Mario Frustalupi

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Mario Frustalupi
Personal information
Date of birth (1942-09-16)16 September 1942
Place of birth Orvieto, Italy
Date of death 14 April 1990(1990-04-14) (aged 47)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1962 Empoli 19 (2)
1962–1970 Sampdoria 202 (22)
1970–1972 Internazionale 38 (2)
1972–1975 Lazio 88 (2)
1975–1977 Cesena 51 (8)
1977–1981 Pistoiese 108 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mario Frustalupi (12 September 1942 – 14 April 1990) was an Italian footballer, who played as a midfielder.

Born in Orvieto (Umbria), he debuted in Italian Serie A in 1963 with Sampdoria, for which he played in 8 seasons. In 1970, he moved to FC Internazionale, then in need of a replace for Luis Suárez, but Frustalupi disappointed the premises. With the Milanese team he won a scudetto and reached the final of the European Cup in 1972, losing against Ajax.

The following year he was sold to S.S. Lazio. Although he often quarrelled with the club's leading star striker Giorgio Chinaglia, he contributed to make the team one of the strongest in Italy, as shown by the side's scudetto victory in 1974. He also had a successful stint with A.C. Cesena, which under him reached its best result ever in the league, a sixth-place finish in Serie A and the right to play in the UEFA Cup.

In 1977 Frustalupi went to Pistoiese, being a protagonist of the first team's promotion to Serie A. He retired in 1981.

He died in a car accident in 1990.