Giacinto Facchetti

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Giacinto Facchetti
Ajman 1968-08-25 stamp - Giacinto Facchetti.jpg
Facchetti on a 1968 Ajman stamp
Personal information
Full name Giacinto Facchetti
Date of birth (1942-07-18)18 July 1942
Place of birth Treviglio, Italy
Date of death 4 September 2006(2006-09-04) (aged 64)
Place of death Milan, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Left Back
Youth career
1956–1960 Trevigliese
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1978 Internazionale 476 (59)
National team
1963–1977 Italy 94 (3)
* 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.

Biography[edit]

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.

With his club, Facchetti won four scudetti in 1963, 1965, 1966 and 1971; one Italian Cup in 1978; two European Cups in 1964 and 1965; and two Intercontinental Cups in 1964 and 1965.

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. In March 2004, Pelé named him one of the top 125 greatest living footballers.

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.[1]

Facchetti is featured in video game FIFA 12's Classic XI – a multi national all star team.

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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[2]

National team statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1960–61 Internazionale Milano Serie A 3 1 - 1 0 4 1
1961–62 15 0 - 6 0 21 0
1962–63 31 4 2 0 - 33 4
1963–64 33 4 - 9 0 42 4
1964–65 32 2 3 0 6 1 41 3
1965–66 32 10 1 0 5 2 38 12
1966–67 34 4 2 0 10 2 46 6
1967–68 28 7 9 2 - 37 9
1968–69 30 6 3 1 - 33 7
1969–70 28 5 6 1 8 0 42 6
1970–71 30 5 3 0 2 0 35 5
1971–72 27 4 8 1 9 1 44 6
1972–73 29 1 10 3 5 0 44 4
1973–74 28 2 7 0 2 0 37 2
1974–75 23 0 8 1 3 0 34 1
1975–76 28 3 10 0 - 38 3
1976–77 27 1 9 1 1 0 37 2
1977–78 18 0 4 0 1 0 23 0
Total Italy 476 59 85 10 68 6 629 75
Career total 476 59 85 10 68 6 629 75

Honours as a player[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Football PLAYER: Giacinto Facchetti

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ferran Olivella
Spain 
UEFA European Championship
Winning Captain

1968
Succeeded by
Franz Beckenbauer
West Germany 
Preceded by
Sandro Mazzola
Internazionale captain
1977–1978
Succeeded by
Graziano Bini