Happy birthday Dino Zoff!

Dino Zoff in Italy - England at the football European Championship 1980
Dino Zoff in Italy - England at the football European Championship 1980

Dino Zoff was born on February 28, 1942 in Mariano del Friuli, Italy.

Dino Zoff made his debut in professional football in 1961 becoming Udinese’s goalkeepers. He played one season in Serie A and one in Serie B with the team for a total of 38 games.

In 1963, Dino Zoff went to Mantova, where he returned in Serie A and played there for 4 years for a total of 131 games.

In 1967, Dino Zoff went to Napoli, where he remained for 5 years for a total of 143 games. On April 20, 1968 Zoff made his debut in the Italian National Team and in that year he won the European Championship.

In 1972, Dino Zoff went to Juventus where he played 330 matches. He also became the starting goalkeeper in the National Italian until the end of his career, in 1983. With Juventus he won six Italian titles and a UEFA Cup. In 1982, when he was 40 years old, he won the World Cup with Italy also being the team’s captain.

After his career as a player, Dino Zoff became part of the technical sector of the Italian Federation. As the coach of the National Olympic team, he brought Italy to the fourth place at the 1988 Seoul Games.

In 1988, Dino Zoff became the coach of Juventus, winning an Italian Cup and a UEFA Cup.

In 1990, Dino Zoff became the coach of Lazio and then became the team president as well. In 1997, Zoff held both roles.

In 1998, Dino Zoff became the coach of the Italian National Team but resigned after receiving criticism for losing the final of the European Championship 2000.

In 2001, Dino Zoff returned to Lazio as vice-president and for a brief period he was also the team’s coach but he was sacked after a poor start of season 2001/2002.

In 2005, Dino Zoff was the coach of Fiorentina taking over during the season and saving the team from relegation.

Dino Zoff is famous without ever having had a star attitude: he never wasted time chit-chat but always worked with great professionalism. It’s also for these reasons that he’s a football legend in Italy but also worldwide, beingconsidered one of the best goalkeepers of all time.

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