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Pietro Vierchowod
Personal information
Date of birth April 6, 1959 (1959-04-06) (age 50)
Place of birth Calcinate, Italy
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club none
Youth career
1973–1976 Romanese
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1981 Como 115 (6)
1981–1982 Fiorentina 28 (2)
1982–1983 Roma 30 (0)
1983–1995 Sampdoria 358 (25)
1995–1996 Juventus 21 (2)
1996–1997 Milan 16 (1)
1997–2000 Piacenza 79 (6)
Total 647 (42)
National team
1982–1993 Italy 45 (2)
Teams managed
2001 Catania
2002 Florentia Viola
2005 Triestina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 17, 2006.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 17, 2006

Pietro Vierchowod (born April 6, 1959 in Calcinate) is an Italian former footballer turned coach.

An old-style defender, Vierchowod was nicknamed the zar because he was the son of a Ukrainian Red Army soldier. Vierchowod was a man-marker, and a great tactical reader of the game. He also possessed lightning pace and acceleration, even in the last year of his career at the age of 41. It is often said that Vierchowod was never outsprinted on the football pitch during his long and distinguished career.

Vierchowod started his professional football career for Como, before moving to Fiorentina. However, his first successes came when he moved to AS Roma, winning a Serie A scudetto in 1983. Then he moved to Sampdoria, with whom he won four Italian Cups, one Cup Winners' Cup and another scudetto, in 1991.

In 1995 he signed for Juventus, where he acted as an experienced defender and won his only UEFA Champions League in 1996 at the age of 37. However even at this late stage of his career Vierchowod was still very much a world-class player. He is particularly remembered for his superb performance in the final in Rome against Ajax Amsterdam which Juve won on penalties. He then moved on to AC Milan and Piacenza Calcio, for whom he continued to play regularly despite being 41 years of age. He eventually retired in 2000.

Vierchowod played 562 Serie A matches, being fourth only to Paolo Maldini, Gianluca Pagliuca and Dino Zoff. He was also capped 45 times with the Italian national football team, and scored 2 goals. He was one of the players in the Italian squad, although he didn't play, that won the 1982 FIFA World Cup. He is also the oldest goalscorer in the history of the Italian national team: he scored in a qualification match against Malta on March 24, 1993 which ended in a 6-1 win for the Azzurri. As with many Italian defenders of his era, Vierchowod would have gained many more caps had it not been for the abundance of world-class defenders Italy boasted during this period. Nevertheless there is no doubt that Vierchowod was one in a long line of world-class Italian defenders.

Vierchowod competed for Italy at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[1]

After his playing career, Vierchowod coached Catania of Serie C1, Florentia Viola (now Fiorentina) of Serie C2 and Triestina of Serie B. In all these cases, he was fired before the end of the season.

During an interview for football magazine FourFourTwo,[2] World Cup Golden Shoe winner Gary Lineker named Vierchowod as the hardest defender he ever faced, 'He was absolutely brutal and lightning quick. He gave me one or two digs.'

In September 2009, Vierchowod was cited by Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov as the most likely candidate to be appointed manager of Bulgaria's national under-21 team. Vierchowod also confirmed he is in talks with the Bulgarian Football Union.[3]

Awards and honours

  • 1 Football World Cup: Italy, 1982
  • 1 Champions' League: Juventus, 1996
  • 1 Cup Winners' Cup: Sampdoria, 1990
  • 2 Serie A leagues (scudetti): AS Roma, 1983; Sampdoria, 1991
  • 4 Italian Cups: Sampdoria, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1994
  • 2 Italian Supercups: Sampdoria, 1991; Juventus, 1995

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Simple English

Pietro Vierchowod
Personal information
Full name Pietro Vierchowod
Date of birth 6 April 1959 (1959-04-06) (age 51)
Place of birth    Calcinate, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1976-1981
1981-1982
1982-1983
1983-1995
1995-1996
1996-1997
1997-2000
Como
Fiorentina
Roma
Sampdoria
Juventus
Milan
Piacenza
National team
1981-1993 Italy
Teams managed
2001
2002
2005
Catania
Fiorentina
Triestina

Pietro Vierchowod (born 6 April, 1959) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ItalyLeague
1976-77ComoSerie B00
1977-78160
1978-79Serie C1343
1979-80Serie B351
1980-81Serie A302
1981-82FiorentinaSerie A282
1982-83RomaSerie A300
1983-84SampdoriaSerie A302
1984-85292
1985-86281
1986-87282
1987-88295
1988-89291
1989-90323
1990-91303
1991-92311
1992-93291
1993-94322
1994-95312
1995-96JuventusSerie A212
1996-97MilanSerie A161
1997-98PiacenzaSerie A302
1998-99284
1999-00220
CountryItaly 64842
Total 64842

International career statistics

[2]

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
198120
198200
198340
198490
198550
198670
198700
198800
198900
199071
199160
199200
199351
Total452

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