Monday, 4 September 2006

Italy mourn Facchetti loss

Italian football is in mourning after Inter President Giacinto Facchetti passed away at the age of 64 on Monday. The former defender had been suffering with illness for some time and lost his battle earlier today.

Born in Treviglio, near Bergamo, Facchetti enjoyed a stunning career both at club and international level. He became a legend with the Nerazzurri after making his debut in May 1961 and spending 18 seasons with the outfit until he hung up his boots in 1978.

A goalscoring left-back, Facchetti scored an amazing 75 goals in 634 games with the Inter shirt and lifted 4 Italian league titles, 2 European Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups and a Coppa Italia. His international career was just as extraordinary: 94 Italy caps including 70 as captain, a European championship winner in Italy in 1968 and a World Cup finalist in Mexico in 1970.

In January 2004, he was promoted from Vice-President to President of Inter by owner Massimo Moratti. During Facchetti’s brief reign, the club won two Italian Cups, an Italian Super Cup and were this summer awarded the 2005-06 Scudetto.
Meanwhile, the Italian Football Federation's (FIGC) extraordinary commissioner Guido Rossi, has confirmed that a minute's silence will be observed to honour the memory of Facchetti at all competitive Italian football matches from Friday 8 to Monday 11 September.

Giacinto Facchetti: Everything a man should be

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