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Claudio Gentile

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Role  Footballer
Years  Team
Height  1.78 m

1971–1972  Arona
Weight  76 kg
Name  Claudio Gentile
Position  Defender
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Date of birth  (1953-09-27) 27 September 1953 (age 62)
Place of birth  Tripoli, Kingdom of Libya
Playing position  Central defender, Full back
Similar People  Antonio Cabrini, Marco Tardelli, Gaetano Scirea, Franco Causio, Roberto Bettega

Current team  South Korea (advisor)

Claudio gentile

Claudio Gentile ([ˈklaudjo dʒenˈtile]; born 27 September 1953 in Tripoli, Libya) is an Italian association football 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, ruthless, and uncompromising defender, Gentile was regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation, one of the toughest ever players in his position, and as one of the greatest Italian defenders of all time.


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A hard-tackling and versatile defender, he was capable of playing both as a centre-back and as a full-back, and was particularly known for his tight, heavy, physical marking of opponents, as well as his aggressive challenges. Alongside Juventus and Italy teammates Dino Zoff, Cabrini, and Scirea, he formed one of the most formidable defensive lines in football history. In 2007, The Times placed Gentile at number 8 in their list of the 50 hardest footballers in history.

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Club career

After beginning his career with Arona, Gentile played in Serie B with Varese during the 1972–73 season.

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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. In all he played 414 senior matches for Juventus, including 283 in Serie A. In over a decade with Juventus, 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, only to suffer a 1–0 defeat against Hamburg in Athens.

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In 1984, he moved to rivals Fiorentina where he spent three further seasons in Serie A, making over 60 appearances for the club. He then played a final season with Piacenza, in Serie B, retiring at the end of the 1987–88 season.

International career

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Gentile was capped on 71 occasions by Italy between 1975 and 1984, scoring a single goal during his international career. 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.

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In the 1982 World Cup, Gentile was once again a permanent member of the starting line-up as Italy went on to win the World Cup that year. He gained notoriety for his aggressive man-marking of Diego Maradona in a second-round match against Argentina at the 1982 World Cup, where he fouled the Argentine star 11 times in the first half, after which Gentile famously quipped, "Football is not for ballerinas!" Italy ending up defeated the defending champions Argentina 2–1. Italy then faced tournament favorites Brazil in the next second-round group match and won 3–2, as their defence neutralized the latter's attacking style, while Paolo Rossi had a hat trick, though Gentile earned a yellow card and a suspension for the semi-final due to his assignment marking Brazilian star Zico. Italy defeated Poland 2–0 in the semi-final, and Gentile returned for the final against West Germany where Italy won 3–1. Gentile was once again in the team of the tournament for his performances during the 1982 World Cup.

Coaching career

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Gentile later coached the Italy national under-21 football team which won the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, 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.


  • 6 Serie A: 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84
  • 2 Coppa Italia: 1978–79, 1982–83
  • 1 UEFA Cup: 1976–77
  • 1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1983–84
  • International

  • FIFA World Cup: 1982
  • Individual

  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1980
  • FIFA World Cup All-star Team: 1982
  • International

    Italy under-21
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2004
  • Olympic Bronze Medal: 2004
  • References

    Claudio Gentile Wikipedia