Carlo Tagnin

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Carlo Tagnin
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Personal information
Full name Carlo Tagnin
Date of birth (1932-11-18)18 November 1932
Place of birth Valle San Bartolomeo, Alessandria, Italy
Date of death 13 March 2000(2000-03-13) (aged 67)
Place of death Alessandria, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1948–1951 Torino
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1953 Alessandria 31 (10)
1953–1954 Torino 7 (0)
1954–1957 Monza 78 (3)
1957–1958 Alessandria 29 (3)
1958–1959 Lazio 29 (1)
1959–1961 Bari 64 (5)
1962–1965 Inter 36 (1)
1965–1966 Alessandria 28 (0)
Total 302 (23)
Teams managed
1972–1973 Albese
1973–1974 Savona
1975–1983 Inter Youth Side
1983–1985 Alessandria Youth Side
1985–1986 Alessandria
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Carlo Tagnin (18 November 1932 – 13 March 2000) was an Italian footballer and manager, who played as a midfielder, most notably for the famous Inter side of the 1960s, which achieved much success, both domestically and internationally. As a defensive midfielder, he was known in particular for his stamina, work-rate, and man-marking ability, which allowed him to support his more offensive teammates defensively.[1]

Playing career[edit]

After growing up in Torino's youth sector, Tagnin was later promoted to the club's senior side, but began his professional career during the 1952–53 season, on loan to his hometown club Alessandria, in Serie C. He returned to Torino the following season, and remeained with the club until 1954, making his Serie A debut with the club in a 1–1 away draw against Sampdoria, on 13 September 1953. He later also played for Monza in Serie B (1954–57), briefly returning to Alessandria for the 1957–58 Serie A season. Tagnin subsequently played for Lazio (1958–59), where he won the Coppa Italia in 1958, and Bari (1959–61), but was subsequently banned for two and half seasons after being accused of being involved in a gambling scandal. His sentence was later reduced by a year, and in 1962, he joined Internazionale, where he had his most notable spell, remaining with the club until 1965, after struggling to gain playing time ahead of the younger defensive midfielder Gianfranco Bedin during his final season with the team. Tagnin ended his career after the 1965–66 season, returning to Alessandria once again, in Serie B.[1][2][3][4]

While at Inter, Tagnin was part of the starting eleven of Helenio Herrera's Grande Inter side which won the UEFA Champions League final in 1964, during which he demonstrated his excellent man-marking abilities against Real Madrid's star player Alfredo Di Stefano. With Inter he also won two Serie A titles, in 1963 and 1965, as well as a second European Cup in 1965, and the 1964 Intercontinental Cup, making 56 appearances (36 in Serie A), and scoring 1 goal, which came in Serie A.[1][3]

Managerial career[edit]

Tagnin later worked as a coach, beginning his managerial career with Albese (1972–73), and later coaching Savona (1973–74), the Inter Youth Side (1975–83), and the Alessandria Youth Side (1983–85), before leading the senior side for the 1985–86 Serie C2 season.[1]


Tagnin died of osteosarcoma on 13 March 2000, in his hometown of Alessandria, at the age of 67. In a 2004 interview with l'espresso, his former Inter teammate Ferruccio Mazzola suggested that his death was associated with health-damaging performance-enhancing drugs that were allegedly given to the players of the Grande Inter side under manager Helenio Herrera.[1][3][4][5][6]





  1. ^ a b c d e f g Danny Hansen (18 November 2012). "La Grande Inter: Carlo Tagnin (1932-2000)". Sempre Inter. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tagnin, Carlo" (in Italian). Enciclopedia del Calcio. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c ""Ti seguirei fino al bagno". In memoria di Carlo Tagnin e Ferruccio Mazzola". (in Italian). 8 May 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "NOTIZIE DI SPORT" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 15 March 2000. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Calcio Compleanno: Andrea Dossena" (in Italian). 11 September 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ferruccio Mazzola a giudizio: Diffamò Tagnin" (in Italian). La Stampa. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 

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