Luciano Re Cecconi

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Luciano Re Cecconi
Luciano Re Cecconi 1974.jpg
Luciano Re Cecconi at the 1974 World Cup
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-12-01)1 December 1948
Place of birth Nerviano, Italy
Date of death 18 January 1977(1977-01-18) (aged 28)
Place of death Rome, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Pro Patria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1969 Pro Patria 36 (?)
1969–1972 Foggia 74 (2)
1972–1977 Lazio 109 (7)
National team
1974 Italy 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Luciano Re Cecconi (1 December 1948 – 18 January 1977) was an Italian footballer, who played as a midfielder; a fast, strong, athletic, and hardworking player, known for his speed, tenacity, and stamina, he functioned as a box-to-box midfielder or as a defensive or central midfielder for his teams. He was also known for his sense of humour throughout his career, and he was nicknamed l'Angelo Biondo — 'The Blond Angel' — for the colour of his hair.[1]

Club career[edit]

Re Cecconi made his debut for Pro Patria Calcio, then in Serie C, on 14 April 1968, and subsequently moved to U.S. Foggia, which he helped to promotion from Serie B to Serie A in the 1969–70 season (they were relegated again the following year). In 1972 he joined S.S. Lazio. He was a key member of the Lazio title-winning side of the 1973–74 Serie A season, for which he scored two goals and made 23 appearances. He also won the league with the under-21 side during 1973–74 season.[1][2]

International career[edit]

Re Cecconi was called up for Italy's squad for the 1974 World Cup finals, and he won two caps in total during the following season in friendly matches in 1974. He also played for the Italian under-23 side, in addition to being on the roster of the Italian national squad at the 1974 World Cup.[1][3]


Re Cecconi was shot dead in Rome in 1977, after pretending to rob a friend's jewelry shop as a practical joke.[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e Padraig Whelan. "Legend of Calcio: Luciano Re Cecconi". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Viva Re Cecconi". (in Italian). Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nazionale in cifre: Re Cecconi, Luciano". (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 24 April 2015.