Former Italy and Internazionale captain Giacinto Facchetti has died, the Serie A club have revealed.
Facchetti, 64, was Inter’s president, had been suffering from a serious illness for several weeks.
Facchetti was captain of the highly successful Inter team of the 1960s, winning won four league titles and two European Cups during his career at Inter.
Facchetti played 94 times for the Italian national team, 70 of them as captain, winning the European Championship in 1968 and leading his country to the runners-up spot to Brazil at the 1970 World Cup.
“He was a great figure on the field and off it,” said Facchetti’s former Inter and Italy team mate Sandro Mazzola.
“He was a wonderful team mate and the authorative figure in the squad. He was always ready to battle, he was a great,” added Mazzola.
Gianni Rivera, the leading player for Inter’s rivals Milan during Facchetti’s career, also paid tribute to the man.
“He was a great person, much greater on the human level than the sporting one.
“We passed many years together and saw each other regularly when we had both finished playing. There was a very strong rapport between us,” he said.
Dino Zoff, captain of Italy’s 1982 World Cup winning team said: “I have wonderful memories of Giacinto. We played many years in the national side together.
“He was an extraordinary lad, you couldn’t fail to like him,” added the ex-Juventus keeper.
The Italian Football Federation said the national team would wear black arm bands for Wednesday’s Euro 2008 qualifier against France in Paris .
There will also be a minute’s silence at all of this weekend’s games in Italy.