Ezio Loik

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Ezio Loik
Ezio Loik, Grande Torino.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1919-09-26)26 September 1919
Place of birth Fiume, Italian Regency of Carnaro
Date of death 4 May 1949(1949-05-04) (aged 29)
Place of death Superga, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1936–1937 Fiumana 41 (12)
1937–1940 Milan 53 (10)
1940–1942 Venezia 60 (13)
1942–1949 Torino 176 (70)
National team
1942–1949 Italy 9 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ezio Loik (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɛttsjo ˈlɔik]; 26 September 1919 – 4 May 1949) was an Italian footballer who played as midfielder.

Born in Fiume, Loik began his career with Fiumana. He made his Serie A debut with Milan in 1937, and after three seasons, moved to Venezia. In Venice, he formed a notable partnership with Valentino Mazzola, and won the Coppa Italia in 1941. The following season, he moved to Torino, where he immediately won the domestic double and five consecutive Serie A titles.

At international level, Loik represented the Italy national team. He died in the 1949 Superga air disaster, along with the whole Grande Torino team.[1]

Club career[edit]

Loik was born in Fiume (then part of Italy, current Rijeka, Croatia). He played as a midfielder, debuting for U.S. Fiumana aged 17 in the 1936–37 serie C tournament. After three seasons in Serie A with A.C. Milan, he moved to Venezia, where he obtained a third place and a Coppa Italia in 1941.[1]

He moved to Torino in 1942, where he formed a notable midfield duo with Valentino Mazzola, who had also previously played for Venezia.[1]

With the Grande Torino side, Loik won five consecutive Serie A scudetti and one further Coppa Italia (1942–43), until dying with most of the team in the Superga air disaster near Turin, on 4 May 1949, which also made up much of the Italian national team at the time.[1]

International career[edit]

Loik was also capped nine times for the Italy national football team between 1942 and 1949, scoring four goals.[2]

Honours[edit]

Venezia[1]
Torino[1]
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Loik, Ezio" (in Italian). Enciclopedia del Calcio. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Nazionale in cifre: Loik, Ezio" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  3. ^ "DREAM TEAM: Asevi s Kantride: Idealna momčad Rijeke". Novi list. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2017.

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