Pierino Prati grew up with the youngsters of Milan. He was first sent to a C league team, the Salernitana, to begin his career. He began to play professional soccer there, taking the team to the championship and a consequent promotion to the B league. The next year he jumped to the B series team of Savona. L’anno successivo il salto in B, a Savona. From there he returned to Milan, where he played for seven winning years.
He has won:
- 2 Italy Cups
- 2 Cup of Cups
- 1 National Championship (stagione 68/69)
- the Champions Cup 1969
- the Intercontinental Cup 1970
In 1967 he was also Top Scorer of the Italian championship.
From there he joined the Rome team, where he played for another 5 years before moving on to Florence (one year) and finally returning to Savona in series C, where his playing career ended three years later, in 1981.
Pierino Prati also played in 18 national matches, scoring 7 goals.
He still holds the record for goals (3) scored in the final match of the Champions League (Milan-Ajax, 4-1), becoming a legend!
Wearing the blue jersey (Italian national team) he was European Champion in 1968 and runner up in the World Cup in Mexico in 1970.
Prati had numerous trainers during his long career; of these Swede Nils Liedholm and Nereo Rocco, the “Paron” are the most memorable.
Although he has “hung up his shoes”, he has not abandoned the game. After participating in the ‘Super Trainer 1st Class‘ in Coverciano, he has dedicated his time to training boys.
For seven years he has been an instructor at the AC twin soccer school Milan.
Pierino Prati since 2007 is one of the Technical Directors of the AC Milan Academy and represent the Club in official events.
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