Marco Tardelli

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Marco Tardelli
Marco Tardelli 1975.jpg
Marco Tardelli in 1975
Personal information
Full name Marco Tardelli
Date of birth (1954-09-24) 24 September 1954 (age 61)
Place of birth Capanne di Careggine, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1974 Pisa 41 (4)
1974–1975 Como 36 (2)
1975–1985 Juventus 259 (35)
1985–1987 Internazionale 43 (2)
1987–1988 St. Gallen 14 (0)
Total 393 (43)
National team
1976–1986 Italy 81 (6)
Teams managed
1988–1990 Italy U-16
1990–1993 Italy U-21 (assistant)
1993–1995 Como
1995–1998 Cesena
1998–2000 Italy U-21 (assistant)
2000–2001 Internazionale
2002–2003 Bari
2004–2005 Egypt
2005–2008 Arezzo
2008–2013 Republic of Ireland (assistant)

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

† Appearances (goals)

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.[1] A tenacious, and energetic player, he is regarded as one of the greatest Italian midfielders of all time.[2] Although Tardelli was mainly renowned for his stamina and defensive ability,[3][4] he also possessed a powerful shot, and was capable of striking and passing the ball with both feet, despite being naturally right footed.[4][5] In 2007, The Times placed Tardelli at number 10 in their list of the 50 hardest footballers in history.[6]


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 in 1972. Two years later he played in the Serie B with Como before joining Serie A giants Juventus the next year, in October 1975.[2][4]

During his decade-long stint at the Turin club, he won all the three major European competitions: the UEFA Cup, the Cup Winners' Cup, and the European Cup, as well as five Italian Serie A championships, and three Coppa Italia (Italian Cup) titles.[2][4]

He scored the decisive goal during the first leg of the 1977 UEFA Cup final against Athletic Bilbao, which allowed him and Juventus to win their first ever European title.[2][4]

In total, Tardelli played 376 games with Juventus and scored 51 goals.[2][4] He left the Turin club in 1985, moving on to rivals Internazionale, where he remained until 1987, before ending his career in 1998, after a season with Swiss side St. Gallen.[2][4]

National team[edit]

Tardelli made his international debut on 7 April 1976 against Portugal.[7] 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.[2][4]

He won a total of 81 caps for Italy, playing his final game for them against Norway in September 1985.[7] He was part of the squad for 1986 FIFA World Cup, but did not play. He retired as a player in 1988.[2][4]

Coaching career[edit]

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.

Tardelli in his role as Republic of Ireland assistant manager, May 2010

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,[8] the following year, and also coached the Italian side which took part at the 2000 Summer Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals. 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.[9] 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.

Tardelli parted ways with the Republic of Ireland national team on 11 September 2013 by mutual consent, after a defeat by Austria the previous day.[10][11]

Career statistics[edit]



Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1972–73 Pisa S.C. Serie A 8 2
1973–74 33 2
1974–75 Como Serie B 36 2
1975–76 Juventus Serie A 26 2
1976–77 28 4
1977–78 26 4
1978–79 29 4
1979–80 18 4
1980–81 28 7
1981–82 22 3
1982–83 26 5
1983–84 28 0
1984–85 28 2
1985–86 Internazionale 19 2
1986–87 24 0
1987–88 St. Gallen Nationalliga A 14 0
Totals Italy 379 43 - - - - 379 43
Switzerland 14 0 - - - - 14 0
Career totals 393 43 - - - - 393 43


Italy national team[7]
Year Apps Goals
1976 8 0
1977 7 0
1978 13 1
1979 4 2
1980 12 1
1981 6 0
1982 13 2
1983 4 0
1984 7 0
1985 6 0
Total 81 6


Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Internazionale Italy October 2000 June 2001 40 15 13 12 37.50
Total 40 15 13 12 37.50










Italy under-21[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Italy's greatest midfielders". Sky Sports. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Marco Tardelli" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Italy's greatest midfielders". Sky Sports. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Stefano Bedeschi (24 September 2014). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Marco TARDELLI" (in Italian). Tutto Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Daniele Alfieri (30 October 2014). "Tardelli: "Da piccolo interista. E quando Fraizzoli..."" (in Italian). Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 Hardest Footballers". The Times. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c "Tardelli, Marco" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  8. ^ 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship squads
  9. ^ "Resignation of Tardelli". 15 June 2007. 
  10. ^ "Giovanni Trapattoni stands down as Republic of Ireland manager". BBC Sport. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Trapattoni axed as Republic of Ireland boss after Austria defeat all but ends World Cup hopes". Daily Mail. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  12. ^ Marco Tardelli at
  13. ^ "Zinedine Zidane voted top player by fans" (PDF). Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  14. ^ FIFA XI´s Matches - Full Info
  15. ^ "UEFA Euro 1980 team of the tournament". UEFA. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Hall of fame, 10 new entry: con Vialli e Mancini anche Facchetti e Ronaldo" [Hall of fame, 10 new entries: with Vialli and Mancini also Facchetti and Ronaldo] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Happy Birthday to Marco Tardelli, who turns 60 today!". 24 September 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 

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