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Luciano Vassallo
Personal information
Date of birth (1935-08-15) 15 August 1935 (age 87)
Place of birthAsmara, Eritrea
Position(s)Midfielder
Youth career
1950–1952Stella Asmarina
1952–1953Ferrovieri Asmara
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1953–1958GS Gejeret
1958–1960Asmara Calcio
1960–1973Cotton Factory Club
National team
1960–1971Ethiopia[citation needed]104(47)
Teams managed
1968–1973Cotton Factory Club
1969–1970Ethiopia
1974Ethiopia
1974Saint George S.C.
1975Air Force FC
1976EEPCO F.C.
1978Ethiopia
Honours
Representing  Ethiopia
Men's football
Africa Cup of Nations
Winner1962 Ethiopia
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
Luciano Vassallo (born 15 August 1935) is a former footballer of Eritrean and Italian origin who played for the Ethiopia national team in the 1960s. He is known for his skill, and mostly for his volleys, free kicks and penalties. He played professionally with Cotton Factory Club along with his half-brother Italo.
Contents
1 Early life
2 Club career
3 International career
4 Managerial career
5 After football
6 Career statistics
6.1 International goals
7 See also
8 References
9 Bibliography
10 External links
Early life
Luciano was born in Asmara, Eritrea to Vittorio Vassallo, an officer in the Italian rifle regiment and an Eritrea woman called Mebrak Abraham. Vittorio was transferred to Addis Ababa in 1937 and they never heard from him again. As mixed-race children they were marginalised at school and treated with contempt due to the Italian racial laws. This led Luciano to drop out of school during the third grade and study as a mechanic at a railway workshop.
Luciano initially began playing football for Stella Asmarina, a team set up by the Vicarage Apostolic exclusively for Italo-Eritrean children. He started his footballing career as a left-back, before being moved to centre back then eventually into midfield where he became known as an advanced playmaker with a powerful shot.
Club career
Luciano played for GS Gejeret and GS Asmara, an Ethiopian team as Eritrea had been annexed in 1950. During his time at GS Asmara the federation deliberately prevented the team from winning the Ethiopian First Division. However during the run-up to the 1959 Africa Cup of Nations, GS Asmara managed to humiliate the Ethiopian national team in a friendly match.
He signed to play for Cotton Factory Club of Dire Dawa in 1960, where, along with his half-brother, he won the Ethiopian First Division in 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1965. Luciano credited his experience as a mechanic for getting a job at the associated cotton plantation, which allowed him to receive a salary ten times that of a normal worker.
International career
Luciano played for the Ethiopia national team in the qualifying rounds for the 1962 FIFA World Cup. With his half-brother Italo, Luciano was part of the 1962 African Cup of Nations campaign when Ethiopia won their only trophy to date. Prior to the campaign he was told to change his first and last name in order to sound like a real Ethiopian, which he refused. Luciano, captain of the team, scored two goals in the semifinal against Tunisia and was tied for third highest scorer in the tournament, and was named player of the tournament, the only Ethiopian to claim that award. He was handed the trophy by His Highness Haile Selassie, despite an attempt to remove him from the captaincy in order to allow for an Ethiopian player to lift the trophy.
In 2006, CAF began the selection for the best African footballer in the last fifty years. Luciano, along with legendary teammate and friend Mengistu Worku were selected in the group of the top 50 players, as the only Ethiopians, but were not selected in the final 30, where Roger Milla was named number one. Many consider Vassallo to be the best Ethiopian footballer in history, after Mengistu Worku and Ydnekatchew Tessema.
Managerial career
Vassallo then went to study as a coach at Coverciano in Florence, Italy. He went on to coach Ethiopia national team on several occasions.
During the Red Terror, Luciano Vassallo was arrested after he denounced the use of the amphetamine Captagon that was being used by the Ethiopian national team. He was stripped of his duties as coach and was set to be taken away by Mengistu's soldiers however one of the colonel's recognised his footballing hero and let him go.
He was reinstated as national team manager in 1978 but, two weeks after a historic win over East Germany, he fled to Djibouti then to Rome, where he had sent his family to safety some months earlier.
After football
In exile in Italy, Luciano began repairing cars in Ostia before opening his own garage and finally obtaining citizenship. Later he founded a school for young footballers called Olimpia Ostia.
In 2000 he published a biography titled Mamma ecco I soldi or Mom here's the money. He is now retired and lives in Rome.
Career statistics
International goals
Scores and results list Ethiopia's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Vassallo goal.
List of international goals scored by Luciano Vassallo
No.
Date
Venue
Opponent
Score
Result
Competition
Ref.
1
19 March 1961
Haifa, Israel
 Israel
2–3
1962 FIFA World Cup qualification
2
14 January 1962
Hailé Sélassié Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 Tunisia
1–2
4–2
1962 Africa Cup of Nations
3
4–2
4
21 January 1962
Hailé Sélassié Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 United Arab Republic
2–2
4–2
1962 Africa Cup of Nations
5
28 November 1963
Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana
 Tunisia
4–2
1963 Africa Cup of Nations
6
19 November 1965
Stade Chedly Zouiten, Tunis, Tunisia
 Senegal
1–1
1–5
1965 Africa Cup of Nations
7
12 January 1968
Hailé Sélassié Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 Uganda
2–1
1968 Africa Cup of Nations
8
16 January 1968
Hailé Sélassié Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 Algeria
3–0
3–1
1968 Africa Cup of Nations
9
19 January 1968
Hailé Sélassié Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 Congo-Kinshasa
1–2
2–3
1968 Africa Cup of Nations
See also
Italian Eritreans
Italians of Ethiopia
Italo Vassallo
Luciano Vassallo
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