Former Inter Milan coach Luigi Simoni, who led the club to the UEFA Cup title in 1998, died in Pisa on Friday at the age of 81 years. Simoni, whose coaching career spanned four decades, never recovered after suffering from a stroke almost a year ago. ‘Today, 22 May, he left us. Not just any date, the most Inter-related date of all,’ Inter Milan said in a statement. Inter on Friday marked the 10th anniversary of becoming the first Italian team to win the treble, when the Jose Mourinho-led side won the Champions League final. ‘A great football man has left us,’ said Italian football federation president Gabriele Gravina in tribute to Simoni. A midfielder during his playing career Simoni lined out 368 times, including 187 in Serie A, scoring 32 goals for clubs including Juventus, Torino and Napoli, with whom he won the Italian Cup in 1962. — AFP
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