Juventus hero Gaetano Scirea, the classy World Cup winner who picked up seven Scudetti with the Bianconeri, would have turned 67 today.
Scirea tragically lost his life in a car crash while working for Juve as a scout in Poland, aged just 36.
One Sunday in September 1989, the Old Lady had sent him on a mission to study UEFA Cup opponents Gornik Zabrze. The terrible weather in Poland caused the crash and Gaetano never came back.
A modern defender, known for his technique and elegance, Scirea managed to win all three major UEFA club competitions in Turin, where he spent most of his career.
He arrived from Atalanta in 1974 after two years in Bergamo, but the Cernusco man became an undisputed member of the Italian national team, even stopping the great Franco Baresi from breaking into the starting XI during his decade with the Azzurri.
Scirea was part of the Italy squad that won the World Cup in 1982, one of three he participated in, and helped his country to fourth in the 1980 European Championship, featuring in the Team of the Tournament.
During his 14 years in black and white, he lifted seven Serie A crowns, two Coppa Italia, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup.
It’s no wonder he was voted into Juve’s all-time greatest XI in 2017, six years after becoming a member of Italian football’s Hall of Fame.
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