Happy Birthday to Pietro Vierchowod!

Happy Birthday to Pietro Vierchowod!

Pietro Vierchowod was born in Calcinate on 6th April 1959.

He was widely considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Serie A during the 1980s and the 1990s. Vierchowod spent his youth with the Como academy. He got promoted with the club from northern Italy from Serie C1 to Serie A. After his time at Como, he went on to play for Fiorentina, Roma, Sampdoria, Juventus, AC Milan and Piacenza. Vierchowod can boast among his honours two Serie A titles, four Italian Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, an Italian Super Cup and a Champions League.

Vierchowod made his debut for the senior national team on 6th January 1981 in a friendly between the Netherlands and Italy, aged 21. Head coach Enzo Bearzot included him into the squad that took part in the successful 1982 World Cup campaign in Spain. However, he was not able to play due to an injury. Vierchowod did play in the following two World Cups (Mexico 1986, Italy 1990). He won a total of 45 caps and scored twice for the Azzurri.

For a long time, Vierchowod held the record of being the oldest player to score for the national team after netting against Malta on 24th March 1993 at the age of 33 years, 11 months and 18 days. Christian Panucci then broke the record in 2008.

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