* Number in bracket is games for
||28 Jul 1925
Not a particularly big player, Juan
Alberto Schiaffino defied those who thought he would fail against some
of the toughest defenders in international soccer and became one of the
best inside-forwards of the 1950s. Born in Montevideo in 1925, Schiaffino
broke into the Peñarol youth team as a 17 year old and a year later
was a first-teamer. At 19, he was a member of Uruguay's South American
In the 1950 World Cup he was the second highest goalscorer with five goals,
including an equallizer against Brazil in the final, which set Uruguay
on the road to victory. Four years later, an injury to Schiaffino in the
semifinal against Hungary saw the South Americans defeated. AC Milan paid
a world record £72.000 for Schiaffino shortly after the 1954 World
Cup. Six months later he playd his first game for Italy and then helped
his club to three Championships and to the 1958 European Cup final.
When he was 33, he moved to AS Roma and spent two seasons with them before
retiring in 1962. In 1976, after nearly 15 years away from the game, Schiaffino
took charge of Peñarol and had a brief spell as the Uruguayan national
team manager. He played for Uruguay 48 times and Italy on four occasions.
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