Giancarlo Antognoni

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Giancarlo Antognoni
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Personal information
Full name Giancarlo Antognoni
Date of birth (1954-04-01) 1 April 1954 (age 61)
Place of birth Marsciano, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1972 Astimacobi 27 (4)
1972–1987 Fiorentina 341 (61)
1987–1989 Lausanne Sports 51 (7)
Total 419 (72)
National team
1974–1983 Italy 73 (7)

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

† Appearances (Goals).

Giancarlo Antognoni, (Italian pronunciation: [dʒaŋˈkarlo antoɲˈɲoni]; born 1 April 1954 in Marsciano) is a former Italian footballer. His position was that of a midfielder, and he played most of his club career with Fiorentina, where he won the Coppa Italia and the Anglo-Italian League Cup in 1975. He won the 1982 FIFA World Cup with the Italian national team, and he also represented his country at the 1978 FIFA World Cup, and at the 1980 UEFA European Championship, finishing in fourth place on both occasions. On the 11th October 2010, he was awarded the "Legends of football" Golden Foot award.[1]

Antognoni is regarded as one of the best Italian players of his generation, and as one of the best Italian advanced midfield playmakers of all time, due to his vision, control, technical ability, and accurate passing range. He was also a fast and elegant player when dribbling with the ball, and he was capable of passing or striking the ball accurately with both feet and from set pieces.[2]

Clubs[edit]

His career started in the Italian Serie D with the club of Astimacobi, when he was only sixteen. In 1972, Nils Liedholm convinced him to join Fiorentina.

He made his debut in Italian Serie A in October 1972 with Fiorentina, whom he later captained, also eventually inheriting the number 10 shirt. He won the Coppa Italia (Italian Cup) during the 1974-75 season, as well as the 1975 Anglo-Italian League Cup that season, over West Ham. He narrowly missed out on the Serie A title with Fiorentina during the 1981-82 season, losing out to rivals Juventus by a single point on the final match-day. Antognoni played 412 games with Fiorentina and scored 61 goals. Antognoni is regarded as a Fiorentina legend, and as one of the club's best ever players, as he played for the club throughout his entire Italian professional career between the 70s and 80s. He holds the record for the most appearances in Serie A for Fiorentina, with 341 appearances.[3]

In 1987, Antognoni joined Lausanne Sports. He made 51 appearances and scored 7 goals. He retired in 1989 while at Lausanne.

National team[edit]

Antognoni's senior international career with Italy started on the 20th November 1974, in a 3-1 away loss to the The Netherlands at the age of twenty, in a Euro 1976 qualifying match. Antognoni took part in the 1978 World Cup with Italy, where the team finished in fourth place after a semi-final defeat to the Netherlands. He also reached another fourth place finish at the 1980 European Championship on home soil. His greatest achievement with the national team came when he won the 1982 FIFA World Cup, however. Antognoni made six appearances throughout the tournament, including the semi-final match against Poland, but he was not able to participate in the final due to an injury sustained in the semi-final.

In total, he received 73 caps for Italy, scoring 7 goals. His last appearance came against Czechoslovakia, on the 16th November 1983. He captained of the national team on four occasions. Antognoni is currently the Fiorentina player with the most appearances for the national side.[4]

Club statistics[edit]

[5]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1970/71 Astimacobi Serie D 5 1
1971/72 22 3
1972/73 Fiorentina Serie A 20 2
1973/74 25 1
1974/75 29 4
1975/76 30 5
1976/77 28 4
1977/78 26 6
1978/79 27 0
1979/80 30 8
1980/81 27 9
1981/82 16 3
1982/83 27 9
1983/84 18 5
1984/85 0 0
1985/86 19 1
1986/87 19 4
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup Europe Total
1987/88 Lausanne-Sport Nationalliga A 33 5
1988/89 18 2
Country Italy 268 65
Switzerland 51 7
Total 319 72

National team statistics[edit]

[6]

Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1974 2 0
1975 7 0
1976 10 4
1977 7 2
1978 10 0
1979 4 0
1980 10 1
1981 8 0
1982 11 0
1983 4 0
Total 73 7

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Fiorentina

International[edit]

Italy

Individual[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Giancarlo Antognoni". Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Giancarlo ANTOGNONI e l'invidia degli Dei". Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "ANTOGNONI DAY, L'amore di Firenze il mio scudetto". Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nazionale in cifre: Antognoni, Giancarlo". http://www.figc.it (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Giancarlo Antognoni at National-Football-Teams.com
  6. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/antognoni-intl.html
  7. ^ "Golden Foot Legends". http://www.goldenfoot.com. Retrieved 27 March 2015.