44 years of pure passion, 44 years of devotion and yet a few consider him a legend. Who am I talking about? A pure Italian gentleman and star that gave Italian football a meaning beyond what it was; we welcome you to top facts about Dino Zoff, the monument.
Dino Zoff is an Italian goalkeeper who played professionally for several years. At the age of 40 years, 4 months, and 13 days, he is the oldest World Cup winner ever, having won it as captain of the Italian national team in the 1982 event.
He also received the title for best goalkeeper of the tournament and was named to the tournament team for his efforts, which included two clean sheets, an honor he later received after winning the European Championship on domestic soil in 1968. Zoff is the only Italian player to win the World Cup and the European Championship as a player.
The monument was an exceptional goalkeeper who ranks among the finest in the sport's history, having been ranked the third greatest goalkeeper of the twentieth century by the IFFHS, behindLev Yashin
and Gordon Banks. Between 1972 and 1974, he achieved the record for the greatest period of time without conceding a goal in an international tournament (1,142 minutes).
He has 112 caps for Italy, making him the sixth most capped player in the country's history. Zoff was rated one of the 100 best living footballers by Pelé in 2004. Zoff finished sixth in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll in the same year, and was named Italy's golden player of the past 50 years.
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Zoff was a classic, effective, and experienced goalkeeper who preferred efficiency and caution over flamboyance and making saves, while his power and athleticism allowed him to produce spectacular dives and decisive saves when needed.
He was praised for his exceptional ball positioning and handling, especially when coming out to receive crosses, as well as his concentration, consistency, cool mindset, and calmness under pressure; he was also a graceful player with good reactions and shot-stopping abilities.
Aside from these qualities which made him a huge shining star in the field, what was his “out of the field” traits that made his personality an exceptional one?
We will find out soon in the upcoming parts of
top facts about Dino Zoff
, but for now, lets go through some of his most basic information first.
In this section of top facts about Dino Zoff we'll go through the basics of his life. If you're new to football or don't know anything about Jimmy Greaves, this step is strongly advised.
Date of birth:
28 February 1942
Star sign features:
Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle
Place of birth:
Mariano del Friuli, Italy
Physical stats and appearance
We believe it is vital to move on to the next portions of the top facts about Dino Zoff, covering his career and net worth details and his personal life, now that you have a general understanding of who he is.
How much does Dino Zoff collect during these years and what is his real net worth? We are about to find out in this part of
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Dino Zoff was considered one of the richest players of his era.
His net worth back then was close to 1 million dollars and as for today there are no accurate estimations of how much money this amazing athlete has but there are numerous rumors that he has now amassed over 10 million dollars of wealth which is quite logical considering his successful career.
Now that we have discussed is overall wealth let us dive deep into his personal life to see what facts we can find there in the next section of top facts about Dino Zoff.
Dino had an early life like many other players, yet much of his information is unknown. But we would uncover what we know about this legend in this part of
top facts about Dino Zoff
Dino Zoff was born in 1942 into a farming family in the small town of Mariano del Friuli, Italy. Despite establishing a passion for soccer, his father recommended him to choose a different career path owing to his low stature.
In an attempt to increase his height, his grandma fed him a day's worth of eggs from her farm. Zoff's career began inauspiciously, with trials withInter Milan
and Juventus at the age of fourteen, but he was rejected owing to a lack of height.
After growing 33 cm in five years, he made his Serie A debut withUdinese
on September 24, 1961, in a 5–2 loss to Fiorentina, albeit Zoff was not criticized for any of the goals he surrendered.
In his debut season at Udinese, Zoff only made four appearances as the club was demoted to Serie B. He returned to the club the next season as the primary goalkeeper, leading them to Serie A promotion, before transferring to Mantova in 1963 for four seasons and 131 games.
Zoff was a fantastic player on the field, but he was incredibly humble in his personal life. Dino Zoff was always a reserved individual, and this was an accurate assessment of him.
This aspect of his personality has led the goalkeeper to keep his family out of the spotlight as much as possible. Since they married in the mid-1960s, his wife Annamaria Passerini has been by his side for many years.
Marco, the couple's sole child, was born in 1974. Unlike his father, the son did not want to continue in his father's footsteps and now works as an engineer for a major corporation.
Dino Zoff is alive and well in the moment of writing but he had few health problems previously and we are here to talk about these problems in this part of top facts about Dino Zoff.
Zoff was hospitalized for three weeks with a viral brain infection on November 28, 2015, making it difficult for him to move.
On December 23, 2015, it was reported that Zoff was doing well, but he said, "I was terrified for the first time in my life... When I say scared, I'm not talking about myself; I'm talking about others around me. My family consists of my wife, son, and grandchildren. Basically, my tribe. By leaving, I would have done a lot of damage to them."
He further disclosed, "Two figures appeared at the foot of my bed one night. Gaetano Scirea [one of his slain teammates] and Enzo Bearzot [one of his deceased coaches] were among them. Both of them were beaming. It wasn't a dream; I wasn't sleeping. 'Not now, not yet,' I told them. And I'm still standing."
As said before Dino Zoff had managed to set a record of not conceiding a goal for above 1000 minutes, until another Italian beat his record.
The number one of the 'azzurra squad' kept his goal unbeaten for 1,168 minutes, until he was beaten in the 114th minute of the 'round of 16' match against Austria in Euro2020, surpassing Dino Zoff's 1,142 minutes as the world championship goalie in 1982.
“I overcame a legend and I'm very moved, although personal records will come later as I work for the team to win,” Donnarumma, 22, said after the team's 2-1 extra-time victory overthe Austrians
According to Donnarumma, "going forward suffering has much more value," and this encounter will prepare Italy to face Belgium or Portugal in the quarter-finals "with more confidence and maturity."
Zoff maintained the records for the oldest Serie A player (41 years old) and the most Serie A appearances (570) for more than 20 years, untilLazio
goalkeeper Marco Ballotta and A.C. Milan defender Paolo Maldini separately shattered the marks in the 2005–06 season.
Zoff has conceded the fewest goals in a single Serie A season, second only to former A.C. Milan goalkeeper Sebastiano Rossi, who overtook him during the 1993–94 season; he has also gone the longest time without conceding a goal in Serie A, with a 903-minute unbeaten streak during the 1972–73 season, a record he held until Rossi overtook him during the 1993–94 season.
He and Rossi shared the Serie A record for most consecutive clean sheets until Gianluigi Buffon surpassed them both in 2016 with his 10th consecutive clean sheet.
Zoff has 570 Serie A appearances, making him the sixth most in the league's history. He is also the fourth oldest player to have ever played a match in the league.
From 21 May 1972 (in a 0–0 home draw withNapoli
against Bologna) until his final league appearance with Juventus in 1983, he holds the record for most consecutive matches played in Serie A (332). Zoff is also the oldest player to have featured in a European Cup or UEFA Champions League Final, at 41 years and 86 days.
In the last part of top facts about Dino Zoff we would go into his life after playing football.
Zoff moved into coaching after retiring as a player, first joining the technical staff at Juventus as a goalkeeping coach, but this experience proved to be disappointing for him.
After that, he coached the Italian Olympic squad for the first time, assisting the team in qualifying for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, before returning to Juventus as a coach; the Italian Olympic team finished fourth in the final tournament.
Zoff became the head coach of the Italian national team in 1998. Zoff utilized a more open, flowing, and offensive style of play than his more defensive Italian coaching predecessors Cesare Maldini and Arrigo Sacchi, despite the fact that Italy remained cautious and organized defensively.
, Gianluca Zambrotta, Stefano Fiore, Massimo Ambrosini, Christian Abbiati, Marco Delvecchio, and Vincenzo Montella were all brought to the team by Zoff, who helped the team qualify for Euro 2000.
Zoff replaced Sven-Göran Eriksson as manager of reigning Serie A, Coppa Italia, and Supercoppa Italiana winners Lazio the next season, and the team finished third in Serie A.
Due to a dismal start to the 2001–02 season, he resigned on September 20, after three games into the season. As a substitute for Sergio Buso, he was chosen coach ofFiorentina
in 2005. Zoff was fired after saving the squad from relegation on the last day of the season.
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