Today marks the anniversary of legendary Bianconeri goalkeeper Gianpiero Combi’s birthday.
Exactly 111 years ago to the day, on 20 November 1902, one of the first great Italian shotstoppers, who spent his entire 13-year playing career in the black and white stripes, was born in Turin.
After making his debut in the 1921/22 campaign, Combi went on to form the vital cornerstone of a Juventus side which rose from being championship also-rans to winning five consecutive titles in the golden ‘Quinquennio’ period.
His first of five personal Scudetto triumphs came in the 1925/26 season, before he hung up his gloves having lifted four of the five Quinquennio titles, forming a formidable trio with full-back pairing Virginio Rosetta and Umberto Cagliaris in the process.
Domestic success was then followed by the greatest prize of all in 1934, when Combi lifted the World Cup as captain of Vittorio Pozzo’s Jules Rimet-winning Azzurri side.
His death in 1956 saw Juventus deprived of one of their shining lights. But his memory lives on to the present day, and he is still remembered as one of the greatest ever goalkeepers to grace Italian football.