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Sergio Brighenti (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsɛrdʒo briˈɡɛnti]; born 23 September 1932) is an Italian former football player and coach. As a professional player, Brighenti played as a forward at both club and international level, before beginning his coaching career. Brighenti was a quick, hardworking, and dynamic centre-forward, with good technical ability, and a powerful, accurate shot, who was known for his team–play as well as his eye for goal; as such, his role was more akin to that of a "centravanti di manovra," in Italian football jargon (literally translating to "manoeuvring centre-forward"), which was similar to that of a second striker, and a precursor to the modern false-9 role.
|Date of birth||23 September 1932|
|Place of birth||Modena, Italy|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Making his professional debut in 1949, Brighenti played for Modena, Internazionale, Triestina, Padova, Sampdoria and Torino, winning two consecutive Serie A titles with Inter in 1953 and 1954. Brighenti scored a total of 155 goals in 363 career league games. He was also top-scorer in Serie A once throughout his career, during the 1960–61 season, scoring 27 goals.
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- Sergio Brighenti at WorldFootball.net
- Profile at Enciclopedia del Calcio (in Italian)
- FIGC Profile (in Italian)