Lot # 5: José Altafini "Mazzola" #9 Brazil National Team Match Worn Shirt for Friendly Matches before the start of FIFA World Cup 1958 played at Sweden (AC Milan & Italy Legend)

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Item was in Auction "Futbol, The Passion",
which ran from 11/23/2018 12:00 PM to
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José Altafini "Mazzola" #9 Brazil National Team Match Worn Shirt for Friendly Matches before the start of FIFA World Cup 1958 played at Sweden. Provenance: Sold by former staff member of Didi when he was coach of River Plate (Argentina).

Mazzola is considered one of the all times legends of football, while playing for Brazil National Team as a FIFA World Cup 1958 Champion, and playing for Italy National Team during FIFA World Cup 1962. He is one of the all time legends of AC Milan.

Camiseta-camisa de la Selección Nacional de Brasil #9 usada por José Altafini "Mazzola" durante los amistosos previos al inicio del Campeonato Mundial de 1958 disputado en Suecia. Procedencia: Personal del Cuerpo Tecnico de Didi cuando era tecnico de River Plate en el año 1970.

José João Altafini (born 24 July 1938), also known as "Mazzola" in Brazil is an Italian-Brazilian former footballer, who played as a forward. Although he began his career with Palmeiras in Brazil, he soon moved to play football in Italy, and is mostly remembered for his highly successful stint with Italian club A.C. Milan, with which he achieved great domestic and international success; he later also played for Napoli and Juventus, before ending his career in Switzerland with spells at Chiasso and Mendrisiostar.
A highly prolific goalscorer, Altafini also held the record for the most goals scored in a single European Cup campaign for over 50 years; he is also one of only eight players to have scored five goals in a single European Cup match. He is the joint-fourth highest scorer in Italian Serie A history (along with Giuseppe Meazza) with 216 goals, and also holds the record for being the fifth-youngest player in Serie A history to score 100 goals, a feat which he managed at the age of 24 years and 239 days.
At international level, he represented both Brazil and Italy; he was a member of the Brazilian side that won the 1958 FIFA World Cup, and later also represented Italy at the 1962 FIFA World Cup. Regarded as one of the best and most complete strikers of his generation, and as one of Serie A's and Milan's greatest ever players, Altafini was a well-rounded striker with an eye for goal, who was quick, skilful, and powerful.

Shirt details: Ceppo & Superball trademark. Made in Brazil (Jersey still has his Ceppo tag and the Superball tag was lost due to time). See pictures...

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