|Full name||Alessio Tacchinardi|
|Date of birth||23 July 1975|
|Place of birth||Crema, Italy|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|2005–2007||→ Villarreal (loan)||45||(3)|
|2006–2007||Brescia (Allievi Nazionali)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
A former defensive midfielder, he began his career with Atalanta, before moving to Juventus F.C. in 1994, where he spent the vast majority of his career, winning 17 official trophies with the club; due to his success and performances with the Turin side, Tacchinardi was one of the 50 Juventus Legends to have their names written inside the club's new home ground, the Juventus Stadium. Following a two-year loan spell with Spanish side Villarreal, he moved to Brescia in 2007, where he retired after a season. A former Italy international, Tacchinardi represented his nation on 13 occasions between 1995 and 2003.
Tacchinardi started his professional career in 1992 with Atalanta B.C.. He spent two full seasons with the Bergamo-based club, where he made 9 league appearances, including his Serie A debut. After performing extremely well, he caught the eye of then Juventus director Luciano Moggi and was transferred to Juventus in July 1994.
Tacchinardi joined Juventus in pre-season training in 1994 and performed well from the start. In his first season with the club, Tacchinardi made an immediate impact, making 25 league appearances, and also appearing in the Coppa Italia and the European Cup. He continued his impressive form throughout his time with Juventus, holding down a starting position in midfield, despite competition from several other players, and was a key attribute to their league and European dominance between the mid 1990s and mid 2000s, before the Calciopoli scandal struck the Turin based club in 2006. Throughout his time with team, he formed impressive partnerships in midfield with the likes of Antonio Conte, Paulo Sousa, Didier Deschamps, Angelo Di Livio, Edgar Davids, Gianluca Zambrotta, Mauro Camoranesi, Pavel Nedved, Zinedine Zidane, and Enzo Maresca. His partnership with Edgar Davids was the most notable of his career, as the tandem were one of the most fierce centre midfield partnerships in the world between 1996 and 2004.
During his time with the club, Tacchinardi was noted for his work-rate, determination, and wide range of skills. Since the break-up of Davids, Tacchinardi, Nedved, Camoranesi, and Zambrotta in 2004, it has been argued that Juventus have never had a stronger midfield quartet, despite the transfers of Emerson, Patrick Viera, Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo, and Paul Pogba since then. Arguably, Alessio Tacchinardi's peak season was the 2002–03 campaign, where he scored two goals in 27 appearances in the Serie A, as Juventus claimed the league title, while scoring two more goals in 13 UEFA Champions League appearances, a run in which Juventus reached the UEFA Champions League final, only to lose to fellow Italians, A.C. Milan on penalties, in part due to the absence of the suspended Pavel Nedved. Tacchinardi struggled with occasional injury problems, which did not put a major dent in his career, but it is believed that the player would have been considered one of the best midfielders of his generation, despite the fact that he was largely underrated. After nearly 14 years with Juventus, Tacchinardi made well over 300 total appearances, scoring nearly 20 goals, and also was a fan favourite, and is officially acknowledged as a club legend.
Loan to Villarreal
In July 2005, Tacchinardi was transferred to Villarreal CF who signed him on one-year loan from Juventus, following the appointment of Fabio Capello, who took over the managerial position from Marcello Lippi, and also due in part to the purchases of Patrick Vieira and Federico Balzaretti. It was a sad farewell for many Juventus faithful, who did not want the departure of their iconic midfielder. He became an integral part of the starting XI for the club, helping the team to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. He returned to Juventus on 30 June 2006, but following the Calciopoli troubles he extended his loan for one more year, in July 2006. His loan finished at the end of the 2006–07 season, in which he appeared for the club in more than 50 official matches, scoring 3 goals. He returned to Juventus again in the summer of 2007, and it was believed that he would remain at the club, following the appointment of Claudio Ranieri and the club's new start, however his contract was mutually terminated in August 2007, following certain unspecified disagreements with the club's new board of directors.
After terminating his contract with longtime club Juventus, Tacchinardi signed a 2-year deal with Brescia Calcio on 9 August 2007, and was a key attribute to the Serie B club's first team, appearing in all but 8 seasonal games, scoring 11 goals.
At the conclusion of the 2007–08 Serie B season, Tacchinardi did not re-new his contract with Brescia Calcio, and was reportedly on the verge of joining Sicilian club Calcio Catania in the Serie A, or returning to Juventus in a farewell season with teammate Pavel Nedved. Neither of these options eventually prospered and after spending the first portion of the year as a free agent, the Juventus legend hung up the boots and called it quits on a very respectable career. He has been contacted to become a midfield coach at the Torino based club, but has yet to take a post. After his retirement, Tacchinardi was included in Juventus 50 Legends whose names are written inside the club's new stadium, The Juventus Stadium.
Tacchinardi also represented his nation at international level. He made his senior Italy national football team debut in a 1–0 win over Slovenia on 6 September 1995, but was also a member of the Italy under-21 team that won the 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Tacchinardi has been capped 13 official times for Italy with his last cap coming on 10 September 2003, in a 1–1 draw against Serbia and Montenegro. Tacchinardi was not a regular player for the Squadra Azzurra, never playing in the final stages of a major tournament, in several cases due to injury, but also because this was a period of many high quality Italian international midfielders. It is believed that Tacchinardi would have also been a key part of the national setup had it not been for several injuries.
Style of play
Tacchinardi primarily played as a central or defensive midfielder, and was noted for his powerful and accurate long range shooting, as well as his striking ability from volleys, which saw him score several goals from distance during his time with Juventus. A hard-working and tenacious player, with a strong mentality and a wide range of skills, he was predominantly known for his excellent positional sense, anticipation, and tactical intelligence, as well as his tackling ability, which made effective both offensively and defensively, and also allowed him to play as a centre-back on occasion in a zonal marking defensive system. In addition to his aforementioned attributes, he also possessed good technique, vision, and passing range, which allowed him to start attacking plays quickly with long balls after winning back possession, and also enabled him to function as a deep-lying playmaker for his team.
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
|Italy national team|
- Serie A
- Italian Cup
- Italian Super Cup
- Intercontinental Cup
- Winners (1): 1996
- UEFA Champions League
- UEFA Cup
- Runners-up (1): 1994–95
- UEFA Intertoto Cup
- Winners (1): 1999
- European Supercup
- Winners (1): 1996
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- "Tacchinardi, Alessio" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
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