Marco Tardelli in 1975
|Full name||Marco Tardelli|
|Date of birth||24 September 1954|
|Place of birth||Capanne di Careggine, Italy|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|1990–1993||Italy U-21 (assistant)|
|1998–2000||Italy U-21 (assistant)|
|2008–2013||Republic of Ireland (assistant)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Marco Tardelli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko tarˈdɛlli]; born 24 September 1954) is an Italian former football player and manager. He played as a defensive midfielder with Juventus amongst other teams and the Italian national team. A World Cup winner, he also enjoyed a highly successful career at club level, winning multiple league and cup titles and four major UEFA competitions (European Cup, Cup Winner's Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup). In 2004, Tardelli was named 37th in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll.
During an era when Italy was known for its defensive prowess (catenaccio), Tardelli made his name as a hard-tackling yet technically skillful and elegant midfielder, and was regarded as one of the finest midfielders in the world during the early 1980s. A tenacious, and energetic player, he is regarded as one of the greatest Italian midfielders of all time. Although Tardelli was mainly renowned for his stamina and defensive ability, he also possessed a powerful shot, and was capable of striking and passing the ball with both feet, despite being naturally right footed. In 2007, The Times placed Tardelli at number 10 in their list of the 50 hardest footballers in history.
Tardelli was born at Capanne di Careggine, in the province of Lucca (Tuscany). He started his career in the Italian Serie C with the club of Pisa. Two years later he played in the Serie B with Como before joining Serie A giants Juventus in October 1975.
During his decade-long stint at the Turin club, he won all the three major European competitions: the UEFA Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and European Cup as well as five times the Italian Serie A championship and three Coppa Italia (Italian Cup).
He scored the decisive goal during the first leg of the UEFA Cup finale against Athletic Bilbao, allowing Juventus to gain this competition in 1977, his first and also the first European title for Juventus.
Tardelli played 376 games with Juventus and scored 51 goals.
Tardelli made his international debut on 7 April 1976 against Portugal. He played at the 1978 World Cup and the 1980 European Football Championship, reaching the semi-final and a fourth-place finish in both tournaments, and being named as a member of the team of the tournament at Euro 80 on home soil. He performed especially well during Italy's 1982 World Cup-winning campaign, scoring twice. His first came in a second-round group stage match against Argentina, and his memorable second goal of the tournament was scored in the final against West Germany, with a left footed strike from outside the area. He is particularly remembered for his famous goal celebration in the final. With tears in his eyes, he sprinted towards the Italian bench, fists clenched in front of his chest, screaming "Gol! Gol!" as he shook his head wildly. This celebration would become known as the "Tardelli cry", and was one of the defining images of Italy's 1982 World Cup triumph.
He won a total of 81 caps for Italy, playing his final game for them against Norway in September 1985. He was part of the squad for 1986 FIFA World Cup, but did not play. He retired as a player in 1988.
Tardelli started his managing career as head coach of the Under 16 Italian national team in 1988, immediately after his retirement. Two years later, he became the assistant coach of Cesare Maldini for the Under 21 team. In 1993 he switched to Como of Serie C1. He led Como to promotion into Serie B, but was unable to avoid relegation.
In 1995 he took over Cesena, another Serie B team. Tardelli would spend three seasons with Cesena before leaving to become head coach of the Italian Under 21 team. He won the Under 21 European Championship, the following year. His success with the Italian Under 21 side led Tardelli to became the manager of Internazionale for the 2000–01 season. His tenure with the Nerazzurri would be short; following a string of embarrassing defeats especially a 6–0 defeat to local rivals AC Milan, Tardelli was fired in June 2001. Tardelli did not have much luck in the coaching jobs that followed, which included spells with Bari, the Egyptian national team and Arezzo.
Tardelli served for a short time as part of the administrative council of his former club Juventus in 2006, before resigning in 2007 allegedly due to differences with the hierarchy regarding the direction the club was heading towards. In February 2008, he joined the coaching staff of the Republic of Ireland national team as an assistant manager to the recently appointed Giovanni Trapattoni. He was reunited with former Juventus teammate Liam Brady, who was also named as Trapattoni's assistant.
|1972–73||Pisa S.C.||Serie A||8||2|
|1987–88||St. Gallen||Nationalliga A||14||0|
|Italy national team|
|Internazionale||October 2000||June 2001||40||15||13||12||37.50|
- Serie A: 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84
- Coppa Italia: 1978-79, 1982-83
- UEFA Cup: 1976-77
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1983-84
- UEFA Super Cup: 1984
- European Cup: 1984-85
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- 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship squads
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- "Giovanni Trapattoni stands down as Republic of Ireland manager". BBC Sport. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
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- Marco Tardelli at National-Football-Teams.com
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