Parma, 24 February 2020 – Parma Calcio sends its condolences to the family of Dino Sozzi, who sadly passed away at the age of 91 a few days ago.

Dino, who made 34 appearances across the 1950/51 and 1951/52 seasons in Serie C, was a Parma player in the immediate post-war period. He was one of the many young players from the area who were discovered by the scout Dante Boni.

Sozzi was an attacking player who played alongside striker William Bronzoni. During 1950/51, a campaign where the Crociati finished third in Italy’s third tier, Dino scored eight times. Particularly memorable was his brace in Parma’s 3-1 win away to Libertas Trieste on 23 December 1950.

Once his playing days were over, he didn’t leave football. Instead, he went on to have a successful career in the refereeing world, becoming a trusted assistant to Alberto Michelotti. The latter, who was born in Parma, was one of the biggest referees on the international stage in the 1970s.

Dino later went on to work in Parma Calcio’s Youth Sector. He helped out the Primavera (including a young Gianluigi Buffon) and was also involved when the Allievi Nazionali won the 2003/04 Scudetto with Carlo Regno at the helm. Players like Giuseppe Rossi, Daniele Dessena, Marco Rossi, Filippo Savi and Arturo Lupoli were part of that team.