Franco Causio

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Franco Causio
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Franco Causio
Personal information
Full name Franco Causio
Date of birth (1949-02-01) February 1, 1949 (age 65)
Place of birth Lecce, Italy
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Left winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1965 Lecce 3 (0)
1965–1966 Sambenedettese 13 (0)
1966–1968 Juventus 1 (0)
1968–1969 Reggina 30 (5)
1969–1970 Palermo 22 (3)
1970–1981 Juventus 304 (49)
1981–1984 Udinese 83 (11)
1984–1985 Inter 24 (0)
1985–1986 Lecce 26 (3)
1986–1988 Triestina 64 (5)
1964–1988 Total 570 (76)
National team
1972–1983 Italy 63 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Franco Causio (Italian pronunciation: [ˈfraŋko ˈkauzjo]; born 1 February 1949 in Lecce) is an Italian, World Cup winning former footballer who played for Juventus for many years in the 1970s and 1980s.


Causio was born in Lecce (Apulia), and moved to Juventus when he was 17.

After some years on loan in Serie B (playing in Reggina and Palermo), he returned to Juventus in during 1970. For 11 years he wore number 7 for Juventus, and played with players such as Roberto Bettega, Marco Tardelli, Dino Zoff, Gaetano Scirea and Antonio Cabrini, winning 6 scudettos and a UEFA cup.

In 1981 he moved to Udinese where he played for 3 years, teaming up with Brazilian national team player Zico. Then he played in his city football team, Lecce, in its debut in Serie A (1985/86). Subsequently he signed for Inter. He finished his career playing for Serie B team Triestina at the age of 39.[1]

He made his debut with Italian national football team on April 29, 1972 (Italy-Belgium). He was in the Italian squad at the WC 1974, WC 1978 and WC 1982, which was won by Italy.[2][3]

His nickname was "The Baron",[4] because of his stylish moves on the pitch and his well-educated and fair attitude in life.