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Renzo De Vecchi

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameRenzo•De Vecchi
Used nameRenzo•De Vecchi
Nick/petnamesIl Figlio di Dio
Born3 February 1894 in Milano, Milano (ITA)
Died14 May 1967 in Milano, Milano (ITA)
AffiliationsAC Milan, Milano (ITA) / Genoa CFC, Genova (ITA)
NOC Italy

Biography

Renzo De Vecchi was one of the best defenders in Italy before World War II. Some of his performance were Italian records – 350 matches played with only two clubs, AC Milan and Genoa CFC, with 47 goals and three titles with Genoa in 1915, 1923 and 1924. He played 43 matches for the Azzurri from 1910-25, and competed at three Olympics – 1912, 1920, and 1924, an Italian record.

De Vecchi also had a good career as a coach with two clubs from 1927-35: Genova 1893 (the new name of Genoa CFC under fascism), and Rapallo, a city near Genova on the Mediterranean. After he retired as a player in 1930 he was a contributor to many sport newspapers and in 1939, together with the journalist Leone Boccali, compiled the first edition of Enciclopedia lllustrata del Calcio Italiano, considered the bible of Italian football, still published, now as Almanacco lllustrato del Calcio, celebrating its 75th year in 2016.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Football (Football) ITA Renzo De Vecchi
Football, Men (Olympic) Italy =9
1920 Summer Olympics Football (Football) ITA Renzo De Vecchi
Football, Men (Olympic) Italy 4
1924 Summer Olympics Football (Football) ITA Renzo De Vecchi
Football, Men (Olympic) Italy =5