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    Benito 'Veleno' Lorenzi

    OUR HISTORY: LORENZI TURNS 80

    Eighty years of Benito 'Veleno' Lorenzi. The last time he was quoted was after the recent 3-2 Milan derby victory when Massimo Moratti said: "Martins' goal was exceptional. It reminded me of a Lorenzi goal, fifty years ago when I was a boy. It took him two seconds to run twenty metres. Yesterday I saw that speed again, that goal by Lorenzi..." History always repeats itself, and in football this is often the case, but in terms of character, spirit and technique it is difficult to find a striker comparable to Lorenzi.

    When' 'Veleno' (literally 'poison') played, news would become literature. Like his second Serie A match for Inter, against Juventus in the summer of 1947. Born on 20 December 1925 in Buggiano, Pistoia province, Lorenzi joined Inter from Empoli. Benito was one of three children of a tailor father and a grocery shop assistant mother who was the first to call him 'Veleno'. A furiously talented penalty area striker, thin, gritty, cunning, predatory, powerful and as quick as lightning, Benito Lorenzi was all this and more. Scoring was his job, and when he ended his Nerazzurri playing career he had reached a respectable total of 138 Serie A goals in 305 matches, winning two Scudettos in 1952/53 and 1953/54. At international level Lorenzi won 14 Italy caps, scoring 4 goals, and in typical style was also the protagonist of an argument with Brazilian referee Viana at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. For Nerazzurri fans, Lorenzi was their new hero after the Giuseppe Meazza era.

    In that match against a fearsome Juventus side in 1947 a young Lorenzi found himself up against Bianconeri full-back Rava, who gave him 'beatings' at every chance, followed by a puncutal apology. At the start Veleno didn't understand what was happening, but after the umpteenth foul it was the Inter masseur Della Casa who came to his aid. "It was him who changed my career," Benito admitted. "He said 'React, Lorenzi'. And I reacted. I went in hard on Angeleri and Rava got furious. 'Hey boy! Who do you think you are. Here we eat our bread....' I replied: 'Sure, and you don't want me to start eating it!'" Lorenzi's was indeed very good bread for Inter.

    And what about that slice of lemon? Lorenzi developed a sporting hatred for AC Milan (but off the pitch he was the best friend of Nordahl). A protagonist of the 6-5 victory over the Rossoneri on 6 November 1949, Veleno played his 22nd Milan derby on 6 October 1957. He won Inter a dubious penalty, then the referee Lo Bello gave one to Milan. Tito Cucchiaroni stepped up to the spot and missed. Incredibly. After the game won 1-0 by the Nerazzurri there was a brawl between the players, for no apparent reason. A few years later Benito explained why: "I was sucking half a lemon, which we did back then to quench our thirst, and without letting the opponents see me - but I realised the Milan fans were shouting all sorts of things - I put that half lemon on the spot, below the ball so Cucchiaroni would miss."

    Before hanging up his boots Veleno had spells at Alesandria and Brescia, but the city of Milan and Inter remained his home, his world, his strength, and they still are today. He coached the Nerazzurri academy youngsters (Arturo Di Napoli was his last favourite pupil), went from home to home to collect money for those most needy, and until a couple of years ago he was a regular visitor to Angelo Moratti Sports Centre on Saturdays. He would arrive at the wheel of an old Fiat 500, irritated by everything and everyone, both jokingly and intentionally, ready to write his book of truths. "And I'll warn you beforehand - when I write it I will tell everything and criticise everybody. Yes, even you." Happy 80th birthday, dear Veleno.

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    This was posted in the old forum, but since the mods cud not save it I have posted it again.

    I hope www.inter.it comes up with such tributes to our heroes of yesteryears more often ...

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    An anegdote I heard about Lorenzi: just before a game e told the opposing defender that was supposed to mark him that his father had died and that nobody in the club had the guts to tell him. In the first half Lorenzi scored twice since the defender was obviously distraught. The whole second half he spent running away from the defender who wanted to beat the crap out of him after he learned the truth.

    And you wonder why they called him "veleno".
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Count of Anti-Milan
    An anegdote I heard about Lorenzi: just before a game e told the opposing defender that was supposed to mark him that his father had died and that nobody in the club had the guts to tell him. In the first half Lorenzi scored twice since the defender was obviously distraught. The whole second half he spent running away from the defender who wanted to beat the crap out of him after he learned the truth.

    And you wonder why they called him "veleno".
    Poor guy! What does velone mean anyway?
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    lol What a great character he is.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Inter101
    Poor guy! What does velone mean anyway?
    poison

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    Anybody got pics of him?
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    Why do my friends don't believe the stories about Lorenzi and just laught at me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1919
    "I was sucking half a lemon, which we did back then to quench our thirst, and without letting the opponents see me - but I realised the Milan fans were shouting all sorts of things - I put that half lemon on the spot, below the ball so Cucchiaroni would miss."
    We need to start breeding lorenzis and meazzas.
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    INTER LEGEND LORENZI DIES
    Saturday, 03 March 2007 23:15:19

    [FOTO Saturday, 03 March 2007 23:15:19] MILAN - Benito 'Veleno' Lorenzi passed away today, just before his beloved Inter took to the pitch for a victory over Livorno that he would have been pleased with. He was 81.

    When 'Veleno' (literally 'poison') played, news would become literature. Like his second Serie A match for Inter, against Juventus in the summer of 1947.

    Born on 20 December 1925 in the Tuscan town of Buggiano, near Pistoia, Lorenzi joined Inter from Empoli. Benito was one of three children of a tailor father and a grocery shop assistant mother, the first person to call him 'Veleno'.

    A furiously talented penalty-area striker; thin, gritty, cunning, predatory, powerful and as quick as lightning, Benito Lorenzi was all this and more. Scoring was his job, and when he ended his Inter career he had scored 143 goals in 314 matches, during which time he won back-to-back Scudettos with Alfredo Foni's team, in 1952/53 and 1953/54. At international level Lorenzi scored 4 goals in 14 appearances for the Azzurri, and in typical style was also the protagonist of an argument with Brazilian referee Viana at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. For Nerazzurri fans, Lorenzi was their new hero after Giuseppe Meazza.

    In that match against a fearsome Juventus side in 1947, a young Lorenzi found himself up against Bianconeri full-back Rava, who gave him regular 'beatings', always followed by a puncutal apology. At the start, Veleno didn't understand what was happening, but after the umpteenth foul it was Inter masseur Della Casa who came to his aid. "It was him who changed my career," Benito admitted. "He said 'React, Lorenzi'. And I reacted. I went in hard on Angeleri and Rava got furious. 'Hey boy! Who do you think you are. Here we eat our bread....' I replied: 'Sure, and you don't want me to start eating it!'" Lorenzi's was indeed very good bread for Inter.

    And what about that slice of lemon? Lorenzi developed a sporting hatred for AC Milan (although off the pitch he was best friends with Nordahl). A protagonist of the 6-5 victory over the Rossoneri on 6 November 1949, Veleno played his 22nd Milan derby on 6 October 1957. He won Inter a dubious penalty before referee Lo Bello gave one to Milan. Tito Cucchiaroni stepped up to the spot and, incredibly, missed. After Inter's 1-0 victory there was a brawl between the players, for no apparent reason. A few years later Benito explained why. "I was sucking half a lemon, which we did back then to quench our thirst," he admitted, "and without letting the opponents see me - but I realised the Milan fans were shouting all sorts of things - I put that half lemon on the spot, below the ball so Cucchiaroni would miss."

    Before hanging up his boots Veleno had spells at Alesandria and Brescia, but the city of Milan and Inter remained his home, his world, his strength. He coached the academy youngsters (Arturo Di Napoli was his last favourite pupil), went from home to home to collect money for the needy, and was a regular visitor to Inter's training ground on Saturdays. He would arrive at the wheel of an old Fiat 500, irritated by everything and everyone, both jokingly and intentionally, ready to write his book of truths. "And I'll warn you beforehand - when I write it I will tell everything and criticise everybody. Yes, even you."

    Ciao, caro Veleno.



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    Rip Veleno.
    ... “Every time I see Walter Mazzarri’s Press conferences I have this doubt: Is he really such an idiot or does he just think we all are?”

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    He will be missed what an awesome guy.

    He truly loved the sport, not many out there now who are of the same caliber.
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    RIP Lorenzi
    you will be remembered

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    RIP Lorenzi. You will always be remebered fro that genious of a move in the derby. Fooling the milanistas.
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    R.I.P. Benito
    Some people were against a female name as my nick. Strange, don't you think?

    But no, I did not left only because of it. Don't worry, there is a brand new superhero who will save everyone. I just have mental issues and I am freaking disgusting.

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    RIP. We will dedicate our Valencia win to you I'm sure.


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    I hope that would be great

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    R.I.P Veleno

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    RIP Veleno.

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