Rino Ferrario

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Rino Ferrario
Ferrario with Juventus in the late 1950s
Personal information
Date of birth 7 December 1926
Place of birth Albiate Brianza, Italy
Date of death 19 September 2012(2012-09-19) (aged 85)[1]
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1949 Arezzo 46 (2)
1949–1950 Lucchese 31 (1)
1950–1955 Juventus 97 (3)
1955–1956 Inter 29 (1)
1956–1957 Triestina 32 (2)
1957–1959 Juventus 47 (3)
1959–1961 Torino 27 (5)
Total 309 (17)
International career
1952–1958 Italy 10 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Rino Ferrario (Italian pronunciation: [ˈriːno ferˈraːrjo]; 7 December 1926 – 19 September 2012) was an Italian footballer who played as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

As a defensive midfielder, Ferrario became a starter at Juventus, winning the position from Carlo Parola. At Juventus, he won two Serie A championships, the first in 1952 and the other in 1958 as well as one Coppa Italia before ending his career with cross-city rivals Torino at thirty-five years of age.

International career[edit]

Ferrario was one of five players selected to represent the Italian national team at the 1954 World Cup that did not play during the cup (among others; Sergio Cervato, Leonardo Costagliola, Guido Gratton and, Gino Pivatelli). A notable instance with the national team at Budapest was Ferrario's confrontation with Hungary's local hero Kocsis in a 1955 game where Italy lost 2–0 that nearly started a riot between the Italians and Magyars. For the 'Azzurri' he earned 10 caps between 1952 and 1958 and was praised for his consistent performances. He was also a member of the Italian team that took part at the 1952 Summer Olympics, however he did not participate in any matches.[2]

Style of play[edit]

Nicknamed 'Mobilia' for his rugby player-like physique (he was one of the biggest players to ever play on the Italian national team at the time), Ferrario was a powerful, dominant, and tenacious defensive midfielder, who was almost impossible to knock down, and difficult to get by. He was known for his competitive spirit, work-rate, and stamina, which enabled him to cover the pitch efficiently and win back possession. A decisive and consistent player, he would be frequently involved in crucial plays for his team. He was called "The Belfast Lion" for fiercely defending himself in Belfast during a pitch invasion by angry opposing fans.


  1. ^ "Morto a 85 anni l'ex Lucchese Rino Ferrario". LoSchermo.it. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  2. ^ "Rino Ferrario". Olympedia. Retrieved 8 November 2021.

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