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Renzo De Vecchi

Renzo De Vecchi
Date of birth(1894-02-03)February 3, 1894
Place of birthMilan, Italy
Date of deathMay 14, 1967(1967-05-14) (aged 73)
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Playing positionDefender
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National team
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Renzo De Vecchi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈrɛntso deˈvɛkki]; February 3, 1894 in Milan – May 14, 1967) was an Italian football player and coach who played as a defender. He competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics with Italy. One of Italy's greatest players, he was known for his technical dribbling skills, and his ability on penalty kicks, despite being a defender. As a ball-winning full-back, he was known for his strength, tackling ability, anticipation, and his organisational skills.[1]


Renzo De Vecchi is the youngest player to play in a Serie A game for Milan, making his debut at 15 years and 284 days, on 14 November 1909, in a 2-1 home win over Ausonia. He soon becoming a member of the starting line-up on the left side of the back-line, although he was also capable of playing in midfield.[1] Due to his class and playing ability, he was given the nickname "Il Figlio di Dio" (The Son of God) by the Milan fans.[2] He later moved to Genoa in 1913, winning three Italian League titles during his time with the club, before retiring in 1929. Between 1927 and 1929, he worked as a player-manager for Genoa, and during the 1929-30 season, after retiring as a player, he became the club's manager for a season, temporarily moving to Rapallo in 1930, for three seasons. He returned to Genoa in 1933, and he helped the club to gain Serie A promotion, winning the 1934–35 Serie B title, before retiring.[1]

De Vecchi is also the youngest debutant for the Italian national team at only 16 years, four months, and 24 days, makign his international debut on 26 May 1910, in a 6-1 away defeat to Hungary[1]. As a member of the Italian Olympic squad in 1912, he played one match in the main tournament as well as two matches in the consolation tournament; he also represented Italy at the 1924 Summer Olympic Games. In total, he made 43 appearances for Italy between 1910 and 1925.[3][1]







  1. ^ a b c d e f "Renzo De Vecchi". (in Italian). Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Stampa Sera, 15-16 maggio 1967, pagina 7". (in Italian). La Stampa. 16 May 1967. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nazionale in cifre: De Vecchi, Renzo". (in Italian). Retrieved 26 April 2015. 

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