Renzo De Vecchi
|Date of birth||February 3, 1894|
|Place of birth||Milan, Italy|
|Date of death||May 14, 1967(aged 73)|
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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.
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. Due to his class and playing ability, he was given the nickname "Il Figlio di Dio" (The Son of God) by the Milan fans. 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.
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. 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.
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- Renzo De Vecchi at National-Football-Teams.com