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Happy Birthday Sandro Mazzola!

The Inter legend and former key man for the Azzurri at the 1968 Euros and the 1970 World Cup is a part of Italian football’s Hall of Fame

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Happy Birthday Sandro Mazzola!

Born in Turin on 8 November 1942, Alessandro Mazzola, known to all as Sandro, is one of the icons of  Italian football of the '70s: a period when his Inter side dominated the domestic and continental scene. Son of the unforgettable Valentino Mazzola, who was the captain and an emblem of that great Torino side, Sandro was a key part of the highly successful Nerazzurri team coached by Helenio Herrera.

He recieved 70 caps for the National Team, scoring 22 goals and playing a key role in Italy’s 1968 European Championships victory and in their campaign in the 1970 World Cup. It was at that event where Italy took part in the famous "Partido del siglo" (Game of the Century): the incredible semi-final at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City between Italy and West Germany. Italy won that match but would go on to lose against that all-conquering Brazil team.

After hanging up his boots, Sandro Mazzolla went onto hold executive positions at Torino, Genoa and Inter. He was inducted into the Italian football Hall of Fame under the 'Italian Veteran' category.