Giorgio Squinzi revived the fortunes of Sassuolo and carried the club into dreamland

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Standing on the banks of the River Secchia, a short drive from Modena in the Emilia Romagna region, and boasting a population of little more than 40,000, Sassuolo was never meant to be known for its sporting heritage.That was until the intervention of industrialist Giorgio Squinzi.The club owner and president died last month aged 76, leading to Sassuolo’s weekend clash at Brescia being postponed and every Serie A side holding a minute’s silence in tribute.  Sassuolo owner and President Giorgio Squinzi died at the age of 76 on October 3 The Mapei magnate’s funeral service was held at Milan Cathedral on October 7FIGC president Gabriele Gravina paid tribute to chemical building materials magnate. He said: ‘All of Italian football joins the family’s condolences for the death of Giorgio Squinzi.’The many sincere messages inspired by his memory… they bear witness to how the Sassuolo patron was appreciated and respected for his human qualities even more than his professional capacity.’Across Italian football there have been endless tributes, while UEFA once singled out Sassuolo as a model club for progression and Squinzi for his successful ownership.During a colourful 17 years at the helm, he took Sassuolo from Serie C2 to Serie A, transformed the fortunes of a town and earned legendary status during a journey that was not without plenty of success and controversy. Sassuolo fan Fracesco Morini told Sportsmail: ‘He invested a lot in the team without expecting anything: he just loved soccer in its pure form. He will be remembered very fondly by fans.’  Every club in Serie A held a minute’s silence as tribute to Squinzi after his deathSquinzi was also sure to enjoy all the moments that success brought him and his club. A boyhood fan of AC Milan, Squinzi entered into a bet with his friend Remo Morini ahead of the team’s first-ever Serie A encounter with rivals Inter Milan in 2

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