Francesco Graziani

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Francesco Graziani
Pulici-Graziani Torino 1975-76.jpg
Graziani (left) and Paolo Pulici (right) at Torino in 1975–76
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-12-16) 16 December 1952 (age 62)
Place of birth Subiaco, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1967–1970 Bettini Quadraro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1973 Arezzo 48 (11)
1973–1981 Torino 221 (97)
1981–1983 Fiorentina 52 (14)
1983–1986 Roma 57 (12)
1986–1988 Udinese 33 (8)
National team
1973 Italy U21 1 (0)
1975–1983 Italy 64 (23)
Teams managed
1989–1990 Fiorentina
1990–1991 Reggina
1991–1992 Avellino
2001–2002 Catania
2003–2004 Montevarchi
2004–2006 Cervia
2013 Vigevano Calcio (youth)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Francesco "Ciccio" Graziani (born 16 December 1952) is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as a forward, mainly as a striker, but also as a winger on occasion.[1] With 122 total goals for Torino, he is the seventh highest scorer in the history for the Torinese club behind Valentino Mazzola (123). He won the 1982 World Cup playing for Italy.

Club career[edit]

Graziani was born in Subiaco, in the province of Rome. A prolific and physical striker, he started his footballing career in Bettini Quadraro before moving to Arezzo.[2] Later he became famous as one of the leading members of the last scudetto won by Torino. He joined the Granata in 1973, and soon became a key player for the team, forming a notable partnership with Paolo Pulici, and winning the Serie A in 1975–76. In 1977, he was the Serie A top-scorer with 21 goals.[3]

Graziani then played for ACF Fiorentina (1981–1983), winning the Coppa Italia top-scorer award in 1981, and subsequently for AS Roma (1983–1988), with whom he won the Coppa Italia twice, in 1984 and 1986, also the 1984 European Cup final, losing in a penalty defeat to Liverpool (Graziani himself missed a penalty in the shoot-out during the match). He then played also for Udinese, before abandoning his playing career. Graziani totalled 353 appearances, with 130 goals, in the Italian Serie A.[4]

International career[edit]

Graziani was also an important international player for Italy, representing the Azzurri at the 1978 FIFA World Cup (where they finished in fourth place after reaching the semi-final), their victorious 1982 FIFA World Cup campaign, and in Euro 80 (where they finished in fourth place after reaching the semi-final, once again). He scored one goal in the 1982 FIFA World Cup against Cameroon in the group stage, a tournament that Italy won. With 23 goals in 64 caps,[5] he is (as of April 2006) ranked as the ninth highest all-time scorer for his national team.

Managing career[edit]

Graziani coached a number of teams with little fortune: Fiorentina in 1989, Reggina in 1990, and Avellino in 1993. In the 2001–2002 season, Graziani, who was the managing director of Catania in Serie C1, was successively appointed as manager, and led the Sicilian team to a promotion in Serie B. He then resigned as football coach after nine match of the next season, and in 2003–2004 he coached Montevarchi of Serie C2 with little success, being fired before the end of the season. From 2004 to 2006, he coached Cervia, an amateur team of Emilia-Romagna from Eccellenza league which was subject of an Italian reality show, Campioni – Il Sogno. He led the team to an immediate promotion to Serie D, being popular to the public because of his hot-blooded attitudes, especially during league matches. He currently works for Mediaset as a football pundit.

Graziani's son, Gabriele, is a football player too; he currently plays in the role of forward for Serie C1 team Cremonese.


FIFA World Cup: 1982

Serie A: 1976

Italian Cup: 1984, 1986