Sergio Battistini

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Sergio Battistini
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-05-07) 7 May 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Massa, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Full-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1985 Milan 162 (29)
1985–1990 Fiorentina 127 (7)
1990–1994 Internazionale 112 (10)
1994–1996 Brescia 37 (2)
1996–1997 Spezia 17 (1)
National team
1981–1984 Italy U-21 14 (1)
1984 Italy 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Sergio Battistini (born 7 May 1963 in Massa) is a retired Italian association footballer who played as a defender or on occasion as a midfielder. He currently works as an association football manager.

Club career[edit]

Throughout his career, Battistini played for several Italian clubs, such as A.C. Milan, Fiorentina, Inter Milan, Brescia, and Spezia, usually as a sweeper.[1] After growing up in the Milan youth squad, alongside Alberigo Evani, he joined the Milan senior side in 1980, and played for the club during a difficult period in the club's history, only winning two Serie B titles in 1981 and 1983, and a Mitropa Cup in 1982.[2] After leaving the club in 1985, he played with Fiorentina, where he reached the 1990 UEFA Cup Final during his final season with the club.[3] He later won the trophy twice with Inter in 1991 and 1994, where he remained until 1994, before moving to Brescia for two seasons.[4]

On 20 January 1985, in a league match against Udinese Calcio, Battistini suffered an injury and had to be substituted at half-time. His replacement was the legendary Italian defender Paolo Maldini, who made his Milan debut during the same match.[5] Maldini remained at the club until 2009.

Following his retirement as a player after a single season with Spezia in 1997, Battistini pursued a coaching career.[6]

International career[edit]

At international level, Battistini represented the Italy Under-21 side 14 times under Azeglio Vicini, scoring 1 goal; he made his debut in 1981, and later represented his country at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where they managed a fourth-place finish. He made four appearances for the senior Italy national football team, all in 1984, scoring once. He made his international debut under Enzo Bearzot on 4 February 1984 in a 5–0 home win in an international friendly match against Mexico, played in Rome. He scored his only international goal in a 2–0 away win over Canada on 26 May 1984, in Toronto.[7][8]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Milan[2]
Inter[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sergio Battistini" (in Italian). Tutto Calciatori. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Sergio Battistini (II)" (in Italian). Maglia Rossonera. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "L'ex Battistini: 'Fiorentina, puoi arrivare in finale'" (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Sergio Battistini" (in Italian). Inter. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Paolo Maldini". Talk Football. Retrieved 25 February 2008. 
  6. ^ Aldo Antola (6 July 2015). "La Massese affida a Sergio Battistini il vivaio giovanile" (in Italian). Il Tirreno. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Battistini, Sergio" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sergio Battistini" (in Italian). Italian 1910. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 

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