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Giampiero Boniperti dies, a life for Juventus

2021-06-22T02:40:17.117Z

He would have turned 93. Have had heart failure (ANSA)   Giampiero Boniperti, honorary president of Juventus, of which he was a flag first as a footballer and then as a manager, died during the night in Turin of heart failure. The family announced it to ANSA.     Boniperti, who had retired to private life in recent years, would have turned 93 on 4 July. The funeral will take place in the next few days privately at the behest of the family.  "The emot



  Giampiero Boniperti, honorary president of Juventus, of which he was a flag first as a footballer and then as a manager, died during the night in Turin of heart failure.

The family announced it to ANSA.


    Boniperti, who had retired to private life in recent years, would have turned 93 on 4 July.

The funeral will take place in the next few days privately at the behest of the family. 

"The emotion that we are all feeling at the moment - we read on the Juventus website - does not prevent us from thinking strongly about him, about all that the Presidentissimo was and will always be in the life of Juventus. An indelible figure, that from today is handed over to memory, because it has been in the history books of football for some time. Because when you express a thought, and that thought becomes part of the DNA of the club to which you have dedicated your life - adds the club -, it wants to say that your character has become its identity and way of being. Forever ".

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Giampiero Boniperti, a life for Juventus



"I can only wish Juve one wish: continue to win because, as you know, the only thing that matters remains ...", Boniperti told ANSA

, with a letter written in his own hand for his ninety years. . That phrase, "winning is not important, it's the only thing that matters" is Juventus' trademark, a mantra and a warning, at the same time, for anyone who wears the Juventus jersey. Giampiero Boniperti wore that jersey for 444 games. And yet, when he was a child he would have been content - he had told some time ago - to wear her "once, to be happy forever".

He has had many victories and satisfactions at Juventus, on the pitch, but above all behind the desk: five league titles as a player, in the 'Magic Trio' with Charles and Sivori, all possible trophies, in Italy and in the world, in his twenty years since president. In the Juventus club he had reached the age of 17, paid 60 thousand fifty fifty lire between the team of his country, Barengo (Novara), and the Momo who had registered him. He left it 48 years later, when he left the actual presidency of Juventus. He was president from '71 to '90 and then, when recalled by the Agnelli family, managing director from '91 to '94. Since 2006 he was honorary president. "Juve - is another of his most beloved expressions - is not only the team of my heart, it is my heart". As president,he left the stadium at the end of the first half, and followed the second on the radio; among the many challenges the most suffered were the derby against Turin, even if he scored more for the grenade than any other bianconero: 14 goals (13 in the league, 1 in the Italian Cup). "The derby - he explained, as a manager - consumes me, I love Juve too much and I have such respect for Juve that it cannot be otherwise". With the players he always had the knife on the side of the handle, but the time of the predominance of the prosecutors was far away. After the Mundial won by Italy in 1982 in Spain, none other than Paolo Rossi, Tardelli and Gentile had put out the squad because they asked for a raise. A week off, a friendly missed, before being received again by Boniperti, and signing the contract,with the granting of a small retouch. Of the many football players he brought to Juventus, two of the most loved were Scirea and Del Piero; he brought a young Giovanni Trapattoni from Milan to Juve with whom he shared ten seasons with his first international successes. A bet won against the skeptics: with the 'Trap' at the helm, Juve immediately won the Scudetto with the record at 51, when the victories were still worth two points. He was a member of the European Parliament from '94 to '99. But his great, true and only passion has always been Juventus.a young Giovanni Trapattoni with whom he shared ten seasons with his first international successes. A bet won against the skeptics: with the 'Trap' at the helm, Juve immediately won the Scudetto with the record at 51, when the victories were still worth two points. He was a member of the European Parliament from '94 to '99. But his great, true and only passion has always been Juventus.a young Giovanni Trapattoni with whom he shared ten seasons with his first international successes. A bet won against the skeptics: with the 'Trap' at the helm, Juve immediately won the Scudetto with the record at 51, when the victories were still worth two points. He was a member of the European Parliament from '94 to '99. But his great, true and only passion has always been Juventus.


Source: ansa

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