Giorgio Braglia

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Giorgio Braglia
Personal information
Date of birth (1947-02-19) 19 February 1947 (age 73)
Place of birth Bomporto, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder, Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1969 Modena 46 (7)
1969–1970 Roma 7 (1)
1970–1971 Brescia 18 (3)
1971–1972 Fiorentina 1 (0)
1972–1973 Foggia 31 (9)
1973–1976 Napoli 80 (24)
1976–1977 Milan 3 (0)
1977–1978 Foggia 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Giorgio Braglia (born 19 February 1947 in Bomporto) is a retired Italian professional football player who played as a midfielder or as a forward.

Career[edit]

Throughout his club career, Braglia played 7 seasons in Serie A for A.S. Roma, ACF Fiorentina, S.S.C. Napoli, A.C. Milan, and U.S. Foggia, making 99 appearances, and scoring 25 goals in total during his time in the Italian top division. During his time with Napoli, he wore the number 11 shirt; under manager Luis Vinicio, Napoli were known for their exciting style of play and came close to winning the league title during the 1974–75 season, in which Braglia scored 12 goals. Braglia won the 1975–76 Coppa Italia with the club, scoring a goal in the victorious final; in total he made 80 appearances for Napoli during his three seasons with the team, scoring 24 goals. The following season, he joined Milan in exchange for Luciano Chiarugi, with whom he shared the nickname Cavallo Pazzo ("Crazy" or "Mad Horse", in Italian).[1] During his first season with Milan, he won the 1976–77 Coppa Italia, and was also the top-scorer of the tournament, with 6 goals.[2][3]

Style of play[edit]

Braglia was nicknamed Cavallo Pazzo (mad horse) by the Napoli fans, due to his energetic runs up and down the flank. His long hair and moustache made him a highly recognisable player. A talented player, he was capable of playing both as a midfielder and as a forward, and was known for his dribbling skills and eye for goal; however, he also earned a reputation throughout his career as a player who had a tendency to miss easy goalscoring chances, and for being tactically undisciplined.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Giorgio's father, Renato Braglia, was also a footballer, and holds the record for most appearances for Modena F.C. with 484 games, the club with which Giorgio began his career in 1967, before leaving for Roma in 1969.[2]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Napoli[2]
Milan[2]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CHIARUGI Luciano: Cavallo Pazzo" (in Italian). storiedicalcio.altervista.org. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Giorgio Braglia" (in Italian). Magliarossonera. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b Pasquale Tina (20 February 2017). "Napoli, i 70 anni di Braglia: l'attaccante che fece impazzire il San Paolo per la sua anarchia tattica" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  4. ^ Roberto Di Maggio; Davide Rota (4 June 2015). "Italy - Coppa Italia Top Scorers". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 29 October 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015.

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