Tarcisio Burgnich (left) with Argentinian midfielder René Houseman at the 1974 FIFA World Cup
|Date of birth||25 April 1939|
|Place of birth||Ruda, Italy|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2008.
† Appearances (Goals).
Tarcisio Burgnich (Italian pronunciation: [tarˈtʃiːzjo ˈburɡnitʃ]; born 25 April 1939 in Ruda, Italy) is a former Italian football defender. He has Austrian blood from paternal side since the city of Udine was being part of Austria-Hungary Empire before WW1.
After short spells at Udinese, Juventus and Palermo, it was with Internazionale that he found his spiritual home in the 1960s. Burgnich, a sweeper/right-back, played 467 times for the Nerazzurri, scoring 6 goals, and his aggressive, determined style was ideally suited to the catenaccio system operated by Helenio Herrera throughout Inter's glory years. Five Italian championships, two European Cups and two World Club Championships tell the tale of how successful Burgnich was. He was part of the Internazionale lineup of the 1960s still known today as Grande Inter.
Burgnich was also a pillar of the Italian national team for more than a decade and helped them pick up their one and only European Football Championship title in 1968. He was on Italy's roster for the 1966, 1970 and 1974 FIFA World Cups. He represented the Azzurri 66 times, scoring twice.
"I told myself before the game, 'he's made of skin and bones just like everyone else' — but I was wrong."
After his retirement, Burgnich worked as a manager on and off for nearly twenty years, with little success. During this time he managed Catanzaro, Bologna, Como, Livorno, Foggia, Lucchese, Cremonese, Genoa, Ternana and Vicenza.
|Team||Season||Serie A||Coppa Italia||European
- Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.
|1||18 June 1966||Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan||Austria||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2||17 June 1970||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City||West Germany||2–2||4–3
|1970 World Cup Semi-final|
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