He was 80 years old, played for Italy for 10 seasons, from 1964 to 1974, collecting 197 appearances and scoring two goals, one of which was a historic one, in a scissor kick, against Juventus in ’71
Mourning in the world of football. Mario Zurlini, well-known defender of the 60s and 70s and backbone of Naples for ten years, died in the night in Parma. He would have turned 81 on March 17, having been born in Parma in 1942. He leaves behind his wife Linda and children Fabrizio, Davide, Cristiana and Lorenzo.
What a goal
After three years as a protagonist with the Parma team in Serie B, Zurlini was bought by Napoli who were building a squadron to climb back up to Serie A. He will play in the blue from 1964 to 1974, collecting 197 appearances and two goals, one of which in a scissors to Juventus, in ’71, in the 4-1 defeat in Turin.
In light blue
In Naples he established himself as a free starter starting from the 1968-1969 season forming for 6 seasons, with the stopper Dino Panzanato, an effective and well-matched central couple, and contributing to the conquest of the final third place in the 1970-71 and 1973-74 seasons . In March 1974, returning from a trip to Cesena, he suffered a serious car accident which compromised the continuation of his career at a high level. He will return in 1975 with Matera in the dual role of coach-player, winning the Serie D championship in 1975-76 and concluding his career as a footballer in the Serie C championship 1976-1977 in which he collects 33 appearances and 1 goal. Even though he never made his debut for the national team, he was included in the list of forty players, from which the official selection of 22 for the 1970 World Cup held in Mexico will later emerge. In his career he totaled 182 appearances and 2 goals in Serie A and 71 appearances and one goal in Serie B.
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