|Date of birth||25 April 1939|
|Place of birth||Ruda, Italy|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2008.
Throughout his career, Burgnich played for Udinese, Juventus, Palermo, Internazionale, and Napoli; although he won titles with both Juventus and Napoli, he is best known for his time with Inter Milan, where he was a member of manager Helenio Herrera's Grande Inter side. He partnered with fellow full-back Giacinto Facchetti in the squad's back-line and played a key role in the team's successes in Herrera's defensive catenaccio system, due to his pace, stamina, offensive capabilities, and defensive work-rate, winning four Serie A titles, two European Cups, and two Intercontinental Cups.
At international level, Burgnich represented the Italy national football team at the 1960 Summer Olympics, where they finished in fourth place, and at three FIFA World Cups, winning a runners-up medal at the 1970 FIFA World Cup. He was also a member of the national team that won Italy's first ever UEFA European Football Championship on home soil, in 1968.
A versatile player, he was capable of playing in any defensive position, being adept as a sweeper, as a centre-back, and also as a right-back. Due to his imposing stature and physique, as well as his tenacious style of play, Inter team-mate Armando Picchi (who was the captain and sweeper of the side) gave him the nickname "La Roccia" (The Rock).
After short spells at Udinese, Juventus (winning the 1960–61 Serie A title) and Palermo, in Serie B, it was with Internazionale that he found his spiritual home in the 1960s, after being acquired in 1962.
A strong, quick, energetic and versatile defender, he was effective both offensively and defensively, and formed a formidable full-back partnership with Giacinto Facchetti, both with Inter and with the Italian national side. He played 467 times for the Nerazzurri, scoring 6 goals, where his physical and tenacious playing style was ideally suited to the catenaccio system operated by Helenio Herrera throughout Inter's glory years. With Inter, Burgnich enjoyed a highly successful period of domestic, European, and international dominance, winning five Italian championships, two European Cups and two Intercontinental Cups. He was notably part of the legendary Inter lineup of the 1960s still known today as the Grande Inter.
Following his 12 seasons with Inter, he transferred to Napoli in 1974 for the final three seasons of his career, finally winning the Coppa Italia, as well as the Anglo-Italian League Cup in 1976, before retiring in 1977. In total, he made 494 appearances in Serie A throughout his career.
Burgnich was also a pillar of the Italian national team for more than a decade. He represented Italy at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, where they finished in fourth place, and later helped the national side win their one and only European Football Championship title in 1968. He was also on Italy's roster for the 1966 World Cup, as well at the 1970 World Cup, where they reached the final, only to lose 4–1 to Brazil. In the memorable semi-final match against West Germany, often colloquially known as the "Game of the Century", Burgnich even managed to score a goal, helping his team to overcome the Germans 4–3 following extra time. He also took part in the 1974 FIFA World Cup with Italy. In total, he represented the Azzurri 66 times between 1963 and 1974, scoring twice.
He may best be membered for his quote about Brazilian star Pelé's headed goal against him, following Italy's 4–1 defeat to Brazil in the 1970 World Cup Final (Burgnich had been assigned to man-mark the Brazilian during the final, but was beaten by him in the air):
"I told myself before the game, 'he's made of skin and bones just like everyone else' — but I was wrong."
After his retirement, Burgnich worked as a manager on and off for nearly twenty years, with little success. During this time he managed Catanzaro, Bologna, Como, Livorno, Foggia, Lucchese, Cremonese, Genoa, Ternana and Vicenza.
Style of play
A strong, large, quick, and energetic player, Burgnich is regarded as one of the greatest Italian defenders of his time; his imposing stature and physical, aggressive playing style earned him the nickname "La Roccia" (The Rock). He was a versatile and hard-working footballer who was capable of aiding his team both offensively and defensively; he was capable of playing in several defensive positions, and throughout his career, he was deployed as a centre-back, as a sweeper, and as a right-back, where he particularly excelled in Herrera's catenaccio system, due to his pace, stamina, physicality, and tenacity, forming an important partnership with left-back Facchetti. Burgnich was also an excellent man-marker and a hard tackler, who was known for his anticipation, as well as his concentration and discipline.
|Team||Season||Serie A||Coppa Italia||European
- Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.
|1||18 June 1966||Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan||Austria||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2||17 June 1970||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City||West Germany||2–2||4–3
|1970 World Cup Semi-final|
- Serie A: 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1970–71
- European Cup: 1964, 1965
- Intercontinental Cup: 1964, 1965
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