Riccardo Ferri

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Riccardo Ferri
Personal information
Full name Riccardo Ferri
Date of birth (1963-08-20) 20 August 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Crema, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1994 Internazionale 290 (6)
1994–1996 Sampdoria 36 (0)
Total 326 (6)
National team
1986–1992 Italy 45 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Riccardo Ferri (born 20 August 1963) is an Italian former footballer who played as a defender, in the role of centre-back.[1] Despite being a well regarded, attentive, and reliable defender throughout his career,[2] he holds the unusual and unfortunate record of the most own goals in Serie A, scoring in his own net on 8 occasions throughout his thirteen-year Inter career.[3] At international level, he represented Italy at the 1984 Summer Olympics, at UEFA Euro 1988, and at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

His older brother Giacomo was also a footballer and is currently a member of the technical staff at Torino.

Club career[edit]

Ferri was born in Crema, in Lombardy, and debuted in Serie A with Internazionale in October 1981. Soon a first-team defender, he became a mainstay of the team's starting eleven, playing for Internazionale for a total of 13 seasons.[1]

With Inter, he won the 1981–82 Coppa Italia, followed by Inter's record breaking Scudetto and 1989 Supercoppa Italiana win during the 1988–89 Serie A season, and two UEFA Cups; the first in 1991, and the second in 1994.[3] In 1994, he went to Sampdoria together with teammate Walter Zenga, in exchange for Gianluca Pagliuca, retiring two seasons later.[2]

International career[edit]

After representing his country at under-21 level in the 1984 (third place)[4] and 1986 (second place)[5] under-21 European championships, Ferri went on to receive 45 caps for Italy senior national team, scoring 4 goals. He made his senior international debut on the 6th December 1986, in a 2–0 away win against Malta, and marking his first international appearance by scoring a goal; he made his final Italy appearance in 1992.[3] He played for Italy in Euro 1988, where Italy reached the semi-finals, and in the 1990 World Cup on home soil, where Italy managed a third-place finish after a penalty shoot-out defeat to defending champions Argentina in the semi-finals.[2] He also competed for Italy at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where Italy finished in fourth place after a semi-final defeat.[6][7]

Style of play[edit]

A world-class and combative defender, Ferri usually played in the role of centre-back. An attentive, tenacious and reliable defender, with excellent man-marking abilities, although he possessed good technique, he preferred to mainly focus on the defensive aspect of the game rather than attempting to build plays from the back. Although he was a defender, Ferri was also an accurate free-kick taker and occasionally took set pieces for his teams.[1][2][3][8][9]

Soccer coaching[edit]

Riccardo Ferri is currently in charge of the Inter Academy Florida based in Broward County, Florida (north of Miami).







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5th Class/Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 1991[10]


  1. ^ a b c "FERRI Riccardo" (in Italian). Inter F.C. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Riccardo Ferri" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Grandi Storie" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "1984: Hateley mantiene l'Inghilterra al vertice" (in Italian). 1 January 1984. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Vicini alla Coppa". Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Riccardo Ferri Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  7. ^ "Nazionale in cifre: Ferri, Riccardo". figc.it (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  8. ^ FABRIZIO BOCCA (19 June 1988). "E MANCINI TREMO' PARLANDO DI STAFFETTA" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "FERRI: "HO BACIATO SOLO UNA MAGLIA, QUELLA DELL'INTER"" (in Italian). Inter.it. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Onoreficenze". quirinale.it (in Italian). 30 September 1991. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.