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Mario Bertini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmaːrjo berˈtiːni]; born 7 January 1944) is a former Italian footballer defender and midfielder. Throughout his career Bertini played for Italian clubs Empoli, Fiorentina, Inter Milan, Prato, and Rimini; he spent nine seasons with Inter, winning a Serie A title in 1971. At international level, he represented the Italy national football team on 25 occasions between 1966 and 1972, scoring twice, and was a member of the team that reached the 1970 FIFA World Cup Final.

Mario Bertini
Mario Bertini Inter.jpg
Bertini with Inter Milan c. 1970
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-01-07) 7 January 1944 (age 75)
Place of birth Prato, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1963 Prato 3 (0)
1963–1964 Empoli 31 (7)
1964–1968 Fiorentina 97 (12)
1968–1977 Inter Milan 211 (31)
1977–1978 Rimini 22 (0)
Total 364 (50)
National team
1966–1972 Italy 25 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

During his Serie A club career, Bertini played for several Italian teams: Empoli (1963–64), Fiorentina (1964–68), and most notably Inter Milan (1968–77), where he remained for nine seasons, winning the Scudetto in 1971; he had previously also won a Coppa Italia and a Mitropa Cup double with Fiorentina in 1966. He also won the Serie C in 1963 whilst playing with Prato for a season (1962–63). He ended his career in Serie B, in 1978, after a season with Rimini (1977–78).

International careerEdit

Bertini (kneeling, second from the right) with the Italian national team in 1969

Bertini earned 25 caps for the Italy national football team between 1966 and 1972.[1] He missed out on the 22-man Italy squad for the 1966 FIFA World Cup, although he was still brought to England by manager Edmondo Fabbri, along with Luigi Riva, as an additional reserve in order to gain experience with the national side.[2] Bertini played in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, where he wore the number 10 shirt,[3] as Italy managed a second-place finish. In the final, he marked Pelé in his movements in depth outside the area, although Brazil eventually defeated Italy 4–1.[4]

Style of playEdit

A quick, well-rounded, and hard-working defensive midfielder, Bertini was mainly known for his stamina, strength, and tackling abilities, and was also capable of playing as a defender due to his defensive attributes; although he primarily served as a ball-winner, he was a complete midfielder who was also known for his eye for goal from midfield, due to his powerful striking ability from distance, as well as his accuracy from penalties and ability to make later attacking runs from behind into the penalty area.[3][5]



  1. ^ Nazionale in cifre – FIGC – Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio. Retrieved on 11 July 2015.
  2. ^ "1966 – Riva: "L'Italia non sarebbe andata lontano"" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b Kevin Pogorzelski (2 June 2016). "Italy's No.10 tasked with proving skeptics wrong". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  4. ^ Mario Bertini Statistics FIFA. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  5. ^ Filippo Nassetti (31 March 2016). "Bagni: "I miei 5 mediani scudettati per 50 anni di Inter"" (in Italian). Retrieved 4 July 2016.