|Full name||Giampiero Boniperti|
|Date of birth||4 July 1928|
|Place of birth||Barengo, Italy|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Giampiero Boniperti (born 4 July 1928 in Barengo, Piedmont) is an Italian former football player who played his entire career at Juventus between 1946 and 1961, winning five Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia titles. He also played for the Italian national football team at international level, and took part at the 1950 and 1954 FIFA World Cup finals, as well as the 1952 Summer Olympics with Italy. After retirement from professional football, Boniperti has been a president of Juventus and a deputy to the European Parliament.
A talented, creative, and prolific forward, with good technique, Boniperti is regarded as one of Italy's and Juventus's greatest ever players; with 182 goals in all-competitions, Boniperti was the highest goalscorer in Juventus's history for more than 40 years, until his record was bested by Alessandro Del Piero (who was himself signed by Boniperti in 1993) on 10 January 2006. Del Piero also broke his appearance record on 14 February 2010 when he played his 445th Serie A game. Notably, Boniperti is the eleventh-highest goalscorer of all-time in Serie A and was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.
Boniperti signed for Juventus at age 16, he had already built himself a reputation prior to this at youth level, as he scored 11 goals in one match.
The youngster played his first match for the Old Lady in Serie A on 2 March 1947 against A.C. Milan, unfortunately for Boniperti it ended in a 2–1 defeat. His first goal for them in the league was three months later, against Sampdoria. Juventus ended the 1946–47 Serie A season as runners-up to local rivals Torino, Giampiero ended the season with 5 goals in 6 games to his name.
Although he began as a centre forward he was a flexible player, and could play also as an inside forward or on the right wing. His second season with Juventus really put him on the map, he was only just 20 years old, but scored 27 goals during that season, he finished above Valentino Mazzola as the league's topscorer.
Boniperti's first league championship with Juventus was during the 1949–50 season. His scoring rate remained prolific and by his 24th birthday he had scored 100 goals for the Turin giants, adding a second scudetto title to his name in 1951–52. Although he was named the club's captain in 1954, for much of the 1950s Juve and Boniperti struggled to put the club back to the top of the Italian championship.
However, in 1957 La Vecchia Signora signed two forwards; John Charles and Omar Sivori, along with them Boniperti would be a part of what was referred to as the Magical Trio. The three players excelled impeccably together: during Boniperti's last four seasons at the club, Juventus dominated the Italian league, winning the Serie A three times (1957–58, 1959–60 and 1960–61), and the Coppa Italia twice (1958–59 and 1959–60).
At the time of retirement, Boniperti was Juventus' all-time top goalscorer with 182 in all competitions, this record would stand for over 40 years before Alessandro Del Piero broke it on 10 January 2006. Currently, Giampiero Boniperti is the second top goalscorer of all-time at Juventus and is sixth on the list of all-time top appearances for the club. He held the record for most Serie A appearances at Juventus with 444 games until long-serving player and former Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero broke it in February 2010 when he started the match against Genoa.
A short while after his retirement, the Agnelli family offered Boniperti an executive position in the club management, where he was President for many years; to this day he still has a role at the club as honorary president. From 1994 until 1999, Boniperti was elected as a deputy in the European Parliament with Forza Italia.
After playing only 14 games in the Serie A league, Boniperti was called up to play for the Italian national football team, for a game against Austria, the match ended in a humiliating 5–1 drubbing to the Austrian side.
He got even with Austria a couple of years later, when in May 1949 he scored his first international goal for Italy, with a 3–1 victory. Although Boniperti's international career was not particularly long, he did manage to achieve 38 caps (24 of which he played as captain) and scored 8 goals for the azzurri. Boniperti played for Italy in the 1950 and 1954 FIFA World Cup finals, as well as in the 1952 Summer Olympics.
Style of play
A quick, mobile, and powerful footballer, Boniperti is regarded as one of the greatest Italian players of all time, and as one of Juventus's greatest players. He began his career as a striker, emerging to prominence as a prolific goalscorer for much of his career, supported by star team mates such as John and Karl Aage Hansen, and Karl Aage Præst. In the later part of his career, as he lost his pace, he moved into a deeper position, functioning as a creative second striker, an attacking midfielder, winger, or even as a midfield playmaker. Due to his excellent ball control, technical ability, vision, intelligence, and passing range, he excelled as an assist provider during the final few years for his career, creatively supporting his more offensive team mates John Charles and Omar Sívori.
|1.||22 May 1949||Stadio Comunale, Florence, Italy||Austria||3–1||Win|
|2.||25 November 1951||Cornaredo Stadium, Lugano, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–1||Draw|
|3.||24 January 1954||San Siro, Milano, Italy||Egypt||5–1||Win|
|4.||24 January 1954||San Siro, Milano, Italy||Egypt||5–1||Win|
|5.||17 June 1954||Stade Olympique, Lausanne, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–2||Loss|
|6.||16 January 1955||Stadio della Vittoria, Bari, Italy||Belgium||1–0||Win|
|7.||18 November 1955||Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy||West Germany||2–1||Win|
|8.||10 November 1960||Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy||Austria||1–2||Loss|
- Serie A Top-scorer: 1947–48 (27 goals)
- FIFA 100: 2004
- Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2012
- CONI Award for Outstanding Sporting Career: 2013
- National team statistics
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