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 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.
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.
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. 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.
- 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
- Mauro Tassotti; UEFA.com, 10 July 2003
- "Mauro Tassotti". Sports Reference. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
- Luis Enrique full of respect; BBC Sport, 20 June 2002
- All change in Milan; BBC Sport, 17 June 2001
- Maldini enjoying the moment; UEFA.com, 23 February 2007
- Tassotti, due novità Milan: "Matri alla Fiorentina, spero che Seedorf riporti vecchi valori" (Tassotti, two Milan news: "Matri to Fiorentina, i hope Seedorf brings back old values"); Goal.com, 14 January 2014 (Italian)
- Coppa Italia, Milan-Spezia 3–1: primo gol rossonero di Honda davanti a Seedorf (Italian Cup, Milan-Spezia 3–1: first rossonero goal from Honda in front of Seedorf); La Repubblica, 15 January 2014 (Italian)
- Stats at Tutto Calciatori (Italian)
- National team data (Italian)
- Mauro Tassotti at National-Football-Teams.com
- Mauro Tassotti – FIFA competition record