Lazio’s Scudetto winning captain back in the 1973/94 season, Giuseppe Wilson, unfortunately passed away aged 76 in the Italian capital over the weekend, and the Biancocelesti plan to honor the defender who brought the club its first ever league title in history.
Capitano ? pic.twitter.com/AtT4nyDkOi
— S.S.Lazio (@OfficialSSLazio) March 6, 2022
Lazio take on Venezia on March 15 and to mark the legacy of the defender, Lega Serie A have granted the capital club the permission to wear a captain’s armband dedicated to him. (via LazioNews24)
Captain Ciro Immobile will take the responsibility of bringing the red-colored armband to the field to remember ‘Pino’ Wilson, who lasted for over a decade – precisely 11 years – in the Biancocelesti ranks. A minute of silence will be observed at Stadio Olimpico before the match kicks off.
He began his playing career with lower league side Internapoli in the mid-1960s, before moving to Lazio in 1969. Fellow icon Giorgio Chinaglia was a mainstay throughout Wilson’s professional tenure, as the duo helped Lazio gain promotion from Serie B in 1972 and two years later helped oust Juventus by two points to grab the club’s historic first Scudetto championship.
Ciao Pino, Ciao Capitano, buon viaggio accanto a Tommaso e Giorgio.
Un abbraccio sincero alla famiglia e al popolo laziale. pic.twitter.com/CC9XK7P1C1
— Roberto Mancini (@robymancio) March 8, 2022
Although Wilson’s career ended in controversy with the ‘Totonero’ match-fixing scandal that led to both Milan and Lazio being relegated to the lower tier, his football legacy as the first captain of Lazio to win the Scudetto will forever remain in the hearts of the Biancocelesti faithful.
He appeared thrice for Italy, with two of those appearances arriving at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Also, he registered over 300 caps for the sky blue part of he Roman divide.