Giovanni Lodetti (born 10 August 1942) is an Italian former
professional footballer who played as a midfielder. A hard-working
player, he usually supported his more creative team-mates defensively,
excelling as a defensive midfielder due to his stamina and his ability
to read the game. Despite his supporting role in midfield, he also
possessed good technique and creativity, as well as an eye for goal,
which also saw him participate in his teams attacking moves.
1 Club career
2 International career
5 External links
Lodetti is mostly remembered for his time as a defensive midfielder
with Italian club Milan, with which he achieved great domestic and
international success in the 60s alongside playmaker Gianni Rivera,
Serie A titles (the first during his debut season), a
Coppa Italia, two European Cups, a Cup Winners' Cup, and an
Intercontinental Cup. He later also played for Sampdoria, Foggia, and
Novara, before retiring in 1978.
Lodetti also represented the Italian national side at the 1966 World
Cup in England, where they were eliminated in the first round. He was
also a member of the national squad in Italy's victorious UEFA Euro
1968 campaign on home soil. Although he was set to participate in the
1970 World Cup, in which
Italy reached the final, he was dropped last
minute due to an injury to Anastasi, which led manager Ferruccio
Valcareggi to call up
Roberto Boninsegna and
Pierino Prati in his
place. In total he represented his national team 17 times between
1964 and 1968, scoring two goals. He also represented the under-21
side in their victorious campaign at the 1963 Mediterranean games.
Serie A: 1961–62, 1967–68
Coppa Italia: 1966–67
European Cup: 1962–63, 1968–69
Cup Winners' Cup: 1967–68
Intercontinental Cup: 1969
UEFA European Football Championship: 1968
A.C. Milan Hall of Fame
^ a b c "
A.C. Milan Hall of Fame: Giovanni Lodetti". acmilan.com.
Retrieved 1 April 2015.
^ a b "Storie di Calcio: Giovanni LODETTI una vita di corsa fra
pallone e ingratitudine" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 24
^ "Giovanni Paolo LODETTI" (in Italian). Magliarossonera.it. Retrieved
24 December 2014.
^ a b Sebastiano Vernazza (30 April 2014). "Nazionale, Rivera,
rivalità e gol Italia-Germania 4-3 è la partita del secolo" (in
Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
Profile at MagliaRossonera.it (in Italian)
Profile at EmozioneCalcio.it (in Italian)
International caps at FIGC.it (in Italian)
Italy squad – 1966 FIFA World Cup
22 Salvadore (c)
Italy squad –
UEFA Euro 1968
UEFA Euro 1968 winners (1st title)
8 De Sisti
10 Facchetti (c)
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