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Enzo Bearzot
Personal information
Date of birth September 26, 1927 (1927-09-26) (age 82)
Place of birth    Aiello del Friuli, Italy
Playing position Defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1946-1948
1948-1951
1951-1954
1954-1956
1956-1957
1957-1964
Pro Gorizia
Inter Milan
Catania
Torino
Inter Milan
Torino
   
National team
1955 Italy 1 (0)
Teams managed
1968-1969
1969-1975
1975-1986
Prato
Italy U-23
Italy

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Enzo Bearzot (born 26 September 1927 in Aiello del Friuli) is a former Italian football player and manager. He is mostly renowned for having led the Italy national football team to a triumph in the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

Playing career

A centre back, Bearzot did not enjoy a particularly successful playing career. He made his debut in professional football with Pro Gorizia in 1946, and then played also for Inter Milan, Catania and Torino, being capped only one time for the national team.

Managing career

After having ended his playing career in 1964, Bearzot became assistant coach of Torino, working with Nereo Rocco and Giovan Battista Fabbri, then debutting as head coach for Prato of Serie C. However, Bearzot did not go on a club career, and instead started working for the Italian Football Federation, first as under-23 head coach, then as assistant coach of Ferruccio Valcareggi in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. After the German World Cup, Bearzot was appointed as vice-coach of Fulvio Bernardini, and was then promoted as head coach of Italy in 1977. It was Bearzot who drove the national team to a good fourth place in the 1978 FIFA World Cup, obtained thanks to one of the most exciting playing styles in the competition. Bearzot repeated himself in the Euro 1980, hosted by Italy.

In the 1982 FIFA World Cup, after three poor ties in the three first matches, Bearzot announced the so-called silenzio stampa (press silence) in order to avoid the raising critics from the Italian press. Following that, the Italian team finally started to play its best football, defeating teams such as Argentina, Brazil in the second round, and winning the semi-final to Poland. In the end, Bearzot won even the final match against Germany, leading his team to the first World Cup since 1938. One of the widely remembered pictures of that adventure is probably the game which saw Enzo Bearzot playing scopone with Dino Zoff, Franco Causio and the Italian President Sandro Pertini.

Italy and Bearzot did not qualify for the Euro 1984. Bearzot resigned after the 1986 FIFA World Cup, which saw Italy being defeated in the round of 16 against France.

After a long period of inactivity, Bearzot was appointed President of the FIGC Technical Sector (Settore Tecnico, the main football coaching organization of Italy) in 2002. He left this office in 2005.

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Preceded by
Argentina César Luis Menotti
FIFA World Cup winning managers
1982
Succeeded by
Argentina Carlos Bilardo
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Simple English

Enzo Bearzot
Personal information
Full name Enzo Bearzot
Date of birth 26 September 1927(1927-09-26)
Place of birth    Aiello del Friuli, Italy
Date of death    21th december 2010.
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1946-1948
1948-1951
1951-1954
1954-1956
1956-1957
1957-1964
Pro Gorizia
Internazionale Milano
Catania
Torino
Internazionale Milano
Torino
National team
1955 Italy
Teams managed
1968-1969
1977-1986
Prato
Italy

Enzo Bearzot (26 September 1927 - 21 December 2010[1]) was a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

[2]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ItalyLeague
1946-47Pro GoriziaSerie B00
1947-4800
1948-49Internazionale MilanoSerie A40
1949-5060
1950-5190
1951-52CataniaSerie B292
1952-53322
1953-54341
1954-55TorinoSerie A331
1955-56320
1956-57Internazionale MilanoSerie A270
1957-58TorinoSerie A302
1958-59331
1959-60Serie B241
1960-61Serie A300
1961-62182
1962-63271
1963-6420
CountryItaly 37013
Total 37013

International career statistics

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
195510
Total10

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