Former Italian defender Pino Wilson, Lazio captain in the 1973/74 season, died at the age of 76.
“SS Lazio, its president, coach, players, and all employees express deep mourning for the death of the captain of the first Scudetto, Giuseppe Wilson, and join in the pain of the family”, reads a message published by the biancoceleste club. . He was 76 and suffered a stroke.
According to Lazio owner Claudio Lotito, Wilson was a “legend” and a “great leader” of the Italian championship team in 1974.
“Solid, determined, and elegant, he immediately won the hearts of Laziale fans,” he added.
Born in Darlington, UK, on October 27, 1945, Wilson moved to Naples, his mother’s hometown, as a child. His first club was Internapoli, where he met striker Giorgio Chinaglia, with whom he would transfer to Lazio in 1969.
After a brief spell at the New York Cosmos in 1978, he returned to Lazio and remained at the club until 1980. Pino Wilson played over 300 matches with the biancoceleste shirt and scored six goals.
In 1980, he was banned from football for three years due to his involvement in a sports betting and match-fixing scandal but ended up benefiting from an amnesty following Italy’s third world championship in the 1982 World Cup.
In 1983, he played a final season for Inter Montreal, from Canada.