Vittorio Mero

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Vittorio Mero
Personal information
Full name Vittorio Mero
Date of birth (1974-05-21)21 May 1974
Place of birth Vercelli, Italy
Date of death 23 January 2002(2002-01-23) (aged 27)
Place of death Rovato, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1990–1991 Belvedere
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Casale 2 (0)
1992–1993 Parma 0 (0)
1993–1995 Crevalcore 56 (3)
1995–1998 Ravenna 85 (6)
1998–2002 Brescia 57 (2)
2001 Ternana (loan) 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Vittorio Mero (21 May 1974 – 23 January 2002) was an Italian footballer. He spent his whole career in Italy playing for lower and high division clubs such as A.S. Casale Calcio, Parma F.C., Crevalcore, Ravenna Calcio, Brescia Calcio and Ternana Calcio.

Career[edit]

Born at Vercelli, he started his career with an amateur team, Belvedere in 1990–91, and made his debut at the professional level at the age of 17 for A.S. Casale Calcio. The following year Mero signed for Parma F.C., playing with the Primavera team before being sold to Crevalcore, with whom he won the Serie C2 league. In 1995 he was signed by Ravenna, team for which he played three seasons, obtaining a promotion to Serie B. He moved to Brescia in 1998, obtaining his first promotion to Serie A and making his European debut as team captain in the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup, in which Brescia reached the finals, eventually losing to Paris Saint-Germain. During his time there, he was nicknamed Sceriffo (Sheriff) by his coach Nedo Sonetti for his diligence and reliability.[1]

Death[edit]

Mero died on 23 January 2002, in a car accident in the A4 highway near Rovato.[2] Brescia honoured him by retiring the #13 jersey.[3]

Honours[edit]

Crevalcore

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gaia, Piccardi; Di Schiavi, Vincenzo (24 January 2002). "La morte di Mero, arrestato un camionista". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Brescia defender Mero killed". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 23 January 2002. Archived from the original on 20 February 2002. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Brescia in lutto". RAI Sport (in Italian) (Radiotelevisione italiana S.p.A.). 24 January 2002. Retrieved 5 January 2015.