Luciano Re Cecconi
Luciano Re Cecconi at the 1974 World Cup
|Date of birth||1 December 1948|
|Place of birth||Nerviano, Italy|
|Date of death||18 January 1977(aged 28)|
|Place of death||Rome, Italy|
|* 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.
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.
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.
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