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Pierino Prati
Pierino Prati
(born 13 December 1946 in Cinisello Balsamo) is a retired Italian footballer who played mainly as a forward. A talented and opportunistic player, with an eye for goal, Prati was capable of playing anywhere along the front-line, as a striker, supporting forward, and as a winger. At Milan, he was often deployed on the left wing due to his pace, technique, distribution, and was also known for his powerful and accurate shot from both inside and outside the penalty area, as well as his ability in the air.[1][2] He began his career playing in Serie C1 with Salernitana, winning the title and promotion to Serie B
Serie B
during the 1965–66 season.[2] His son, Cristiano, is also a footballer, who plays in the lower Italian divisions.[2]

Contents

1 Club career 2 International career 3 Career statistics

3.1 Club 3.2 International

4 Honours

4.1 Club 4.2 International 4.3 Individual

5 References 6 External links

Club career[edit] Also known as "Pierino the pest",[2] Prati is mostly remembered for his highly successful and prolific stint with Italian club A.C. Milan under manager Nereo Rocco
Nereo Rocco
in the 60s and 70s, during which he achieved great international and domestic success, winning a Serie A
Serie A
title, a European Cup, two Cup Winners' Cups, an Intercontinental Cup, and two Coppa Italia
Coppa Italia
titles, forming an excellent partnership with Gianni Rivera.[2]

Gianni Rivera
Gianni Rivera
and Prati with A.C. Milan
A.C. Milan
in the 1968–69 season

He made his Serie A
Serie A
debut with the club during the end of the 1965–66 season, on 18 September 1966, in a 2–1 win over Venezia, but was briefly loaned to Serie B
Serie B
club Savona during the 1966–67 season. He later helped Milan to win the 1967–68 Serie A
Serie A
title, finishing the season as the top goalscorer in the Italian league, with 15 goals. He was also notably part of their European Cup
European Cup
victory in 1969, scoring a hat-trick in the 4–1 defeat of Ajax in the final, and six goals in total throughout the competition. He is the last man to have scored a hat-trick in the Champions League/ European Cup
European Cup
Final. Ferenc Puskás
Ferenc Puskás
(twice) and Alfredo Di Stefano
Alfredo Di Stefano
(both of Real Madrid) are the only other players to have achieved this.[3] Overall, he played for 12 seasons (233 games, 100 goals) in the Italian Serie A
Serie A
with A.C. Milan, A.S. Roma
A.S. Roma
and ACF Fiorentina.[2] He also played for Savona one again in Serie C2 in his later career, as well as the Rochester Lancers
Rochester Lancers
in the NASL.[2] International career[edit] Prati also played for the Italy
Italy
national football team. He was most notably a member of the Italian side that won the 1968 UEFA European Football Championship on home soil, during which he made his debut on 6 April, scoring a goal in a 3–2 loss against Bulgaria in the first leg of the quarter-finals, and another in the 2–0 victory in the return leg. He played the first final match alongside Pietro Anastasi, but was replaced by Luigi Riva
Luigi Riva
in the re-match, the striker who would often keep him on the bench for Italy. With his national team, Prati also reached the final of the 1970 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup, losing out to Brazil. In total, he was capped 14 times for the national side between 1968 and 1974, scoring 7 times.[2][3][4][5] Career statistics[edit] Club[edit] Source[2]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total

Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals

Salernitana 1965–66 19 10 - - - - 19 10

Milan 1965–66 2 0 - - - - 2 0

Savona 1966–67 29 15 - - - - 29 15

Milan 1967–68 23 15 7 3 8 4 38 22

1968–69 30 14 3 1 7 6 40 21

1969–70 21 12 3 3 4 2 30 17

1970–71 29 19 10 3 - - 39 22

1971–72 21 6 11 4 7 2 39 12

1972–73 17 6 - - 4 2 21 8

Roma 1973–74 23 8 3 0 - - 26 8

1974–75 29 14 10 8 - - 39 22

1975–76 10 2 3 3 6 0 19 5

1976–77 20 4 2 1 - - 22 5

1977–78 - - 4 1 - - 4 1

Fiorentina 1977–78 8 0 - - - - 8 0

Savona 1978–79 25 10 - - - - 25 10

Rochester 1979 6 3 - - - - 6 3

Savona 1979–80 27 12 - - - - 27 12

1980–81 27 12 - - - - 27 12

Total for Milan 143 72 34 14 30 16 207 102

Career total 366 162 56 27 36 16 458 205

International[edit] Source[4]

Italy
Italy
national team

Year Apps Goals

1968 4 2

1969 2 0

1970 1 1

1971 4 2

1972 2 2

1973 0 0

1974 1 0

Total 14 7

Honours[edit] Club[edit]

Milan[1]

Serie A: 1967–68 Coppa Italia: 1971–72, 1972–73 European Cup: 1968–69 European Cup
European Cup
Winners' Cup: 1967–68, 1972–73 Intercontinental Cup: 1969

Salernitana[2]

Serie C1: 1965–66

International[edit]

Italy[2][6]

UEFA European Championship: 1968 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup: 1970 (Runner-up)

Individual[edit]

Serie A
Serie A
Top Goalscorer: 1967–68 (15 goals)[1][7] A.C. Milan
A.C. Milan
Hall of Fame[1]

References[edit]

^ a b c d " A.C. Milan
A.C. Milan
Hall of Fame: Pierino Prati". acmilan.com. Retrieved 1 April 2015.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Pierino PRATI (II)" (in Italian). magliarossonera.it. Retrieved 24 December 2014.  ^ a b Pierino Prati
Pierino Prati
FIFA
FIFA
competition record ^ a b "Nazionale in cifre: Prati, Pierino". www.figc.it (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 20 April 2015.  ^ "Racconti Mondiali: Messico 1970 - Pierino Prati" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 17 April 2016.  ^ "Pierino Prati" (in Italian). Eurosport. Retrieved 17 April 2016.  ^ Roberto Di Maggio; Igor Kramarsic; Alberto Novello (11 June 2015). " Italy
Italy
- Serie A
Serie A
Top Scorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 

External links[edit]

Pierino Prati
Pierino Prati
at National-Football-Teams.com

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Italy
Italy
squad – UEFA Euro 1968
UEFA Euro 1968
winners (1st title)

1 Albertosi 2 Anastasi 3 Anquilletti 4 Bercellino 5 Burgnich 6 Bulgarelli 7 Castano 8 De Sisti 9 Domenghini 10 Facchetti (c) 11 Ferrini 12 Guarneri 13 Juliano 14 Lodetti 15 Mazzola 16 Prati 17 Riva 18 Rivera 19 Rosato 20 Salvadore 21 Vieri 22 Zoff Coach: Valcareggi

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Italy
Italy
squad – 1970 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
runners-up

1 Albertosi 2 Burgnich 3 Facchetti (c) 4 Poletti 5 Cera 6 Ferrante 7 Niccolai 8 Rosato 9 Puia 10 Bertini 11 Riva 12 Zoff 13 Domenghini 14 Rivera 15 Mazzola 16 De Sisti 17 Vieri 18 Juliano 19 Gori 20 Boninsegna 21 Furino 22 Prati Coach: Valcareggi

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Serie A
Serie A
top scorers

1924: Schönfeld 1925: Magnozzi 1926: Hirzer 1927: Powolny 1928: Libonatti 1929: Rossetti 1930: Meazza 1931: Volk 1932: Petrone & Schiavio 1933: Borel 1934: Borel 1935: Guaita 1936: Meazza 1937: Piola 1938: Meazza 1939: Boffi & Puricelli 1940: Boffi 1941: Puricelli 1942: Boffi 1943: Piola 1946: Castigliano 1947: V. Mazzola 1948: Boniperti 1949: Nyers 1950: Nordahl 1951: Nordahl 1952: Hansen 1953: Nordahl 1954: Nordahl 1955: Nordahl 1956: Pivatelli 1957: Da Costa 1958: Charles 1959: Angelillo 1960: Sívori 1961: Brighenti 1962: Altafini & Milani 1963: Nielsen & Manfredini 1964: Nielsen 1965: Orlando & S. Mazzola 1966: Vinício 1967: Riva 1968: Prati 1969: Riva 1970: Riva 1971: Boninsegna 1972: Boninsegna 1973: Pulici, Rivera & Savoldi 1974: Chinaglia 1975: Pulici 1976: Pulici 1977: Graziani 1978: Rossi 1979: Giordano 1980: Bettega 1981: Pruzzo 1982: Pruzzo 1983: Platini 1984: Platini 1985: Platini 1986: Pruzzo 1987: Virdis 1988: Maradona 1989: Serena 1990: Van Basten 1991: Vialli 1992: Van Basten 1993: Signori 1994: Signori 1995: Batistuta 1996: Signori & Protti 1997: Inzaghi 1998: Bierhoff 1999: Amoroso 2000: Shevchenko 2001: Crespo 2002: Trezeguet & Hübner 2003: Vieri 2004: Shevchenko 2005: Lucarelli 2006: Toni 2007: Totti 2008: Del Piero 2009: Ibrahimović 2010: Di Natale 2011: Di Natale 2012: Ibrahimović 2013: Cavani 2014: Immobile 2015: Toni & Icardi 2016: Higuaín