Pietro Vierchowod

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Pietro Vierchowod
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-04-06) April 6, 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Calcinate, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre-back (Retired)
Club information
Current team
Budapest Honvéd (manager)
Youth career
1973–1976 Romanese
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1981 Como 115 (6)
1981–1982 Fiorentina 28 (2)
1982–1983 Roma 30 (0)
1983–1995 Sampdoria 358 (25)
1995–1996 Juventus 21 (2)
1996–1997 Milan 16 (1)
1997–2000 Piacenza 79 (6)
Total 647 (42)
National team
1982–1993 Italy 45 (2)
Teams managed
2001 Catania
2002 Florentia Viola
2005 Triestina
2014– Budapest Honvéd
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 17, 2006.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 17, 2006

Pietro Vierchowod (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpjɛtro ˈvjɛrkovud], Ukrainian: Петро Іванович Верховод, Russian: Пётр Иванович Верховод; born April 6, 1959 in Calcinate) is an Italian former footballer and current manager.

During his playing career he was nicknamed lo Zar (the Tsar) because of his descent, since he was the son of a Ukrainian Red Army soldier.

Club сareer[edit]

Vierchowod was a man-marker (stopper). Vierchowod started his professional football career for Como, before moving to Fiorentina. However, his first successes came when he moved to AS Roma, winning a Serie A scudetto in 1983. Then he moved to Sampdoria, with whom he won four Italian Cups, one Cup Winners' Cup and another scudetto in 1991. In 1995 he signed for Juventus, where he acted as an experienced defender and won his only UEFA Champions League in 1996 at the age of 37. He played the final in Rome against Ajax Amsterdam which Juve won on penalties. He then moved on to AC Milan and Piacenza Calcio, for whom he continued to play regularly despite being 41 years of age. He eventually retired in 2000. Vierchowod played 562 Serie A matches, being fifth only to Paolo Maldini, Gianluca Pagliuca, Dino Zoff and Javier Zanetti.

Talking to Argentine magazine El Gráfico, Argentine footballer Diego Maradona dubbed Vierchowod his toughest opponent,[1] stating that "[Vierchowod] was an animal, he had muscles to the eyelashes. It was easy to pass by him, but then when I raised my head, he was in front of me again. I would have to pass him two or three more times and then I would pass the ball because I couldn't stand him anymore".

Gary Lineker also revealed in an interview with FourFourTwo that Vierchowod was "the hardest defender he ever faced" adding "he was absolutely brutal and lightning quick. He gave me one or two digs."

International career[edit]

Pietro Verchowod was also capped 45 times with the Italian national football team, and scored 2 goals. He was one of the players in the Italian squad, although he did not play, that won the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. Pietro also played 3 games at 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, where he won third place. He is also the oldest goalscorer in the history of the Italian national team: he scored in a qualification match against Malta on March 24, 1993 which ended in a 6–1 win for the Azzurri. Vierchowod competed for Italy at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career, Vierchowod coached Catania of Serie C1, Florentia Viola (now Fiorentina) of Serie C2 and Triestina of Serie B. In all these cases, he was fired before the end of the season.

On 13 June 2014, Vierchowod was announced as a new coach of Hungarian club, Budapest Honvéd.[3]






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  1. ^ http://www.elgrafico.com.ar/2008/09/10/C-120-basile-se-olvido-de-los-codigos.php?vv=1&vote=2
  2. ^ "Pietro Vierchowod Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  3. ^ "Vierchowod az új edző" (in Hungarian). Budapest Honved. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014.