Humberto Maschio

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Humberto Maschio
Maschio 1967.jpg
Maschio during his second run on Racing
Personal information
Full name Humberto Dionisio Maschio
Date of birth (1933-02-20) 20 February 1933 (age 84)
Place of birth Avellaneda, Argentina
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Arsenal de Llavallol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953 Quilmes
1954–1957 Racing Club 92 (28)
1957–1959 Bologna 43 (13)
1960–1962 Atalanta 80 (22)
1962–1963 Internazionale 15 (4)
1963–1966 Fiorentina 40 (11)
1966–1968 Racing Club 47 (16)
National team
1956–1957 Argentina 12 (12)
1962 Italy 2 (0)
Teams managed
1969 Argentina
1972 Costa Rica
1985 Blooming
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 2007.

Humberto Dionisio Maschio (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmaskjo]; born 20 February 1933 in Avellaneda, Buenos Aires Province) is an Italian Argentine former football player and manager, who played as a forward.

During the late 1950s and 1960s Antonio Valentín Angelillo, Omar Sívori and Maschio acquired the nickname The Angels with Dirty Faces when they moved en masse from Argentina to play football in Italy. The name, an ironic reference to the then-celebrated Angels with Dirty Faces movie, was given to them on account of their typically South American colour and flair. They were also known as The Trio of Death because of their clinical ability in scoring goals.

At international level, he represented both the Argentina national football team, winning the 1957 Copa América, and the Italy national football team, taking part in the 1962 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Maschio started playing at Arsenal de Llavallol to later move to Quilmes Atlético Club where he proved himself a prolific goal-scorer. He joined Racing Club in 1954, and transferred to Italy in 1957. He had been linked with a move to Juventus in 1956, but their interest cooled following the international between Italy and Argentina in Buenos Aires that year when he looked ineffective. Instead he signed for Bologna in 1957, but although he paired up with Bernard Vukas there, he was unable to recreate the form he showed at Racing.

From Bologna Maschio moved to Atalanta who bought a half-share in him during the 1959–60 season. In Bergamo Maschio regained the form that had taken him to international prominence scoring heavily, and creating numerous chances for his colleagues. At Atalanta Maschio moved from playing as central striker to a deeper role which allowed him to use his vision and creativity. So impressive was his form at Atalanta that he moved to Inter in 1962. However, Maschio failed to fit in with manager Helenio Herrera who used him as a central striker and his time in Milan was of limited success. Following his time at Inter, Maschio briefly played with Fiorentina.

His performance brought him to the Italian national team to play in the 1962 FIFA World Cup. He returned to Racing in 1966 to win the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 1967, and to end his career with the club of Avellaneda with 44 goals in 139 matches.

International career[edit]


Maschio played 12 games for the Argentina national football team between 1956 and 1957, scoring 12 goals. He helped Argentina to win the 1957 Copa América, and was the top scorer of the tournament with 6 goals.


Thanks to his Italian ancestry (from Godiasco, in the province of Pavia),[1] Maschio also played two games for the Italian team in 1962, scoring no goals. In the 1962 World Cup played in Chile, Maschio was the captain of the Italian team and one of the protagonists of the infamous Battle of Santiago incidents in the match against the Chilean host team, in which Chilean player Leonel Sánchez broke his nose with a left hook; Italy lost the match 2–0, and were eliminated in the first round.[2]

Managerial career[edit]

Maschio coached the Argentine national team in the first half of 1969 and the Costa Rica national team 1972. He also had a short spell with Bolivian side Blooming in the 1985 Copa Libertadores.



Italy Internazionale
Italy Fiorentina
Argentina Racing Club


Argentina Argentina


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gianni Brera, Storia critica del calcio italiano, Dalai Editore 1998, p. 279
  2. ^ Murray, Scott (6 November 2003). "The Knowledge (November 6, 2003)". Guardian Online (UK). London. Retrieved 26 June 2006. 

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