Long career of a record-breaking goalkeeper
|Dino Zoff, back row, left, with the Italian national|
team at the 1982 World Cup finals
Zoff was captain of the Italian national team at the World Cup in Spain in 1982 at the age of 40 years, four months and 13 days.
He also won the award for best goalkeeper of the tournament, in which he kept two clean sheets and made a number of important saves.
Zoff was born in Mariano del Friuli in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. He had trials with Inter-Milan and Juventus at the age of 14 but was rejected because of his lack of height.
Having grown considerably, he made his Seria A debut with Udinese in 1961. He then moved to Mantua, where he spent four seasons, and Napoli, where he spent five seasons.
Zoff made his international debut during Euro 68 and was number two goalkeeper in the 1970 World Cup. From 1972 onwards he was Italy’s number one goalkeeper.
He signed for Juventus in 1972 and during his 11 years with the club won the Serie A championship six times, the Coppa Italia twice and the UEFA Cup once.
|Zoff (left), with teammate Franco Causio and team coach Enzo|
Bearzot (smoking pipe), accompanying Italy's state president,
Sandro Pertini, as they fly back to Italy with the 1982 World Cup
He was head coach at Juventus and Lazio and was then appointed to lead the Italian national team. He coached a young squad to finish second in Euro 2000 and was voted World Soccer Manager of the Year.
He was named the third greatest goalkeeper of the 20th century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, behind Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks.
In 2014, Zoff published his autobiography Dura Solo un Attimo la Gloria, 'Glory Lasts Only a Moment'.
Mariano del Friuli, where Dino Zoff was born, is a small town to the west of Gorizia in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, close to the medieval town of Cormons and the border with Slovenia. Many residents still speak friulano goriziano, a variant of the Friulian dialect, alongside modern Italian.
|The Juventus Stadium in Turin|
Photo: Juve2015 (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Juventus stadium is in Corso Galileo Ferraris in Turin. To visit the club’s museum and tour the stadium, even getting the chance to look inside the dressing rooms, you can book a ticket at www.juventus.com
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