Marco Tardelli

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Marco Tardelli
Marco Tardelli 1975.jpg
Tardelli at Juventus in 1975
Personal information
Full name Marco Tardelli
Date of birth (1954-09-24) 24 September 1954 (age 63)
Place of birth Capanne di Careggine, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1974 Pisa 41 (4)
1974–1975 Como 36 (2)
1975–1985 Juventus 259 (35)
1985–1987 Internazionale 43 (2)
1987–1988 St. Gallen 14 (0)
Total 393 (43)
National team
1976–1986 Italy 81 (6)
Teams managed
1988–1990 Italy U-16
1990–1993 Italy U-21 (assistant)
1993–1995 Como
1995–1996 Cesena
1997–2000 Italy U-21
2000–2001 Internazionale
2002–2003 Bari
2004–2005 Egypt
2005–2008 Arezzo
2008–2013 Republic of Ireland (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Marco Tardelli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko tarˈdɛlli]; born 24 September 1954) is an Italian former football player and manager. At club level, he played as a defensive midfielder for several Italian clubs; he began his career with Pisa, and later played for Como, Juventus, and Internazionale, before retiring with Swiss club St. Gallen. He enjoyed a highly successful career with Juventus, winning five league titles, as well as multiple Coppa Italia titles, and four major UEFA competitions (European Cup, Cup Winner's Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup), becoming one of the first three players ever to win all three major UEFA club competitions, along with Italy and Juventus teammates Antonio Cabrini and Gaetano Scirea.[1] A FIFA World Cup-winner, Tardelli also achieved success with the Italian national team: he represented his nation at a total of three FIFA World Cups (1978, 1982 and 1986), winning the 1982 edition of the tournament, while he managed a fourth-place finish in 1978; he also took part at UEFA Euro 1980, in which he managed a fourth-place finish on home soil, and was named to the team of the tournament.

Regarded as one of Italy's greatest midfielders, and one of the best players of his generation, Tardelli was an energetic and hard-tackling yet technically skilful midfielder, who was known for his ability to contribute both offensively and defensively.[2][3][4][5] In 2004, Tardelli was named 37th in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll; he was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

As a manager, Tardelli initially worked with the Italy U-16 side, and later served as an assistant manager to Cesare Maldini for the U-21 side. He subsequently led several clubs in Italy before serving as head coach of the Italy national under-21 football team, winning the 1997 Mediterranean Games and the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, before returning to coach at club level. Between 2004 and 2005 he also managed the Egypt national football team, while he served as an assistant manager to Giovanni Trapattoni with the Republic of Ireland national football team between 2008 and 2013.

Club career

Tardelli was born at Capanne di Careggine, in the province of Lucca (Tuscany). He started his career in the Italian Serie C with the club of Pisa in 1972. Two years later he played in the Serie B with Como before joining Serie A giants Juventus the next year, in October 1975.[4][5]

During his decade-long stint at the Turin club, he enjoyed much success, as he became one of the first three players ever to win all the three major European competitions, alongside teammates Antonio Cabrini and Gaetano Scirea: the UEFA Cup in 1977, the Cup Winners' Cup in 1984, and the European Cup in 1985.[1] With Juventus, he also won five Italian Serie A championships, and two Coppa Italia titles, as well as the 1984 European Super Cup.[4][5]

He scored the decisive goal during the first leg of the 1977 UEFA Cup final against Athletic Bilbao, which allowed him and Juventus to win their first ever European title.[4][5]

In total, Tardelli played 376 games with Juventus and scored 51 goals.[4][5] He left the Turin club in 1985, moving on to rivals Internazionale, where he remained until 1987, before ending his career in 1988, after a season with Swiss side St. Gallen.[4][5]

International career

Tardelli (center) celebrates with Roberto Bettega and Enzo Bearzot, manager of the Italian national team, after a victory over England in November 1976.

Tardelli made his international debut on 7 April 1976 against Portugal.[6] He played at the 1978 World Cup and the 1980 European Football Championship on home soil, reaching the semi-final and earning fourth-place finishes in both tournaments, and being named as a member of the team of the tournament at Euro 80. He performed especially well during Italy's 1982 World Cup-winning campaign, scoring twice. His first came in a second-round group stage win against Argentina, and his memorable second goal of the tournament was scored in the final against West Germany, with a left footed strike from outside the area. He is particularly remembered for his famous goal celebration in the final: with tears in his eyes, he sprinted towards the Italian bench, fists clenched in front of his chest, screaming "Gol! Gol!" as he shook his head wildly. This celebration would become known as the "Tardelli cry", and was one of the defining images of Italy's 1982 World Cup triumph;[4][5][7] Tardelli later reflected on the moment: "After I scored, my whole life passed before me - the same feeling they say you have when you are about to die, the joy of scoring in a World Cup final was immense, something I dreamed about as a kid, and my celebration was a release after realising that dream. I was born with that scream inside me, that was just the moment it came out."[7] In 2014, his iconic 1982 World Cup Final goal celebration was named the fourth greatest World Cup moment of all time by the BBC.[8]

He won a total of 81 caps for Italy, playing his final game for them against Norway in September 1985, and also served as Italy's captain between 1983 and 1985.[6] He was part of the squad for 1986 FIFA World Cup, but did not play. He retired as a player in 1988.[4][5]

Style of play

During an era when Italy was known for its defensive prowess (catenaccio), Tardelli made his name as a hard-tackling yet technically skilful and elegant defensive midfielder, with an ability to get forward and contribute offensively; a well-rounded footballer, he was regarded as one of the finest midfielders in the world during the early 1980s.[2][3][9] A quick, tenacious, and energetic player, with good feet, he is also regarded as one of the greatest Italian midfielders of all time, and was known for his tactical intelligence, versatility and work-rate as a footballer, which also enabled him to play anywhere in midfield, or even as a defender or as a full-back, due to his marking and ball-winning abilities.[3][4][9] Although Tardelli was mainly renowned for his pace, stamina and defensive skills,[2][3][5] he also possessed a powerful shot, and was capable of striking and passing the ball with both feet, despite being naturally right footed.[5][10] In addition to his footballing abilities, he was also stood out for his leadership throughout his career, and was known for being a decisive player.[9][11] In 2007, The Times placed Tardelli at number 10 in their list of the 50 hardest footballers in history.[12]

Coaching career

Tardelli started his managing career as head coach of the Under 16 Italian national team in 1988, immediately after his retirement. Two years later, he became the assistant coach of Cesare Maldini for the Under 21 team. In 1993, he switched to Como of Serie C1. He led Como to promotion into Serie B, but was unable to avoid relegation.

Tardelli (left) in his role as Republic of Ireland assistant manager, near Giovanni Trapattoni, in September 2013.

In 1995, he took over Cesena, another Serie B team. Tardelli would spend three seasons with Cesena before leaving to become head coach of the Italian Under 21 team. He won the Under 21 European Championship,[13] the following year, and also coached the Italian side which took part at the 2000 Summer Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals. His success with the Italian Under 21 side led Tardelli to become the manager of Internazionale for the 2000–01 season. His tenure with the Nerazzurri would be short; following a string of embarrassing defeats especially a 6–0 defeat to local rivals A.C. Milan, Tardelli was fired in June 2001. Tardelli did not have much luck in the coaching jobs that followed, which included spells with Bari, the Egyptian national team and Arezzo.

Tardelli served for a short time as part of the administrative council of his former club Juventus in 2006, before resigning in 2007 allegedly due to differences with the hierarchy regarding the direction the club was heading towards.[14] In February 2008, he joined the coaching staff of the Republic of Ireland national team as an assistant manager to the recently appointed Giovanni Trapattoni. He was reunited with former Juventus teammate Liam Brady, who was also named as Trapattoni's assistant.

Tardelli parted ways with the Republic of Ireland national team on 11 September 2013 by mutual consent, after a defeat by Austria the previous day.[15][16]

Personal life

Tardelli was one of over 80 Italian celebrities to sign a petition in favour of the 2016 referendum on constitutional reform.[17]

Career statistics



Tardelli in Bianconeri colours, 1975
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1972–73 Pisa S.C. Serie C 8 2
1973–74 33 2
1974–75 Como Serie B 36 2
1975–76 Juventus Serie A 26 2
1976–77 28 4
1977–78 26 4
1978–79 29 4
1979–80 18 4
1980–81 28 7
1981–82 22 3
1982–83 26 5
1983–84 28 0
1984–85 28 2
1985–86 Internazionale 19 2
1986–87 24 0
1987–88 St. Gallen Nationalliga A 14 0
Totals Italy 379 43 - - - - 379 43
Switzerland 14 0 - - - - 14 0
Career totals 393 43 - - - - 393 43


Tardelli's No.14 Italy shirt
Italy national team[6]
Year Apps Goals
1976 8 0
1977 7 0
1978 13 1
1979 4 2
1980 12 1
1981 6 0
1982 13 2
1983 4 0
1984 7 0
1985 6 0
Total 81 6


Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Internazionale Italy October 2000 June 2001 40 15 13 12 037.50
Total 40 15 13 12 037.50






Tardelli's FIFA XI kit, on display at the Museo del Calcio in Florence.




Italy under-21[23]

See also


  1. ^ a b Hugo Pietra (21 May 2004). "Treble chance for Vítor Baía". Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Italy's greatest midfielders". Sky Sports. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Walter Veltroni (17 October 2015). "Veltroni intervista Tardelli: "Inter e Milan mi scartarono..."" (in Italian). Il Corriere dello Sport. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Marco Tardelli" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Stefano Bedeschi (24 September 2014). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Marco TARDELLI" (in Italian). Tutto Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Tardelli, Marco" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Chris Bevan (20 May 2010). "The story of the 1982 World Cup". BBC. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "World Cup 2014: 100 World Cup moments". 5 March 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c Mario Sconcerti (28 March 2016). "Riva il migliore per i lettori di CM. Sconcerti: 'Ma Rivera era al suo livello'" (in Italian). Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Daniele Alfieri (30 October 2014). "Tardelli: "Da piccolo interista. E quando Fraizzoli..."" (in Italian). Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Mario Sconcerti (11 January 2017). "Da Buffon a Riva, il gioco infinito della squadra ideale" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 Hardest Footballers". The Times. 13 August 2007. Archived from the original on 19 October 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  13. ^ 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship squads
  14. ^ "Resignation of Tardelli". 15 June 2007. Archived from the original on 26 November 2008. 
  15. ^ "Giovanni Trapattoni stands down as Republic of Ireland manager". BBC Sport. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Trapattoni axed as Republic of Ireland boss after Austria defeat all but ends World Cup hopes". Daily Mail. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Italy's top chef threatens to emigrate if 'No' side wins referendum". The Local. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  18. ^ "Marco Tardelli". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 
  19. ^ "Zinedine Zidane voted top player by fans" (PDF). Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  20. ^ FIFA XI´s Matches - Full Info
  21. ^ "UEFA Euro 1980 team of the tournament". UEFA. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "Hall of fame, 10 new entry: con Vialli e Mancini anche Facchetti e Ronaldo" [Hall of fame, 10 new entries: with Vialli and Mancini also Facchetti and Ronaldo] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  23. ^ "Happy Birthday to Marco Tardelli, who turns 60 today!". 24 September 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 

External links

  • Tardelli's biography as coach until 1999 (in Italian) at the Wayback Machine (archived 2006-05-13)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dino Zoff
Italy captain
Succeeded by
Gaetano Scirea
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