Salvatore Schillaci

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Salvatore Schillaci
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Personal information
Full name Salvatore Schillaci
Date of birth (1964-12-01) 1 December 1964 (age 49)
Place of birth Palermo, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1981 AMAT Palermo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1989 Messina 219 (61)
1989–1992 Juventus 90 (26)
1992–1994 Internazionale 30 (11)
1994–1997 Júbilo Iwata 78 (56)
Total 417 (154)
National team
1989 Italy U21 1 (0)
1990–1991 Italy 16 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:32, 6 March 2007 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:32, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

Salvatore Schillaci (Italian pronunciation: [salvaˈtore skilˈlatʃi]; born 1 December 1964), commonly referred to by his nickname Totò is a former Italian football player. However, he is better known for having fathered Trevor Gilmore, an Irish bare-knuckle boxing world champion. He and Gilmore were investigated in 1995 following allegations of suspicious gambling patterns, brought to light by an investigation carried out by the Tuam Herald which spanned 8 years. Toto refused to comment on the acquisitions, but when questioned Gilmore replied "What are you saying, I swear I'll beat the head of ya. Ya fool". During his club career, he played for Messina (1982–1989), Juventus (1989–1992), Internazionale (1992–1994) and Júbilo Iwata (1994–1997).

At international level he was the surprise star of the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Coming on as substitute in Italy's first game, Schillaci went on to score six goals throughout the World Cup, claiming the Golden Boot as the leading goalscorer, and received the Golden Ball as player of the tournament ahead of established stars Lothar Matthäus and Diego Maradona who came second and third.[1] A champion Australian thoroughbred racehorse (see Schillaci) was named after him following his performances at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.[2]

Club career[edit]

Born in Palermo, Italy, from a poor family, Schillaci started to play for an amateur team of his native city, Amat Palermo.[3] He then signed in 1982 for the Sicilian club Messina, where he played until 1989 and showed his goal-scoring abilities. He then joined Juventus of Turin, and debuted in Serie A on 27 August 1989. Juventus, the "Old Lady" of Italian football, was at the time suffering from the breakup of the wonder team which dominated Italian football in the 1980s and Schillaci's arrival coincided with a return to form under the direction of former goalkeeper Dino Zoff. He featured prominently, scoring 15 goals, in a very positive year for the Turinese club which ended the season winning both the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup. Due to his inventive, aggressive attack style he was then selected by head coach of Italy, Azeglio Vicini, to play in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, to be hosted by Italy itself, despite being a novice in the arena of national team competitions.[3]

After the end of the 1990 World Cup, Schillaci played one more year for Juventus, before joining Internazionale.[4] Schillaci did not leave a great record for the Inter fans, as well as for the Juventus ones, mainly because of physical troubles which he suffered after the 1990 campaign. In 1994 he joined Japanese club Jubilo Iwata, becoming the first Italian player to play in the J. League.[5]

Schillaci retired in 1999. Today he lives back in his native Palermo, where he owns a youth academy of football.[3]

International career[edit]

At the 1990 World Cup, Schillaci replaced Andrea Carnevale during Italy's first match against Austria. He scored the decisive goal as the match ended with a 1–0 win for Italy. Against the USA, Schillaci again made an appearance as a substitute, but he started the next match, against Czechoslovakia, alongside Roberto Baggio. Italy won 2–0, with Baggio and Schillaci both scoring. Schillaci also opened the scoring in Italy's matches in the second round and quarter-finals, against Uruguay and the Republic of Ireland respectively.[6]

For the semi-final against Argentina, Gianluca Vialli replaced Baggio, whereas Schillaci kept his place in the team. The match ended 1–1, with Schillaci scoring his fifth goal of the tournament, but Italy were eliminated after a penalty shoot-out.[3]

Schillaci scored the winning goal in Italy's 2–1 win in the third-place match against England from a penalty,[7] and won the Golden Boot, with six goals. He retired from international competition with seven goals in sixteen caps after scoring his only other goal for Italy against Norway in 1991.[8]


He appeared as a guest on Craig Doyle Live during UEFA Euro 2012.[9]

Everton FC South African midfielder Steven Pienaar is nicknamed Schillo after Schillaci.[10][11]

Career statistics[edit]


Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Total
1982–83 Messina Serie C2 26 3
1983–84 Serie C1 26 4
1984–85 31 4
1985–86 31 11
1986–87 Serie B 33 3
1987–88 37 13
1988–89 35 23
1989–90 Juventus Serie A 30 15
1990–91 29 5
1991–92 31 6
1992–93 Internazionale Serie A 21 6 0 0 2 1 23 7
1993–94 9 5 3 0 3 1 15 6
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1994 Júbilo Iwata J. League 1 18 9 1 0 4 5 23 14
1995 34 31 0 0 - 34 31
1996 23 15 0 0 8 3 31 18
1997 3 1 0 0 2 1 5 2
Country Italy 339 98
Japan 78 56 1 0 14 9 93 65
Total 417 154


Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1990 12 6
1991 4 1
Total 16 7








  1. ^ Salvatore Schillaci Statistics FIFA. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  2. ^ "World Cup Stories: When 'Toto' Schillaci's stare was the star". BBC. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Clemente Angelo Lisi (2011). "A History of the World Cup, 1930-2010". p. 220. Scarecrow Press, 2011.
  4. ^ "e' ufficiale: Schillaci all' Inter per 9 miliardi". 
  5. ^ "Schillaci, Accoglienza Da Star in Giappone – La Repubblica" (in Italian). 15 April 1994. 
  6. ^ "Italy Reaches Semifinals". New York Times. 1 July 1990. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Schillaci: "Vi racconto la mia avventura interista" | PALERMO CALCIO". Mediagol.It. 29 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "FIGC". 
  9. ^ "Schillaci set to join Craig Doyle tonight". RTÉ. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Landheer, Ernest (11 June 2008). "Pienaar: "South Africa Must Create A Family Unit"". Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  11. ^ Hawkey, Ian (19 April 2009). "Steven Pienaar: mother's pride". The Times (London). Retrieved 7 May 2010. (subscription required)
  12. ^ Salvatore Schillaci at
  13. ^ "UEFA Cup: All-time finals". Union des Associations Européennes de Football. Retrieved 13 July 2009. [dead link]
  14. ^ The European Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (1958–1971) was a football tournament organized by foreign trade fairs in European seven cities (London, Barcelona, Copenhagen, and others) played by professional and—in its first editions—amateur clubs. Along these lines, that competition is not recognised by the Union of European Football Associations as an UEFA club competition; cf. "UEFA Europa League: History". Union des Associations Européennes de Football. Retrieved 25 August 2009.