Giorgio Ferrini

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Giorgio Ferrini
Giorgio Ferrini.jpg
Giorgio Ferrini in 1976
Personal information
Full name Giorgio Ferrini
Date of birth 18 August 1939
Place of birth Roncello, Italy
Date of death 8 November 1976
Place of death Turin, Italy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
19??–1955 Ponziana
1955–1958 Torino
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1959 Varese (loan) 34 (10)
1959–1975 Torino 443 (42)
Total 477 (52)
National team
1960 Italy Olympic 3 (0)
1962–1968 Italy 7 (0)
Teams managed
1976 Torino (Assistant)

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

† Appearances (Goals).

Giorgio Ferrini (18 August 1939 – 8 November 1976) was an Italian football manager and former football player who played as a midfielder.

He played for Torino from 1959 to 1975, for which he captained, and is the most capped player in the history of the Granata with 566 appearances in all competitions, ahead of Paolo Pulici (437). At club level, he won the Coppa Italia in 1967–68 and 1970–71. He also represented the Italian national team, winning the 1968 European Championship.

He was nicknamed la Diga for his qualities as an incontrista or defensive midfielder.[1]

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

He grew up in the youth team of Ponziana and in 1955 was signed by Torino and inserted in their youth system, where he stayed for three years.

In 1957 he was auditioned by the national team manager Giuseppe Galluzzi in view of an international youth tournament

Varese (loan)[edit]

On 11 August 1958 Ferrini was loaned to Varese in Serie C. In his only season with the biancorossi, he contributed 10 goals to the salvation of the team played mainly as a starter.

Torino[edit]

Returning from loan, he contended his starting spot with Italo Mazzero in the midfield as the team were preparing to play in the Serie B. On 20 September 1959 he made his debut with Torino away to Sambenedettese (0–0) and the following week scored his first goal at home against Cagliari (5–0). He finished the season with 38 appearances and three goals, achieving direct promotion to Serie A and becoming fundamental to the club for his pace and determination.

The following season he was confirmed as a key player for Torino by the manager Benjamín Santos, and debuted in Serie A on 25 September 1960 in a loss to Sampdoria (0–1). Along with Remo Lancioni, he made the most appearances during the season, finishing 12th in the league.

He spent 16 seasons with Torino, becoming the club's most capped player in the top flight, with 39 goals scored in 405 appearances; in total, he made 566 appearances and scored 56 goals between the league, Coppa Italia and European competition. He won two Coppa Italia trophies, held in 1967–68 and 1970–71 .

The last match he played was away against Napoli (1–0) on 22 June 1975, the last group match of the Coppa Italia in 1974–75 .

International career[edit]

The grinta of Giorgio Ferrini on the field

He was summoned by the national team manager Gipo Viani to represent the Azzurri, who finished in fourth place at the Olympic tournament held in Rome in 1960, playing three times.

Also in 1960, he was called up to the Nazionale di Lega della Serie A under-23 against the homologous team of the English League, which he entered in the 30th minute, replacing Giacomo Bulgarelli.

He was first called up to the Italian national team on 13 May 1962 against Belgium, on the eve of the FIFA World Cup in Chile. During the competition he is remembered as one of the protagonists along Mario David against the hosts Chile, known as the Battle of Santiago. After seven minutes he was sent off by the Englishman Ken Aston for a violent foul against the Chilean Honorino Landa. He refused to leave the ground and continued to play until the police intervened to remove him from the field.

Unlike many Italian players from that World Cup, he returned to play for the national team and his last game was the first of the final two games of the 1968 UEFA European Football Championship against Yugoslavia, played on 8 June 1968.

He played a total of seven matches with the Azzurri.

Style of play[edit]

A wide midfielder of quantity, he could also play as a defensive midfielder.

Death[edit]

A few months after his retirement, while he served as assistant coach of Luigi Radice in the season in which Torino returned to win the Serie A title, he suffered two aneurysms (25 August and, after an initial recovery, 18 October 1976). Despite two surgical operations, he died on 8 November 1976 at the age of 37 years.

He is buried in the small cemetery hill of Pino Torinese.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Torino

International[edit]

Italy

Photo gallery[edit]

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