One stopper par excellence, nicknamed Morgan like the pirate, who with Gaetano Scirea formed an unbeatable couple in the 70s. The world of football mourns the death of Francesco Morini, ex defender and then director of the Juventus: I had 77 years old. He began his career with the Sampdoria jersey Sampdoria, where he remained between 1963 and 1969, also winning a Serie B championship. Then the arrival in Juventus and a decade of successes: 5 badges, one Italian Cup and one Uefa Cup, also 11 appearances in the national team. Then in 1980 he moved to Canada for a final one-season adventure Toronto Blizzard. Finally, the return to Juventus, where it was before sports director and then of team manager. Loyal manager of Giampiero Boniperti, who also passed away a few months ago, on 18 June.
It was Boniperti himself who wanted that Pisan – born in San Giuliano Terme – then 25 years old in his Juventus. An imposing physique, suitable for the role of stopper and perfect for side by side to the timing and at the foot of Scirea a rough and ruthless marker. For this reason the chroniclers of the time coined the nickname Morgan, for his piratical ability to take the ball away from the opponents. Not only that, as he remembers Tuttosport, due to its ability to eradicate the sphere from attackers it was also defined as “one octopus that captures the balloons with its tentacles “. In addition to the nicknames, the hits also came, especially with Giovanni Trapattoni on the bench: the scudetto with record points and the victory of the Uefa Cup against Athletic Bilbao in 1977 are the highest point of his career. Then he was also a winner behind the desk: from 1981 to 1990 he was sporting director, then in the 1993-94 season he was team manager.
Juventus remembered him like this: “He was thesafety element, the player extraordinarily reliable always present and particularly effective whenever the match took on high competitive tones “. “It was the duels with the great strikers of the time, Boninsegna and Riva above all, that exalted him in the hand-to-hand duels: Morini became the shadow of the attacker on duty, he did not breathe, he marked him as a man from the first to the ‘last minute’, the statement continues. Which then ends by recalling another curiosity: “The total is 372 games, without ever scoring a goal – which he often made fun of when he recalled his past – because his institutional task it was impedirli, don’t do them “.