Italian coach Radice passes away

Luigi Radice, who helped AC Milan win the European Champion Clubs’ Cup as a player in 1963 and coached Torino to the Italian title in 1976, has passed away at the age of 83.

Luigi Radice led Torino to the Italian title in 1976
Luigi Radice led Torino to the Italian title in 1976 ©Torino FC

Former AC Milan player and coach Luigi Radice has died at the age of 83 after a long illness.

A tenacious defender, normally a left-back, Radice was a key player for Milan in the Rossoneri’s title-winning campaign in 1961/62, after playing a more marginal role in the 1957 and 1959 triumphs. Capped five times with Italy, he was a member of the Milan squad that captured the 1962/63 European Cup, although he did not feature in the 2-1 victory over Benfica in the final at Wembley.

Radice’s playing career was cut short by a serious knee injury, and he quickly turned to coaching. After early successes in the lower divisions with Monza and Treviso, Radice won the Scudetto with Torino in 1975/76. During his career, he also coached, among others, AC Milan and Internazionale Milano, Fiorentina, Bologna and Roma.