Luigi Radice

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Luigi Radice
Luigi Radice 1962.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1935-01-15) 15 January 1935 (age 80)
Place of birth Cesano Maderno, Italy
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left-Back
Youth career
1953–1954 Milan
1954–1955 Ceriano Laghetto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1965 Milan 75 (1)
1959–1960 Triestina (loan) 31 (0)
1960–1961 Padova (loan) 24 (0)
National team
1962 Italy 5 (0)
Teams managed
1969–1970 Monza
Treviso
1972–1973 Cesena
1973–1974 Fiorentina
1975 Cagliari
1975–1980 Torino
1980–1981 Bologna
1981–1982 A.C. Milan
1982–1983 Bari
1983–1984 Inter Milan
1984–1989 Torino
1989–1990 A.S. Roma
1990–1991 Bologna
1991–1993 Fiorentina
1993 Cagliari
1995–1996 Genoa
1996–1998 Monza
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luigi "Gigi" Radice (born January 15, 1935, in Cesano Maderno) is an Italian football coach and former player. A strong, tenacious, and consistent defender, he was usually deployed as a left-back. As a manager, he was known for his use of "zona mista" tactics, and his attempt to implement "pressing" tactics into his teams.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Player[edit]

Radice played in Serie A for teams such as Milan, Triestina and Padova. Initially a member of the Milan Youth squad, he initially struggled to find space in the first team; he made his Serie A debut with Milan on 25 March 1956, in a 0-0 away draw against SPAL, but he made only 19 appearances in total during his first three seasons at the club, as Milan won the 1956-57 and the 1958-59 Serie A titles. He subsequently moved to Triestina and Padova to gain more playing time, where he impressed before being recalled to Milan. During his second stint with the club, he played a pivotal role in helping Milan to win the 1961-62 Serie A title and the 1962-63 European Cup.[3] However, serious injuries to his knee cut his playing career short, and he retired in 1965. In total he made 95 appearances for Milan, 75 of which came in Serie A, scoring 1 goal throughout his Milan career, which came in Serie A.[1][2]

Radice was also a member of the Italian squad for the World Cup in 1962, making 2 appearances at the tournament as Italy were eliminated in the first round; he made 5 appearances for Italy in total between 1961-63.[4]

Manager[edit]

As a coach, Radice began his career with Monza, winning the 1966-67 Serie C Girone A; he remained at the club from 1966-71, apart from a year-long spell with Treviso between 1968-69. Radice notably earned the distinction of being the first and so far only coach to lead Torino to the Scudetto since the Superga tragedy in 1949, when they won the title during the 1975-76 season, and Radice was awarded the Seminatore d'Oro as the best coach in Serie A. He coached the club for two different stints; the first from 1975-1980, and the second from 1984-89.[2]

Radice has also coached a number of other Serie A teams, including Inter (1983-84), Milan (1981-82), Roma (1989-90), and Fiorentina (1973-74; 1991-93), as well as Cesena for a season, when the team was in the lower division, helping the club to its first ever Serie A promotion during the 1972-73 Serie B season.[2]

In the 1992-93 season Fiorentina was entrusted to Radice. The team started well, and at the turn of the year was sitting in second place, having scored 15 points in the first 13 matches. However, a mid-season feud with the club's chairman Vittorio Cecchi Gori led to the departure of Radice, and Fiorentina nose-dived in the standings. They scored only 15 more points in the remaining 21 matches, and finished only 16th. The result was relegation to Serie B.[2]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Milan[1]

Manager[edit]

Torino [2]
Monza[2]

Individual[edit]

  • Seminatore d'oro: 1975-76[2]
  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame[1]

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