Giacomo Mari

Giacomo Mari
1951–52 Juventus Football Club - Giacomo Mari.jpg
Mari with Juventus in 1951
Personal information
Full name Giacomo Mari
Date of birth (1924-10-17)17 October 1924
Place of birth Vescovato, Kingdom of Italy
Date of death 16 October 1991(1991-10-16) (aged 66)
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1946 Cremonese 23 (0)
1946–1949 Atalanta 83 (8)
1949–1953 Juventus 132 (9)
1953–1956 Sampdoria 72 (3)
1956–1960 Padova 120 (3)
1960–1961 Cremonese 28 (1)
National team
1948–1954 Italy 8 (0)
Teams managed
1961–1962 Calcio Padova
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Giacomo Mari (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒaːkomo ˈmaːri]; 17 October 1924 – 16 October 1991) was an Italian footballer who played as a midfielder.

Club career

After three years of breaking in at Atalanta in his early career, Mari played four seasons with Juventus, winning two Serie A championships, playing alongside the great Carlo Parola. Before the 1954 World Cup, he went to Sampdoria and then concluded playing in Serie A with Padova.

International career

Giacomo Mari is one of five Italian players (the others are Giampiero Boniperti, Gino Cappello, Ermes Muccinelli and Egisto Pandolfini) that played for Italy in both the 1950 and 1954 World Cups. With the Italian national team, he debuted at the 1948 London Olympics, against Paraguay; he also featured against Switzerland at the 1954 World Cup.

Style of play

A tireless runner, Giacomo Mari was a classic halfback, waiting in the folds of midfield ready to halt the attack of the opposing forwards and wings.