Happy birthday to Pietro Vierchowod, who turns 61 today!45 appearances for the Azzurri and two goals for the defender from Calcinate, who was part of the squad at the ’82 World Cup in Spain
Monday, April 6, 2020
Pietro Vierchowod was born on 6 April 1959 in Calcinate and he was considered one of the best central defenders in the Italian league during the ‘80s and ‘90s. Having come through the ranks at Como, with whom he was a key part of the double promotion from Serie C1 to Serie A, he then went on to play for Fiorentina, Roma, Sampdoria, Juventus, AC Milan and Piacenza, and overall he won a total of two league titles, four Coppa Italia, a Cup Winners’ Cup, an Italian Super Cup and a Champions League. He made his National Team debut on 6 January 1981 at the age of 21 in a friendly match between The Netherlands and Italy.
He was part of Coach Enzo Bearzot’s squad for the ’82 World Cup triumph in Spain, although he wasn’t used due to an injury. However, he did manage to take part as a key player in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, as well as in the 1990 World Cup in Italy. He registered a total of 45 appearances for the Azzurri, scoring two goals, and for a while he held the record as the oldest goal scorer in the Azzurri’s history having scored at the age of 33 years, 11 months and 18 days on 24 March in 1993 against Malta; but this record was beaten by Christian Panucci in 2008.