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Claudio Gentile

Claudio Gentile
Gentile lining up for Italy
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-09-27) 27 September 1953
Place of birth Tripoli,[1] Kingdom of Libya
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Central defender, Full back
Club information
Current team
South Korea (advisor)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1972 Arona 34 (4)
1972–1973 Varese 34 (1)
1973–1984 Juventus 283 (9)
1984–1987 Fiorentina 70 (0)
1987–1988 Piacenza 20 (0)
Total 441 (14)
National team
1975–1984 Italy 71 (1)
Teams managed
2000–2006 Italy U-21
2014 FC Sion

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Claudio Gentile (Italian pronunciation: ; born in Libya, 27 September 1953[2]) is an Italian footballer manager and former defender of the 1970s and 1980s. Gentile appeared for Italy in two World Cup tournaments, and played for the winning Italian team in the 1982 final. His club career was notably spent with Juventus for whom he made almost 300 league appearances, winning six national titles and two major European trophies. A tough, strong, tenacious, aggressive, ruthless, and uncompromising defender, Gentile was regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation, and as one of the greatest Italian defenders of all time. He was particularly known for his tight, heavy marking as well as his hard challenges.[3] Alongside Juventus and Italy team-mates Dino Zoff, Cabrini, and Scirea, he formed one of the most formidable defensive lines in football history.[4] In 2007, The Times placed Gentile at number 8 in their list of the 50 hardest footballers in history.[5]


  • Club career 1
  • International career 2
  • Coaching career 3
  • Honours 4
    • Player 4.1
      • Club 4.1.1
      • International 4.1.2
      • Individual 4.1.3
    • Coach 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Club career

In 1972–73, he played in Serie B with Varese.[2]

He then moved to Juventus and first played for them in a Coppa Italia match against Ascoli Calcio on 29 August 1973, with his Serie A debut following on 2 December 1973 against Verona.[1] In all he played 414 senior matches for Juventus, including 283 in Serie A.[1] In over a decade in Turin, Gentile won two major European club competitions (1976–77 UEFA Cup and 1983–84 European Cup Winners' Cup), six Serie A championships, and two Coppa Italias. He also reached the final of the 1982-83 European Cup with the Turin club.[2]

In 1984 he moved to Fiorentina where he spent three further years in Serie A, and he then played a final season in Serie B with Piacenza before retiring.[2]

International career

Gentile was capped on 71 occasions by Italy between 1975 and 1984, scoring a single goal during his international career.[6] He played in all of Italy's matches at the 1978 World Cup, where Italy finished in fourth place, after reaching the semi-finals of the tournament. Gentile also played in the 1980 European Championship, and he was named in the team of the tournament.[7]

In the 1982 World Cup, Gentile was once again a permanent member of the starting line-up, and one of the protagonists of the tournament as Italy went on to win the World Cup that year.[8] He gained notoriety for his aggressive man-marking of Diego Maradona in a second-round match at the 1982 World Cup, after which he famously quipped, "Football is not for ballerinas!"[9] He was once again named part of the team of the tournament following his 1982 World Cup victory with Italy.[10]

Coaching career

Gentile later coached the Italy national under-21 football team which won the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship,[11] and the under-23 team which won a bronze at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

On 5 June 2014 he signed two-year deal with FC Sion.[12]









Italy under-21


  1. ^ a b c "Claudio Gentile". Statistics by season. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Biography at
  3. ^ "Lessons in Calcio - Claudio Gentile". Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "GENTILE, Claudio". Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Top 50 Hardest Footballers". The Times. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Claudio Gentile at
  7. ^ a b "1980 UEFA European Championship". UEFA. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Claudio Gentile: Spain 1982". Classic Football. FIFA. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Claudio Gentile". Soccer Quotes: Italian. ExpertFootball. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "FIFA World Cup Awards: All-Star Team". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  11. ^ 1 June 2004. "2004: Italy save best for last". Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Italy great Gentile to coach Swiss club Sion". 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 

External links

  • Interview at
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