Juan Alberto Schiaffino | 1950-1956

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Juan Alberto Schiaffino | 1950-1956

Postby Moysís » 2016 Aug 28, 14:15

Club: C.A. Peñarol | A.C. Milan

Nickname: "El Pepe"


Era: 50's
Name: Juan Alberto Schiaffino Villano
Shirt Name: Schiaffino
Number: 10
Positions: SS, CF

Nationality: Uruguayan _uru
Age: 29

Height: 178 cm
Weight: 69 kg

Injury Tolerance: B
Foot: R
Side: B

Attack: 93
Defence: 52
Balance: 75
Stamina: 78
Top Speed: 76
Acceleration: 77
Response: 85
Agility: 74
Dribble Accuracy: 91
Dribble Speed: 73
Short Pass Accuracy: 95
Short Pass Speed: 75
Long Pass Accuracy: 89
Long Pass Speed: 73
Shot Accuracy: 88
Shot Power: 82
Shot Technique: 87
Free Kick Accuracy: 83
Curling: 82
Header: 79
Jump: 77
Technique: 96
Aggression: 85
Mentality: 78
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 93

Condition/Fitness: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 7
Weak Foot Frequency: 7
Consistency: 7
Growth type: Standard/Lasting

S02 - Passer
S05 - 1-touch Play
P01 - Classic NO.10
P03 - Trickster
P15 - Free Roaming

Tactical Dribbling
1-Touch Pass

Dribble Style: 2
Free Kick Style: 1
Penalty Kick Style: 1



Juan Schiaffino is a former Uruguayan legend and one of the best players that football world has ever seen. Fantastic vision, intelligence, technical abilities and sense for team work makes him as player with most complete skills ever. The lack of speed and mobility were his main disadvantages in the game but he compensated that with inborn ability of movement and decision-making in the field. Such a fantastic player very smart on the field, little bit stiff in movements but his brain was ultra fast. Great playmaker with fantastic last ball as well very good scorer. His influence on the Milan side during years were incredible. He knew when attack, dribble and also make useful pass. Never hurried in decisions on the field, he has knew predict two or three moves in advance. It was really joy for the eye watch him playing.

Born in Montevideo, Schiaffino made his mark with Peñarol, one of that city's two famous clubs. A players' strike before the 1959 South American Cup tournament meant that the Uruguayans entered a team made up, technically, of amateurs, but, as one of them, Schiaffino comfortably held his own against more established players. By 1950, he was a major star, an outstanding positional player who could dribble past opponents with ease. Following his eight successful years in Peñarol in his native Uruguayan league, Schiaffino was purchased by Italian Serie A club A.C. Milan, for an at the time world record fee of 52 million Lire, in September 1954. He played 171 games with A.C. Milan and scored 60 goals, and participated in the 1958 European Cup Final, which Milan lost to Real Madrid 2–3 (aet). He was among the crucial offensive players in a Milan team that was dominated by foreign stars such as Nils Liedholm and Gunnar Nordahl. Schiaffino won three national championships with Milan, the victories being in 1955, 1957 and 1959. Schiaffino scored a world leading 145 goals for Milan but left in 1960 to join Roma, where he played out his career during two moderately successful seasons, in which Roma finished fifth in the standings.

Schiaffino played for two national teams; first with the Uruguyan national team from 1946 to 1954, and later with the Italian national team from 1954 to 1958, courtesy of his paternal grand-father who was a Ligurian from the province of Genoa.He had 21 caps with the Uruguyan national team (eight goals) and four caps with the Italian national team. He participated actively in Uruguay's victory in the 1950 World Cup, scoring one goal in the final and beating Brazil in its own stadium, in what was called the Maracanazo. The vagaries of the 1950 competition, which attracted only 13 finalists, meant that, to qualify for the final pool, Uruguay had merely to beat the feeble Bolivians; this they did 8-0, with Schiaffino helping himself to four of the goals. A contorted system decreed there be no final as such; the winners of the final pool would take the cup, and Brazil had a one point lead over the Uruguayans. All they needed to win was a draw. Uruguay held out against terrific pressure, with Brazil urged on by a fanatical crowd. When Friaca scored for Brazil early in the second half, that seemed to be that. But twice in the first half, Schiaffino had threatened a goal. When served by Miguez, and the little right-winger Ghiggia, he struck a shot which the Brazilian keeper, Barbosa, only just managed to reach. Then, coming suddenly to life from seeming torpor, Schiaffino dribbled his way clean through Brazil's defence, only for Barbosa to frustrate him again. But it could not last. For all the crowd's triumphalism, Schiaffino had plainly found the range. In the second half, Uruguay counter-attacked often and crisply. Obdulio Varela, their heroic centre-half and captain, sent Chico Ghiggia flying down the right wing. His cross, astoundingly, found Schiaffino unmarked. He took four strides forward, then walloped his shot past Barbosa to make the Uruguayans level. Fourteen minutes later, Ghiggia scored the winner.

The rich Italian clubs made strenuous efforts to buy Schiaffino, particularly in 1951. Roma offered half a million pesos, a hefty sum in those days, and Juventus sent their Fiat patron, Gianni Agnelli, to Montevideo. Schiaffino himself was keen to go to the land of his ancestors, but it was all in vain; Peñarol would not let him go. There were rumours that if his club held out, Schiaffino had his passport ready to take off for Colombia, then outside the international body, Fifa. In the event, he stayed and, though Uruguay did not retain their World Cup in Switzerland in 1954, both he and they gave a fine account of themselves. In their opening game, Schiaffino scored the second goal in a 2-0 win against Austria. Then came the demolition of Scotland. Although he did not score any of his side's seven goals, Schiaffino pulled the strings throughout, showing an almost clairvoyant understanding with his centre-forward, Hector Miguez. Next, in a sweltering Sunday afternoon quarter-final, England gave Uruguay a powerful run for their money. But it was Schiaffino's controversial goal, which made it 3-1, that really tipped the balance. Varela illicitly took a free kick from hand; Ambrois and Miguez conjured the ball to Schiaffino; and goalkeeper Gil Merrick was too slow to stop the shot. When injuries led Uruguay to realign their forces, Schiaffino, in the words of a commentator, "was withdrawn to take over the central defensive position, from where he was to show his real mastery as one of the greatest and most balanced all-round footballers on the contemporary scene".

In a magnificent semi-final against Hungary, a depleted Uruguayan team virtually used Schiaffino as centre-forward. With 15 minutes left, and Uruguay 2-0 down, his pass sent Hohberg, a naturalised Argentinian, racing through to score. Three minutes from time, Schiaffino made Hohberg the equaliser, but Hungary scored twice in extra time. In the meaningless third-place match against Austria, Schiaffino yet again sent Hohberg clear to score the first goal, though weary Uruguay lost the game 3-1. Now Italy really beckoned. For a record fee of £72,000, pocketing £23,000 himself, Schiaffino joined AC Milan, fitting in at once, and helping his new team to win the Campionato - he played in all but seven games. Less than six months after his last game for Uruguay, he was playing for the Italians against Argentina. This was a shameless exploitation of his double nationality, but an all too familiar one. Three years later, he was capped by Italy again, in their ill-starred game against Northern Ireland at Belfast, a match meant to be a World Cup eliminator but played as a so-called friendly because the Hungarian referee was held up by fog. With a ferocious kick that broke Wilbur Cush's shin pad - and could have broken his leg - Schiaffino showed a less pleasing side of his character.

In 1955-56, he helped Milan to reach the semi-finals of the first European Cup (they lost to Real Madrid), won another championship medal in 1957, and played a salient role in the 1958 European Cup final, when Real again just beat Milan - used at centre-forward, Schiaffino scored Milan's first goal from a pass by Liedholm, though, unlike Liedholm, he did not go on to the 1958 World Cup finals. He won his last two Italian caps in the eliminators against Portugal and Northern Ireland. In 1960, Schiaffino was transferred to Roma, where he played only in carefully chosen games. Two years later, he returned to Uruguay, becoming, first, a scout, then manager of his old club, Peñarol, and of the national team. His shrewd business dealings had already guaranteed him a comfortable future. Juan Alberto Schiaffino has died November 13 2002.


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