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 Sandro MAZZOLA 1962-1968 
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Name: Alessandro ("Sandro") Mazzola

Nickname: "Baffo"


Country: :ITA: Italy
Club: F.C. Internazionale Milano
Position: *SS, CF, AMF, WF
Side: RF/BS
Age: 20-26 years (08/11/1942)

Height: 179 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Attack: 91
Defence: 55
Balance: 79
Stamina: 84
Top Speed: 86
Acceleration: 84
Response: 85
Agility: 83
Dribble Accuracy: 94
Dribble Speed: 86
Short Pass Accuracy: 87
Short Pass Speed: 79
Long Pass Accuracy: 85
Long Pass Speed: 78
Shot Accuracy: 90
Shot Power: 85
Shot Technique: 85
Free Kick Accuracy: 76
Curling: 78
Header: 73
Jump: 77
Technique: 90
Aggression: 88
Mentality: 83
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 82

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 7
Weak Foot Frequency: 6
Consistency: 6
Growth Type: Early Lasting

P07 Mazing Run
P16 Dummy Run
S01 Reaction
S03 1-on-1 Finish
S05 1-touch Play
S14 Quick Turn
S20 Scooping

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Dribbling - Reaction - 1on1 Scoring - 1 touch Pass

Attack / Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded


Born in 1942 in Turin, his father was the great Torino midfielder Valentino Mazzola. Unfortunately the young Sandro, and all of the country, Valentino was a victim of the Superga air disaster in 1949 which killed 31 people including pretty much all of il Grande Torino side. Sandro was only six years old when his father died and grew up with his mother and his younger brother Ferruccio, who was also to sign professionally for Inter. He made his debut for Inter in 1961 in a game that will live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons. Most players dream of scoring the winning goal on their debut, Sandro’s debut was the stuff of nightmares. Juventus were the opponents and they proceeded to score nine goals as they completed routed a shell-shocked Inter side.

If power, size and strength were not qualities associated with the young Mazzola, then determination certainly was. He would prove to be an attacking midfielder/inside-right with a beautiful touch and wonderful vision. A player who could see a few moves ahead and had the skills to make the most of it. Despite the rather miserable start to his Inter career the team would go on to conquer Europe within three years. This occurred thanks to the quality of players that coach Helenio Herrera inherited and also brought to the squad. Players such as former Barcelona midfielder Luis Suarez, left sided midfielder Mario Corso, defender Armando Picchi and fullbacks Tarcisio Burgnich & Giacinto Facchetti. Another reason for their success was the preferred tactic of Catenaccio. In recognising Inter’s weakness of previous seasons as their ability to ship in goals, strengthening the defense was of paramount importance to Herrera and would be the platform on which the future success of the club would be built.

Scudetto success in 1963 lead Inter to their first foray into the European Cup and a run of three successive finals. The first two finals Inter emerged victorious with wins over Real Madrid and Benfica. The third ended in defeat against Scottish champions Celtic. Mazzola played a huge role in the wins and also scored in the Celtic defeat. More Scudetto success followed and the entire period became known as La Grande Inter with Mazzola as a kingpin of the side. The 1960’s saw the best of Inter and they failed to continue their run as the 1970’s appeared. A run of six trophy less seasons brought an end to Mazzola’s career in 1977. Overall his record of 116 goals in 418 appearances for Nerazzurri and two scudetto’s, two European Cups & two Intercontinental Cups provide a fitting statistical representation of the man who will never be forgotten in the blue & black section of Milan. For the Azzurri he made 70 appearances, scoring 22 goals and was part of the successful 1968 side that won the European Championship. He competed in the 1966, 1970 & 1974 World Cups.

During the 1970 World Cup, which Italy entered as favourites, coach Ferruccio Valcareggi believed that Mazzola and another star player, Gianni Rivera, could not play together at the same time. An admirer of both their talents he devised a system which he called Staffetta (relay), which in a nutshell meant that Mazzola would play the first half and Rivera would replace him in the second half. Despite the strange nature of this tactic, it appeared to work as Italyreached the Final to play Brazil. However, on the biggest stage of all, Valcareggi abandoned his plan and started the match with Mazzola and continued to play him until the 82nd minute when Rivera eventually came on. Mazzola also remained on the pitch. Brazil won the match comfortably by four goals to one. Sandro is still working in football today as a football analyst and commentator. This gives him the opportunity to express his views on the game verbally in the same way that he did with his feet. Whenever football historians, fans and pundits go back to the 1960’s era of Italian football you can always be assured that Sandro Mazzola will be one of the first names mentioned.

Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:17 am
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Mazzola defended better and so it was more pleasing to the midfielders and defenders; Rivera built better, and so it was better to accept tips, especially in Riva.
(http://www.storiedicalcio.altervista.or ... -1982.html)

Mazzola should have a higher score on defense.

Rivera has 55, is too high. viewtopic.php?f=19&t=528

Mon May 12, 2014 10:12 am
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JeanMarc wrote:
Yes, updated both sets...

Mazzola 53, Rivera 51? It's too little the difference for me...If there was this dualism is for this reason

Mon May 12, 2014 7:36 pm

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Added Playmaking and passing , he have good ability for that

Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:00 pm
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TheGreatRossonero wrote:
Added Playmaking and passing , he have good ability for that

Maybe just Passing ;)

Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:30 pm

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Yeah Agrre with the Passing , somebody can do it ?

Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:13 pm
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