Enrico Cucchi

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Enrico Cucchi
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-08-02)2 August 1965
Place of birth Savona, Italy
Date of death 4 March 1996(1996-03-04) (aged 30)
Place of death Tortona, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1982 Savona 25 (1)
1982–1990 Internazionale 61 (1)
1987–1988 Empoli (loan) 26 (8)
1988–1989 Fiorentina (loan) 32 (4)
1990–1993 Bari 67 (6)
1993–1995 Ravenna 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Enrico Cucchi (2 August 1965 in Savona – 4 March 1996 in Tortona) was an Italian professional football player, who played as a midfielder.

Career[edit]

Enrico Cucchi made his professional debut in 1981 with Savona in Serie C2, which was coached by his father Piero at the time. In 1982, he was sold to Inter and he made his Serie A debut with the club three years later, on 13 January 1985, in a 1–1 away draw against Ascoli. He became a permanent first-team member the subsequent season, making 22 appearances, and scoring a goal against Lecce, also making his European debut with the club in the UEFA Cup. After the 1986–87 season, he spent the next two seasons on loan at Empoli and Fiorentina, before returning to Inter again in 1989. During the 1989–90 season, he scored in Inter's 2–0 victory over Sampdoria in the 1989 Supercoppa Italiana. He was sold to Bari the following season, where his career declined due to illness. He was operated on his thigh due to a growing mole, which was later revealed to be melanoma. He spent his final season with Ravenna during the 1993–94 Serie B season, making only 5 appearances due to his illness, before retiring in 1995.[1][2][3]

Style of play[edit]

Cucchi was a talented, well-rounded and versatile midfielder, who excelled at intercepting passes and breaking down opposing plays, although he was also gifted with good vision, techique, and a powerful shot from distance.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Enrico's father, Piero Cucchi, also played football professionally, later working as a coach. In addition to his footballing career, Enrico also studied law. He died on 4 March 1996 in Tortona of cancer, at the age of 30; he is survived by his wife, Sabrina. Following his death, an association for palliative care was opened in his name.[2][3][4]

Honours[edit]

Inter

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Provenzali, il ricordo di Enrico Cucchi, collega a "Tutto il calcio"" (in Italian). Panorama. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Enrico Cucchi" (in Italian). Associazione Cucchi. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Manca Celo (16 October 2013). "Il calciatore pensante e i sospetti sulle cure" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "La Stampa edizione Alessandria e provincia, 5 marzo 1996, pagina 1" (in Italian). La Stampa. 5 March 1996. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Enrico Cucchi". Eurosport. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 

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