Giovanni Francini

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Giovanni Francini
Personal information
Full name Giovanni Francini
Date of birth (1963-08-03) 3 August 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Massa, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1987 Torino 111 (8)
1982–1983 Reggiana (loan) 30 (0)
1987–1994 Napoli 184 (10)
1994 Genoa 6 (0)
1994–1996 Brescia 30 (0)
National team
1984–1986 Italy U-21 12 (2)
1986–1990 Italy 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Giovanni Francini (born 3 August 1963) is a retired Italian footballer, who played as a defender, as a left-sided fullback, where he excelled due to his pace, stamina, consistency, composure, and work-rate.[1]

Club career[edit]

During his club career Francini played for Torino (1978–87), making his debut in 1980, and during this period he was sent to Serie B side Reggiana on loan for the 1982–83 season, where he could not help the team avoid relegation to Serie C. During his time with the Turin club, he managed to reach three consecutive Coppa Italia finals between 1980–1982, also managing a second-place finish in Serie A in 1985, and he also made his European debut during his time at the club. He later played for Maradona's Napoli side (1987–1994), where he enjoyed another successful period. During this time, he won the Serie A, the Supercoppa Italiana, and the UEFA Cup, also reaching the Coppa Italia final. He moved to Genoa briefly in 1994, and subsequently to Brescia (1994–96), where he retired in 1996, at the age of 32, in Serie B.[1][2]

International career[edit]

Francini represented Italy at under-21 level on 12 occasions, scoring 2 goals, and reaching the final of the 1986 UEFA Under-21 European Championships under manager Cesare Maldini. He earned 8 senior caps for the Italy national football team under manager Azeglio Vicini between 1986–90, and took part in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship, where the Italians reached the semi-final of the tournament. Throughout his career, he received limited playing time for Italy, due to the presence of Antonio Cabrini, and later, Paolo Maldini in his role.[1][3]




  1. ^ a b c d "La storia siete voi: il terzino dimenticato, Giovanni Francini" (in Italian). Tutto Napoli. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Francini Giovanni". Archived from the original on 23 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Convocazioni e presenze in campo: Giovanni Francini". Retrieved 23 January 2015. 

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