Pietro Anastasi

Pietro Anastasi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpjɛːtro anaˈstaːzi]; 7 April 1948 – 17 January 2020), nicknamed Petruzzu 'u turcu (Sicilian for '"Pete the Turk"') by fans, was an Italian footballer who played mainly in the role of a forward.[1][2][3]

Pietro Anastasi
Anastasi with Juventus during the 1971–72 season.
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-04-07)7 April 1948
Place of birth Catania, Italy
Date of death 17 January 2020(2020-01-17) (aged 71)
Place of death Varese, Italy
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1964–66 Massiminiana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1968 Varese 66 (17)
1968–1976 Juventus 205 (78)
1976–1978 Inter Milan 46 (7)
1978–1981 Ascoli 58 (9)
1981–1982 Lugano 14 (10)
Total 389 (121)
National team
1967 Italy under-21 6 (2)
1968 Italy B Team 4 (2)
1968–1975 Italy 25 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He started his professional club career in Italy with Varese in 1966, helping the club to achieve promotion to Serie A in his first season with the side; after a promising debut campaign in the Italian top-flight the following season, he joined Juventus in 1968, where he enjoyed a highly successful and prolific eight–year stint, winning three Serie A titles. He then spent two seasons with Internazionale, where he won the Coppa Italia in 1978, before moving to Ascoli, where he remained for three seasons. He finally retired in 1982, after a single season with Swiss club Lugano.

At international level, Anastasi represented Italy on 25 occasions between 1968 and 1975, scoring eight goals. He made his senior international debut at UEFA Euro 1968 on home soil, and is widely known for later scoring in the final victory over Yugoslavia, which gave Italy their first ever European Championship title. He later also took part at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

After retiring, he worked as a pundit. He died on 17 January 2020, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.