Pierluigi Marzorati

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Pierluigi Marzorati
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Personal information
Born (1952-09-12) September 12, 1952 (age 62)
Figino Serenza, Italy
Nationality Italian
Listed height 6 ft 1.75 in (1.87 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
Pro career 1969–1991, 2006
Position Point guard
Career history
1969–1991, 2006 Cantù
Career highlights and awards
FIBA Hall of Fame as player

Pierluigi Marzorati (born September 12, 1952 in Figino Serenza, Italy) is an Italian former professional basketball player.

Marzorati is considered one of the best points guards of all time in Europe, and was named the European Player of the Year, Mister Europa, in 1976. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. In 2007, he was inducted into the Italian Basketball Hall of Fame, and he was also enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.

Club playing career[edit]

Marzorati was one of the key players of the Cantù team (in which he played from 1969 to 1991), winning 2 Italian League championships]] (in 1975, and 1981), 2 European Champions' Cup (Euroleague) titles (1982 and 1983), 4 Cup Winners' Cups (1977, 1978, 1979, and 1981), 4 Korać Cups (1973, 1974, 1975, and 1991) and 2 FIBA Intercontinental Cups (1975 and 1982).

In July 2006, Marzorati decided to come back at age 54, to top class competitions with Cantù, for the 70th anniversary of the team. On October 6, 2006, he finally appeared in an official game for Cantù, playing two minutes in an Italian League game, against the Italian national league champions Benetton Treviso. Cantù won 70-69. This way, he became the first basketball player in history, to have played official games in five different decades, as well as the oldest professional basketball player to have ever taken part in an official game.

Italian national team[edit]

Marzorati played in 278 games for the Italian national basketball team, scoring 2,209 points. He won the silver medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, the gold medal at the FIBA EuroBasket 1983, plus three bronze medals at the 1971, 1975, and 1985 FIBA EuroBaskets.

Post playing career[edit]

He first announced his retirement from his playing career in 1991, after having played his whole career with Cantù. After that, he became a vice-president for the club, and served in that capacity until 1996.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mr. Europa
1976
Succeeded by
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Dalipagić