12 September 2019
Giuseppe Meazza was born on 23 August 1910!Two World Cups and Central European International Cups for one of the greatest Italian and international strikers
Friday, August 23, 2019
On 23 August 1910, Giuseppe ‘Peppìn’ Meazza was born. An icon of Inter, he also won the World Cup twice with Italy.
After developing in the Nerazzurri’s youth teams, Meazza made his professional debut at the age of just 17, scoring three goals in the Coppa Volta. In the 1929-30 season, at 19 he helped fire the team then named Ambrosiana to the title and a Coppa Italia. He then moved to AC Milan (then Milano) for two years, later playing at Juventus Cisitalia, Varese (in the war league) and Atalanta before a final season at Inter aged 36.
For Italy, Giuseppe Meazza probably enjoyed the highlights of his illustrious career. After scoring a brace on his debut in 1930 before turning 20, he won the Jules Rimet Trophy with Italy in 1934 at home before winning the World Cup again in 1938. Meazza also won two Central European International Cups as he wrote out a place in the history of Italian football. With 33 international goals in 53 appearances, he is the most prolific Italy goalscorer behind only Gigi Riva. After, he embarked on a managerial career and also took on the Italy job. In 2011, he was recognised with a posthumous award in the Italian Football Hall of Fame.