Sandro Mazzola

Alessandro "Sandro" Mazzola (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsandro matˈtsɔːla]; born 8 November 1942) is an Italian former professional footballer, who played as a forward or attacking midfielder for Internazionale and the Italy national team. He currently works as a football analyst and commentator on the Italian national television station RAI.

Sandro Mazzola
Mazzola as Inter Milan captain in the 1970s
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Mazzola
Date of birth (1942-11-08) 8 November 1942 (age 79)
Place of birth Turin, Italy
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Forward
Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1977 Internazionale 417 (116)
National team
1963–1974 Italy 70 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Italian football players of all time, and as one of the best players of his generation, due to his speed, work-rate, creativity, technical skills and eye for goal;[1][2] he placed second in the 1971 Ballon d'Or.[3] Having spent his entire 17 season career with Inter, he holds the honour of being a one-club man. With the club, he won four Serie A titles (1963, 1965, 1966 and 1971), two European Cups (1964 and 1965) and two Intercontinental Cups (1964 and 1965), also winning the Serie A top scorer award during the 1964–65 season, in which he also reached the Coppa Italia final, narrowly missing out on a treble with the club. With the Italian national side, Mazzola won the UEFA European Championship in 1968, being named to the Team of the Tournament, and reached the final of the 1970 FIFA World Cup; he also took part in the 1966 and 1974 FIFA World Cups with Italy.

He is the son of Italian footballer Valentino Mazzola, player of the Grande Torino who died in the Superga air disaster. Sandro Mazzola's younger brother, Ferruccio Mazzola, was also a footballer, who died in 2013.[1]

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