Today would’ve been the 96th birthday of legendary Scudetto-winning Lazio Coach Tommaso Maestrelli, who died 18 months after the historic title.
He joined the club in 1971-72 with the Aquile in Serie B following relegation, but kept hold of Giorgio Chinaglia and Pino Wilson, who would go on to prove decisive for the title a short while later.
In their first season back in the top flight, Maestrelli took them to third place and was only pipped to the post by Juventus.
It was only a warm-up, as the Biancocelesti took their historic first Scudetto in 1973-74, achieving it with a round to spare and with Chinaglia as Capocannoniere on 24 goals.
During the 1974-75 season, Maestrelli tried to defend the Serie A title despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
They finished fourth and after a break for experimental treatment, Maestrelli returned to the Lazio bench to lead his team to Serie A safety in objectively difficult circumstances.
He saw out his career as director of sport at Lazio, succumbing to his illness on December 2, 1976.
Il 7 ottobre di 96 anni fa nasceva l’allenatore del primo Scudetto biancoceleste, Tommaso Maestrelli pic.twitter.com/ztn8FnYAdy— S.S.Lazio (@OfficialSSLazio) October 7, 2018