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Pietro Paolo Virdis
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Personal information
Full name Antonio Pietro Paolo Virdis
Date of birth 26 June 1957 (1957-06-26) (age 52)
Place of birth Sassari, Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1971-1973 Juvenilia Sassari
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973-1974 Nuorese 025 (11)
1974-1977 Cagliari 075 (24)
1977-1980 Juventus 045 0(8)
1980-1981 Cagliari 022 0(5)
1981-1982 Juventus 030 0(9)
1982-1984 Udinese 045 (12)
1984-1989 Milan 135 (53)
1989-1991 Lecce 046 0(8)
National team
1976-1978 Italy U-21 008 0(1)
1987-1988 Italy Olympic Team 015 0(9)
Teams managed
1998–1999 Atletico Catania
2001 Viterbese
2002 Nocerina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Antonio Pietro Paolo Virdis (born 26 June 1957) is a former Italian footballer who played for Cagliari Calcio, Juventus F.C., Udinese Calcio, AC Milan and was part of their European Cup victory in 1989.

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Career

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Club

He started his career in his native Sardinia with amateur Serie D side Nuorese in 1973, scoring 11 goals in his first senior season at the young age of 16. He later joined Cagliari, making his Serie A debut on 6 October 1974 in a league game versus Udinese.

In 1977 he joined Juventus, where he played until 1982, except for a one-year stint back at Cagliari in 1980–81. After failing to find a first team place, in 1982 he left Juventus for Udinese. In 1984 he then moved at AC Milan, where he enjoyed his best period at club level, playing five seasons with the rossoneri and winning a Serie A topscorer title in 1987. In 1989, aged 32, he left AC Milan to join Lecce, where he spent his final two seasons as a professional footballer before retiring in 1991.

National team

Although he never gained a cap for the senior squad, he helped the Italian olympic team qualify for Seoul 1988. In the tournament, he went on to score 3 goals in 6 matches as Italy lost 2-0 to West Germany in the bronze final. Before this he competed in the 1982 UEFA U21 Championship.

Managerial career

After retiring from active football, Virdis tried also to pursue a career as a manager. In November 1998 he took his first managerial role, becoming head coach of Serie C1 club Atletico Catania,[1] being however fired later on April 1999.[2]

He then returned into management in March 2001, accepting an offer from Viterbese of Serie C1.[3] His stint however lasted a mere two months, as he was fired later on May of that year.[4] On April 2002 he then accepted a managerial role at Nocerina, leading the team for the few final weeks of the season.[5]

He later abandoned football and opened a restaurant and wine bar in Milan. On July 2008 he however stated his interest in getting back into management.[6]

Club statistics

Stagione Club Campionato
Comp Pres Reti
1973-74 Nuorese D 25 11
1974-75 Cagliari A 19 0
1975-76 A 23 6
1976-77 B 33 18
1977-78 Juventus A 10 1
1978-79 A 23 6
1979-80 A 12 1
1980-81 Cagliari A 22 5
1981-82 Juventus A 30 9
1982-83 Udinese A 16 2
1983-84 A 29 10
1984-85 Milan A 28 9
1985-86 A 28 6
1986-87 A 28 17
1987-88 A 25 11
1988-89 A 26 10
1989-90 Lecce A 25 4
1990-91 A 21 4
Totale Serie A 365 101

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