Bruno Conti

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Bruno Conti
Personal information
Full name Bruno Conti
Date of birth (1955-03-13) 13 March 1955 (age 60)
Place of birth Nettuno, Italy
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger (Retired)
Club information
Current team
AS Roma
(Director of Youth Sector)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1991 Roma 304 (37)
1975–1976 Genoa (loan) 36 (3)
1978–1979 Genoa (loan) 32 (1)
Total 372 (41)
National team
1980–1986 Italy 47 (5)
Teams managed
1991–1992 AS Roma baretti (U-19)
1992–1993 AS Roma primavera (U-20)
2005 AS Roma caretaker

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Bruno Conti (born 13 March 1955 in Nettuno, province of Rome) is a former Italian football player and manager of Serie A club Roma from 14 March 2005 to 30 June 2005. As a played, he was usually deployed as a winger, and he was notably a member of Italy's 1982 FIFA World Cup winning team. He is currently head of the club's youth sector.[1]

Early Life[edit]

A native of Nettuno, a comune on the outskirts of Rome, Conti is one of seven children and was a keen baseball player in his youth.[2][3] His father Andrea was a bricklayer.[4]

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Conti spent his entire career, aside from two year-long loan spells at Genoa in Serie B during the 1975-76 and the 1978-79 seasons, at Roma. He had initially been a member of the club's youth squad between 1972-1974, eventually making his senior club and Serie A debut in 1973, during the 1973-74 Season. During his time with the club, he famously wore the number 7 shirt, and he became an important figure with the club, as he won the Scudetto during the 1982-83 season and the Coppa Italia five times between 1979-1991. He played a key role in helping Roma to reach the 1984 European Cup Final, where they were defeated on penalties by Liverpool, with Conti missing his penalty in the shootout. He also helped Roma to reach the 1991 UEFA Cup Final, during his final season with the club, also winning his final Coppa Italia that season.

Throughout his club career, Conti was given the nickname: "The Mayor of Rome".[5] He was one of the eleven members to be inducted into the A.S. Roma Hall of Fame in 2012.[6]

International[edit]

Conti made his Italy debut in October 1980 against Luxembourg. He scored his first goal for Italy in a 2-0 home win against Yugoslavia, in Turin, on 15 November 1980 during their 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Upon becoming a regular member of the Italian national side, he was often regarded as the heir of his more experienced team-mate, Causio, due to their similar role and playing style.

Conti was part of the Italian national side that won the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain, featuring in every match of the tournament, and scoring a goal in Italy's first round draw against Peru. In the final against West Germany, despite being booked after 31 minutes, he was a central figure in Italy's second goal that was scored by Marco Tardelli, and he single-handedly created Italy's third goal by breaking down the right side from the half-way line through the German defence, and crossing the ball to Alessandro Altobelli, who scored from the top of the box after 81 minutes. He also won a penalty for Italy during the match, which Cabrini failed to convert, however. The Italians won the final game 3-1 and they were awarded their third World Cup title.[7][8] Conti was elected to be part of the team of the tournament for his performances. Due to his pace, flair, creativity, influence, and technical ability, Conti was given the nickname "Mara-Zico" throughout the World Cup (a reference to the players Maradona and Zico); at the conclusion of the tournament, Pelé stated that he believed that Conti had been the best player of the tournament, and that he was one of the best players in the world.[9]

Conti continued to be an important member of the Italian squad throughout the 80s, although the team failed to qualify for the 1984 European Championship. Conti took part with Italy at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, however, playing in every match, as the Italians were eliminated in the round of 16. He retired from internationl football after the tournament, following manager Azeglio Vicini's departure from the national team. In total, he managed 5 goals in 47 appearances for Italy between 1980 and 1986.[10]

Post-retirement[edit]

After retiring, Conti remained at Roma as a member of the youth sector's coaching staff. Following the departure of coach Luigi Delneri, he moved up from his position as head of the club's youth teams to first team coach during the 2004-05 season. Conti did not possess a coaching licence, but was a respected figure at the club. World Cup winners, however, are exempted from taking coaching exams.[citation needed] He led Roma to the Coppa Italia final and to a UEFA Cup berth. His short term role as caretaker manager finished when Roma appointed Luciano Spalletti as coach.

Conti later became Technical Director (Direttore tecnico)[11] and is currently in charge of the Youth Sector (Responsabile del Settore Giovanile).[1]

Conti is featured in the football video game FIFA 14's Classic XI – a multi-national all-star team, along with compatriots Giacinto Facchetti, Gianni Rivera, and Franco Baresi.[12]

Personal Life[edit]

Conti and his wife Laura have two sons Daniele and Andrea, who are both professional footballers.[11]

Playing style[edit]

Normally a winger in midfield or in the offensive line, Conti was among the best players in the world during his prime. Despite being left footed, he was capable of playing on either flank, and also as an attacking midfielder. A quick, dynamic, creative, and hard-working player, with excellent technical ability, he was renowned for his pace, dribbling skills, vision, and crossing ability. Due to his speed, stamina, control, and his ability with both feet, he was capable of beating players on the run, as well as during one on one situations, with feints; he also had an excellent positional sense, and he excelled at making attacking runs to lose his markers. Despite not being prolific in front of goal throughout his career, also due to his creative role in his team, he also possessed a powerful and accurate shot from distance. Conti is regarded as one of the greatest Italian players of his generation, and as one of Roma's best ever players.[13][14]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Roma

International[edit]

Italy

Individual[edit]

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