Sergio Brio

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Sergio Brio
Personal information
Full name Sergio Brio
Date of birth (1956-08-19) August 19, 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth Lecce, Italy
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Lecce
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1974 Lecce 1 (0)
1974–1990 Juventus 379 (24)
1975–1978 Pistoiese (loan) 96 (5)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Mons
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Sergio Brio (born 19 August 1956) is a former Italian footballer, in the role of centre back, who played for Juventus F.C. in the late 1970s and the 1980s and was part of their European Cup victory in 1985. An atypical continental defender, he was not particularly technically gifted, although he was known for his strength, tenacity, and physicality, as well as his ability in the air, which often made him a goal threat on set pieces, and allowed him to play as a centre-forward earlier in his career. In addition to his athletic ability, he was also knwon for his concentration, and was an excellent man-marker, and reader of the game.[1]

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Brio was born in Lecce, Apulia. He began his career with his local club, U.S. Lecce, during the 1973-74 season, before moving to Juventus for the 1974-75 season, although he did not make a single appearance with the club that season. He was later sent on loan to Pistoiese from 1975 to 1978, before returning to Juventus. His first season with the Turin club was the 1978–79 season, and he made his Serie A debut with Juventus on 18 March 1979, as they defeated Napoli 1–0. He remained with the club until the 1989–90 season, captaining the club from 1988 to 1990, when he retired from professional football. Overall, he made 378 appearances for Juventus in all competitions, scoring 24 goals, 16 of which came in Serie A over 243 appearances. Brio played for Juventus during one the club's most successful periods, forming a formidable defence alongside Dino Zoff, Gaetano Scirea, Claudio Gentile, and Antonio Cabrini, winning 4 Serie A titles, 3 Italian Cups, a European Cup, a Cup Winners' Cup, an UEFA Cup, a European Super Cup, and an Intercontinental Cup, under managers Giovanni Trapattoni, and subsequently Dino Zoff.[1]

Brio is one of only five players in European football history – with Antonio Cabrini, Gaetano Scirea, Stefano Tacconi and Danny Blind – to have won all international club competitions.[2]

International career[edit]

Despite his success at club level, Brio, along with his Juventus defensive team-mate Luciano Favero, never made an appearance for the Italian national side, as manager Enzo Bearzot preferred Fulvio Collovati, for his elegant style of play, and Pietro Vierchowod, for his speed and adeptness at the zonal marking system, in his position. He was a member of Italy's Olympic squad under his former team-mate Dino Zoff during the late 80s.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Following his retirement, he worked as an assistant coach with Juventus under Giovanni Trapattoni, who managed to win the 1992-93 UEFA Cup during his second stint with the club. He has trained recently in Belgium as R.A.E.C. Mons's head coach.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Juventus[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stefano Bedeschi (19 August 2010). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Sergio BRIO". http://www.tuttojuve.com (in Italian). Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Viaggio tra le Stelle: Sergio Brio". http://www.juventus.com (in Italian). 16 June 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Tony Damascelli (19 August 2006). "Brio, 50 anni e un rimpianto "Ora in azzurro giocano tutti"". http://www.ilgiornale.it (in Italian). Retrieved 26 April 2015. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gaetano Scirea
Juventus F.C. captains
1988–1990
Succeeded by
Stefano Tacconi