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Facchetti

Italy

Full name: Giacinto Facchetti
Date of birth: 18/07/1942
Position: Defender
International caps: 94
International goals: 3
World Cups: 1966 - First Round
1970 - Runners-up
1974 - First Round
Clubs: Internazionale 1961-1978

Mention the 1960s to an Inter fan and they will still go misty-eyed at the memory of the club's golden age, when they dominated not just Italian football, but the world stage as well. A major part of that great team was their forward-thinking full back, Giacinto Facchetti, who played more than 630 games for the Nerazzurri. A tall, elegant and imposing defender, he was an outstandingly talented player and always a gentleman on the pitch - he was only ever sent off once (for sarcastically applauding the referee).

Facchetti in action

One of Facchetti's greatest abilities, was his natural skill in leadership, both for Inter and for Italy, earning him the nickname 'Il Capitano'. He played for his country 94 times, 70 of which were as captain.

Facchetti formed one of the most formidable back lines ever seen in the Italian league (a league known at the time, as it is now, for its defending), but he was also revered as a role model for the modern wing back; his game was full of dynamic runs and attacking play. His scoring for Inter was phenomenal, with 60 goals in Serie A, which included 10 goals in the 1965-66 season, a record most stikers at the time would have been proud of.

Facchetti lifting a trophy

Facchetti won his first Scudetto (Serie A) title in his third season in 1963, and this was the start of an amazing three years with the club. Back-to-back European Champion Club's Cups and Intercontinental Cups followed in 1964 and 1965, augmented by further league titles in 1965 and 1966. Facchetti's most famous goal was a right-footed shot in the semi final of the 1965 European Cup against Liverpool.

Facchetti's performances for Inter Milan made him a certainty for the Italian national side, but after a diappointing time in England in 1966 (with defeats to USSR and Korea DPR), he tasted international glory by captaining the European Nations Cup winning team in 1968. The World Cup in 1970 continued their success, although it ultimately ended in a heart-breaking 4-1 defeat to Brazil in the final.

A year after, Facchetti won his fourth and last Scudetto with Inter, but it was clear that the golden age was drawing to an end. The World Cup in 1974 yet again ended in disappointment for Facchetti, going out after the first round due to a draw with Argentina and a defeat to Poland.

Facchetti's playing career ended with an injury at the end of the 1978 season, only weeks after a victory in the Italian Cup, and depriving him of a place in what would have been his fourth World Cup.

Facchetti's devotion to Internazionale earned him the role as a talent scout and overseas ambassador, and in 2004 he was elected president. Giancinto Facchetti lost a long battle with cancer in September 2006. In an unprecedented move, Inter retired the number 3 shirt in his honour.