Danny Tiatto

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Danny Tiatto
Danny Tiatto.jpg
Tiatto playing for Brisbane Roar in 2008.
Personal information
Full name Daniele Amadeo Tiatto
Date of birth (1973-05-22) 22 May 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Werribee, Australia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Bulleen Lions
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Maribyrnong Polonia
1992–1994 Bulleen Lions 38 (1)
1994–1996 Melbourne Knights 43 (3)
1996–1997 Salernitana 11 (1)
1997 Baden
1998 Stoke City (loan) 15 (1)
1998–2004 Manchester City 139 (3)
2004–2007 Leicester City 73 (3)
2007–2010 Brisbane Roar 49 (2)
2010 Melbourne Knights 11 (0)
2011 St Albans Saints 2 (1)
2012 Werribee City 3 (0)
2013 Point Cook 10 (1)
Total 394 (16)
National team
1996 Australia U23
1995–2005 Australia 23 (1)

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


Daniele Amadeo "Danny" Tiatto (born 22 May 1973) is an Australian former footballer who played for Bulleen Lions, Melbourne Knights, Salernitana, Baden, Stoke City, Manchester City, Leicester City, Brisbane Roar, St Albans Saints and Werribee City.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Tiatto commenced his senior career with Bulleen in the Victorian Premier League (VPL), eventually impressing enough to secure a move to the National Soccer League with Melbourne Knights. There he signalled his ability as a dashing left winger, helping the Knights in their golden era as they claimed back-to-back championships. In 1996, he joined Salernitana of the Italian Serie B on a temporary basis, but did not earn a permanent contract. A spell at Swiss club Baden followed, before Tiatto moved to the English club Stoke City on loan on 25 November 1997. He played 15 times for Stoke in 1997–98 scoring once which came in a 2–1 defeat at home to Huddersfield Town on 7 March 1998.[1]

Manchester City[edit]

In the summer of 1998 Tiatto was signed by Manchester City for a fee of £300,000. Tiatto struggled to hold down a first team place during his first season at Manchester City, partially due to indiscipline. The next season was more successful for Tiatto, making 35 appearances as Manchester City gained promotion to the Premiership. The 2000–01 season saw Manchester City relegated, however, Tiatto performed well for the struggling club leading to speculation he would move on to another Premiership team.[2] He also won Manchester City's Player of the Year award for the season. The 2001–02 season saw Tiatto again form part of a promotion winning side. On the return to the top division Tiatto again found his first team opportunities limited. A sending off against Blackburn Rovers six minutes after coming on a substitute resulted in a long exile from the first team. Injuries also restricted appearances, with Tiatto making just 13 starts in the final two years of his time at Manchester City. Tiatto signed for Leicester City on a two-year deal in the summer of 2004, after his contract Manchester City expired.

Leicester City[edit]

Usually employed as a left-winger for Leicester City, Tiatto played anywhere down the left side, or in central midfield. He was a firm favourite with Leicester City fans and he was voted Leicester's 2005 Player of the Season by supporters. However, Tiatto had a bad season in the 2005–06 season, mainly due to indiscipline and injury.

Tiatto was the Leicester City club captain, having taken over the armband from Matt Elliott when the Scottish defender retired in 2005, before losing it to Paddy McCarthy at the end of the 2005–06 season.

Brisbane Roar[edit]

In February 2007, Tiatto signed a pre-contract agreement with Brisbane Roar FC in the Hyundai A-League for the 2007–08 season. On 1 July, Tiatto made his debut for the Roar coming on as a substitute against South African team Supersport United. Tiatto featured prominently in his sides two all draw against Adelaide United in Round One of the 2007–08 A-League season. However Tiatto was subsequently cited after the match for serious conduct relating to an ugly incident with Adelaide United defender Richie Alagich, and received a two match suspension.

During round 21, Tiatto scored his first goal for Brisbane Roar with a superb strike against Perth Glory. Soon after he threw his support behind axed keeper Liam Reddy to return in place of stand-in keeper Griffin McMaster for the A-League finals. He has been released from the Roar.

Melbourne Knights[edit]

After having a falling out with Roar coach Ange Postecoglou, Tiatto was sacked from Brisbane. However in 2010, he signed a one-year deal with VPL club Melbourne Knights, the club he played for before moving overseas.[3][4] He later played for St Albans Saints and Werribee City.[5]

International career[edit]

Tiatto won 25 caps for the Australian national team (scoring 1 goal) before his retirement from international football in October 2005. He also represented Australia at under 23 level when he played at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Danny Tiatto profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required) and Danny Tiatto at National-Football-Teams.com
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bulleen Lions 1992 Victoria Premier League 2 0 2 0
1993 Victoria Premier League 13 0 13 0
1994 Victoria Premier League 23 1 23 1
Total 38 1 38 1
Melbourne Knights 1994–95 National Soccer League 25 3 25 3
1996–97 National Soccer League 18 0 18 0
Total 43 3 43 3
Salernitana 1996–97 Serie B 11 1 11 1
Stoke City 1997–98 First Division 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
Manchester City 1998–99 Second Division 17 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 19 2
1999–2000 First Division 35 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 38 0
2000–01 Premier League 33 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 39 2
2001–02 First Division 37 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 40 1
2002–03 Premier League 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2003–04 Premier League 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 9 0
Total 139 3 4 0 10 1 5 0 158 4
Leicester City 2004–05 Championship 30 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 34 1
2005–06 Championship 18 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 21 1
2006–07 Championship 25 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 28 1
Total 73 3 5 0 5 0 0 0 83 3
Brisbane Roar 2007–08 A-League 15 0 15 0
2008–09 A-League 20 1 20 1
2009–10 A-League 14 1 14 1
Total 49 2 49 2
Melbourne Knights 2010 Victoria Premier League 11 0 11 0
St Albans Saints 2011 Victoria Premier League 2 1 2 1
Werribee City 2012 Victorian State League Division 1 3 0 3 0
Career Total 384 16 9 0 15 1 5 0 413 17
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy (1998) and the UEFA Cup (2003).

National team statistics[edit]

Source:[6]

Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 3 0
1996 3 0
1997 1 0
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 11 1
2001 1 0
2002 0 0
2003 1 0
2004 2 0
2005 1 0
Total 23 1

Honours[edit]

With Australia:

With Melbourne Knights:

Personal Honours:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lowe, Simon (2000). Stoke City The Modern Era - A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-39-2. 
  2. ^ Webster, Rupert. "TIATTO TO GO?". Sky Sports. 
  3. ^ Danny Tiatto returns to Melbourne Knights
  4. ^ Knights to gain from Tiatto's poetic homecoming, The Roar, Retrieved on 4 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Tiatto signs with Saints". Star News. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Danny Tiatto at National-Football-Teams.com

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