Calcio had long been crammed with defensive hardmen. Luis Monti, Giorgio Ferrini, Tarcisio Burgnich, Claudio Gentile, Fulvio Collovati shook fear into opponents, while Italy had infamously engaged in wars such as ‘The Battle of Highbury’ and ‘The Battle of Santiago’.
Juventus recruited its latest brute in 1973. They called him Claudio Gentile. He was anything but gentile, the Italian word for ‘gentle’, crunching foes ruthlessly and regularly.
The following year La Vecchia Signora signed a beauty to accompany its beast. Gaetano Scirea, whom they lured from Atalanta, would become one of the classiest footballers in history. A sweeper who read the game impeccably, possessed the touch of a trequartista and sauntered effortlessly into midfield to launch attacks. The Lombardy native began 1974/75 on the Bianconeri bench but was quickly promoted to the starting XI. Juventus kept a clean sheet on his debut against Varese,buy cheap FIFA 15 Coins, and would only concede one goal in Scirea’s first seven Serie A games.
Scirea’s life may have spanned only 36 years, but his legend will live on infinitely.