Soccer in mourning: Gianmarco Calleri has died, he was president of Lazio and Torino

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A former soccer player and especially a Serie A president, he passed away at the age of 81.

Soccer mourns Gianmarco Calleri. A former footballer in his youth (he wore the jerseys of Novara, Monza and Lazio), he later became an entrepreneur returning to soccer as president. In fact, after his experience at Alessandria, he became top manager of first Lazio and then Torino.

“Gianmarco Calleri, former Serie A president of Lazio and Torino, passed away today at the age of 81,” the Lega Calcio recalled in a note. “He acquired the biancocelesti in 1986, when they were playing in Serie B, winning promotion to Serie A in 1988, before selling the club in 1992. In 1994 he became president of Torino, remaining at the helm of the Granata club until 1997. A man of sport who has given so much to soccer.”

“President Claudio Lotito and the entire Società Sportiva Lazio mourn the passing of Gianmarco Calleri, former footballer and biancoceleste president from 1986 to 1992,” is instead the remembrance on the capitoline club’s website. During his first season, he led the biancocelesti to a legendary salvation, avoiding relegation to Serie C despite 9 penalty points. The following year he brought the club back to Serie A and restored it financially, giving it a stable presence in the top flight, thanks in part to the signings of players who have remained in the hearts of biancocelesti fans such as Ruben Sosa, Riedle, Doll and Gascoigne. Before selling Lazio to Sergio Cragnotti, Calleri also bought the land on which the Formello Sports Center, home of the Capitoline club since 1997, would later be built.”

“President Urbano Cairo and the entire Torino Football Club express their condolences and sympathy to the Calleri family on the passing of Gianmarco Calleri, sports executive and president of Torino from 1994 to 1997. To his son Riccardo and his loved ones the embrace of the Granata world,” the official website of the Piedmontese club reads instead.

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