Sad Day for Italian Football as Carlo Mazzone Dies Aged 86

Today is a sad day for Italian football. Legendary former Roma, Bologna, and Brescia manager Carlo Mazzone passed away aged 86. Gianluigi Buffon has led the tributes for one of the most iconic characters in Serie A history. 

‘Calcio’ is mourning after losing one of the most charismatic figures in Italian football history. World Cup winner Buffon took to Twitter to pay homage to one of the Serie A greats.

Carlo Mazzone represents a football icon that has captured my heart. The overwhelming passion he poured into the teams was truly unique and unrepeatable,” Buffon wrote in an emotional farewell letter. 

You’d need to go back to 1968 for Mazzone’s managerial beginnings. He embarked on his 38-year coaching career at Ascoli before taking charge of Fiorentina, Catanzaro, Bologna, Lecce, Pescara, Cagliari, Roma, Napoli, Perugia, and Brescia.

As a passionate Roma fan, Mazzone fulfilled his dream in 1993. After taking care of the club’s youth academy in his early coaching days, he got an opportunity to sit on the first-team bench in the most glorious Serie A era. During his three-year stint at the Stadio Olimpico, he developed a special bond with I Giallorossi legend Francesco Totti.

Since leaving Roma in 1996, Mazzone coached six different clubs before dropping the curtain on his managerial adventure at Livorno in 2006. He oversaw as many as 797 Serie A games, including playoffs. Outside the top flight, he was in the dugout in 177 in Serie B.

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