Stefano Tacconi
Stefano Tacconi.jpg
Tacconi in 2005
Personal information
Full name Stefano Tacconi[1]
Date of birth (1957-05-13) 13 May 1957 (age 65)
Place of birth Perugia, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1972–1974 Spoleto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1975 Spoleto 0 (0)
1975–1976 Inter 0 (0)
1976–1977 Spoleto 30 (0)
1977–1978 Pro Patria 7 (0)
1978–1979 Livorno 33 (0)
1979–1980 Sambenedettese 38 (0)
1980–1983 Avellino 90 (0)
1983–1992 Juventus 254 (0)
1992–1995 Genoa 43 (0)
2008–2009 Arquata (0)
Total 495 (0)
National team
1987–1991 Italy 7 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Stefano Tacconi Cavaliere OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsteːfano takˈkoːni]; born 13 May 1957) is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is the only goalkeeper to have won all international club competitions, a feat he managed during his time with Juventus.[2] At international level, he was largely used as a back-up goalkeeper behind Walter Zenga, which earned him the nickname "the best back-up keeper in the world". He was a member of the Italy squads that took part at the 1988 Summer Olympics, UEFA Euro 1988, and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He is widely regarded by pundits as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, and as one of Italy's best ever goalkeepers.[3]

Club career

Tacconi got his first significant experience at Spoleto football club. Following this, having already attracted the interest of Inter Milan, he had his first brief stint as a professional with Pro Patria[4] and Livorno before joining Sambenedettese. He then reached Serie A with Avellino in the 1980–81 season; he remained there for three years before joining the Italian club Juventus in 1983, ahead of Luciano Bodini, as a replacement for his legendary predecessor Dino Zoff, who had retired at the end of the previous season.

With Giovanni Trapattoni's Juventus club, Tacconi achieved great domestic and international success, as he won two scudetti in 1984 and 1986, the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1984, the 1984 European Super Cup, the European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1985 and the 1985 Intercontinental Cup the same year against Argentinos Juniors on penalties. In 1990 Tacconi and Juventus went on to win a UEFA Cup and a Coppa Italia double; the following season, he was named the team's captain, although Juventus lost out on the 1990 Supercoppa Italiana to Serie A winners Napoli. During this period, Juventus were one of the best teams in the world, and Tacconi was also regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in the world.[3][5]

After a ten-year working relationship with Juventus (during the 1985–86 season he was kept on the bench), Tacconi transferred to Genoa C.F.C. in 1992. Unfortunately, Genoa was relegated to Serie B at the end of season. He retired from professional football in 1994.[3]

International career

Despite his performances and success with Juventus, Tacconi was not able to find much space in the Italian national side under Azeglio Vicini, due to the presence of several other excellent keepers, such as Giovanni Galli initially, and Walter Zenga – his perceived career rival –[3][6][7][8][9] in particular, as well as the emerging keeper Gianluca Pagliuca, subsequently. As a result, Tacconi was frequently Zenga's reserve for the Italian national team.

Tacconi made his senior international debut in a 3–1 win over Argentina on 10 June 1987, in Zürich.[3] In the late 1980s, he was chosen by manager and former goalkeeper Dino Zoff as the starting goalkeeper for the Under-23 Italian Olympic side which reached the semi-finals in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, eventually finishing in fourth place. Tacconi was Zenga's deputy during Euro 1988, where Italy managed a semi-final finish, and at the 1990 World Cup on home soil, where Italy finished in third place following a semi-final loss on penalties to defending champions Argentina. In total, Tacconi made seven appearances for Italy between 1987 and 1991, all in friendly matches, conceding two goals. He played his final match for Italy on 13 February 1991, keeping a clean sheet in a 0–0 friendly home draw with Belgium, in Terni.[3]

Style of play

Although not particularly agile, Tacconi was a powerful and athletic goalkeeper, who was known for his consistency and shot-stopping ability, as well as his ability to produce important saves, in particular in decisive games. A vocal and commanding presence in goal, he was also known for his leadership, temper, and strong character, and often called out defenders for their errors.[3] Although he was initially not known for his ability to come out and collect crosses, and performed better between the posts, he improved upon this aspect of his game in his later career, with the help of Zoff, and often came off his line to claim high balls that were coming straight at him, although he still remained less inclined to collect deliveries from wider areas.[3][10][11][12] He was also known for his adeptness at stopping penalties.[13] Although he had a deep goal kick,[14] he was not particularly gifted with his feet, and struggled to adapt his game following the introduction of the back-pass rule, and was even critical of the new regulations.[15][16] He was also not particularly adept at playing as a sweeper-keeper in zonal marking systems.[17]

After retiring from football

After quitting professional football, Tacconi had several disappointing experiences in politics. In 1999, he was on Alleanza Nazionale's lists for the European parliamentary elections, but failed to earn a seat. In 2005, he controversially tried to stand for president of Lombardy as a candidate for New Italian Social Movement, an extreme right-wing party, but could not garner enough votes to validate his candidacy. In 2006, he put in for a city councilman position in Milan again within Alleanza Nazionale, supporting winner Letizia Moratti for mayor, but gained only 57 personal preferences (votes) and was not elected to the office.

In August 2008, at the age of 51, he accepted an offer from FC Arquata, a Seconda Categoria amateur club based in Arquata del Tronto, Marche, to make a return into active football as a goalkeeper.[18]

Personal life

On 13 May 2011, Tacconi married long-time partner Laura Speranza, with whom he has four children.[19]






See also


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  2. ^ "Journey through the Stars: Stefano Tacconi". 24 June 2011. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
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  5. ^ "Where Are The Members of The Italia 90 Squad Today? Stefano Tacconi". Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  6. ^ LICIA GRANELLO (19 November 1987). "MIA CARA INTER TI LASCIO COSI'" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  7. ^ Fabio Bianchi (18 October 2002). "Zenga e Tacconi: quando la rivalità era uno spettacolo" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  8. ^ FULVIO BIANCHI (25 September 1990). "HO FATTO TROPPA PANCHINA" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  9. ^ Nicola Cecere (21 May 2014). "Calcio, La beffa di Maradona rovina le notti magiche" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  10. ^ GIANNI MURA (13 November 1984). "E' L' ADDIO DELLA BELLA SIGNORA?" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Stefano Tacconi, lo spaccone che prese il posto di Zoff" (in Italian). Yahoo!. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  12. ^ GIANNI BRERA (12 March 1991). "FATE RIPOSARE QUESTO BAGGIO" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  13. ^ Giovanni Spinazzola (7 June 2014). "Tacconi: "Per parare i rigori ci vuole fortuna"" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  14. ^ Gianni Ranieri (2 July 1990). "Zenga: Napoli ci amerà" (in Italian). La Stamoa Sera. p. 6. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Portieri, anche i piedi hanno le ali". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 28 June 1993. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  16. ^ GESSI ADAMOLI (30 December 1993). "TACCONI, ULTIMO SHOW" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  17. ^ Pastore, Giuseppe (1 August 2019). "Tra Maifredi e la Juventus non-poteva funzionare" (in Italian). Ultimo Uomo. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Tacconi torna in porta" (in Italian). 25 August 2008. Archived from the original on 13 May 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  19. ^ "Stefano Tacconi sposo oggi pomeriggio a Orta on the 3rd of April 2015 a television interview on the Italian Program "Le Iene" Tacconi was accused of not paying debts to people that have provided him with goods and services". OK Novara (in Italian). 13 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  20. ^ a b "Stefano Tacconi". Eurosport. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Premio Nazionale Carriera Esemplare Gaetano Scirea" (in Italian). Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  22. ^ "Onoreficenze". (in Italian). 30 September 1991. Retrieved 19 March 2015.