Mario Corso

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Mario Corso
Ajman 1968-08-25 stamp - Mario Corso.jpg
Mario Corso on a
postage stamp from the Emirate of Ajman (1968)
birthday August 25, 1941
place of birth VeronaItaly
date of death June 20, 2020
Place of death MilanItaly
size 175 cm
position midfield
Years station
1956-1958 Audace San Michele Extra
Years station Games (goals) 1
1956-1958 Audace San Michele Extra 15 0(2)
1958-1973 Inter Milan 414 (75)
1973-1975 CFC genoa 26 0(3)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1961-1971 Italy 23 0(4)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1978-1979 SSC Napoli (Youth)
1982-1983 US Lecce
1983-1984 US Catanzaro
1984-1985 Inter Milan (Youth)
1985-1986 Inter Milan
1987-1989 AC Mantova
1989-1990 SS Barletta Calcio
1 Only league games are given.

Mario Corso (born August 25, 1941 in Verona - San Michele Extra ; † June 20, 2020 in Milan ) was an Italian football player and coach who was active for Inter Milan and CFC Genoa during his playing career . He also played 23 games for the Italian national soccer team .

Player career


Mario Corso learned to play football with Audace San Michele Extra in his hometown of Verona. He began his professional career in 1958 at Inter Milan , for whose team he made his debut on July 12, 1958 in the Italian cup competition, the Coppa Italia , in the game against Como Calcio . In the 1959/60 season he finally established himself in the team when he completed 31 games in Serie A and scored seven goals. Three years later, in the 1962/63 season , the midfielder under coach Helenio Herrera was able to achieve his first title win by winning the Italian championship. In the following year , the European Cup was won, while the Spanish representative Real Madrid was defeated in the final. In the 1964/65 season the title was defended in the European Cup, the Scudetto and the World Cup were also won.

A year later, Corso managed to win the national championship for the third time in his career. In addition, they successfully defended their title in the World Cup, while the team in the European Champions Cup failed in the semi-finals against eventual tournament winners Real Madrid. The extremely successful time with Inter ended in another final in 1967, when the Milanese were defeated in the final by the Scottish club Celtic Glasgow . Corso was also part of the club's regular squad in the following years, but was only able to celebrate winning the Italian championship title in 1971 with Inter in the last seven years.

The goal-scoring midfielder played his last competitive game for Inter Milan on June 17, 1973 when he played against Juventus Turin .

In the summer of 1973 Corso left his home club after 15 years, where he had played a total of 502 competitive games and scored 94 goals, and signed with CFC Genoa . There he was active with moderate success for the Genoese, in the 1973/74 season the team rose to Serie B and missed promotion the following year in sixth place. Then Corso ended his active career as a professional player.

National team

Corso was called up in 1961 for the first time in the squad of the Italian national team, for which he made his debut on May 24, 1961 in the game against England . In his third appearance for the selection on October 15, 1961, he scored his first two goals for Italy in the away game in Israel on the side of Bruno Mora , José Altafini and Omar Sívori and thus helped the Squadra Azzurra to victory in the World Cup qualifier. Israel's coach Gyula Mándi then referred to Corso as the "left foot of God". Although Corso had many successes with Inter Milan, he was never called up for a major international tournament. The midfielder played his last international match on October 9, 1971 against Sweden .

Coaching career

Immediately after the end of his career as an active player, Corso started a career as a club coach and took over a youth team at SSC Napoli from 1978 to 1979 . In 1982 he was hired for the first time as a coach of a professional club and took over the then second division US Lecce for a year and the league competitor US Catanzaro the following year . He was kicked out of both clubs, with Lecce he was barely able to stay in the league and with Catanzaro he crashed into the third division, the C1 series . In 1984 Corso returned to his long-standing club, Inter Milan, where he initially led a youth team on the sidelines and was promoted to head coach of the men's team during the 1985/86 season . At the end of the season, they finished sixth in the championship, while the team failed in the quarter-finals in the Coppa Italia and were eliminated from Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup . As a result, Corso was relieved of his office and dismissed, Giovanni Trapattoni took over the coaching office as his successor .

Corso later took over the coaching position at AC Mantova and SS Barletta Calcio . He led the then fourth division team Mantova back to the third highest division and secured the team's relegation. He led Barletta in his only season to keep the league in Serie B, in the following season Salvatore Esposito was signed as the new coach. Between 1995 and 1998, Corso worked in the youth department of Inter Milan. He then worked as a scout for the Milanese.

End of life

Mario Corso died in June 2020 at the age of 78 after a brief illness. The Requiem took place in the Sant'Ambrogio Basilica in Milan . The main celebrant was Abbot Carlo Faccendini.


Web links

Commons : Mario Corso  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Ex-Inter-Star Corso died. In: June 20, 2020, accessed June 20, 2020 .
  2. Mario Corso. In: FC Internazionale - Inter Milan Archivio. Archived from the original on May 27, 2013 ; accessed on June 20, 2020 (Italian).