Lazio (Panini Calciatori 1973-74)

wilson-cecconi20 February ~ Central defender Giuseppe Wilson and midfielder Luciano Re Cecconi were members of the notoriously tough Lazio side that won a surprise Serie A title in 1973-74. The team were unable to play in the following year's European Cup due to a one-season ban imposed for their violent reaction to being knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Ipswich in November 1973. Wilson and Re Cecconi were both included in Italy's squad for the 1974 World Cup, together with a better known team-mate, striker Giorgio Chinaglia.

Like Chinaglia, who had grown up in Swansea, Wilson had strong ties to Britain – he was born Joseph Wilson in Darlington to an English father and Italian mother. Wilson remained with Lazio until retiring aged 34 in 1980 but Re Cecconi's career, and life, came to an abrupt end on January 18, 1977. Together with a team-mate, he decided to stage a practical joke in a jeweller's shop. With his coat collar turned up and a hand supposedly on a gun in his pocket, he announced that a robbery was underway. The cashier then produced a real gun from under the counter and shot Re Cecconi through the heart – he died on his way to hospital.

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