Ferruccio Valcareggi

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Personal information
Date of birth(1919-02-12)12 February 1919
Place of birth Trieste, Italy
Date of death 2 November 2005(2005-11-02) (aged 86)
Place of death Florence, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1937–1940 Triestina
1940–1943 Fiorentina
1944 Milan
1944–1947 Bologna
1947–1948 Fiorentina
1948–1949 Vicenza
1949–1951 Lucchese
1951–1952 Brescia
1952–1954 Piombino
Teams managed
1952–1954 Piombino
1954–1959 Prato
1959–1962 Atalanta
1962–1964 Fiorentina
1964–1965 Atalanta
1966–1974 Italy
1975–1978 Hellas Verona
1979–1980 Roma
1979–1984 Italy B
1985 Fiorentina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ferruccio Valcareggi (Italian pronunciation:  [ferˈruttʃo valkaˈreddʒi] ; 12 February 1919 – 2 November 2005) was an Italian football player and coach, who played as a midfielder.

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Club career

Valcareggi was born in Trieste. He had a successful playing career, playing for teams such as Fiorentina, Bologna, and his home-town club Triestina, ending his career in 1953. He won the Coppa Alta Italia with Bologna in 1946.

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Managerial career

Valcareggi is widely remembered for his success as a coach, in particular with Italy national football team. After managing several Italian club sides (including Prato, helping the club to the 1956–57 Serie C title and Serie B promotion, as well as Atalanta and Fiorentina), he was named the Italian team's coach, replacing manager Edmondo Fabbri, and was in charge of the Italian national side between 1966 and 1974, guiding them to victory in the 1968 European Championship on home soil, and to the final in the 1970 World Cup. Under Valcareggi, Italy lost only six games in eight years. [1] [2]

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Valcareggi is also remembered for devising the infamous "staffetta" (relay) match strategy during the 1970 World Cup. Due to his focus on defensive stability, as well as the presence of two pure, prolific goalscoring strikers, Riva and Boninsegna, Valcareggi felt that it would not be possible to field Italy's two most revered advanced playmakers at the time, Gianni Rivera, and Sandro Mazzola, alongside each other. He believed the two creative players to be incompatible with each other, due to the rivalry between their respective clubs, and as he felt that deploying both players alongside the forwards would offset the balance within the starting line-up, in particular as Rivera, unlike Mazzola, was not renowned for his athleticism or defensive work-rate. He therefore conceived the plan, which essentially consisted of Mazzola playing the first half of each match, whilst Rivera would play the second half. Despite Italy's victory at the 1968 European Championship and their second-place finish at the 1970 World Cup, the tactic was widely criticised by the media, in particular due to Italy's negative performance during the group-stage and in the final defeat to Brazil, despite demonstrating their ability to successfully apply a more offensive, exciting style of play with Rivera in the semi-final against West Germany. The two players only played together briefly in the final, when Rivera came on for Boninsegna for the last six minutes of the match. [3]

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Valcareggi also helped Italy to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, although they were knocked out in the first round of the tournament, which led to Valcareggi stepping down from his position as Italy's head coach; during the tournament, he had an infamous falling out with Giorgio Chinaglia, who insulted Valcareggi upon being substituted. Following his international career, Valcareggi worked as a club coach in Italy and also briefly served as a pundit, also working for Fiorentina's technical sector; he was inducted into the Fiorentina Hall of Fame in 2013. [4]

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Death

Valcareggi died in Florence on 2 November 2005, at the age of 86. [5]

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Bologna

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Prato

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