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Last Updated: Monday, 4 September 2006, 15:46 GMT 16:46 UK
Inter Milan legend Facchetti dies
Giacinto Facchetti
Facchetti had been Inter's president since 2004
Former Italy and Inter Milan captain Giacinto Facchetti has died, aged 64.

Facchetti, who was Inter's president, had been suffering from a serious illness for several weeks.

The defender played 476 Serie A games and captained the "Grande Inter" team that won four league titles and two European Cups in the 1960s.

Facchetti won 94 Italy caps, 70 as captain. He helped his country win the 1968 European Championship and finish runners-up at the 1970 World Cup.

At the end of his playing days he worked in various roles at Inter and became club president in January 2004, the first ex-player to take the role at the club.

"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."

Gianni Rivera, another legend of that era and a player for Inter's rivals AC Milan, added: "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."

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