Riccardo Ferri

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Riccardo Ferri
Personal information
Full name Riccardo Ferri
Date of birth (1963-08-20) 20 August 1963 (age 52)
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.

† Appearances (goals)

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]

Soccer coaching[edit]

Riccardo Ferri is currently the lead of [Inter Academy Florida] based in Broward County (north of Miami).







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5th Class/Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 1991[8]


  1. ^ a b "FERRI Riccardo". Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Riccardo Ferri". Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Grandi Storie". 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. ^ "Onoreficenze". quirinale.it (in Italian). 30 September 1991. Retrieved 19 March 2015.