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Christian Vieri
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Personal information
Full name Christian Vieri
Date of birth 12 July 1973 (1973-07-12) (age 36)
Place of birth Bologna, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Marconi Stallions
Torino
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Torino 7 (1)
1992–1993 Pisa 18 (2)
1993–1994 Ravenna 32 (12)
1994–1995 Venezia 29 (11)
1995–1996 Atalanta 19 (7)
1996–1997 Juventus 23 (8)
1997–1998 Atlético Madrid 24 (24)
1998–1999 Lazio 22 (12)
1999–2005 Internazionale 143 (103)
2005–2006 Milan 8 (1)
2006 Monaco 7 (3)
2006–2007 Atalanta 7 (2)
2007–2008 Fiorentina 26 (6)
2008–2009 Atalanta 9 (2)
Total 375 (294)
National team
1992–1996 Italy U-21 22 (11)
1997–2005 Italy 49 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Christian Vieri (born 12 July 1973) is a retired Italian footballer.

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Early life

Born in Bologna, Italy, his family moved to Australia in the 1970s, residing in the suburb of Wetherill Park in South-Western Sydney and he attended Prairiewood High School. His father, Roberto Vieri played for Sydney-based club Marconi Stallions. His brother, Massimiliano Vieri, is also a professional footballer and was an Australian international in 2004. Vieri played for Marconi Juniors when he was a child but his family soon moved back to Italy.

Club career

Vieri started his playing career at Marconi Stallions. While there, he was spotted by Torino and played his first Serie A game the next year for the Turin team. Vieri made six appearances in the league as well as in the Coppa Italia. In November 1992, he was sold to Serie C club, Pisa Calcio, scoring two goals. Another season went by, he then moved to Ravenna in Serie D, scoring 12 goals. He was subsequently sold to Venezia in Serie F, scoring 11 goals. Another move followed for the youngster, this time to Atalanta where he scored seven goals. A change of luck came when he was spotted by Juventus in the 1996–97 season. He made 23 appearances and scored eight goals in Serie A, and six goals in ten matches in Europe, making him joint topscorer for Juventus that season along with Alen Bokšić.

Vieri was on the move once again, this time it was to Spain and Atlético Madrid. Amazingly, he scored a total of 24 goals in 24 league appearances for Atlético (and an additional five goals from seven appearances in Europe), which led him to the win the Pichichi Trophy, as the league's top scorer. After the 1998 World Cup, he moved to Lazio, where he was outstanding in his first season, scoring 12 goals in Serie A and one in Europe, winning the Cup Winners' Cup in the final of which came his sole European goal that season. But it all changed when he was spotted by Inter and its chairman Massimo Moratti. Vieri's move to Internazionale was for a (then) world record transfer fee of £32 million. Then manager Marcello Lippi had requested the player after their successful season together at Juventus.

At Inter, Vieri formed a potentially dangerous partnership with Ronaldo up front, but because of injuries to both players, they were not able to play together often. He was impressive in his first couple of seasons, but constant mangerial changes meant that Inter could not challenge for the Scudetto. It was under disciplined Argentinian coach, Héctor Cúper, that Vieri and Inter really began to flourish and challenge for honours. Vieri was made the focal point of the attack and scored 22 goals in 25 games in the 2001–02 season as Inter narrowly missed out on the Scudetto after their infamous last day defeat to Lazio. The following season he was Serie A Capocannoniere after scoring an impressive 24 goals in just 23 appearances. In addition, he scored 3 goals in Inter's Champions League campaign and formed a potent partnership with Hernán Crespo. He scored both of Inter's goals in the quarter final victory over Valencia. Sadly, Vieri was injured during the 2nd leg of this game and therefore played no part in the semi final defeat to city rivals Milan.

The following year, Cúper was sacked only a few games into the season and was replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni. Vieri did not get along with his new manager and also had many of the Inter fans turn on him after his dip in form. In addition, he had shown his discontent at the sale of strike partner Crespo to Chelsea. When Roberto Mancini replaced Zaccheroni in the summer of 2004, Vieri played the majority games upfront with Adriano. It was clear to many though that the injury he had sustained against Valencia had taken its toll on Vieri and he was no longer as sharp in front of goal, despite his respectable goal output.

In July 2005, Vieri and Internazionale came to a mutual agreement to terminate his contract with the club. He was then signed by cross-town rivals Milan, but left the rossoneri - where he was not a regular starter - after just six months, joining French side Monaco in order to play regularly and gain a place on Italy's roster for the 2006 World Cup. However, he suffered a serious knee injury while playing for Monaco in 2006, which required extensive surgery and ruled out the possibility of playing in his third consecutive FIFA World Cup.

Vieri agreed a one-year deal with Sampdoria on 6 July 2006. However, Vieri returned to Atalanta on 29 August, signing a one-year minimum wage contract worth 1500€ per month. Although he received a paltry salary, Vieri was to earn another €100,000 for every goal he scores, leaving chairman Ivan Ruggeri to comment, "If things go well, Vieri will cost me €2 million." Vieri scored 2 goals in 7 substitute appearances, including one long-range goal.

In June 2007, Atalanta announced they chose not to offer a contract extension to Vieri. His contract therefore ended on 30 June and was signed on a one-year deal with Fiorentina. He was officially presented to the press on 21 July 2007.[1][2] He signed a one-year-contract for Atalanta on 30 June 2008. However, both Atalanta and Vieri mutually agreed that his contract will be rescinded, after only making nine appearances.[3] He announced his retirement on 20 October 2009.[4]

However, one week after announcing retirement, Vieri was announced in talks with Botafogo-SP to play the Campeonato Paulista in 2010.[5] The move was successively denied by Vieri himself. On November 2009 he was confirmed to be in Brazil in order to hold talks for a six-month contract with third division outfit Boavista Sport Club.[6]

International career

Vieri has scored 23 goals in 49 matches for Italy and played for his country at the 1998 World Cup, scoring five times, and the 2002 World Cup, scoring four times, though he endured a less successful tournament at Euro 2004, whilst he missed Euro 2000 and 2006 World Cup through injury. Vieri is generally considered to be Italy's greatest pure striker of recent times despite strong competition, and is one of Italy's most prolific World Cup goal scorers. He was named by Pelé as one of the 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.

Vieri received his first international cap during the 1996–97 season after some impressive displays for Juventus. He scored a key goal for Italy in the play off against Russia during qualification for the 1998 World Cup. At the finals of the tournament in France he formed a strong partnership with Roberto Baggio. Vieri opened the scoring against Chile after a delightful assist from his strike partner. He went on to score 3 more goals during the group stages. Vieri scored Italy's only goal in the round of 16 match against Norway. He scored Italy's fourth penalty in the quarterfinal shooutout against France but Luigi Di Biagio missed the fifth and Italy were eliminated.

Vieri missed out on Euro 2000 after suffering a recurrence of an old thigh injury, during the 4th place playoff with Parma at the end of the 1999–2000 season after a collision with Gianluigi Buffon, who would also miss out on the tournament.

Italy played Vieri as a lone striker in the 2002 World Cup, scoring four goals in four games. He managed a brace in the opening game against Ecuador and scored Italy's only goal in the 2-1 defeat to Croatia despite having a previous goal controversially ruled out for offside. In the Round of 16 match against South Korea he opened the scoring in the 18th minute, scoring a powerful header from a Francesco Totti corner. Italy led the game until the Koreans equalised 3 minutes before the end. Italy was eventually eliminated by South Korea by a golden goal.

Vieri was once again the main striker in Italy's ill fated Euro 2004 campaign. However, this time he did not fare so well, scoring no goals as Italy were eliminated in the first round.

Vieri also missed 2006 World Cup after suffering a knee meniscus injury in a Ligue 1 match against Paris Saint-Germain on 26 March 2006. [7] Although Vieri would not necessarily have been a starter for Lippi's side, Lippi admitted that he would have picked him had he been fit.

Career statistics

As of 10 July 2009.
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1991–92 Torino Serie A 6 1 1 1 0 0 7 2
1992–93 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
1992–93 Pisa Serie B 18 2 0 0 0 0 18 2
1993–94 Ravenna 32 12 0 0 0 0 32 12
1994–95 Venezia 29 11 0 0 0 0 29 11
1995–96 Atalanta Serie A 19 7 2 2 0 0 21 9
1996–97 Juventus 23 8 5 1 10 5 38 14
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1997–98 Atlético Madrid La Liga 24 24 0 0 10 5 34 29
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1998–99 Lazio Serie A 22 12 2 1 4 1 28 14
1999–2000 Internazionale 20 13 5 5 0 0 24 18
2000–01 27 18 0 0 5 1 32 19
2001–02 25 22 1 0 2 3 28 25
2002–03 23 24 0 0 12 3 35 27
2003–04 22 13 1 0 9 4 32 17
2004–05 27 13 3 3 6 1 36 16
2005–06 Milan 8 1 1 1 5 0 14 2
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
2005–06 Monaco Ligue 1 7 3 2 1 2 1 11 5
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2006–07 Atalanta Serie A 7 2 0 0 0 0 7 2
2007–08 Fiorentina 26 6 1 0 12 3 39 9
2008–09 Atalanta 9 2 0 0 0 0 9 2
Total Italy 344 167 23 14 65 21 432 202
Spain 24 24 0 0 10 5 34 29
France 7 3 2 1 2 1 11 5
Career Total 375 194 25 15 79 35 477 236

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 March 1997 Trieste, Italy  Moldova 1 – 0 3 – 0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 29 October 1997 Moscow, Russia  Russia 1 – 0 1 – 1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 11 June 1998 Parc Lescure, Bordeaux, France  Chile 1 – 0 2 – 2 1998 FIFA World Cup
4. 17 June 1998 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France  Cameroon 1 – 0 3 – 0 1998 FIFA World Cup
5. 17 June 1998 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France  Cameroon 2 – 0 3 – 0 1998 FIFA World Cup
6. 23 June 1998 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Austria 1 – 0 2 – 1 1998 FIFA World Cup
7. 27 June 1998 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France  Norway 1 – 0 1 – 0 1998 FIFA World Cup
8. 5 September 1998 Liverpool, England  Wales 2 – 0 2 – 0 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
9. 5 June 1999 Bologna, Italy  Wales 4 – 0 4 – 0 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
10. 8 September 1999 Napoli, Italy  Denmark 1 – 0 2 – 3 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
11. 3 June 2002 Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan  Ecuador 1 – 0 2 – 0 2002 FIFA World Cup
12. 3 June 2002 Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan  Ecuador 2 – 0 2 – 0 2002 FIFA World Cup
13. 8 June 2002 Kashima Stadium, Kashima, Japan  Croatia 1 – 0 1 – 2 2002 FIFA World Cup
14. 18 June 2002 Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Daejeon, South Korea  Korea Republic 1 – 0 1 – 2 2002 FIFA World Cup
15. 11 November 2002 Pescara, Italy  Turkey 1 – 0 1 – 1 Friendly
16. 29 March 2003 Palermo, Italy  Finland 1 – 0 2 – 0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
17. 29 March 2003 Palermo, Italy  Finland 2 – 0 2 – 0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
18. 8 August 2003 Stuttgart, Germany  Germany 1 – 0 1 – 0 Friendly
19. 11 October 2003 Reggio Calabria, Italy  Azerbaijan 1 – 0 4 – 0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
20. 2 February 2004 Palermo, Italy  Czech Republic 1 – 0 2 – 2 Friendly
21. 31 March 2004 Braga, Portugal  Portugal 1 – 1 2 – 1 Friendly
22. 28 April 2004 Genoa, Italy  Spain 1 – 1 1 – 1 Friendly
23. 12 October 2005 Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce, Italy  Moldova 1 – 0 2 – 1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

Juventus
1997
1997
1996
1996
Lazio
1998
1999
Internazionale
2005
2005
Italy
1994
Individual
1998
2003
1999
1999, 2002
2009

References

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Simple English

Christian Vieri
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Personal information
Full name Christian Vieri
Date of birth 12 July 1973 (1973-07-12) (age 37)
Place of birth    Bologna, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1989-1990
1990-1992
1992-1993
1993-1994
1994-1995
1995-1996
1996-1997
1997-1998
1998-1999
1999-2005
2005-2006
2006
2006-2007
2007-2008
2008-2009
Prato
Torino
Pisa
Ravenna
Venezia
Atalanta
Juventus
Atlético Madrid
Lazio
Internazionale Milano
Milan
Monaco
Atalanta
Fiorentina
Atalanta
National team
1997-2005 Italy

Christian Vieri (born 12 July, 1973) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1991/92TorinoSerie A6111-72
1992/931010-20
1992/93PisaSerie B18200-182
1993/94RavennaSerie B321200-3212
1994/95VeneziaSerie B291100-2911
1995/96AtalantaSerie A19722-219
1996/97JuventusSerie A23851843613
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
1997/98Atlético MadridLa Liga2424-753129
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1998/99LazioSerie A221221412814
1999/00InternazionaleSerie A191355002418
2000/01271800513219
2001/02252210232825
2002/032324001433727
2003/04221310943217
2004/05271333613617
2005/06MilanSerie A811150142
FranceLeague Coupe de France EuropeTotal
2005/06MonacoLigue 1732121115
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2006/07AtalantaSerie A7200-72
2007/08FiorentinaSerie A26610123399
2008/09AtalantaSerie A9200-92
CountryItaly 34316723146520431201
Spain 2424-753129
France 732121115
Total 37419425157426473235

International career statistics

[1] [2]

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
199772
199876
199952
200010
200120
200285
200364
200473
200561
Total4923

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