Luciano Spinosi

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Luciano Spinosi
Juventus FC - Enschede, 1971 - L. Spinosi (cropped).jpg
Spinosi (Enschede, 1971)
Personal information
Date of birth (1950-05-09) 9 May 1950 (age 69)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Tevere Roma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1967 Tevere Roma 2 (0)
1967–1970 Roma 37 (4)
1970–1978 Juventus 138 (1)
1978–1982 Roma 77 (1)
1982–1983 Hellas Verona 30 (0)
1983–1984 Milan 18 (0)
1984–1985 Cesena 22 (0)
Total 324 (6)
National team
1969–1971 Italy U-21 3 (0)
1971–1974 Italy 19 (1)
Teams managed
1985–? Roma (youth)
1988 Roma
1994 Lecce
1996 Ternana
1996–1997 Sampdoria (technical assistant)
1997–2004 Lazio (assistant)
2007 Livorno (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Luciano Spinosi (Italian pronunciation: [luˈtʃaːno spiˈnoːsi, -oːzi]; born 9 May 1950) is an Italian former football coach and a former player who played as a defender.

Club career[edit]

The clubs for which Spinosi played include A.S. Roma and Juventus F.C.. He also played for Hellas Verona F.C., A.C. Milan and A.C. Cesena.

International career[edit]

For the Italy national football team Spinosi totalled 22 caps: 19 at senior level, between 1971 and 1974, and 3 at youth level, between 1969 and 1971. His Italy under-21 debut came on 19 November 1969 in a 2–0 loss to the Netherlands. He made his senior international debut on 9 June 1971, in a 0–0 draw against Sweden; his only international goal came on 17 June 1972, in a 3–3 draw against Romania. Spinosi was also a member of the Italian national team that later took part at the 1974 FIFA World Cup, under manager Ferruccio Valcareggi.[2][3]

Style of play[edit]

A tenacious, hard-tackling, and reliable defender, Spinosi usually played as a right-back early on in his career, but was later deployed as a man-marking centre-back, or "stopper". He was known for his temperament, concentration, tight marking of opponents, and professionalism, and was capable of playing both in a zonal marking and man-marking system. He also possessed solid technique, which enabled him to contribute to his teams attacking plays with runs up the flank, and he was even deployed as a wide midfielder on occasion during his time with Roma. Due to his height, he excelled in the air, and was known for his ability to utilise his aerial prowess by making attacking runs into the penalty area.[4][5][6]

Personal life[edit]

His older brother Enrico Spinosi also played football professionally. To distinguish them, Enrico was referred to as Spinosi I and Luciano as Spinosi II.





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  2. ^ "Spinosi, Luciano" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ Luciano Spinosi Statistics FIFA. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  4. ^ Stefano Bedeschi (9 May 2013). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Luciano SPINOSI" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  5. ^ Andrea Chiavacci (6 June 2014). "Pisa Mondiale, l'urlo di schizzo" (in Italian). Tutto Pisa. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Marco Tardelli" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 27 March 2015.