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Ferrario with Juventus in the late 1950s
|Date of birth||7 December 1926|
|Place of birth||Albiate Brianza, Italy|
|Date of death||19 September 2012(aged 85)|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
A physical and dominant defensive midfielder, Ferrario became a starter at Juventus, winning the position from Carlo Parola. At Juventus he won two Serie A championships, the first in 1952 and the other in 1958 as well as one Coppa Italia before ending his career with cross-city rivals Torino at thirty-five years of age.
Ferrario was one of five players selected to represent the Italian national team at the 1954 World Cup that did not see any action (the others were Cervato, Costagliola, Gratton and Pivatelli). A notable instance with the national team at Budapest was Ferrario's confrontation with Hungary's local hero Kocsis in a 1955 game where Italy lost 2–0 that nearly started a riot between the Italians and Magyars. For the 'Azzurri' he earned 10 caps between 1952 and 1958 and was known for his consistent performances. He was also a member of the Italian team that took part at the 1952 Summer Olympics.
Style of playEdit
Nicknamed 'mobilia' for his rugby player-like physique (he was one of the biggest players to ever play on the Italian national team at the time), Ferrario was a powerful, dominant, and tenacious defensive midfielder, who was almost impossible to knock down, and difficult to get by. He was known for his competitive spirit, work-rate, and stamina, which enabled him to cover the pitch efficiently and win back possession. A decisive and consistent player, he would be frequently involved in crucial plays for his team.
- "Morto a 85 anni l'ex Lucchese Rino Ferrario". LoSchermo.it. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
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