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Gabriele Oriali
Gabriele Oriali
Personal information
Date of birth November 25, 1952 (1952-11-25) (age 57)
Place of birth    Como (CO), Italy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1966–1970 Internazionale
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
277 (33)
107 0(7)   
National team
1978–1983 Italy 028 0(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Gabriele Oriali (November 25, 1952) is a former football player from Italy, who mainly played defensive midfield but could also play center-back. He is currently part of the staff at Internazionale


Playing career

A native of Como (Lombardy), Oriali –affectionately known as 'Lele'– played for the Inter youth team for four seasons before being promoted to the senior squad. He debuted for Inter in the 1970–71 Scudetto winning season and was an integral part of the Inter squad of the 1970s.

He didn't have the best technical ability but he was excellent in stopping players and was an excellent man-marker. He was labeled a "incontrista", a player who's sole responsibility was to break up plays and distribute the ball to another player to start the attack.

He was called up to the national team for the first time on December 21, 1978 in a friendly against Spain, quickly earning a starting spot. His one and only goal for Italy came in a friendly against Sweden, which was played in Florence on September 26, 1979; the game finished in an Italian victory, 1:0.

After winning the scudetto in 1979–80 with Inter, he played in the 1980 European Championship where Italy finished fourth, losing to Czechoslovakia in a penalty shootout. With Inter, he won a second Coppa Italia in 1981–82 after his first Coppa victory in 1977–78. In all he played 70 matches and scored 8 goals for Inter in the Coppa Italia competition.

Oriali played 45 matches and scored 3 goals for Inter in European cup competitions. He was part of the team that lost to Ajax in the 1971–72 European Cup final.

Oriali is also remembered for a heroic performance in a Milan Derby, played on October 25, 1981. In that game he scored the winning goal but also required thirty stitches having been booted in the face by the A.C. Milan defender Mauro Tassotti.[1] That year Inter won both of its derby games, a feat that would not be repeated until 2007, the next 26 years.

In 1982 he was a key member of the Italian National team which traveled to Spain for the 1982 World Cup. Oriali appeared in five games at the tournament, including the final against West Germany, which Italy won 3:1, to win their third FIFA World Cup. He was also part of the team that defeated the strong teams of Argentina and Brazil, and defeated Poland in the semi-final. His last game for Italy was on May 29, 1983 against Sweden, played in Göteborg, as part of the qualifying for the 1984 European Championship. Italy lost the game 0:2.

After winning the World Cup, and following the end of the 1982–1983 season, he moved to Fiorentina where he played for four seasons. He retired from football in 1987 after 384 games (40 goals) in Serie A and 28 caps (1 goal) for Italy.

Managing career

After finishing his playing career Oriali moved into the managing side of Italian football. First becoming a sporting director at Bologna, then at Parma. He returned to Inter to become its technical director–the position is currently held by another former Inter player, Marco Branca. In 2001, as technical director, he was sanctioned for his part in the Álvaro Recoba fake passport incident.[2] Oriali is currently Inter's Transfer Market Consultant & First-Team Representative.


  • His face appeared on a Chad stamp in 1983–one of a series of stamps commorating the 1982 World Cup. He appears on a 60 franc stamp alongside Włodi Smolarek of Poland.
  • Oriali is cited in the Luciano Ligabue song Una vita da mediano (A life as halfback), one of his most popular songs. Ligabue is a known Inter fan.

Honours as a player


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Simple English

Gabriele Oriali
Personal information
Full name Gabriele Oriali
Date of birth 25 November 1952 (1952-11-25) (age 58)
Place of birth    Como, Italy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
Internazionale Milano
National team
1978-1983 Italy

Gabriele Oriali (born 25 November, 1952) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1970-71Internazionale MilanoSerie A20
1983-84FiorentinaSerie A295
CountryItaly 38240
Total 38240

International career statistics


Italy national team



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