A.c. Monza 1912_ Hall of fame_ Claudio Sala
Name Claudio Sala
Nationality italy
Date of birth 08-09-1947
Birth place Macherio
Seasons in Monza 1965-1967
Caps and goals 75(24)
Role Midfielder


Raised in the thriving nursery of Monza, he made his debut with the first team, in Serie C in the 1965-1966 season, and the following season he was the absolute protagonist of the promotion of the Brianza in Serie B. The excellent season earned him the engagement of the Naples that buys it for 125 million lire, but leaves it on loan for another year in Monza: just enough time to see it also protagonist in Serie B and then get it punctually a year later, in 1968, in the shadow of Vesuvius.

With the blue shirt, he made his Serie A debut on 29 September 1968 in a Napoli-Verona finished 1-1, replacing Harald Nielsen after the race started. In Naples despite his young age and competition in attack with champions of the caliber of Sivori, Altafini, Canè and the aforementioned Nielsen, the looser Chiappella deploys him several times among the owners, using it first as an attacking joker, and then entrusting him the role of playmaker and the number 10 shirt, for Sivori's sudden farewell to football halfway through the championship; for this reason the Neapolitan fans will give Sala the nickname of Piccolo Sivori. Despite the excellent season (also surrounded by 2 goals and numerous assists) and the indisputable talent, Napoli after only one year sold him to Turin, receiving in exchange 480 million lire (a figure that caused a sensation at the time), after to have spent 125 just a year before. The final spoil of Sala with the blue shirt will be 23 appearances and 2 goals in the league, 3 appearances and 1 goal (winning goal at Leeds defending champion) in the Fairs Cup, and 2 appearances without goals in the Italian Cup.

With Torino, initially he finds initial difficulties, despite the coach Edmondo Fabbri adopts a game pattern identical to that of Napoli. Despite this, he manages to do good things over the years, also achieving success in the Italian Cup in 1971 and his debut in the National team; but the real explosion will come only in 1975, when the new coach grenade, Luigi Radice, has the intuition to deploy it on the right wing, as a hairpin. Sala in his new role, becomes for all the poet of the goal, thanks to his tightrope races on the wing, his dribbling and his passages to the millimeter that mark the pair of Pulici-Graziani bomber in repetition: he will be scudetto in 1976 and for 1 point in the standings, success is not repeated a year later. Now become a historical column of the granata team, he will also come to play continuously in the National team, participating in the Argentinian World Cup in 1978.

In 1980, at the age of 33, and after 11 seasons at Turin (he is still fourth in the number of appearances in the history of granata players) he moved to Serie B at Genoa. In rossoblu he is once again the protagonist, and despite the advancing age he immediately brings the Genoese team back to Serie A, where he will play the last game of his career in 1982. In the maximum series he scored 323 games and 27 goals.


With the shirt of the national football team of Italy he played 18 games.