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Pino Wilson, captain of Lazio, champion of Italy in the 1973-74 season, dies

| 6.3.22 |

Pino Wilson, Lazio captain, 1973-74

 To all Lazio fans, he is simply the 'Captain' who in the 70s associated his name with the extraordinary adventures of Tommaso Maestrelli's Lazio. Giuseppe 'Pino' Wilson, an Englishman by birth who moved to Naples as a child, was bought by the Capitoline company in 1969 from Internapoli along with Giorgio Chinaglia. Considered one of the strongest defenders of his generation, he played 324 games in the biancoceleste shirt, holding the record for appearances with Lazio for a long time. Elegant and at the same time a formidable defender, he played a major role in the so-called 'Maestrelli band' which in the 70s forcibly caught the attention of Italian football and came to conquer Lazio's coveted first championship, at the end of the 1973 season. 1974. 

He was among the players who orchestrated the dramatic moment of chaos after the death, on 28 October 1979, of Lazio fan Vincenzo Paparelli, being hit by a rocket that exploded from Rome's southern curve before the derby. It was Wilson, in that excited phase, who went down the north curve to speak to the fans to restore calm and prevent the situation from getting any worse. Involved in 1980 in the Totonero affair along with teammates Cacciatori, Giordano and Manfredonia, he was disqualified from sporting justice for three years and rehabilitated in 1982. Before retiring, Wilson played in 1983 the last professional championship with Canadians from Inter Montréal .

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