Giuseppe Meazza

Giuseppe Meazza
Giuseppe Meazza 1935.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth(1910-08-23)23 August 1910
Place of birthMilan, Italy
Date of death21 August 1979(1979-08-21) (aged 68)
Place of deathLissone, Italy
Height1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing positionCentre-forward
Inside forward
Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1927–1940Internazionale348(241)
1940–1942Milan37(9)
1942–1943Juventus27(10)
1944Varese20(7)
1945–1946Atalanta14(2)
1946–1947Internazionale17(2)
Total463(271)
National team
1930–1939Italy53(33)
Teams managed
1946Atalanta
1946–1948Internazionale
1948–1949Beşiktaş
1949–1951Pro Patria
1952–1953Italy
1955–1956Internazionale
1957Internazionale
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Giuseppe "Peppino" Meazza (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe meˈattsa]; 23 August 1910 – 21 August 1979), also known as il Balilla, was an Italian football manager and player. Throughout his career, he played mainly for Internazionale in the 1930s, scoring 242 goals in 365 games for the club, and winning three Serie A titles, as well as the Coppa Italia; he later also played for local rivals Milan, as well as Turin rivals Juventus, in addition to his spells with Varese and Atalanta. At international level, he led Italy to win two consecutive World Cups: in 1934 on home soil, and in 1938 as captain; he was named to the All-star Team and won the Golden Ball Award at the 1934 World Cup, as the tournament's best player. Along with Giovanni Ferrari and Eraldo Monzeglio, he is one of only three Italian players to have won two World Cups.[1][2] Following his retirement, he served as a coach for the Italy national team, and with several Italian clubs, including his former club sides Inter and Atalanta, as well as Pro Patria, and Turkish club Beşiktaş; he was Italy's head coach at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

Meazza is widely considered one of the best players of his generation, and among the greatest of all time, as well as being regarded by many in the sport as Italy's greatest ever player.[3][4][5] Due to his technical skill, prolific goalscoring, and creative ability, he was often given the nickname "il genio" (the genius) by the Italian press during his career.[6] He has been ranked fourth-best player in the history of the World Cup.[7] A prolific forward, Meazza won the Serie A top-scorer award on three occasions in his career; with 216 goals in Serie A, he is the fourth all-time highest goal scorer in Serie A, alongside José Altafini, and with 33 goals, he is also the second highest goalscorer for the Italian national team.[8][9] With 338 goals, he is the third-highest Italian goalscorer in all competitions.[10] He is also the youngest player ever to score 100 goals in Serie A, a feat which he achieved at the age of 23 years and 32 days.[11][12][13][14] San Siro, the principal stadium in his native city of Milan, which is today shared by two of his former clubs, Internazionale and crosstown rivals A.C. Milan, is now officially called Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in the player's honour.[15] In 2011, he was posthumously inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.

Early life

Meazza was born in Porta Vittoria, Milan. Having lost his father in 1917 during the tragic fighting of World War I at the age of seven, young Peppe grew up in Milan with his mother, Ersilia who came from Mediglia, helping her sell fruit at the market. However, it was football that was his true calling. His mother hid his shoes so he would not waste his time, so young Peppin learned to play barefoot. He began playing at six years old on the streets on a team named the "Maestri Campionesi" who played with a ball made of rags. At twelve years old he finally got permission from his mother to pursue being a footballer, and began playing for Gloria F.C.. It was here that a fan bought him his first proper pair of football boots. He began his career as a main striker, but due to his talent and technical skills, he later played in a more creative role as a midfielder or as an inside forward.

His nickname, "il Balilla" ("The Little Boy"),[16][17] was given to him in 1927 by his older teammate Leopoldo Conti, who thought "Pepp", who was only 17 when he joined the senior team, was too young to be associated to the senior team, and was surprised after Inter coach Árpád Weisz decided to give Meazza his debut for Inter in his place. "Now we even take players from kindergarten!" exclaimed Conti sarcastically. The National Opera Balilla, the Fascist youth organisation which collected all children aged 8 to 14 years, was established in 1926 and so Conti thought it a good way to describe the young rookie. Meazza scored two goals on his debut in a 6–2 win against Milanese Unione Sportiva in the Coppa Volta in Como, leaving old "Poldo" Conti speechless.[18] The Italian Sports Newspaper "La Gazzetta dello Sport" praised his game as "intelligent, fresh, quick",[18] the day after his official debut in the Italian championship, on 12 September 1927, something that didn't happen very frequently during those days.

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