Giovanni Azzini

Giovanni Azzini
Personal information
Date of birth (1929-09-28)28 September 1929
Place of birth Quinzano d'Oglio, Italy
Date of death 4 June 1994(1994-06-04) (aged 64)
Place of death Cremona, Italy
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1955 Brescia 160 (1)
1955–1958 Padova 90 (1)
1958–1960 banned
1960–1962 Padova 62 (1)
1962–1963 Brescia 7 (0)
National team
1952  Italy 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Giovanni Azzini (born 28 September 1929 in Quinzano d'Oglio; died 4 June 1994 in Cremona) was an Italian footballer who played as a midfielder.

Club career

Azzini played for 5 seasons (152 games, 2 goals) in the Serie A for Calcio Padova.

Match-fixing accusations

Azzini is mostly remembered for being accused of fixing a game that his team Padova lost 0–3 to Atalanta B.C. on 30 March 1958. He maintained that the key witness, his ex-girlfriend Silveria Marchesini, was lying as revenge for him leaving her. Nevertheless, he was found guilty and banned from football for life. The ban was later reduced to 2 years on appeal.

International career

Azzini played his only game for the Italy national football team on 21 July 1952, against Hungary, during the 1952 Summer Olympics.

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