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Dino Zoff
Zoff at Juventus
Personal information
Date of birth February 28, 1942 (1942-02-28) (age 67)
Place of birth Mariano del Friuli, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1963 Udinese 038 (0)
1963–1967 Mantova 131 (0)
1967–1972 Napoli 143 (0)
1972–1983 Juventus 330 (0)
Total 642 (0)
National team
1968–1983 Italy 112 (0)
Teams managed
1988–1990 Juventus
1990–1994 Lazio
1996–1997 Lazio
1998–2000 Italy
2001 Lazio
2005 Fiorentina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dino Zoff (born February 28, 1942 in Mariano del Friuli) is an Italian former football goalkeeper and is the oldest winner ever of the World Cup, which he earned as captain of the Italian team in the 1982 tournament in Spain, at the age of 40.

Zoff was a goalkeeper of outstanding ability and has a place in the history of the sport among the very best in this role, being named the 3rd greatest goalkeeper of the 20th century by the IFFHS behind Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks[1]. He holds the record for the longest playing time without allowing goals in international tournaments (1142 minutes) set between 1972 and 1974. With 112 caps he is third only to Fabio Cannavaro and Paolo Maldini in number of appearances for the Azzurri. In 2004 Pelé named him as one of the 125 greatest living footballers.

After retiring as a footballer, Zoff went on to become coach for several Italian clubs and the national team.

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Playing career

Dino Zoff was born in Mariano del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Italy), and was elected in a poll by the IFFHS as the third best goalkeeper of the 20th Century - after Lev Yashin (1st) and Gordon Banks (2nd).[2]

Zoff's career got off to an inauspicious start, when at the age of fourteen he had trials with Inter Milan and Juventus F.C., but was rejected due to a lack of height. Five years later, having grown by 33 centimetres, he made his Serie A debut with Udinese, though Zoff made only four appearances for Udinese before moving to Mantova in 1963.

In 1968, Zoff was transferred to Napoli. In the same year he made his debut for Italy, playing against Bulgaria in the quarter final of the 1968 European Championships. Italy proceeded to win the tournament, Zoff taking home a winners' medal after only his fourth international appearance.

Left out of the Italian starting eleven in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, Zoff resumed his success after signing for Juventus in 1972. In eleven years with Juventus, Zoff won the Serie A championship six times, the Coppa Italia twice and the UEFA Cup once. However, Zoff's greatest feat came in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, where he captained Italy to victory in the tournament at the age of 40, making him the oldest ever winner of the World Cup. He followed in the footsteps of compatriot Giampiero Combi (1934) as only the second goalkeeper to captain a World Cup-winning side. He was also voted as the Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament. His manager Enzo Bearzot said:[3]

«He was a level-headed goalkeeper, capable of staying calm during the toughest and the most exhilarating moments. He always held back both out of modesty and respect for his opponents. At the end of the Brazil match, he came over to give me a kiss on the cheek, without saying a single word. For me, that fleeting moment was the most intense of the entire World Cup.»

Zoff and Gianpiero Combi (in 1934) are the only goalkeepers to captain a team that won the World Cup. Zoff is also the oldest player ever to have won the trophy.[4] He holds the record for the longest stretch (1142 minutes) without allowing any goals in international football, set between 1972 and 1974. That clean sheet stretch was ended by Haitian soccer player Manno Sanon's beautiful goal during the 1974 World Cup. He also held the records for the oldest Serie A player and most Serie A appearances (570 matches) for more than 20 years, until the season 2005–06 when the record was broken by S.S. Lazio goalkeeper Marco Ballotta and A.C. Milan defender Paolo Maldini respectively.

Coaching career

After his retirement as a player, Zoff went into coaching, joining the technical staff at Juventus, where he was head coach from 1988 to 1990. In 1990 he was sacked, despite winning the UEFA Cup. He then joined Lazio, where he became president in 1994. In 1998 Zoff was appointed coach of the Italian national team. Using a more open and attacking style than usually used by Italian sides, he coached Italy to a second-place finish in Euro 2000, suffering a cruel extra-time defeat at the hands of France in the final, when in the 90th minute of the game, Italy were 1-0 up and less than sixty seconds from winning the tournament before France scored to equalise and go to extra time. A few days later Zoff resigned, following strong criticism from A.C. Milan president and politician Silvio Berlusconi.

Zoff returned to Lazio, but resigned following a poor start to the 2001–02 season. In 2005, he was named the coach of Fiorentina. But after saving the team from relegation on the last day of the season, Zoff was let go.

Honours

Club

Juventus

International

Managerial

Juventus

Italy

  • Runners-Up
    • UEFA European Championship: 2000

Other honours

Statistics

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Total
1961-62 Udinese Serie A 4 0
1962-63 Serie B 34 0
1963-64 Mantova Serie A 27 0
1964-65 32 0
1965-66 Serie B 38 0
1966-67 Serie A 34 0
1967-68 Napoli Serie A 30 0
1968-69 30 0
1969-70 30 0
1970-71 30 0
1971-72 23 0
1972-73 Juventus Serie A 30 0
1973-74 30 0
1974-75 30 0
1975-76 30 0
1976-77 30 0
1977-78 30 0
1978-79 30 0
1979-80 30 0
1980-81 30 0
1981-82 30 0
1982-83 30 0
Total Italy 570 0
Career Total 570 0

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Simple English

Dino Zoff
Personal information
Full name Dino Zoff
Date of birth 28 February 1942 (1942-02-28) (age 68)
Place of birth    Mariano del Friuli, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1961-1963
1963-1967
1967-1972
1972-1983
Udinese
Mantova
Napoli
Juventus
National team
1968-1983 Italy
Teams managed
1988-1990
1990-1994
1996-1997
1998-2000
2001
2005
Juventus
Lazio
Lazio
Italy
Lazio
Fiorentina

Dino Zoff (born 28 February 1942) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ItalyLeague
1961/62UdineseSerie A40
1962/63Serie B340
1963/64MantovaSerie A270
1964/65320
1965/66Serie B380
1966/67Serie A340
1967/68NapoliSerie A300
1968/69300
1969/70300
1970/71300
1971/72230
1972/73JuventusSerie A300
1973/74300
1974/75300
1975/76300
1976/77300
1977/78300
1978/79300
1979/80300
1980/81300
1981/82300
1982/83300
CountryItaly 5700
Total 5700

International career statistics

[2]

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
196850
196940
197020
197160
197250
197380
197480
197570
1976100
197760
1978120
197940
1980120
198170
1982130
198330
Total1120

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