Facchetti on a 1968 Ajman stamp
|Full name||Giacinto Facchetti|
|Date of birth||18 July 1942|
|Place of birth||Treviglio, Italy|
|Date of death||4 September 2006(aged 64)|
|Place of death||Milan, Italy|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Left Back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Giacinto Facchetti (Italian pronunciation: [dʒaˈtʃinto fakˈketti]; 18 July 1942 – 4 September 2006) was an Italian football player. From January 2004 until his death, he was President of Internazionale, the club for which he played for his whole career during the 1960s and 1970s, playing 634 official games and scoring 75 goals. He played for the Internazionale team remembered as “Grande Inter”. Facchetti is remembered as one of the first truly great attacking full-backs, and one of the best ever in his position. In March 2004, Pelé named him one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA's 100th anniversary celebrations.
Born at Treviglio, in the Province of Bergamo (Lombardy), Facchetti began his career with his hometown club, Trevigliese, as a forward. He was soon noticed by Helenio Herrera, then manager of Inter Milan, who launched him in Serie A in the late 1960–61 season as a full back. The change of role was a good choice, and eventually Facchetti developed into one of the most effective defenders of Italian football.
Facchetti made his debut for Italy on 23 March 1963. He was capped 94 times (a record at the time, since overtaken only by Dino Zoff, Paolo Maldini, Andrea Pirlo and Fabio Cannavaro), wearing the captain's armband 70 times and scoring three goals. He played for his country at the 1966, 1970 (where his team was runner-up to Brazil losing the final by 4–1), and 1974 FIFA World Cups, and was part of the winning Italian squad at Euro 68.
Giacinto was sent off only once, for sarcastically applauding the referee.
Over the years Facchetti held various managerial positions at Inter, including technical director, board member, worldwide ambassador and vice president. Facchetti was elected president of Inter on 19 January 2004. After a long illness, he died of pancreatic cancer in Milan on 4 September 2006. He is survived by his wife, Giovanna, and four children.
His former club, Inter, posthumously retired the number 3 shirt in his honour.
On 22 September 2008, a square in the town of Cesano Maderno, Milan was renamed in honor of Giacinto Facchetti.
Facchetti is featured in video game FIFA 12's Classic XI – a multi-national all-star team.
|1.||4 November 1964||Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy||Finland||6–1||Win||1966 FIFA World Cup Q.|
|2.||7 December 1965||Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy||Scotland||3–0||Win||1966 FIFA World Cup Q.|
|3.||22 March 1967||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||Cyprus||0–2||Win||Euro 1968 Q.|
|Correct as of 13 January 2013|
National team statistics
|1960–61||Internazionale Milano||Serie A||3||1||-||1||0||4||1|
Honours as a player
- Italian Serie A champion in 1962–63; 1964–65; 1965–66, 1970–71 with Inter
- Coppa Italia 1977–78 with Inter
- European Cup Winner in 1963–64 and 1964–65
and Runner up in 1966–67 and 1971–72 with Inter
- Intercontinental Cup in 1964, 1965 with Inter
- 1970 FIFA World Cup: Runner-up
- Euro 68: Winner
- FIFA 100 (125 greatest living players, as selected by Pelé): 2004
- "Pele's list of the greatest". BBC Sport. 4 March 2004. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- Football PLAYER: Giacinto Facchetti
- Fans’ Tributes
- Contains footage of European Cup Final of 1972 – Ajax vs. Internazionale 2–0 on YouTube