Ferruccio Mazzola

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Ferruccio Mazzola
Ferruccio Mazzola.jpg
Mazzola as captain of Lazio
Personal information
Full name Ferruccio Mazzola
Date of birth (1945-02-01)1 February 1945
Place of birth Turin, Italy
Date of death 7 May 2013(2013-05-07) (aged 68)
Place of death Rome, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1963–1964 Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1965 Marzotto 22 (6)
1965–1967 Venezia 50 (13)
1967 Internazionale 1 (0)
1967–1968 Lecco 18 (1)
1968–1971 Lazio 85 (11)
1971–1972 Fiorentina 16 (1)
1972–1974 Lazio 1 (0)
1974–1977 Sant'Angelo 69 (3)
1975 Hartford Bicentennials (loan) 1 (0)
Total 263 (35)
Teams managed
1981–1983 Cynthia
1983–1986 Siena
1986–1987 Spal
1987–1988 Venezia
1988–1989 Siena
1989–1990 Perugia
1990–1992 Spezia
1992–1993 Alessandria
1994–1995 Aosta

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 28, 2010.


Ferruccio Mazzola (February 1, 1945 – May 7, 2013[1]) was an Italian former professional footballer and manager, who played as a midfielder. He was the son of former footballer Valentino Mazzola, and the younger brother of retired footballer Sandro Mazzola.

Club career[edit]

Ferruccio grew up in Internazionale youth team (1963–64); at the time, his older brother, Sandro, was playing in the senior side under legendary manager Helenio Herrera, which, due to its success, has come to be known as La Grande Inter. He played for long periods with Venezia (1965–67), following his father's footsteps, and also Lazio (1968–74), where he won an Italian Championship during the 1973–74 season, also captaining the squad for a time.[2] He also briefly played for the Inter senior side (1967), Marzotto (1964–65), Lecco (1967–68), Fiorentina (1971–72), Hartford Bicentennials on loan (1975), and Sant'Angelo (1974–77), where he retired from professional football, at the age of 30. Despite being a talented young footballer, he had a difficult career, partially due to his strong character, and was unable to achieve the success of his father and older brother.[3]

Managerial career[edit]

He retired from active football in 1977 to pursue a coaching career; he obtained two promotions from Serie C2 to C1 (Siena 1984–85 and Venezia 1987–88).[4]

Controversy[edit]

In 2004, in a book (Il terzo incomodo[5]) and in an interview to L'espresso[6] he spoke out against the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport made by F.C. Internazionale during the "Grande Inter" times, by Lazio and Fiorentina.

Internazionale chairman Massimo Moratti sued Mazzola for those declarations. Mazzola finally won the legal case in 2010.[7]

Death[edit]

Mazzola died in Rome on May 7, 2013 after a long illness.[8]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Venezia[3]
Lazio[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://ita.worldfootball.net/spieler_profil/ferruccio-mazzola/#redirect
  3. ^ a b c Gigi Garanzini. "MAZZOLA, Ferruccio" (in Italian). Treccani: Enciclopedia dello Sport. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Fabio Monti (7 May 2013). "Addio Ferruccio Mazzola, fratello «contro» del mitico Sandro" [Goodbye Ferruccio Mazzola, the brother "against" the legendary Sandro] (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Le pesanti verità di Ferruccio Mazzola
  6. ^ La pillola misteriosa di Herrera
  7. ^ Doping nel calcio: Ferruccio Mazzola e la Bradipolibri vincono la causa contro l'Inter
  8. ^ [2]