Mazzola as captain of Lazio
|Full name||Ferruccio Mazzola|
|Date of birth||1 February 1945|
|Place of birth||Turin, Italy|
|Date of death||7 May 2013 68)(aged|
|Place of death||Rome, Italy|
|1975||→ Hartford Bicentennials (loan)||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 28, 2010.
Ferruccio Mazzola (February 1, 1945 – May 7, 2013) was an Italian former professional footballer and manager, who played as a midfielder. He was the son of former footballer Valentino Mazzola, and the younger brother of retired footballer Sandro Mazzola.
Ferruccio grew up in Internazionale youth team (1963–64); at the time, his older brother, Sandro, was playing in the senior side under legendary manager Helenio Herrera, which, due to its success, has come to be known as La Grande Inter. He played for long periods with Venezia (1965–67), following his father's footsteps, and also Lazio (1968–74), where he won an Italian Championship during the 1973–74 season, also captaining the squad for a time. He also briefly played for the Inter senior side (1967), Marzotto (1964–65), Lecco (1967–68), Fiorentina (1971–72), Hartford Bicentennials on loan (1975), and Sant'Angelo (1974–77), where he retired from professional football, at the age of 30. Despite being a talented young footballer, he had a difficult career, partially due to his strong character, and was unable to achieve the success of his father and older brother.
In 2004, in a book (Il terzo incomodo) and in an interview to L'espresso he spoke out against the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport made by F.C. Internazionale during the "Grande Inter" times, by Lazio and Fiorentina.
Internazionale chairman Massimo Moratti sued Mazzola for those declarations. Mazzola finally won the legal case in 2010.
- Gigi Garanzini. "MAZZOLA, Ferruccio" (in Italian). Treccani: Enciclopedia dello Sport. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- Fabio Monti (7 May 2013). "Addio Ferruccio Mazzola, fratello «contro» del mitico Sandro" [Goodbye Ferruccio Mazzola, the brother "against" the legendary Sandro] (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- Le pesanti verità di Ferruccio Mazzola
- La pillola misteriosa di Herrera
- Doping nel calcio: Ferruccio Mazzola e la Bradipolibri vincono la causa contro l'Inter