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Claudio Sala
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Full name Claudio Sala
Date of birth (1947-09-08) 8 September 1947 (age 75)
Place of birth Macherio, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Monza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1968 Monza 75 (24)
1968–1969 Napoli 23 (2)
1969–1980 Torino 365 (22)
1980–1982 Genoa 41 (0)
Total 504 (48)
National team
1971–1978 Italy 18 (0)
Teams managed
1989 Torino
1990 Catanzaro
1991 Catanzaro
2001 Moncalieri
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Claudio Sala (Italian pronunciation: [ˈklaudjo ˈsaːla]; born 8 September 1947) is a former Italian footballer, manager and current commentator, who played as a winger.

Club career

He made his debut for Monza, later moving to Napoli, Torino and Genoa. In total he played 323 matches and scored 27 goals in the Serie A. With Torino, he won the 1975–76 Serie A, and the 1970–71 Coppa Italia.

International career

He also earned 18 caps for the Italy national football team, including playing in the 1978 FIFA World Cup, where Italy finished in fourth place after reaching the semi-final.

Style of play

Nicknamed "il poeta del gol" ("the goal poet," in Italian), Sala was usually deployed as a winger, but could also play as an attacking midfielder, or even as a main or supporting striker on occasion. Regarded as one of Italy's greatest wingers, he was a quick, powerful, and highly creative player, and an excellent assist provider. He had good technical ability, as well as accurate passing and crossing ability, which allowed him to be an effective playmaker. As a two-footed player, he was capable of attacking on either wing, and was known for his ability to get past his opponents and deliver balls into the penalty area from the touchline.

Honours

Club

Torino
Monza

Individual

  • Guerin d'Oro: 1976, 1977
  • Torino F.C. Hall of Fame: 2016
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