MILAN - Italian football mourns a master, one it will never forget: Enzo Bearzot passed away, today in Milan, at the age of 83. Born in Aiello del Friuli on September 27 1927 football was his entire life. First as a player, in his home town side of Pro Gorizia in serie B, which propelled him, at still a very young age, to join Inter, with which he signed in 1948 and remained until 1951 collecting 19 appearances. Then came Catania, Torino and again Inter, for his season (1956/57) with most appearances in the Nerazzurri jersey: 27. Finally, as a player, a long spell with Torino was followed immediately by a career as a coach that would lead him into the position which all Italians remember him for: on top of the World, in 1982, with Italy winning in Spain against everything and everyone. Bearzot's Italy, a team for which he was much more than a great coach (he still holds the record for most games as the Italy coach with 104), he was the father, the light, the man with the pipe who gave tranquillity, wisdom, simplicity and who, after lifting the World Cup, played cards with the then President of the Republic, Sandro Pertini, Dino Zoff and Franco Causio. He remained the Italy coach until Mexico 1986, and then became the coordinator of the national squads until 1990.
He chose Milan as his city, living with discretion and attention, fondly remembering Inter - one never forgets his first love -, away from the limelight of modern day football and, at the same time, always ready to give precious advice to all the true enthusiasts of the game, as was he.
President Massimo Moratti and all of F.C. Internazionale, in remembering the great Enzo Bearzot, with all their affection, embrace his wife Luisa, his son Glauco and his daughter Cinzia.