Alessandro ("Sandro") Mazzola
- For the less notable footballer, see Alessandro Mazzola .
(born 8 November 1942 in Turin
) is an Italian former football
player. He is the son of Valentino Mazzola
, who was killed in the Superga air disaster
in 1949, and one of the most renowned Italian football players of the 1960s. He played for the Internazionale
team known as La Grande Inter
. He was an attacking inside-right with goalscoring instincts. He was also blessed with creativity, helped by his passing range and close control.
With the entire career of seventeen seasons played only for the club
, he holds the honor of being a one-club man
Alessandro Mazzola was born in Turin
, Italy a few weeks after his father joined Torino FC
from Venezia A.C.
. His younger brother, Ferruccio, who was named after the president's Torino FC
, was born two years later. His parents divorced in 1946, but his mother gained custody of Sandro Mazzola. He was 6 years old when his father died.
Sandro Mazzola and his brother Ferruccio signed for Internazionale
. He played all his career for Inter, scoring 116 Serie A
goals. His Serie A debut was for Inter against Juventus
on 10 June 1961, when his team lost 9-1. A year before his debut, Helenio Herrera
arrived from FC Barcelona
as the coach of Inter. He brought Luis Suárez
from FC Barcelona
as his midfield general, he had Tarcisio Burgnich
and Giacinto Facchetti
as his fullbacks, Brazilian Jair
as his wing,......