Ezio Vendrame

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Ezio Vendrame
Born (1947-11-21) 21 November 1947 (age 71)
OccupationWriter, soccer player

Ezio Vendrame (born 21 November 1947) is an Italian writer and former footballer, who played as a midfielder.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Vendrame was born in Casarsa della Delizia, Province of Pordenone, Italy.[1][2][3]

Footballing career[edit]

A talented and creative offensive central midfielder or winger, with excellent technique, dribbling skills, and an eye for the final pass, Vendrame was regarded as one of the most promising young Italian players early in his career, even earning the nickname "the Italian George Best". He began his career in the Udinese youth sector, and later moved to Serie A side SPAL in 1967, but did not make a single appearance for the team. He later played for Torres and Siena, as well as SPAL once again, in Serie C. He made his Serie A debut with Vicenza in 1971, where he rose to hero status due to his performances; he remained with the club until 1974, when he moved to Napoli for a season. In total, he scored one goal in 49 Serie A appearances. He ultimately failed to live up to his potential, however, and spent the remainder of his career in the lower divisions of Italian football, first in Serie C, with Padova and Azzanese, then later in Serie D with Pordenone, and in the amateur divisions with Casara.[4][5]

Writing career[edit]

Following his retirement from football, Vendrame pursued a career as a writer, publishing several books.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Comunicato Stampa: 'Ezio Vendrame racconta Piero Ciampi'". Rockol (in Italian). 12 May 2005. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Sanremo, prime esclusioni Vendrame-Bonolis, è polemica". La Repubblica (in Italian). 2 March 2005. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b Simon Gambacorta (31 May 2007). "Ezio Vendrame, "Il mio miele ti avvelenerà"". Abruzzo Cultura (in Italian). Retrieved 30 March 2010.
  4. ^ Nanni Boi (29 May 2003). "Niccolai, autogol alla Sivori" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b Sebastiano Vernazza. "Ezio Vendrame" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 22 November 2015.