Mauro Cichero (footballer, born 1951)

Luigi Mauro Cichero (16 October 1951 20 January 2019) was a Venezuelan footballer who played as a central defender. He competed in the men’s tournament at the 1980 Summer Olympics.[2][3]

Venezuelan footballer

Mauro Cichero
Personal information
Full name Luigi Mauro Cichero
Date of birth (1951-10-16)16 October 1951
Place of birth Genoa, Italy
Date of death 20 January 2019(2019-01-20) (aged 67)[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Deportivo Italia
Unión Deportiva Canarias
ULA Mérida
National team
1980 Venezuela 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Cichero was born in Genoa, Italy and spent his early life there until he was 14, when his family moved to Venezuela.[4]

He played professionally in Venezuela for Deportivo Italia, Unión Deportiva Canarias, and ULA Mérida during the 1970s.[5] He made a name for himself in Venezuela thanks to his skill, resulting in the opportunity to go to Italy and went on trial with AC Milan. While he did not make the team, he ended up moving to Serie B club Grosseto.[6]

He also represented the Venezuelan national team. His first appearances came at the seven team 1980 Olympic qualifying tournament. They came in 4th did not originally qualify for the 1980 Summer Olympics, however, Argentina was part of the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott, thereby vacating their spot,[7] allowing Venezuela to compete in the Olympic football tournament, where he played three games[6] and served as team captain.[8] He also continued to represent the national team afterwards.[9]

After retiring from professional football, he began his coaching career. He began working at the football school of the Colegio Campo Alegre de las Mercedes in Caracas, Venezuela and became a professor of Sport Sciences at a school and established a football program there.[6] In 1999, he moved to Norman, Oklahoma to become the Director of Coaching for the Norman Youth Soccer Association.[10] In 2003, he was named as the head coach of the St. Gregory’s University men’s soccer team in Oklahoma.[8]

He died on 20 January 2019 in the United States,[11] following a battle with cancer.[5]

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