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Ferruccio Mazzola

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Ferruccio Mazzola
Full nameFerruccio Mazzola
Date of birth(1948-02-01)1 February 1948
Place of birthTurin, Italy
Date of death7 May 2013(2013-05-07) (aged 65)
Place of deathRome, Italy
Playing positionMidfielder
Youth career
1963–1964Internazionale
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1964–1965Marzotto22(6)
1965–1967Venezia50(13)
1967Internazionale1(0)
1967–1968Lecco18(1)
1968–1971Lazio85(11)
1971–1972Fiorentina16(1)
1972–1974Lazio1(0)
1974–1977Sant'Angelo69(3)
1975Hartford Bicentennials (loan)1(0)
Total263(35)
Teams managed
1981–1983Cynthia
1983–1986Siena
1986–1987Spal
1987–1988Venezia
1988–1989Siena
1989–1990Perugia
1990–1992Spezia
1992–1993Alessandria
1994–1995Aosta

Ferruccio Mazzola (February 1, 1948 – May 7, 2013[1]) was an Italian former professional footballer and manager, who played as a midfielder. He was the son of former footballer Valentino Mazzola, and the younger brother of retired footballer Sandro Mazzola.

Club career

Ferruccio grew up in Internazionale youth team (1963–64); at the time, his older brother, Sandro, was playing in the senior side under legendary manager Helenio Herrera, which, due to its success, has come to be known as La Grande Inter. He played for long periods with Venezia (1965–67), following his father's footsteps, and also Lazio (1968–74), where he won an Italian Championship during the 1973–74 season, also captaining the squad for a time.[2] He also briefly played for the Inter senior side (1967), Marzotto (1964-65), Lecco (1967–68), Fiorentina (1971–72), Hartford Bicentennials on loan (1975), and Sant'Angelo (1974–77), where he retired from professional football, at the age of 30. Despite being a talented young footballer, he had a difficult career, partially due to his strong character, and was unable to achieve the success of his father and older brother.[3]

Managerial career

He retired from active football in 1977 to pursue a coaching career; he obtained two promotions from Serie C2 to C1 (Siena 1984–85 and Venezia 1987–88).[4]

Controversy

In 2004, in a book (Il terzo incomodo[5]) and in an interview to L'espresso[6] he spoke out against the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport made by F.C. Internazionale during the "Grande Inter" times, by Lazio and Fiorentina.

Internazionale chairman Massimo Moratti sued Mazzola for those declarations. Mazzola finally won the legal case in 2010.[7]

Death

Mazzola died in Rome on May 7, 2013 after a long illness.[8]

Honours

Club

Venezia[3]
Lazio[3]

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://ita.worldfootball.net/spieler_profil/ferruccio-mazzola/#redirect
  3. ^ a b c Gigi Garanzini. "MAZZOLA, Ferruccio" (in Italian). Treccani: Enciclopedia dello Sport. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Fabio Monti (7 May 2013). "Addio Ferruccio Mazzola, fratello «contro» del mitico Sandro" [Goodbye Ferruccio Mazzola, the brother "against" the legendary Sandro] (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Le pesanti verità di Ferruccio Mazzola
  6. ^ La pillola misteriosa di Herrera
  7. ^ Doping nel calcio: Ferruccio Mazzola e la Bradipolibri vincono la causa contro l'Inter
  8. ^ [2]

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