Italian football today celebrates a true sporting icon, as Giampiero Boniperti turns 90.
Giampiero Boniperti was born in Barengo on 4th July 1928. He has captained Italy and is known for being a one-club man at Juventus. After his playing career, he was also honorary chairman of the club from Turin.
Boniperti, who was nicknamed ‘Marisa’ for his blonde locks, was with Juventus throughout his whole career. He began playing for the club in 1946 and was part of the ‘Magic Trio’ alongside John Charles and Omar Sivori. Boniperti made 469 appearances and scored 188 goals for the Old Lady; he won five Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia trophies with the club.
He was part of Vittorio Pozzo’s Azzurri and was crucial for the national team right after the aeroplane crash that involved the ‘Grande Torino’ side. As a matter of fact, Boniperti became the Azzurri captain in 1952. He took part in two World Cups and won a total of 38 caps and scored eight goals for Italy. He is the only player to have scored for Italy in three different decades (1940s, 1950s and 1960s).
Once retired from active football, Boniperti became Juventus President from 1971 until 1990. His tenure is one of the most successful in the history of the club, as the Bianconeri won nine Serie A championships, two Coppa Italia titles, an Intercontinental Cup, a European Cup, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and a UEFA Cup.
Boniperti was included amongst the best 125 players in the history of football in 2004; he then was inducted in the Hall of Fame of Italian football, in the Italian Executive category, in 2012.