Giuseppe Massa

Giuseppe Massa (26 April 1948 in Naples – 17 October 2017 in Naples) was an Italian professional footballer who played as a forward or midfielder.

Giuseppe Massa
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-04-26)26 April 1948
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Date of death 17 October 2017(2017-10-17) (aged 69)
Place of death Naples
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Position(s) Striker, Right Winger
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1966 Internapoli 25 (4)
1966–1972 Lazio 137 (31)
1972–1974 Internazionale 43 (4)
1974–1978 Napoli 102 (24)
1978–1981 Avellino 65 (10)
1982–1984 Campania 45 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Massa began his youth career with Flegrea, before joining local side Internapoli in 1965, whose home stadium was the Stadio Arturo Collana in the Vomero region of Naples. His performances caught the attention of Lazio, and he subsequently joined the club in 1966, remaining with the team until 1972, scoring 31 goals in 137 appearances and forming a notable offensive partnership with striker Giorgio Chinaglia, playing in a creative role; together, they helped the club obtain promotion to Serie A during the 1971–72 season, while Chinaglia finished the season as the league's top-scorer, largely thanks to Massa's assists.[1][2]

His performances caught the attention of larger clubs, and he subsequently joined Inter, where he remained for two seasons, but failed to impress, and later joined Napoli ahead of the 1974–75 Serie A season. Under manager Luis Vinicio, he won a Coppa Italia with the club in 1976, and also reached the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup the following season. He left Napoli in 1978, to join Avellino, where he remained until 1981, before joining Campania in 1982, where he ultimately ended his career in 1984.[1][2]

Style of playEdit

A mobile and diminutive winger, Massa was a traditional number 7, who was known in particular for his speed, technique, dribbling skills, and eye for goal, as well as his ability to create goalscoring opportunities for his teammates.[1][2]

Managerial careerEdit

As a manager, Massa worked as a coach in the Napoli youth system.[1][2]

Personal lifeEdit

Giuseppe Massa's daughter, Azzurra, is also a footballer, who currently plays for Carpisa Yamamy. His son, Maurizio, died in 2004 from a rare blood disease.[1][2]


Massa died on 17 October 2017, at the age of 69.[1][2]




  1. ^ a b c d e f g PASQUALE TINA (18 October 2017). "Addio a Giuseppe Massa, l'ala destra che si esaltò nel Napoli di Vinicio" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Addio a Giuseppe Massa, giocò nell'Inter nella Lazio e nel Napoli" (in Italian). La Gazzetta di Parma. 18 October 2017. Archived from the original on 21 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.

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