Italy and AC Milan great Pierino Prati dies | Daily News


Italy and AC Milan great Pierino Prati dies

Pierino Prati
Pierino Prati

Milan, Monday: Former Italy international striker Pierino Prati, winner of the 1968 European Championship and 1970 World Cup finalist, has died aged 73, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said Monday.

Prati won 14 caps for the Azzurri between 1968 and 1974, scoring seven goals.

He came through AC Milan's youth team, playing for his hometown club from 1967 to 1973, and netted a hat-trick in the 1969 European Cup final victory over Johan Cruyff's Ajax. His league-best 15 goals helped Milan to the 1967-68 title, and Prati would also lift two Italian cups, two European Cup Winners' Cups, and the Intercontinental Cup. He moved to Roma from 1973 until 1977, and also played for Salernitana, Savona, Roma, Fiorentina and US club Rochester Lancers.

Prati subsequently embarked on his coaching career with Lecco, Solbiatese, Sporting Bellinzago and Pro Patria. AFP

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