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Roberto Rosato
Roberto Rosato
(Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto roˈzato]; 18 August 1943 – 20 June 2010) was an Italian footballer, who played as a defender. A strong, hard-tackling, and reliable centre-back, he is regarded as one of Italy's greatest defenders.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Rosato played for four different Italian clubs throughout his career, but is mainly remembered for his successful stint with A.C. Milan, where he won several domestic and international titles. At international level, he represented Italy
Italy
in two FIFA
FIFA
World Cups, reaching the final in 1970, and won UEFA Euro 1968.

Contents

1 Club career 2 International career 3 Stye of play 4 Personal life 5 Honours

5.1 Club 5.2 International 5.3 Individual

6 References 7 External links

Club career[edit] Rosato played for 15 seasons (351 games, 10 goals) in the Serie A
Serie A
for A.C. Torino
A.C. Torino
(1960–66), A.C. Milan
A.C. Milan
(1966–1973) and Genoa C.F.C. (1973–1977), before moving to Aosta (1977–79), playing in Serie D for two seasons before officially retiring in 1979. He made his Serie A debut with Torino, in a 1–1 away draw against Fiorentina on 2 April 1961. Rosato is mostly remembered for his highly successful period with Milan, where he won several domestic and international trophies (1 Serie A
Serie A
A title, 3 Coppa Italia
Coppa Italia
titles, 1 European Cup, 2 European Super Cups, and 1 Intercontinental Cup), forming a formidable back-line alongside Cudicini, Schnellinger, Anquilletti, and Trapattoni. He made his Milan debut on 4 September 1966, in a 3–0 away Serie A
Serie A
win over Pisa; in total he made 269 appearances with the club, scoring 8 goals, 5 of which came in Serie A
Serie A
in 187 appearances.[1][2][6][7][8] International career[edit] Rosato also played 37 matches for the Italy
Italy
national football team from 1965 to 1973.[9] An important member of the Italian national side, he gave one of his best performances during his debut under manager Edmondo Fabbri in 1966, in a 1–1 away draw against West Germany; after the match, he was dubbed the “Hammer of Hamburg” (Il Martello d'Amburgo) by the media, due to his tenacity and determination throughout the match. He participated in two World Cups (1966 and 1970), where is widely remembered for an important goal-line clearance on Gerd Müller
Gerd Müller
in Italy's 4–3 semi-final win over West Germany, which is known as "the Match of the Century".[4][10] Rosato was also a member of the team that lost 4–1 to Brazil in the 1970 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
Final; after the tournament he was elected the best central defender of the tournament.[11] At the end of the game he swapped shirts with Pelé. He sold the shirt for a record £157,750 at auction in 2002.[12] Rosato was also part of the Italian team that won the 1968 UEFA European Football Championship
UEFA European Football Championship
and the Gold Medal at the 1963 Mediterranean Games.[1][7] Stye of play[edit] A powerful, consistent, hard-tackling, and tenacious man-marking centre-back, Rosato is regarded as one of the greatest and most complete Italian defenders of all time, due to his strong performances throughout his career. In addition to his tough, determined, physical, and aggressive style of play, he was also extremely composed and elegant on the ball, due to his notable technical ability and balance; he was also known for his commanding influence on the pitch.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Personal life[edit] Rosato was frequently known by his team-mates and the media as "Angel Face" (Faccia d'Angelo) under manager Nereo Rocco, due to his delicate, handsome physical features, which were thought to contrast with his determination and ruggedness on the pitch. Rosato is born on the same day as his Milan team-mate and "twin", as he was known, Gianni Rivera.[1][3][6] Rosato died on 20 June 2010, at the age of 66, after struggling with a lengthy illness; after news of his death was aired, the Italian team wore black armbands in memory of Rosato in their 2010 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup game against New Zealand later that day.[4][5][13] Honours[edit] Club[edit]

Milan[1][6]

Serie A
Serie A
champion: 1967–68. Coppa Italia
Coppa Italia
winner: 1966–67, 1971–72, 1972–73. European Cup
European Cup
winner: 1968–69. UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
winner: 1967–68, 1972–73. Intercontinental Cup winner: 1969.

International[edit]

Italy[1][6]

UEFA European Football Championship
UEFA European Football Championship
winner: 1968. Mediterranean Games champion: 1963.

Individual[edit]

A.C. Milan
A.C. Milan
Hall of Fame[1] Medaglia d'oro al valore atletico[7]

References[edit]

^ a b c d e f g h " A.C. Milan
A.C. Milan
Hall of Fame: Roberto Rosato". acmilan.com. Retrieved 2 April 2015.  ^ a b c "Addio a Rosato, Faccia d'angelo uno dei più forti difensori italiani". ilmessaggero.it (in Italian). Il Messaggero. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2015.  ^ a b c "Addio a Rosato, stopper implacabile dalla faccia d'angelo". ilsole24ore.com (in Italian). Il Sole 24 Ore. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2015.  ^ a b c d "Addio al grande Rosato Fece volare Milan e Italia". gazzetta.it (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2015.  ^ a b c "Lutto nel calcio: addio a Roberto Rosato" (in Italian). Tutto Sport. 20 June 2010. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.  ^ a b c d e f "Roberto Rosato" (in Italian). magliarossonera.it. Retrieved 21 December 2016.  ^ a b c "Roberto Rosato". medagliedoro.org (in Italian). CONI. Retrieved 2 April 2015.  ^ "Rosato, Roberto" (in Italian). enciclopediadelcalcio.it. Retrieved 21 December 2016.  ^ "Nazionale in cifre: Rosato, Roberto". figc.it (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 20 April 2015.  ^ Roberto Rosato
Roberto Rosato
FIFA
FIFA
competition record ^ "Italia in lutto, è morto Rosato". mediaset.it (in Italian). Sport Mediaset. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2015.  ^ http://www.lastingtribute.co.uk/tribute/rosato/3339943[dead link] ^ Italy
Italy
to honor Rosato against New Zealand. Usatoday.Com (2010-06-20). Retrieved on 2015-07-18.

External links[edit]

Roberto Rosato
Roberto Rosato
at National-Football-Teams.com

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Italy
Italy
squad – 1966 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

1 Albertosi 2 Anzolin 3 Barison 4 Bulgarelli 5 Burgnich 6 Facchetti 7 Fogli 8 Guarneri 9 Janich 10 Juliano 11 Landini 12 Leoncini 13 Lodetti 14 Mazzola 15 Meroni 16 Pascutti 17 Perani 18 Pizzaballa 19 Rivera 20 Rizzo 21 Rosato 22 Salvadore (c) Coach: Fabbri

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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

v t e

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: