Claudio Gentile

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Claudio Gentile
Claudio Gentile.jpg
Gentile lining up for Italy
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-09-27) 27 September 1953 (age 60)
Place of birth Tripoli,[1] Kingdom of Libya
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Central defender, Full back
Club information
Current team
FC Sion (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1972 Arona 34 (4)
1972–1973 Varese 34 (1)
1973–1984 Juventus 283 (9)
1984–1987 Fiorentina 70 (0)
1987–1988 Piacenza 20 (0)
Total 441 (14)
National team
1975–1984 Italy 71 (1)
Teams managed
2000–2006 Italy U-21
2014– FC Sion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Claudio Gentile (Italian pronunciation: [ˈklaudjo dʒenˈtile]; born in Libya, 27 September 1953[2]) is an Italian football coach and former defender of the 1970s and 1980s. Gentile appeared for Italy in two World Cup tournaments, and played for the winning Italian team in the 1982 final. His club career was notably spent with Juventus for whom he made almost 300 league appearances, winning six national titles and two major European trophies.

Club career[edit]

In 1972–73, he played in Serie B with Varese.[2]

He then moved to Juventus and first played for them in a Coppa Italia match against Ascoli Calcio on 29 August 1973, with his Serie A debut following on 2 December 1973 against Verona.[1] In all he played 414 senior matches for Juventus, including 283 in Serie A.[1] In over a decade in Turin, Gentile won two major European club competitions (1976–77 UEFA Cup and 1983–84 European Cup Winners' Cup), six Serie A championships, and two Coppa Italias.[2]

In 1984 he moved to Fiorentina where he spent three further years in Serie A, and he then played a final season in Serie B with Piacenza before retiring.[2]

International career[edit]

Gentile was capped on 71 occasions by Italy between 1975 and 1984.[3] He played in all their matches in the 1978 and 1982 World Cups, with Italy winning the tournament in 1982.[4]

He man-marked Diego Maradona in a match at the 1982 World Cup, after which he famously quipped, "Football is not for ballerinas!"[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Gentile later coached the Italy national under-21 football team which won the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship,[6] and the under-23 team which won a bronze at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

On 5 June 2014 he signed two-year deal with FC Sion.[7]

Playing honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Claudio Gentile". Statistics by season. myjuve.it. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Biography at www.soccer-europe.com
  3. ^ Claudio Gentile at National-Football-Teams.com
  4. ^ "Claudio Gentile: Spain 1982". Classic Football. FIFA. Retrieved 4 August 2012. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Claudio Gentile". Soccer Quotes: Italian. ExpertFootball. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  6. ^ 1 June 2004. "2004: Italy save best for last". UEFA.com. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Italy great Gentile to coach Swiss club Sion". SI.com. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 

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