Tassotti in 2012
|Date of birth||19 January 1960|
|Place of birth||Rome, Italy|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||Milan (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Mauro Tassotti (born 19 January 1960) is an Italian retired footballer. He played for seventeen years with A.C. Milan mostly as a right back, but he could also fill in at centre defender. He won 17 major titles for the club, namely five Serie A championships and three UEFA Champions League tournaments.
An Italian international in the early 1990s – already in his 30s – Tassotti represented the nation at the 1994 World Cup. After retiring in 1997 he remained connected to his main club, as an assistant manager.
Born in Rome, Tassotti played his first professional seasons with local S.S. Lazio. Subsequently, he was part of A.C. Milan's legendary team of the late 1980s and early 1990s, being a key component of an almost insurmountable defence alongside Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi and Alessandro Costacurta. He won the European Cup with the side in 1989, 1990 and 1994.
Tassotti did not win his first cap for Italy until the age of 32, under Arrigo Sacchi – this was partly because of an abundance of other world class Italian defenders, as he was constantly overlooked by Sacchi's predecessor Azeglio Vicini, despite the player's excellent club performances. He represented the nation at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Tassotti played in one FIFA World Cup, the 1994 edition in the United States: in the 2–1 quarterfinal win against Spain he viciously elbowed Luis Enrique in the face in the second half's injury time, in fact breaking his nose. The referee did not award Spain a penalty and Italy won the match, but FIFA officials banned Tassotti for eight games – effectively ending his international career – after reviewing the game; the elbowing was so severe that Enrique reportedly lost a pint of blood from his face as a result.
- UEFA Champions League: 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94
- UEFA Super Cup: 1989, 1990, 1994
- Intercontinental Cup: 1989, 1990
- Serie A: 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96
- Supercoppa Italiana: 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994
|Total for Milan||429||8||75||1||64||1||15||0||583||10|
European competitions include UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, and UEFA Super Cup
- Stats at Tutto Calciatori (Italian)
- National team data (Italian)
- Mauro Tassotti at National-Football-Teams.com
- Mauro Tassotti – FIFA competition record