A.c. Monza 1912_ Hall of fame_ Patrizio Sala
Name Patrizio Sala
Nationality italy
Date of birth 16-06-1955
Birth place Bellusco
Seasons in Monza 1973-1975
Caps and goals 37(4)
Role Midfielder


Median indefatigable, effective matchmaker, he was a player more in quantity than in quality. But the stylistic deficiencies made up for with an inexhaustible work of coverage and relaunch and the ability to verticalize the game, preferably on the right wing. His arrival in Turin made a substantial change to the team's chassis. With him on the field in the median, the owner Roberto Salvadori moved to the full-back position and was sacrificed to the cause Marino Lombardo, previously holder of the jersey n. 3.

Raised in the Monza youth team, he played two Serie C championships before arriving in Turin in 1975 following Luigi Radice, his first coach in Monza and "discoverer". It was in fact Radice, hired in Turin in place of Gustavo Giagnoni, who advocated the purchase, sensing ample room for improvement in the young Brianza. Officially arrived as a support from Roberto Salvadori, he replaced him during a match of the Italian Cup immediately arousing wide acclaim so as to obtain a place in the team. It is also thanks to his dynamic contribution, together with the intelligent geometries of Eraldo Pecci and the tactical sagacity of Renato Zaccarelli, that Torino was able to count on the best midfield of the Serie A, thus winning the historic 1976 championship. The great season 1975-76 opened wide the national team doors, but in blue he always had little space, irreparably closed by Romeo Benetti. It was confirmed again among the protagonists the following year, that of the historic duel with Juventus which ended with a solo sprint for two that rewarded the bianconeri for one point (Juventus 51, Turin 50), and then paid for the progressive break-up of the team, always further away from the top of the ranking and in clear corporate difficulty, as well as struggling with differences in the dressing room. For budgetary reasons, he was transferred to Sampdoria in Serie B in 1981. After a pilgrimage in Tuscany between Fiorentina (1982-1983) and Pisa (1983-1984), he landed in Cesena where he served for four years (from 1984 to 1988) settling in positively, gaining promotion in Serie A and returning, albeit with the limitation of no more young age, to the standards of the best times. He finished his professional parable in Parma in Serie B. Hanging his shoes on the nail he coached the youth of Monza, the first team of Leffe, Varese, Pistoiese, Biellese, Vis Pesaro, Casale, Pro Patria and the youth of Turin.


He made his Serie A debut on 25 September 1976 (3-0 Italy-Yugoslavia). Summoned to the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, he only played one match, however as owner for the concurrent absences of Romeo Benetti and Marco Tardelli, the final for the 3rd place lost against Brazil (2-1). After two years of absence from the national team, he was called up in 1980 for the match against Luxembourg for his eighth and last appearance in the senior national team. For him, the blue curriculum speaks of 3 games in the youth national team, 6 with the national team B and 8 in the senior national team.