- Sandro Mazzola
Infobox Football biography
fullname = Alessandro Mazzola
dateofbirth = birth date and age|df=yes|1942|11|08
countryofbirth = Italy
height = height|m=1.79
years = 1960-1977
caps(goals) = 417 (116)
nationalyears = 1963-1974
nationalteam = Italy
nationalcaps(goals) = 070 0(22)
pcupdate = 18 April 2008
ntupdate = 18 April 2008
Alessandro ("Sandro") Mazzola (born 8 November 1942) is an Italian former football player. He is the son of
Valentino Mazzola, who was killed in the Superga air disasterin 1949, and one of the most renowned Italian football players of 1960s. He played for the Inter Milanteam known as La Grande Inter. He was an inside right with superb goalscoring instincts. He was also blessed with superb creativity helped by his passing range and close control. He also often played as a creative attacking midfielder.
Alessandro Mazzola was born in
Turin, Italy a few weeks after his father joined Torino FCfrom Venezia A.C.. His younger brother, Ferruccio, who was named after the president's Torino FCwas born two years later. His parents divorced in 1946, but his father gained custody of Sandro Mazzola. He was 6 years old when his father died.
Sandro Mazzola and his brother Ferruccio signed for Inter Milan. He played all his career for Internazionale of
Milan, scoring 116 Serie Agoals. His Serie A debut was for Inter against Juventuson 10 June 1961, when his team lost 9-1. A year before his debut, Helenio Herreraarrived from FC Barcelonaas the coach of Inter Milan. He brought Luis Suárez from FC Barcelonaas his midfield general, he had Tarcisio Burgnichand Giacinto Facchettias his fullbacks, Brazlian Jair as his wing, Mario Corsoas a the left midfielder, Armando Picchias his sweeper, and Mazzola who eventually played the game in the inside-right position. Together, they would transfer the club into the best in Europe. They were known for their defensive tactic known as catenaccio. In 1964, Mazzola scored twice to beat Real Madridin the 1964 European Cup Final to emulate A.C. Milan's feat of the previous season. They would defend their title again the following season by beating SL Benficain the Final. In the 1966-67 season, they made it to their third Final, but lost to Celtic F.C.with Mazzola scoring one goal.
Italy national football team
Mazzola also played 70 times for Italy, scoring 22 goals. His debut for the national side was against Brazil on 12 May 1963, when he was aged only 20. Mazzola played for his country at the 1966, 1970, and
1974 FIFA World Cups. His biggest achievement came in 1968 when Italy won the 1968 European Championship. Two years later, Italy arrived at the the World Cup in Mexico as favorite. The Italian coach Ferruccio Valcareggibelieved that Sandro Mazzola could not play together on the pitch at the same time with other Italian star player Gianni Rivera. By second round, he devised a solution he called "staffetta" (relay) to play both players. Mazzola would start in the first half while Rivera would come in at half time. With this strategy, Italy reached the Final against Pelé's Brazil for the first time in 32 years. The match was billed as the battle between offensive and defensive football, but on game day, Ferruccio Valcareggiabandoned his "staffetta" policy and only used Mazzola until the very end. Gianni Riverafinally went into the game with 8 minutes to go. Two of Italy's biggest stars finally united together on the pitch where many people believed they should have been all along, but it was too late. Brazil won 4-1.
Four years later,
Ferruccio Valcareggifinally used the two together, but Italy was an aging side.
By the end of his career, Mazzola had won four Serie A titles (1963, 1965, 1966 and 1971), two European Cups (1964 and 1965), two Intercontinental Cups (1964 and 1965), one European Championship (1968) and was top-scorer in Serie A in season 1964-65. He is now a football analyst and commentator on Italian channel
*it icon [http://archivio.inter.it/cgi-bin/giocatori-scheda?codice=G0400&L=it Inter Archive]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Sandro Mazzola — Spielerinformationen Voller Name Alessandro Mazzola Geburtstag 8. November 1942 … Deutsch Wikipedia
Sandro Mazzola — Alessandro Mazzola Pour les articles homonymes, voir Mazzola (homonymie). Alessandro Mazzola … Wikipédia en Français
Sandro Mazzola — Alessandro Mazzola (nacido en Turín el 8 de noviembre de 1942) es un antiguo jugador de fútbol italiano. Es hijo de Valentino Mazzola, jugador del mítico Torino que murió en el accidente de avión del equipo de 1949, siendo criado por el jugador… … Wikipedia Español
Mazzola — bezeichnet: Mazzola (Haute Corse), eine Gemeinde auf Korsika Mazzola ist der Familienname folgender Personen: José Altafini, genannt Mazzola (* 1938), brasilianischer Fußballspieler Caterino Mazzolà (1745–1806), Sächsischer Hofdichter und… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Sandro — ist die Kurzform des italienischen männlichen Vornamens Alessandro, der italienischen Form von Alexander. Außerdem ist Sandro ein Vorname in der Ukraine und in Georgien. Bekannte Namensträger Sandro Agricola (* 1987), deutscher Eishockeyspieler… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Mazzola — For the Italian living football legend, see Sandro Mazzola. Mazzola … Wikipedia
Sandro Salvadore — Pas d image ? Cliquez ici. Biographie Nationalité … Wikipédia en Français
Alessandro Mazzola — Alessandro Sandro Mazzola (* 8. November 1942 in Turin) ist ein ehemaliger italienischer Fußballspieler. Sandro Mazzola kam als 17jähriger 1960 zu Inter Mailand. Der technisch versierte Stürmer und spätere Mittelfeldstratege spielte sich schnell… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Valentino Mazzola — Infobox Football biography playername = Valentino Mazzola dateofbirth = January 26, 1919 [ [http://www.enciclopediadelcalcio.com/Mazzola.html Enciclopedia Del Calcio] ] cityofbirth = Cassano d Adda countryofbirth = Italy dateofdeath = death date… … Wikipedia
Alessandro Mazzola — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Mazzola (homonymie). Sandro Mazzola … Wikipédia en Français