoring six goals, Rossi displayed an almost mystical artistry with foot and ball that belied earlier fears. "I'd been morally depressed for so long," he said....

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