Juventus legend Dino Zoff is celebrating his 72nd birthday today.
Widely considered one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, he provided the rock-solid backbone to six Scudetto titles, two Coppa Italia trophies and a UEFA Cup during 476 appearances in the black and white stripes that spanned 11 seasons.
And after calling time on his playing career in 1983 whilst at Juventus, it wasn’t long before Zoff was back to steer the team to further glory from the dugout, winning a Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup during his two-year spell as manager from 1988 to 1990.
Another Bianconeri anniversary that falls today also happens to be linked to the birthday boy. On 28 February 1990, 24 years ago today, Zoff guided Juve to a clean sheet in the first leg of the Coppa Italia final against Milan that they would go on to win on aggregate in the second at the San Siro.
As well as being revered by Juventus supporters, he is also a hero to Italian football fans in general as the captain of the Azzurri’s 1982 World Cup triumph. Aged 40 at the time, he remains the oldest ever player to lift the trophy.
All associated with Juventus Football Club wish Dino many happy returns.