Pietro Rava, the last survivor of the Italy side which won the 1938 FIFA World Cup, died on Sunday at the age of 90.
Rava, who had battled with Alzheimer's disease in recent years, had undergone surgery after falling at home last Friday. A combative left-back, Rava also helped Italy win the Olympics in 1936 while his club career saw him serve Juventus to distinction for 13 seasons. During that time, he won the Scudetto in 1949/50 and the Coppa Italia twice, in 1938 and 1942.
Rava, who also played for US Alessandria Calcio 1912 and Novara Calcio, played a total of 352 Serie A games, with 303 of those coming with Juventus. He scored 19 goals. Juventus will honour his memory on Monday night by wearing black armbands in the Serie B game against SSC Napoli. Italy won the 1938 World Cup, played in France, with a 4-2 victory in the final against Hungary.
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