Salvadore in 1966 wearing Juventus's shirt
|Full name||Sandro Salvadore|
|Date of birth||29 November 1939|
|Place of birth||Milan, Italy|
|Date of death||4 January 2007(aged 67)|
|Place of death||Castiglione d'Asti, Italy|
|Playing position||Libero/Central Defender|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Sandro Salvadore (29 November 1939 – 4 January 2007) was an Italian footballer who played as a defender. He played for Italian clubs A.C. Milan and Juventus throughout his career, winning titles at both clubs. He also represented the Italy national football team, participating in the 1960 Summer Olympics, and two FIFA World Cups, and was also a member of the team that won the 1968 UEFA European Football Championship.
Born Milan, Lombardy, Sandro Salvadore was picked up by A.C. Milan’s scouts when he was 15, and played in their junior team until he made his debut in Serie A in the 1958–59 season aged 20. While wearing A.C. Milan’s number 6 shirt he won 2 League titles (1958–59 and 1961–62). He left Milan after 72 league matches.
In 1962 Salvadore was purchased by Juventus and became soon a pillar of their defence. After only a few games he fully established himself as a first choice Libero, winning three more League titles (1966–67, 1971–72 and 1972–73) and one Coppa Italia title (1964–65). Salvadore was also the captain of Juventus when they finished as runners-up in the 1972–73 European Cup final and the 1973 Intercontinental Cup final.
From 1960 to 1970 Salvadore won 36 full caps for Italy at international level. He was part of the teams that played both at the 1962 and 1966 FIFA World Cups (the latter as captain); he was also a part of the team that won the country's first ever European Championship on home soil in 1968, and at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, in which he helped Italy to a fourth-place finish.
Salvadore missed the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico because of two own goals scored in a single match in Madrid, Spain (21 February 1970, Spain - Italy 2–2). This was to be the last of Salvadore's international caps, as the Italian national team’s manager Ferruccio Valcareggi decided that at 31, Salvadore was no longer at his best. It could be said, however, that Ferruccio Valcareggi was proved wrong, as an Italian defence which did not feature Salvadore was beaten 4–1 in the final by Brazil.
After retiring, Salvadore spent a small period as trainer of a Juventus's youth squad, but left soon and established a small farm in Asti. His last public appearance was the 1 November 2006, invited by Juventus to the celebrations of the club’s 109th anniversary. On that occasion Salvadore received the number six shirt with his name printed.
Sandro Salvadore died of a heart attack on 4 January 2007, aged 67, in Castiglione d'Asti, in the Italian province of Asti.
- A.C. Milan
- Serie A Winner in 1966–67, 1971–72, 1972–73; Runner-up in 1962–63, 1973–74.
- Coppa Italia Winner in 1964–65; Runner-up in 1972–73.
- European Cup Runner-up in 1972–73.
- Intercontinental Cup Runner-up in 1973.
- Sandro Salvadore at National-Football-Teams.com
- Davide Portioli (22 May 2014). "La storia del Mondiale: il 1966 L'Italia, la Corea, i pomodori" (in Italian). Il Tirreno. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
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