Pierluigi Frosio, captain of Perugia when they became the first-ever team of go unbeaten in a Serie A campaign, has passed away at the age of 73.
The defender, who played for the Umbrian club from 1974 until 1984, finished his playing career with Rimini in Serie C1 in 1984/85, who were coached by future AC Milan and Italy tactician Arrigo Sacchi.
“With 323 appearances he is the second player by number of games in the history of the club and the first by number of appearances in Serie A (170),” read a statement on the Perugia website.
“One of the architects of that Perugia of “miracles”, that year of unbeaten streak (1978-1979) which ended in second place behind Milan without ever losing a game.
“A captain but above all a man of great charisma and strength, a point of reference for teammates and fans.
“With the Grifo he also won a Serie B championship.
“A big hug from AC Perugia Calcio to all his family.”
Perugia did not lose a game throughout the 1978/79 season but they were still not able to win the scudetto. AC Milan, which featured club legends Gianni Rivera and Franco Baresi, won the title by three points.
Only the Rossoneri in 1991/92 and Juventus in 2011/12 have achieved unbeaten seasons in Serie A since Perugia’s miracle with Frosio.