Stefano Eranio

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Stefano Eranio
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-12-29) 29 December 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Genoa, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Milan (youth coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1992 Genoa 212 (13)
1992–1997 Milan 98 (6)
1997–2001 Derby County 95 (7)
2002–2003 Pro Sesto 15 (1)
Total 420 (27)
National team
1990–1997 Italy 20 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stefano Eranio (born 29 December 1966) is an Italian former football player, most remembered for having played for A.C. Milan, Genoa and Derby County. Throughout his career, Eranio played mainly as a right winger,[1] and he represented Italy 20 times between 1990 and 1997. His main attributes were his technique, pace, stamina, and his ability to make attacking runs.[1][2] Although he was primarily an offensive wide midfielder, he was also competent defensively, and he was occasionally deployed as a fullback.[3] He was voted one of Derby County's 11 greatest ever footballers.

Club career[edit]

Eranio playing for Genoa

Eranio started his professional football career with Genoa in August 1984. His first five seasons at Genoa were in Serie B before in 1989 the club were promoted to Serie A. In total, Eranio played for the club for eight seasons before he moved to AC Milan in August 1992. At Milan he won three league titles (1993, 1994 and 1996), three Italian Super Cups (1992, 1993 and 1994) and he also played in two Champions League finals. The first was in 1992–93 when Milan lost 1–0 to Olympique de Marseille, and the second was in 1994–95 when his club lost 1–0 to Ajax Amsterdam. Part of the team's successful campaign in 1993–94, he did not play in the final due to injury. He added to his trophy collection with the 1994 European Super Cup.[4]

In May 1997 he moved for free to the English club Derby County where he became a fan favourite, and he made his Derby, and FA Premier League debut, on 9 August 1997 against Blackburn Rovers. His first goal for the Derbyshire club came on 30 August 1997 when he scored in a league game against Barnsley. In this season, Derby County moved from their former home at the Baseball Ground to their new home, Pride Park Stadium, and Eranio's goal, to take the score to 1–0 against Barnsley was the first that was scored at Derby's new home ground. Eranio had thought of retiring after the 2000–01 season, but manager Jim Smith persuaded him to stay on. When Smith was fired in October 2001, Eranio chose to leave Derby County. He retired in 2003 after spending a season with lowly fourth division Serie C2 side Pro Sesto, where he was featured in a player/assistant manager position.

He is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential players to play for Derby County and, on 1 May 2006, Eranio and Ted McMinn were inducted as Derby Legends.[5]

International career[edit]

Eranio debuted for the Italian team on 22 December 1990 in a game against Cyprus. The game was a qualification match for the UEFA Euro 1992, and Italy won the game 4–0. His first international goal came against the Netherlands on 9 September 1992. Italy won the game 3–2.

On 29 March 1997, Eranio played his last game for Italy, against Moldova in a 3–0 home win. In total, he received 20 caps, and scored three goals, with six of the appearances in qualifiers for World Cups, and other five in qualification for European Championships.

Post-playing career[edit]


Eranio has been part of the AC Milan youth coaching staff since 2005, and is currently head of the Giovanissimi Nazionali (under-15) youth team.[4]


On 22 October 2015, Eranio was fired by Swiss television station RSI following racist remarks. Criticising an error made by Roma defender Antonio Rüdiger during the 4–4 draw in the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen, Eranio had stated: "Black players in the defensive line often make these mistakes because they’re not concentrated. They are powerful physically, but when it is time to think … they often make this type of error."[6]

Career statistics[edit]


Club League matches League goals Total matches Total goals Dates
Genoa 212 13 ? ? 08/1984 – 05/1992
Milan 98 6 ? ? 08/1992 – 05/1997
Derby County 95 7 108 10 05/1997 – 10/2001




  1. ^ a b "MILAN, ERANIO E NUOVO SPONSOR". Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "ALL' IMPROVVISO ERANIO". Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "UN SOLO OBIETTIVO: TUTTO". Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Stefano Eranio". (in Italian). Retrieved 23 April 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ Steve Nicholson (14 November 2013). "Stefano Eranio: Italian star who raised the bar for Derby County when he arrived from AC Milan". The Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 23 April 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ "Former Italy winger Stefano Eranio sacked over racist comments". The Guardian. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 


  • Mortimer, Gerald (2004): The Who's Who of DERBY COUNTY.
    Breedon Books Publishing, Derby. ISBN 1-85983-409-4

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