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348 vs. Portugal
350 vs. Austria

Wednesday, 24 May 1961
End-of-season Eastern Europe Tour Match

Italy 2 England 3 [1-1]


Match Summary
Italy Squad
England Squad

Stadio Olimpico, Municipio XV, Roma
Attendance: 62,000;
Kick-off: 4.00pm BST
First half and final 15 minutes live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

England - Gerry Hitchins (38, 78), Jimmy Greaves (85)
Italy - Omar Sivori (43), Sergio Brighenti (?)
Results 1960-1965

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Match Summary





Referee (-) - Nikolai Latyschev
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Linesmen - tbc

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Italy Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 20th
Colours: Blue crew necked jerseys, white socks, blue socks.
Capt: Lorenzo Buffon Manager: Giovanni Ferrari
Italy Lineup
  Buffon, Lorenzo, injured off 56th min.     G     GA
2 Losi, Giacoma     RB      
3 Castelletti, Sergio     LB      
4 Bolchi, Bruno     RHB      
5 Salvadore, Sandro     CHB      
6 Trapattoni, Giovanni   17 March 1939 LHB      
7 Mora, Bruno     OR      
8 Lojacono, Francisco     IR      
9 Brighenti, Sergio     CF      
10 Sivori, Omar     IL      
11 Corso, Nario     OL      
Italy Substitutes
  Vavassori, Guiseppe, on 56th min. for Buffon            

unused substitutes:

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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 4th
Colours: The 1959 Bukta home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white calf hoop.
Capt: Johnny Haynes, tenth captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 48 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
123rd match, W 70 - D 29 - L 24 - F 351 - A 178, one abandoned
England Lineup
  Springett, Ronald D. 25 22 July 1935 G Sheffield Wednesday FC 12 20ᵍᵃ
2 Armfield, James     RB Blackpool FC 16 0
3 McNeil, Michael 21 7 February 1940 LB Middlesbrough FC 8 0
4 Robson, Robert W. 28 18 February 1933 RHB West Bromwich Albion FC 15 4
5 Swan, Peter 24 8 October 1936 CHB Sheffield Wednesday FC 11 0
6 Flowers, Ronald 26 28 July 1934 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 23 4
7 Douglas, Bryan     OR Blackburn Rovers FC 22 5
8 Greaves, James 21   IR Chelsea FC 14 15
9 Hitchens, Gerald A. 26 8 October 1934 CF Aston Villa FC 2 3
10 Haynes, John N. 26 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 44 18
11 Charlton, Robert     OL Manchester United FC 26 21

unused substitutes:

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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

The Italians, parading the gifted Argentinean-born Omar Sivori as the ace in their pack, took control after the shock of going behind to an early goal by Gerry Hitchens. Sivori equalized with a flashing shot after side-stepping a challenge, and Italy's domination was rewarded with a second goal that convinced Sivori victory was complete and he started playing to the crowd. But his exhibitionism proved premature. Jimmy Greaves raced 40 yards to lay on an equalizer for Hitchens, whose performance persuaded Inter Milan that they should buy him. Greaves, due to join AC Milan, capped a magnificent performance when five minutes from the end he raced on to a Haynes pass and steered the ball wide of Italy's substitute goalkeeper. He had come on for Button, who was carried off after a brave dive at the feet of Haynes had left him with a broken nose. Haynes led the England players on a lap of honour at the end as the 100,000 crowd whistled and hooted both them and their own players. It was a famous victory to rank alongside the 1948 triumph in Turin.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author