Mauro Tassotti

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Mauro Tassotti
Mauro Tassotti (cropped).jpg
Tassotti in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-01-19) 19 January 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Milan (assistant)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Lazio 41 (0)
1980–1997 Milan 429 (8)
Total 470 (8)
National team
1978–1982 Italy U21 10 (1)
1979 Italy U23 1 (0)
1992–1994 Italy 7 (0)
Teams managed
1997–2001 Milan (youth)
2001 Milan
2001– Milan (assistant)
2014 Milan (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mauro Tassotti (born 19 January 1960) is an Italian former footballer. He played for 17 years with A.C. Milan mostly as a right-back, but he could also fill in at central 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.

Football career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

Tassotti and Massimiliano Allegri during the game MilanReal Madrid at the Yankee Stadium in New York

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.[3]

In the 2001–02 season Tassotti joined Milan's coaching staff under former teammate Carlo Ancelotti, and retained his post after the latter's departure.[4][5] In January 2014 he acted as caretaker manager for one game, a 3–1 home win over Spezia Calcio for the campaign's Coppa Italia following Massimiliano Allegri's dismissal and before Clarence Seedorf's appointment.[6][7]

Honours[edit]

Tassotti assisting for Milan

Player[edit]

Milan

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lazio 1978–79 14 0 1 0 15 0
1979–80 27 0 5 0 32 0
Total 41 0 6 0 47 0
Milan 1980–81 33 0 3 0 36 0
1981–82 24 0 4 0 5 0 33 0
1982–83 32 0 9 1 41 1
1983–84 30 1 7 0 37 1
1984–85 24 1 10 0 34 1
1985–86 28 0 6 0 6 0 2 0 42 0
1986–87 25 1 4 0 29 1
1987–88 28 0 7 0 4 0 39 0
1988–89 32 2 3 0 9 0 1 0 43 2
1989–90 29 3 2 0 9 0 1 0 41 3
1990–91 28 0 2 0 6 0 1 0 37 0
1991–92 33 0 5 0 38 0
1992–93 27 0 5 0 9 1 1 0 42 1
1993–94 21 0 1 0 10 0 2 0 34 0
1994–95 12 0 4 0 7 0 2 0 25 0
1995–96 15 0 2 0 3 0 20 0
1996–97 10 0 1 0 1 0 12 0
Total 429 8 75 1 64 1 15 0 583 10
Career total 470 8 81 1 64 1 15 0 630 10

European competitions include UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

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