Giuliano Taccola
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-06-28)28 June 1944
Place of birth Uliveto Terme, Italy
Date of death 16 March 1969(1969-03-16) (aged 24)
Place of death Cagliari, Italy
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1962 Genoa 0 (0)
1962–1963 Alessandria 22 (2)
1963–1964 Varese 2 (0)
1964–1965 Entella 27 (7)
1965–1966 Savona 32 (13)
1966–1967 Genoa 32 (4)
1967–1969 Roma 41 (18)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Giuliano Taccola (28 June 1944 in Uliveto Terme – 16 March 1969 in Cagliari) was an Italian professional footballer who played as a striker.


Taccola began his football career in 1961, and played for several Italian clubs throughout his career, including Genoa, Alessandria, Varese, Entella, and Savona, before joining Roma in 1967, where he spent two seasons in the Italian Serie A, playing 41 games and scoring 18 goals.

He made his Serie A debut with Roma on 24 September 1967, marking the occasion with a goal in a 1–1 away draw against Inter. He finished his first season with the club with ten goals.[1]

On 29 September 1968, he scored the opening goal of the 1968–69 campaign, scoring after only 30 seconds in a 2–1 home defeat to Fiorentina.[1] During the course of his second Serie A season with the club, however, his level of performance dropped due to fever, weight loss, a sore throat, and a high heart rate, but the club's manager Helenio Herrera decided to continue to play him. On 25 January 1969, Taccola was hospitalised due to tonsillitis; he was operated on 5 February. On 2 March 1969, he returned to the pitch but injured his ankle in a game against Sampdoria, and two weeks later, after a game against Cagliari, to which he accompanied the team, he suffered a seizure in the locker room. He died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, at the age of 24, with official cause of death being heart failure due to pneumonia. He is survived by his widow, Marzia.[2] Taccola scored 7 goals in 12 appearances for Roma during his second season with the club.[1][3][4]

According to a 2004 interview by Ferruccio Mazzola in L'espresso, Taccola was a victim of performance-enhancing drugs, the use of which allegedly was widespread under Helenio Herrera.[5][6]




  1. ^ a b c "Cronologia della morte di Giuliano Taccola" (in Italian). 17 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  2. ^ Chiara Zucchelli (17 March 2017). "Roma, Marzia Taccola, 48 anni dopo: "Chiedo verità e giustizia"" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Taccola - Cordova: "Sulla morte di Giuliano non fu detta tutta la verità. E Herrera..." Losi: "Grandissima tragedia, conoscevo bene lui e la famiglia". - ESCLUSIVE | Retesport |". Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  4. ^ "Giuliano Taccola". Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  5. ^ La pillola misteriosa di Herrera Archived 2007-08-14 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Alessandro Gilioli (16 May 2005). "'Quelle pillole che ci dava Herrera'" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Taccola". (in Italian). Archived from the original on 23 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.