Sandro Salvadore

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Sandro Salvadore
Sandro salvadore 1966.jpg
Salvadore in 1966 wearing Juventus's shirt
Personal information
Full name Sandro Salvadore
Date of birth (1939-11-29)29 November 1939
Place of birth Milan, Italy
Date of death 4 January 2007(2007-01-04) (aged 67)
Place of death Castiglione d'Asti, Italy
Playing position Libero/Central Defender
Youth career
1955–1958 A.C. Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1962 A.C. Milan 72 (1)
1962–1974 Juventus 331 (15)
Total 403 (16)
National team
1960–1970 Italy[1] 36 (0)
* 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.

Club career[edit]

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.

He retired in 1974 and was replaced by Gaetano Scirea in the famous Libero role.

International career[edit]

Salvadore (right) captain of Italy in 1965 in Florence, in action in a friendly match against Wales.

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);[2] 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 retirement[edit]

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.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

A.C. Milan
Juventus

International[edit]

Italy

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandro Salvadore at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ 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. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ernesto Càstano
Juventus F.C. captains
1970–1974
Succeeded by
Pietro Anastasi
Preceded by
Cesare Maldini
Italy captain
1963–1966
Succeeded by
Giacinto Facchetti