Guido Gratton

Guido Gratton (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɡwiːdo ɡratˈton]; 23 September 1932 – 26 November 1996) was an Italian footballer who played as a midfielder.

Guido Gratton
Personal information
Full name Guido Gratton
Date of birth (1932-10-23)23 October 1932
Place of birth Monfalcone, Italy
Date of death 26 November 1996(1996-11-26) (aged 64)
Place of death Bagno a Ripoli, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1950 Parma ? (?)
1950–1952 Vicenza 41 (10)
1952–1953 Como 30 (3)
1953–1960 Fiorentina 193 (28)
1960–1961 Napoli 17 (1)
1961 Lazio 5 (1)
1961–1962 Inter 0 (0)
National team
1953–1959 Italy 11 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

A Friulian from Monfalcone, Guido Gratton played for Fiorentina in the 1950s, together with players such as Julinho, Virgili, and Montuori. During his time at the club, the team won the Serie A championship during the 1955–56 season, followed by 4 consecutive 2nd-place finishes; Fiorentina also reached the 1957 European Cup Final but lost to Real Madrid.

In the 1958–59 season the team established the record for the most goals scored in an 18-team league (95, nearly 3 goals per game). Before his time with the 'Gigliati' he played for Parma, Vicenza and Como. In 1960 he went to play for Napoli and finally Lazio at the age of thirty.

International career

Gratton also played as an offensive midfielder for the Italian national team, where he earned eleven caps between 1953 and 1959, scoring 3 goals, and was on the roster for the 1954 World Cup.