UltimateXI Profile: Dino Zoff

By April 21, 2020

Dino Zoff is arguably the greatest goalkeeper in Italy’s history and that says much given the country is the joint second-most successful country in the world with four World Cup titles.

Known as a perfectionist, Zoff was a veteran of four World Cup campaigns, playing in three and winning in 1982.

"All that I have, I have earned through hard work," said Zoff who has the enviable record of keeping a clean sheet through 1,142 minutes of international football. He would earn 111 caps for his country. Only Paolo Maldini has played more for Italy.

Italian hero, Paolo Rossi, gave Zoff much of the praise for Italy’s 1982 win, saying: "Dino Zoff was the player who stood for the team. He was a reference for all of us."

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Here are some more facts on the legendary shot-stopper.


Playing Career

Name: Dino Zoff
Date of birth: 28 February 1942
Birthplace: Mariano del Friuli, Italy

International career
Italy: 1968 - 1983
111 caps
55 wins, 36 draws, 20 losses

1982 FIFA World Cup™ winner
1968 UEFA European Championship winner

1982 FIFA World Cup best goalkeeper
UEFA Golden Player Italy

FIFA World Cup appearances
17 caps, 16 goals conceded
9 wins; 5 draws; 3 losses

Mexico 1970
Not used

Germany 1974
Italy 3-1 Haiti
Italy 1-1 Argentina
Poland 2-1 Italy

Argentina 1978
Italy 2-1 France
Italy 3-1 Hungary
Italy 1-0 Argentina
Italy 0-0 West Germany
Italy 1-0 Austria
Netherlands 2-1 Italy
Brazil 2-1 Italy

Spain 1982
Italy 0-0 Poland
Italy 1-1 Peru
Italy 1-1 Cameroon
Italy 2-1 Argentina
Italy 3-2 Brazil
Italy 2-0 Poland
Italy 3-1 West Germany

Club career
1961-1963 Udinese
1963-1967 Mantova
1967-1972 Napoli
1972-1983 Juventus

UEFA Cup winner: 1977
Italian Championship winner: 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982
Italian Cup winner: 1979, 1983

FIFA 100 inductee

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