Romeo Benetti

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Romeo Benetti
Personal information
Full name Romeo Benetti
Date of birth (1945-10-20) 20 October 1945 (age 69)
Place of birth Verona, Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1964 Bolzano 31 (10)
1964–1965 Taranto 31 (7)
1965–1967 Siena 63 (11)
1967–1968 Palermo 35 (2)
1968–1969 Juventus 24 (1)
1969–1970 Sampdoria 27 (2)
1970–1976 AC Milan 170 (32)
1976–1979 Juventus 83 (12)
1979–1981 Roma 27 (1)
National team
1971–1980 Italy 55 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Romeo Benetti (born 20 October 1945 in Albaredo d'Adige) is a former Italian footballer. Benetti was a midfielder known for his stamina. He usually played in a defensive role and his hard-tackling style epitomised the catenaccio tactics made famous by Italy during the 1970s. He was also known for his goal-scoring ability despite being a predominately defensive player.

The wide midfield player started his career in 1968 with Juventus. However, he joined Sampdoria on loan for one season. His breakthrough came in the 1970/1971 Serie A season, when he joined A.C. Milan. In 1971 he made his debut for Italy.

In 1976 he returned to Juventus and won the 1977 and 1978 Scudetti. As his career came to an end he transferred to Roma in 1979.

In 2007 he was voted in at number 30 in a list of footballs 50 greatest hardmen by times online.

He won 55 caps and was member of the Italian squads in FIFA World Cup 1974 and FIFA World Cup 1978. He was voted into Italy's all time world cup team by website PlanetWorldCup.com and its members.

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Preceded by
Gianni Rivera
A.C. Milan Captain
1975-1976
Succeeded by
Gianni Rivera