He was a central defender in the era in which they were called ‘stopper’ and later manager of the ‘Vecchia Signora’. He won titles in both stages.

Turin.- Francesco Morini, a great figure in Juventus history as a central defender and later as a manager in the club’s successful 80s, has died at the age of 77, the Turin team announced.

“ Francesco Morini (…) was more than a Bianconero ‘stopper’ for several years, as central defenders were called then. He was the security element, the extraordinarily reliable player and always present every time the game grew in intensity, “Juventus wrote in a statement.
Morini won five Italian leagues with Juventus, playing 372 games between 1969 and 1980.

Later he was the club’s sports director for a dozen years, completing his rich record in his offices with the first European Cup (former name of the Champions League) of ‘Juve’, in 1985.

It was in the dramatic final against Liverpool at the Belgian Heysel stadium, where 39 people, mainly ‘bianconeros’ fans, were killed by avalanches in the stands before the game caused by English fans.

Amelia Warner– After graduating from NYU with a master's degree in history, She was also a columnist for many local newspapers. Amelia Warner mostly covers Entertainment topics, but at times loves to write about movie reviews as well.

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