Legend of Calcio: Valentino Mazzola

Valentino Mazzola Torino

The story of Valentino Mazzola, the inspirational captain of the fabled Grande Torino side of the 1940s, is both one of the greatest and tragic in the history of Italian football. Valentino Mazzola was just 30 years old when he was killed in the plane crash at Superga along with the rest of his teammates but is still today remembered as one of calcio’s More...

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John Charles Juventus
By Enzo Misuraca On Saturday, February 21st, 2015
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Legend of Calcio: John Charles

On this day back in 2004, William John Charles sadly passed away at the age of 72.  Better known simply as John Charles or ‘Il Gigante Buono’, the Welshman was one of Serie A’s most successful More...

Ferruccio Valcareggi
By Enzo Misuraca On Thursday, February 12th, 2015
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Legend of Calcio: Ferruccio Valcareggi

On this day in 1919 a man by the name of Ferruccio Valcareggi was born in Trieste. He became a Serie A football player but also the Italian national team coach between 1966 and 1974. His claim to fame? Valcareggi More...

Arrigo Sacchi
By Enzo Misuraca On Saturday, January 31st, 2015
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Legend of Calcio: Arrigo Sacchi

AC Milan host Parma this Sunday, with both clubs still linked by one man. Arrigo Sacchi is that man, forever immortalised for creating arguably the greatest football team ever seen. Very few coaches are able to More...

Riva Italia
By Forza Italian Football Staff On Friday, November 7th, 2014
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Legend of Calcio: Luigi ‘Gigi’ Riva

In this day and age, players who stay at a single club for the entirety, or not far from it, of their career are few and far between. Instantly you think of names like Ryan Giggs, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Del Piero More...

Vujadin Boskov
By Forza Italian Football Staff On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
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Legend of Calcio: Vujadin Boskov

Hours after Sampdoria brought back memories of the illustrious late 1980s/early 1990s era by netting two goals in the dying minutes against Chievo, Vujadin Boskov, the man behind that era of success sadly passed More...

Stefano Borgonovo
By Frank Lopapa On Friday, July 19th, 2013
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Legend of Calcio: Stefano Borgonovo

On June 27, 2013, the calcio world mourned the loss of former Fiorentina, AC Milan, and Pescara striker Stefano Borgonovo after losing his five year battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Borgonovo, More...

By Richard Hinman On Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
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Legend of Calcio: Roberto Mancini

A brilliant footballer with a complex mind, the career of Roberto Mancini is a truly exceptional tale. Mancini was brought up in the rural countryside of Marche and his life, like many boys at the time, was dominated More...

By Kevin Pogorzelski On Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
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Legend of Calcio: Demetrio Albertini

While Andrea Pirlo is currently the epitome of the modern midfield creator, people often forget that fellow Italian international Demetrio Albertini was delivering equally exceptional performances over two decades More...

By Padraig Whelan On Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
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Legend of Calcio: Luciano Re Cecconi

An unsung hero amid the madness of Lazio’s infamous bad boy side of Scudetto winners that claimed the title in 1974, Luciano Re Cecconi is a worthy legend in the history of Italian football; even if his story More...

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