Luigi Polentes, born in Vittorio Veneto on 12 October 1944. Polentes played as defender, with 173 cm height, which is not tall enough for an ideal defender. As a stopper he always play solid, discipline, and fair play that always been respected by his opponents.
He started his career in Serie C clubs Vittorio Veneto (1962-1963) and joined Empoli on July 1965. He was caught by Perugia in Serie B on July 1967 and spent two seasons. Lazio brought him on November 1969 when he was 25 years old and spent with La Lazio for 8 seasons.
In December 1977, he moved to Modena. After a year, he returned to Vittorio Veneto, spent two seasons there, before retiring in 1980.
Polentes with SS Lazio
That was not an easy time for Lazio when Polentes joined the club, as in the following year Lazio suffered another relegation in 1970–71 season.
After some re-inforcement Lazio back to Serie A in 1972–73. Polentes was one of team players contributed on that promotion. However, Lazio immediately emerged as surprise challengers for the Scudetto to Milan and Juventus in 1972–1973, only losing out on the final day of the season, with a team comprising captain Giuseppe Wilson, as well as midfielders Luciano Re Cecconi and Mario Frustalupi, striker Giorgio Chinaglia, and head coach Tommaso Maestrelli. Lazio improved such successes the following season, with Polentes contribution, ensuring its first Scudetto in 1973–74.
During his spells with Lazio he performed well and showing high quality and very disciplined in the tasks assigned to him. With Lazio he played 110 games, and 1 goal in Serie A on 5 April 1970 at Verona (1-1), 18 games in the Coppa Italia, 3 games in European Cups.
He also part of Lazio success in 1971, when Lazio crowned Coppa delle Alpi that defeated FC Basel in the final by 3-1, 2 goals by Chinaglia and one goal by Wenger.
After his retirement, he started his own wine maker business in his hometown, and its wines are very popular in his area.
He married with Ms Stanilla, has two daughters, Paola and Daniel who gave him six grandchildren.
Polentes passed away on 21 April 2011 after a chronic illnesses.
Achievement with SS Lazio:
· 1 Scudetto in 1973/74
· 1 Coppa delle Alpi in 1971
Rest In Peace Luigi Polentes.