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Paolo Mazza (1901 – 31 December 1981) was an Italian football manager. He was co-manager of the Italy national football team at the 1962 FIFA World Cup, together with Giovanni Ferrari.

Mazza career as a footballer was served entirely in the lower divisions, he became first manager and then sporting director of SPAL, a small club from Ferrara.

In 1946, he became President of the club and pioneered the idea of training centres at youth level, opening the Centro Giovanile di Addestramento. Nicknamed Il Rabdomante (the Diviner) by journalist Gianni Brera due to his skill for talent-spotting, he helped SPAL reach Serie A, well above the level expected from such a small club.

In 1962, despite being out of management and coaching for nearly 25 years, the Italian FA asked him to act as Assistant Manager of the 1962 World Cup squad in Chile. Italy was knocked out at the first round stage. However, just a few days after his return, he made one of his most notable signings when picking up Fabio Capello from Pieris for two million Lira (around £500).


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Paolo Mazza
Personal information
Full name Paolo Mazza
Date of birth 1901
Place of birth    Vigarano Mainarda, Italy
Date of death    31 December 1981
Teams managed
1962 Italy

Paolo Mazza (born 1901) is a former Italian football manager.



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