1940: Ferdinando Miniussi (died 2001) – Was Inter’s reserve goalkeeper during the years 1965-69, picking up a Scudetto winners medal in 1966. His name is most associated with the doping controversy denounced by former team-mate Ferruccio Mazzola, in which it is alleged that Miniussi’s death, along with those of ex-Interisti Armando Picchi, Marcello Giusti, Carlo Tagnin, Mauro Bicicli and Giuseppe Longoni, eventually came about because they were given health-damaging performance enhancing drugs by the club during the 60s.
1945: Paolo Sirena (63) – Former Inter and Roma defender, who won
a Coppa Italia with the latter. Affectionately remembered by Verona, with whom he spent eight seasons with
from 1969-77. Scored an unforgettable goal for Hellas
in a famous 5-3 win over AC Milan.
1957: Preben Elkjaer Larsen (51) – Whilst on the subject of Verona, Danish striker
Elkjaer will go down as one of the club’s most legendary players. During his
four year spell there in the mid-80s, centre forward Elkjaer was a major
protagonist in their memorable 1985 Scudetto-winning year. The heavy-smoking
hitman also starred for Denmark,
scoring 38 goals in just 69 games, lighting up Euro ’84.
1963: Marco Baroni (45) – Ex-Roma, Verona
and Napoli defender, who is most famous for
scoring the goal against Lazio on April 29, 1990 that won the Partenopei their
1972: Filippo Maniero (36) – Yet another ex-Verona man, Maniero had a
long and well-travelled Serie A career, representing the likes of Parma, Milan,
Sampdoria and Venezia. In total the centre forward scored a respectable 78
goals in 241 Serie A appearances. Retired last year.
1979: David Pizarro (29) – Chilean centre midfielder, who played
for both Udinese and Inter, before settling down at Roma in 2006. A tricky and creative
playmaker, who has also played 36 times for his country.
1981: Andrea Dossena (27) – Another ex-Udinese man, who this summer
signed for Premiership giants Liverpool. Left
wing back who likes to get forward, Dossena has recently broke into the Italy
set-up, and last night played in the 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Georgia.
1987: Robert Acquafresca (21) – Cagliari hitman, who has an Italian father
and Polish mother. Acquafresca is a star of the Italy Under-21 national team,
and is tipped by many for a big future in the game.