Giampiero Boniperti

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Giampiero Boniperti
Giampiero Boniperti, Juventus.jpg
Juventus' captain Boniperti in the 1950s
Born (1928-07-04) 4 July 1928 (age 90)
Barengo, Italy
NationalityItalian
Occupation
  • footballer
  • company director
  • politician
Years active
1946–1961(as footballer)
1961–1990(as company director)
1994–1999(politician)
EmployerJuventus F.C.
Known for
  • FIFA 100
  • second highest goalscorer of Juventus
  • see content for full awards and recognition
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
TitleJuventus F.C. chairman
Term1971–1990
PredecessorVittore Catella
SuccessorVittorio Caissotti di Chiusano
RelativesFilippo Boniperti
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1994–1999
Personal details
Political partyForza Italia
Other political
affiliations
Forza Europa(1994–1995)
Union for Europe(1995–1998)
European People's Party(1998–1999)
Association football career
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1944–1946 Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1961 Juventus 443 (178)
National team
1947–1960 Italy 38 (8)
1950 Italy B[1] 1 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Giampiero Boniperti (born 4 July 1928) is an Italian former football player who played his entire 15 season 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 chairman of Juventus and a deputy to the European Parliament. He was born in Barengo, Piedmont.

Boniperti is regarded as one of Italy's and Juventus's greatest ever players, and is considered by some to be Italy's greatest player of all time;[2][3][4][5] with 182 goals in all competitions, Boniperti was the highest goalscorer in Juventus history for more than 40 years, until his record was bested by Alessandro Del Piero on 10 January 2006.[6] Del Piero also broke his club record of 443 Serie A appearances on 14 February 2010, when he played his 444th Serie A game in a 3–2 win against Genoa;[7] with 443 Serie A appearances for Juventus, Boniperti is currently third in the club's rankings, behind only Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon.[8] Boniperti also held the record for most minutes played in Serie A by a Juventus player (39,680), until his record was surpassed by Buffon on 19 March 2017, in the 66th minute of a 1–0 away win over Sampdoria.[9] Boniperti is the eleventh-highest goalscorer of all-time in Serie A. In March 2004, he was named by Pelé as one of the world's top 125 greatest living footballers.

Club career[edit]

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.[3][10] He played his first match for the Old Lady in Serie A on 2 March 1947 against A.C. Milan, which ended in a 2–1 defeat.[11] 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.[2][3][10]

Although he began as a centre forward, he could play also as an inside forward or on the right wing. In his second season with Juventus, he was 20 years old and scored 27 goals during that season, finishing above Valentino Mazzola as the league's topscorer.[3][10] Boniperti's first league championship with Juventus was during the 1949–50 season. By his 24th birthday he had scored 100 goals for the club, 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.[3][10]

Omar Sívori, John Charles and Boniperti, the Juventus' Magical Trio at the turn of the 1950s and 1960s.

In 1957 Juventus signed two forwards: John Charles and Omar Sivori. With them, Boniperti would be a part of what was referred to as the Magical Trio. During Boniperti's last four seasons at the club before his retirement, Juventus was successful 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).[3][10] At the time of his retirement, Boniperti was Juventus' all-time top goalscorer with 182 in all competitions, this record stood for over 40 years before Alessandro Del Piero beat it on 10 January 2006.[3] As of 2010, Boniperti was the second top goalscorer of all-time at Juventus and was seventh on the list of all-time top appearances for the club. With 443 appearances in Serie A for Juventus, he held the club record for most appearances in the competition, until long-serving player and former Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero beat it on 14 February 2010.[12]

International career[edit]

Boniperti, Italy's captain, in private with the azzurri's coach Lajos Czeizler in 1954.

After playing 14 games in the Serie A league, Boniperti was called up to play for the Italian national football team, making his international debut on 9 November 1947, in a game against Austria; the match ended in a 5–1 loss to the Austrian side.[13][14] 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. Boniperti's managed to achieve 38 caps (24 of which he played as captain) and scored 8 goals for the national team. Boniperti played for Italy in the 1950 and 1954 FIFA World Cup finals (captaining the team in the latter edition of the tournament), as well as in the 1952 Summer Olympics.[13][15]

Style of play[edit]

Boniperti in training with bianconeri in the 1951–52 season

A team player, in the later part of his career, as he lost his pace, he moved into a deeper position, functioning as a second striker or inside forward, as an attacking midfielder, winger, or even as a central midfielder or midfield playmaker. Due to his ball control, technical ability, vision, tactical 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. In addition to his footballing ability, he was also known for his leadership.[2][3][4][5][10][11][16][17][18]

After retirement[edit]

Juventus executive[edit]

"Winning is not important, it is the only thing that counts!"

—Boniperti on Juventus's winning philosophy, at the inauguration of the Juventus Stadium, in 2011.[19]

A short while after his retirement, the Agnelli family offered Boniperti an executive position as a director in the club's management team; in 1981, he was appointed as the chairman of the board of directors (Italian: presidente del consiglio di amministrazione), a position he held for many years, and still has a role at the club as one of the honorary chairmen (Italian: Presidenti Onorari, served along with Franzo Grande Stevens).[11][20][21][22][23]

Politics[edit]

From 1994 until 1999, Boniperti was elected as a deputy in the European Parliament with centre-right wing party Forza Italia.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Boniperti's grandson Filippo has followed in his grandfather's footsteps in pursuing a career in football, and played for the Juventus Primavera (U-20) team and the Italy U-19 team as a midfielder.[24][25]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[26]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1946–47 Juventus Serie A 6 5 - - - - 6 5
1947–48 40 27 - - - - 41 28
1948–49 32 15 - - - - 34 15
1949–50 35 21 - - - - 35 21
1950–51 37 22 - - - - 40 23
1951–52 33 19 - - - - 35 22
1952–53 29 7 - - - - 31 7
1953–54 30 14 - - - - 30 14
1954–55 27 9 - - - - 28 9
1955–56 31 6 - - - - 31 6
1956–57 24 4 - - - - 26 5
1957–58 34 8 6 1 - - 34 8
1958–59 26 8 3 0 2 0 33 8
1959–60 31 7 3 0 - - 36 7
1960–61 28 6 1 0 1 0 30 6
Career total 443 178 13 1 3[nb 1] 0 459 179

International[edit]

Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1947 1 0
1949 3 1
1950 3 0
1951 5 1
1952 4 0
1953 4 0
1954 4 3
1955 3 2
1956 3 0
1957 2 0
1958 3 0
1959 1 0
1960 2 1
Total 38 8

International goals[edit]

[13]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result
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.
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

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Juventus[3]

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Boniperti also played in the Latin Cup and the Coppa dell'Amicizia unofficially.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Stefano Bedeschi (4 July 2014). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Giampiero BONIPERTI" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Riva il migliore per i lettori di CM. Sconcerti: 'Ma Rivera era al suo livello'" (in Italian). calciomercato.com. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
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  13. ^ a b c "Boniperti, Giampiero: National team statistics" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
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  15. ^ Giampiero BonipertiFIFA competition record (archive)
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  22. ^ "Happy birthday, Giampiero Boniperti!". Juventus.com. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  23. ^ "Many happy returns, Boniperti!". Juventus.com. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
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  25. ^ "Juve, Boniperti Jr: "Quante emozioni con la prima squadra"" (in Italian). Tuttosport. 3 February 2010. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
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External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Carlo Parola
Juventus F.C. captains
1954–61
Succeeded by
Flavio Emoli
Preceded by
Carlo Annovazzi
Italy captain
1952–1960
Succeeded by
Lorenzo Buffon