|Date of birth||June 23, 1958|
|Place of birth||Grimacco, Italy|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Pietro Fanna (born June 23, 1958 in Grimacco, Province of Udine) is an Italian professional football coach and a former player, who played in midfield, either as an attacking midfielder or as a winger.
After spending his youth career with Udinese, he moved to Atalanta (1975–77) at the age of 17, making 20 appearances and scoring a goal in his debut season in Serie B. During the 1976–77 season, the young winger played an important role in achieving Serie A promotion for the Bergamo side.
In 1977, he moved to Serie A giants Juventus (1977–1982), making his Serie A debut with the Turin club. Despite achieving notable domestic success, he failed to live up to his potential during his time at the club, and he was often played out of position. During his last few seasons with Juventus, he managed to earn a place in the starting line-up, and he was still able to contribute to his team's three Serie A titles, which he won during the 1977–78, 1980–81, and 1981–82 seasons, also winning a Coppa Italia with the club during the 1978–79 season.
In 1982, he transferred to Hellas Verona F.C. (1982–85), where he helped the team to win an historic Serie A title during the 1984–85 season, playing alongside Roberto Tricella. In 1985, Fanna moved to Inter (1985–89). Under manager Giovanni Trapattoni, he contributed to the victory of Inter's record-breaking 1988–89 Serie A title, making 13 appearances.
During the 1989–90 season, he returned to Verona (1989–93) under Osvaldo Bagnoli, as he was unable to prevent the club's relegation to Serie B that year. The following season, he helped his club to return to Serie A, however, during the 1991–92 season, the club was relegated once again. He retired in 1993, after a mid-table finish in Serie B with Verona that season.
Throughout his career, he won 5 Serie A title and a Coppa Italia. Fanna is one of five footballers to win Serie A with 3 different clubs, a feat he managed with Juventus, Verona, and Inter; the other four players to have managed the same feat are Giovanni Ferrari, Sergio Gori, Aldo Serena and Attilio Lombardo.
Fanna represented Italy at Under-21 level on 13 occasions between 1976–80, scoring 3 goals; he also took part in the 1978 and 1980 UEFA European Under-21 Championships with the Under-21 side. He made his debut in 1977. He also represented the Italian Under-23 Olympic side on 6 occasions between 1979–84, scoring 3 goals. He took part with Italy at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where the team finished in fourth place after reaching the semi-finals. He also represented the Italian senior side on 14 occasions between 1983–85.
Style of play
Fanna was primarily deployed as a right winger, although he was capable of playing on either flank, or also as an attacking midfielder; he was also played out of position as a second striker on occasion, which was not his preferred role. He was a quick and creative player with good technical ability. Despite his talent, he never truly lived up to his potential, and he excelled in smaller teams, where the play would be centred on him. Due to his problematic and introversive character, he was somewhat inconsistent during his stints with larger clubs. During his time at Verona, he played an important role in holding up the ball to create space for team-mates, and his pace, ability to make attacking runs, and positioning allowed him to excel in their newly developed counter-attacking style of play.
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