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Valentino Mazzola

Valentino Mazzola
Personal information
Date of birthJanuary 26, 1919
Place of birthCassano d'Adda, Italy
Date of deathMay 4, 1949(age 30)
Place of deathSuperga, Italy
Playing positionAttacking Midfielder

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Valentino Mazzola (January 26, 1919 - May 4, 1949) was an Italian footballer and captain of the legendary Grande Torino side, killed in the Superga air disaster. He is considered one of the best football players of all time and perhaps the first modern all-around footballer, as he was an attacking midfielder who could score, tackle, defend and lead his teammates to victory with his charismatic presence (Mazzola was famous for raising his shirt's sleeves when his team was not playing well as a signal to his teammates and the fans).


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