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Alessio Tacchinardi
Personal information
Full name Alessio Tacchinardi
Date of birth July 23, 1975 (1975-07-23) (age 34)
Place of birth    Crema, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Villarreal (loan)
009 (0)
261 (9)
045 (3)
034 (9)   
National team2
1995–2003 Italy 013 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of February 19, 2008.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of February 19, 2008.
* Appearances (Goals)

Alessio Tacchinardi (born July 23, 1975 in Crema, Lombardy) is a retired Italian footballer who played as defensive midfielder and spent the vast majority of his career playing for Juventus FC, winning 17 official trophies with the club.


Club Career

Atalanta B.C.

Tacchinardi started his professional career in 1992 with Atalanta B.C.. He spent two full seasons with the Bergamo based club, where he made 9 league appearences, including his Serie A debut. After performing extremely well, he caught the eye of then Juventus director Luciano Moggi and was transferred to Juventus in July 1994.


Tacchinardi joined the team in pre-season training and performed well from the start. In his first season with the club, Tacchinardi made an immediate imapct, making 25 league appearences, and also appeaing in the Coppa Italia and the European Cup. He continued his impressive form throughout his time with Juventus, holding down a starting position in the center of midfield and was a key attribute to their league and European dominance in from the late 1990's until 2005, before Calciopoli struck the Torino based giants. He formed impressive partnerships in midfield throughout his time with Juventus, with the likes of Antonio Conte, Didier Deschamps, Angelo Di Livio, Edgar Davids, Gianluca Zambrotta, Mauro Camoranesi, Pavel Nedved, and Enzo Maresca. His partnership with Edgar Davids was the most notable of his career, as the duo formed one of the most fierce center midfield partnerships between 1996 and 2004. During his time with the northern giants, Tacchinardi was also noted for his long range shooting skills, something he was highly skilled at doing and often scored from long range. Since the break-up of Davids, Tacchinardi, Nedved, Camoranesi, and Zambrotta in 2004, it has been argued that Juventus have never had a stronger midfield quartet, despite the transfers of Ferreira Emerson, Patrick Viera, Mohammed Sissoko, Felipe Melo, and Diego Ribas da Cunha since then. Arguably, Alessio Tacchinardi's peak season was the 2002-2003 campaign, where he scored two goals in 27 appearances in the Serie A, while scoring two more goals in 13 UEFA Champions League appearances, a run in which Juventus reached the UEFA Champions League finals, only to lose to fellow Italians, AC Milan, in part due to the absence of the suspended Pavel Nedved. Tacchinardi has had occasional injury problems, but this did not put a major dent in his career, but it is believed that the player would've been considered one of the best midfielders of his generation, despite the fact that he was overly underrated. After nearly 14 years with Juventus, Tacchinardi made well over 300 total appearences, scoring nearly 20 goals, and also was a fan favorite, and is still considered a club legend.

Villareal Loan

In July 2005, Tacchinardi was transferred to Villarreal CF who signed him on one-year loan from Juventus, following the appointment of Fabio Capello, who took over the managerial position from Marcello Lippi, and also due in part to the purchases of Patrick Viera and Federico Balzaretti. It was a sad farewell for many Juventus faithful, who did not want the departure of their iconic midfielder. He became an integral part of the starting XI for the club, helping the team to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. He returned to Juventus on June 30, 2006, but following the Calciopoli troubles he extended his loan for one more year, in July 2006. His loan finished at the end of the 2006-2007 season, in which he appeared for the club in more than 50 official matches, scoring 3 goals. He returned to Juventus again in the summer of 2007, and it was believed that he would remain at the club, following the appointment of Claudio Ranieri and the club's new start, however his contract was mutually terminated in August 2007, following certain unspecified disagreements with the club's new board of directors.

Brescia Calcio

After terminating his contract with longtime club, Juventus, Tacchinardi signed a 2-year deal with Brescia Calcio on August 9, 2007, and was a key attribute to the Serie B club's first team, appearing in all but 8 seasonal games, scoring 11 goals[1].


At the conclusion of the 2007-2008 Serie B season, Tacchinardi did not re-new his contract with Brescia Calcio, and was reportedly on the verge of joining Sicilian giants Calcio Catania in the Serie A, or returning to Juventus in a farewell season with teammate Pavel Nedved. Neither of these options eventually prospered and after spending the first portion of the year as a free agent, the Juventus legend hung up the boots and called it quits on a very repectable career. He has been contacted to become a midfield coach at the Torino based club, but has yet to take a post.

International career

Tacchinardi also represented his nation at an international level. He made his Italy national football team debut in 1995. Tacchinardi has been capped 13 official times for Italy with his last cap coming in 2003. Tacchinardi was not a regular player for the Squadra Azzurra, never playing in the final stages of a major tournament, in several cases due to injury, but also because this was a period of many high quality Italian international. It is believed that Tacchinardi would've also been a key part of the national setup had it not been for several injuries.


His elder brother, Massimiliano Tacchinardi, also briefly played professional football as a defender.




Simple English

Alessio Tacchinardi
Personal information
Full name Alessio Tacchinardi
Date of birth 23 July 1975 (1975-07-23) (age 35)
Place of birth    Crema, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
Villarreal (loan)
National team
1995-2003 Italy

Alessio Tacchinardi (born 23 July 1975) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1992/93AtalantaSerie A10
1994/95JuventusSerie A240
2005/06VillarrealLa Liga232
2007/08BresciaSerie B349
CountryItaly 30418
Spain 453
Total 34921

International career statistics

Italy national team


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