Giancarlo De Sisti
Giancarlo De Sisti in 1969
|Date of birth||13 March 1943|
|Place of birth||Rome, Italy|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Best known by his nickname Picchio, during his club career, De Sisti played for A.S. Roma (1960–65, 1974–79) and ACF Fiorentina (1965–74), winning several domestic and international titles with both clubs.
At international level, De Sisti earned 29 caps and scored 4 goals for the Italy national football team between 1967 and 1972, and he played in the championship-winning team at Euro 1968 on home soil, and was also later a member of the Italian side that finished runners-up at the 1970 FIFA World Cup.
Following his retirement, De Sisti then tried a coaching career, achieving his coaching badges in 1980 and later becoming head coach of Fiorentina. He was later forced to leave his job after being diagnosed with brain abscess. He then returned into football with Udinese, and then entering into the Italian Football Federation as head coach of the Italian Juniores and Military squads. He then made a return into club football in 1991 with Ascoli, being successively sacked in January 1992.
In March 2003, after more than ten years of inactivity, he returned into coaching, joining Lazio as youth team coach. He left the job only a few months later, following the appointment of Roberto Mancini as new head coach of the biancazzurri.
Style of play
A creative and technically gifted deep-lying playmaking midfielder, who is regarded as one of Italy's and Roma's greatest ever playmakers, De Sisti was known for his simple yet efficient style of play; this involved him constantly looking for spaces, playing many short and accurate passes on the ground, and taking very few touches of the ball, in order to retain possession, reduce the chance of errors, and set his team's tempo. He was known for his composure under pressure and his consistency, and rarely misplaced passes or lost possession. He was also gifted with excellent vision and long passing ability, which allowed him to create goalscoring opportunities and play accurate lobbed passes and through-balls to team-mates.
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- Roberto Di Maggio (14 May 2003). "Giancarlo De Sisti - International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- "De Sisti canta "Grazie Lazio" "Nessuno mi faceva lavorare"" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 13 March 2003. Retrieved 19 October 2008.
- "Lazio, si abbatte la scure della Gea" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 22 June 2003. Retrieved 19 October 2008.
- Giorgio Dell’Arti (8 January 2014). "Giancarlo De Sisti" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
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