Enrico Annoni

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Enrico Annoni
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Personal information
Full name Enrico Annoni
Date of birth (1966-07-01) 1 July 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Giussano, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 Seregno 27 (0)
1983–1990 Como 97 (2)
1985–1987 Sambenedettese (loan) 60 (4)
1990–1994 Torino 103 (2)
1994–1997 Roma 59 (0)
1997–1999 Celtic 37 (0)
Total 383 (8)
National team
1987–1988 Italy U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Enrico Annoni (born 1 July 1966) is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a defender.

He played for several years in Serie A with Como, Torino and Roma. He then moved to Scotland to play for Celtic for two years, before returning home to Italy to care for his ill father. Annoni had a brief spell as assistant coach at Padova and then at Serie B side Catania in the same role.

Club career[edit]

Annoni began his career in the early 1980s as a defender with Serie D side, Seregno.[1] In season 1983-84 he moved to Serie B side, Como and played 2 games in their successful campaign for promotion that year to Serie A.[1] Annoni was then loaned out to Sambenedettese for two seasons before returning to Como for season 1987-88. He became a regular in the team, making 95 league appearances in 3 seasons.[2] Annoni was now an established defender, able to play at either centre-back or full-back positions.[1]

In 1990 Annoni joined Torino.[2] He quickly became popular with the fans who nicknamed him 'Tarzan'.[3][4] He picked up his first silverware in June 1991 when Torino beat Pisa in the final of the Mitropa Cup.[5] He was then part of the Torino side that reached the UEFA Cup Final in 1992, playing in all the games leading up to the final[6] and scoring in the first round against Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur[7] and second round against Boavista.[8] Annoni played in the first leg of the final against Ajax, a 2-2 draw at home,[9] but missed the second leg through suspension. That match finished 0-0, with Ajax winning the UEFA Cup on the away goals rule.[10]

In June 1993 Annoni picked up his first major silverware when Torino defeated Roma on away goals in the final of the Coppa Italia.[11]

Annoni joined Roma in 1994.[12] He was a regular in the team in his first two seasons there, but only made 12 league appearances in his third season, 1996–97.[2]

In February 1997 Annoni moved abroad to join Scottish Premier Division side, Celtic.[13] During his time in Scotland, he won the Scottish Premier Division title[14] and the Scottish League Cup.[15] He left Celtic in July 1999 to return to Italy to care for his ill father.[16]

Annoni made a guest appearance for Celtic in May 2008 in the benefit game for former Celtic team-mate Phil O'Donnell, who died in December 2007 whilst playing for Motherwell.[17][18]

Annoni is the subject of an anecdote whereby, in a match in the late 1990s where Celtic were performing poorly and Annoni had just been brought on as a substitute, a fan is supposed to have exclaimed "Aw naw, no Annoni oan an aw noo!" (Oh no, not Annoni on as well now!).[19]

Managerial career[edit]

In July 2013, Annoni joined Dario Marcolin's coaching staff, becoming assistant coach at Serie B side Padova.[20] He lasted just two months in this role, and was sacked in September along with Marcolin himself and goalkeeping coach Gaetano Petrelli.[21]

On 3 January 2015, he followed Marcolin at Catania, becoming an assistant coach at the club.[22]





  1. ^ a b c "ecco Annoni Tarzan". Archiviostorico.corriere.it. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Enrico Annoni - Carriera - stagioni, presenze, goal - TuttoCalciatori.Net - Schede calciatori con carriera, gol, della serie A, serie B, serie C, serie C1 e serie C2, lega pro, serie D". TuttoCalciatori.Net. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "I.T.R. IO TIFO ROMA, tutto il mondo ci deve guardare!! | ESCLUSIVA VPR Intervista ad Enrico Annoni "Tarzan"". Iotiforoma.it. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Che fine hanno fatto? Annoni, ora Tarzan corre in moto - Sport - Sky.it". Sport. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Mitropa Cup 1991". Rsssf.com. 10 August 1999. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Enrico Annoni 1991/92". footballzz.co.uk. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "UEFA Europa League 1991/92 - History - KR-Torino –". Uefa.com. 19 September 1991. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "UEFA Europa League 1991/92 - History - Torino-Boavista –". Uefa.com. 24 October 1991. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "UEFA Europa League 1991/92 - History - Torino-Ajax –". Uefa.com. 29 April 1992. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "UEFA Europa League 1991/92 - History - Ajax-Torino –". Uefa.com. 13 May 1992. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Ultimo Trofeo". Digilander.libero.it. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Enrico Annoni 1994/95". footballzz.co.uk. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Annoni to sign today". The Mirror. 20 February 1997. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Enrico Annoni". The Terrace Scottish Football Podcast. Archived from the original on 4 September 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Celtic cruise to cup final win". BBC Sport. 30 November 1997. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Football: Annoni free to leave Celtic". Daily Record. 4 July 1999. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "60,000 fans pay tribute to Phil O'Donnell at charity match". Daily Record. 26 May 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Phil O'Donnell Tribute Match Spare Shirt". The Celtic Shirt. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  19. ^ Presenters: Tam Cowan, Stuart Cosgrove (3 October 2009). "Off the Ball". Off the Ball. Glasgow. BBC. BBC Radio Scotland. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  20. ^ "Zoom sullo staff tecnico che lavorerà con Marcolin: Annoni, Petrelli e Scotti - Padova Sport". Padovasport.tv. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Comunicato ufficiale: sollevato dall'incarico Dario Marcolin, guida tecnica affidata a Bortolo Mutti". www.padovacalcio.it/. 28 September 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Dario Marcolin alla guida del Catania, Maurizio Pellegrino torna a dirigere il Settore Giovanile" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 

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