Giacinto Facchetti

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Giacinto Facchetti
Giancinto Facchetti.jpg
Facchetti in 2002
Personal information
Full name Giacinto Facchetti
Date of birth (1942-07-18)18 July 1942
Place of birth Treviglio, Italy
Date of death 4 September 2006(2006-09-04) (aged 64)
Place of death Milan, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Left Back
Youth career
1956–1960 Trevigliese
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1978 Internazionale 476 (59)
National team
1963–1977 Italy 94 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Giacinto Facchetti (Italian pronunciation: [dʒaˈtʃinto fakˈketti]; 18 July 1942 – 4 September 2006) was an Italian football player. From January 2004 until his death, he was President of Internazionale, the club for which he played for his whole career during the 1960s and 1970s, playing 634 official games and scoring 75 goals. He played for the Internazionale team remembered as “Grande Inter”. Facchetti is remembered as one of the first truly great attacking full-backs, and one of the best ever in his position; his excellent physical and technical traits, as well as his ability with both feet, his elegance, strength, pace, stamina, distribution, and ball skills, allowed him to excel in this position, where he notably scored 10 goals in Serie A during the 1965-66 Season.[1][2] He also excelled defensively, playing as a sweeper later in his career due to his ability to read the game, man-marking, positioning, anticipation and tackling.[3] In addition to his footballing ability, he was also known for his correct behaviour on the pitch, as well as his leadership.[4] In March 2004, Pelé named him one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA's 100th anniversary celebrations.[5]

Biography and career[edit]

Club[edit]

Born in Treviglio, in the Province of Bergamo (Lombardy), Facchetti began his career with his hometown club, Trevigliese, as a forward, due to his pace, elegance on the ball, crossing ability, powerful shot, and technique. He was soon noticed by Helenio Herrera, then manager of Inter, who launched him in Serie A in the late 1960–61 season as an attacking full back due to his size, physique, and tackling ability, in addition to his offensive attributes.[2] The change of role proved to be an effective choice, and eventually Facchetti developed into one of the most effective defenders in Italian football, forming a notable partnership in defence with fellow Italian full-back Burgnich. Facchetti's innovative playing style as one of the first European overlapping full-backs, combining hard defending with offensive prowess, played a key role in the defensive, yet counter-attacking "catenaccio" system of Herrera's "Grande Inter" side that dominated Italian, European, and World Football in the 60s; whilst conceding few goals defensively, Facchetti was also able to contribute offensively with numerous goals and assists.[1][3][6] He held the record for most goals in a single Serie A season by a defender, with 10 goals scored during the 1965-66 season, until it was broken by Marco Materazzi during the 2000-01 season.[7]

Facchetti spent his entire professional career with Inter, later captaining the side, after Armando Picchi, Mario Corso, and Sandro Mazzola, during his final season with the club, between 1977-78. With his club, Facchetti won four scudetti in 1963, 1965, 1966 and 1971; one Italian Cup in 1978; two European Cups in 1964 and 1965; and two Intercontinental Cups in 1964 and 1965.[1][6] Due to his performances for Inter, Facchetti also narrowly missed the opportunity to become the first defender to win the Ballon d'or, placing second in 1965, after narrowly missing out on a treble winning season with Inter that year; Inter won the Serie A and the European Cup, but were defeated in the 1965 Coppa Italia final by Juventus.

International[edit]

Facchetti made his debut for Italy on 23 March 1963. He was capped 94 times (a record at the time, since overtaken only by Dino Zoff, Paolo Maldini, Andrea Pirlo and Fabio Cannavaro), wearing the captain's armband 70 times and scoring three goals between 1963-1977. He played for his country at the 1966, 1970 (where his team was runner-up to Brazil losing the final by 4–1 - Facchetti was named to the Team of the Tournament), and 1974 FIFA World Cups. Facchetti also captained the Italian squad to victory at Euro 68, also being named as part of the Team of the Tournament.[1][6]

A correct player, Giacinto was sent off only once throughout his career, for sarcastically applauding the referee.[3]

After retirement[edit]

Over the years Facchetti held various managerial positions at Inter, including technical director, board member, worldwide ambassador and vice president. Facchetti was elected president of Inter on 19 January 2004. After a long illness, he died of pancreatic cancer in Milan on 4 September 2006. He is survived by his wife, Giovanna, and four children.[3][6]

His former club, Inter, posthumously retired the number 3 shirt in his honour.[6]

On 22 September 2008, a square in the town of Cesano Maderno, Milan was renamed in honor of Giacinto Facchetti.[6][8]

Facchetti is featured in the football video game FIFA 14's Classic XI – a multi-national all-star team, along with compatriots Bruno Conti, Gianni Rivera, and Franco Baresi.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 November 1964 Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy  Finland 6–1 Win 1966 FIFA World Cup Q.
2. 7 December 1965 Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy  Scotland 3–0 Win 1966 FIFA World Cup Q.
3. 22 March 1967 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus 0–2 Win Euro 1968 Q.
Correct as of 13 January 2013[10]

National team statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1960–61 Internazionale Milano Serie A 3 1 - 1 0 4 1
1961–62 15 0 - 6 0 21 0
1962–63 31 4 2 0 - 33 4
1963–64 33 4 - 9 0 42 4
1964–65 32 2 3 0 6 1 41 3
1965–66 32 10 1 0 5 2 38 12
1966–67 34 4 2 0 10 2 46 6
1967–68 28 7 9 2 - 37 9
1968–69 30 6 3 1 - 33 7
1969–70 28 5 6 1 8 0 42 6
1970–71 30 5 3 0 2 0 35 5
1971–72 27 4 8 1 9 1 44 6
1972–73 29 1 10 3 5 0 44 4
1973–74 28 2 7 0 2 0 37 2
1974–75 23 0 8 1 3 0 34 1
1975–76 28 3 10 0 - 38 3
1976–77 27 1 9 1 1 0 37 2
1977–78 18 0 4 0 1 0 23 0
Total Italy 476 59 85 10 68 6 629 75
Career total 476 59 85 10 68 6 629 75

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

Inter

International[edit]

Italy

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Inter and Italy’s pioneering fullback". Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Treccani: Facchétti, Giacinto". Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Giacinto Facchetti". Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Giacinto Facchetti". Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Pele's list of the greatest". BBC Sport. 4 March 2004. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Giacinto Facchetti". Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "I difensori e il vizio del gol Facchetti il top, poi Matrix". Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "FIFA 14 Classic XI". Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Football PLAYER: Giacinto Facchetti
  11. ^ "Golden Foot Legends". http://www.goldenfoot.com. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "FIFA.com – Presidential Award for Giacinto Facchetti". FIFA. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "1968 team of the tournament". UEFA. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ferran Olivella
 Spain
UEFA European Championship
Winning Captain

1968
Succeeded by
Franz Beckenbauer
 West Germany
Preceded by
Sandro Mazzola
Internazionale captain
1977–1978
Succeeded by
Graziano Bini