Pietro Paolo Virdis
|Full name||Antonio Pietro Paolo Virdis|
|Date of birth||26 June 1957|
|Place of birth||Sassari, Italy|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|1987–1988||Italy Olympic Team||15||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Antonio Pietro Paolo Virdis (born 26 June 1957) is a former Italian footballer who played for Cagliari Calcio, Juventus F.C., Udinese Calcio, AC Milan and was part of their European Cup victory in 1989.
He started his career in his native Sardinia with amateur Serie D side Nuorese in 1973, scoring 11 goals in his first senior season at the young age of 16. He later joined Cagliari, making his Serie A debut on 6 October 1974 in a league game versus Udinese.
In 1977 he joined Juventus, where he played until 1982, except for a one-year stint back at Cagliari in 1980–81. After failing to find a first team place, in 1982 he left Juventus for Udinese. In 1984 he then moved at AC Milan, where he enjoyed his best period at club level, playing five seasons with the rossoneri and winning a Serie A topscorer title in 1987. In 1989, aged 32, he left AC Milan to join Lecce, where he spent his final two seasons as a professional footballer before retiring in 1991.
Although he never gained a cap for the senior squad, he helped the Italian olympic team qualify for Seoul 1988. In the tournament, he went on to score 3 goals in 6 matches as Italy lost 2-0 to West Germany in the bronze final. Before this he competed in the 1982 UEFA U21 Championship.
After retiring from active football, Virdis tried to pursue a career as a manager. In November 1998 he took his first managerial role, becoming head coach of Serie C1 club Atletico Catania, being however fired later in April 1999.
He then returned into management in March 2001, accepting an offer from Viterbese of Serie C1. However, his stint lasted a mere two months, as he was fired in May of that year. In April 2002 he then accepted a managerial role at Nocerina, leading the team for the final few weeks of the season.
He later abandoned football and opened a restaurant and wine bar in Milan. However, in July 2008 he stated his interest in getting back into management.
|Totale Serie A||365||101|
- "Virdis allenatore dell'Atletico Catania" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 28 November 1998. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
- "L' Atletico Catania esonera Virdis" (in Italian). http://archiviostorico.corriere.it/2001/maggio/15/Viterbese_licenziato_Virdis_co_0_0105158527.shtml. 13 April 1999. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
- "Viterbese-Virdis, presentazione polemica" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 14 March 2001. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
- "Viterbese-Virdis, presentazione polemica" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 15 May 2001. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
- "Arezzo: promosso Pellicano' la Nocerina sceglie Virdis" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 19 April 2002. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
- "Anche Virdis ricade in tentazione: "Voglio fare l' allenatore"" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 12 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-10.