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Roberto Bettega
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Personal information
Full name Roberto Bettega
Date of birth 27 December 1950 (1950-12-27) (age 59)
Place of birth Turin, Italy
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969-1970 Varese (loan) 30 (13)
1970-1983 Juventus 326 (129)
1983-1984 Toronto Blizzard 48 (11)
National team
1975-1983 Italy 042 0(19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Roberto Bettega (born 27 December 1950) is an Italian former footballer. Bettega was regarded as a player of noteworthy intelligence and became one of the world's most feared strikers [1]. Bettega played mainly for the Juventus Football Club. His nickname was 'the white feather' (penna bianca). He was a manager of Juventus Football Club until the year 2007.On the 23rd of December 2009 Roberto Bettega was officially appointed deputy director-general of Juventus.

His role will be to act as an intermediate between the players and coaching staff and the upper echelons of the club, as well as taking an active involvement in all of the Old Lady's transfer dealings.

Juventus president Jean-Claude Blanc confirmed the appointment on the club's official website.

"I asked Bettega to become part of our organisation," he said. "To take responsibility for all areas of sports."

Blanc went on to confirm that he will hold a position of "high responsibility and operational authority", and that the appointment "strengthens our executive staff".

Bettega confirmed his appointment by saying, "I received an enthusiastic offer from Blanc and will begin work for my Juve immediately".

The former Italian international, who made over 300 appearances for Juve, went on to speak of his "confidence in the work done by the club and the individuals in charge".

He also expressed his confidence in The Old Lady’s potential to compete with the best in Europe.

"With everyone's contribution and with the support of fans, we can be competitive at the highest levels."

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Early career

Born in Turin, Bettega joined the Primavera side of the Juventus F.C. in 1961 as a midfielder. Bettega spent the 1968-69 campaign on the bench for Juventus. At the age of 19 Bettega was loaned to the Varese F.C. in Serie B. Under Nils Liedholm, the coach of Varese, Bettega hit 13 goals to help the side finish top and gain promotion to Serie A.

Nils Liedholm said of Bettega, "He allies tremendous athletic strength with impressive technical skills. He is particularly strong in the air, and can kick the ball with either foot. All he needs is to build up experience, and then he will certainly be a force to be reckoned with."

Back at Juventus, Bettega made his Serie A debut away to Catania on 27 September 1970. He scored the winning goal. Bettega ended the season with 13 goals in 28 matches. The following season, he scored 10 goals in only 14 matches.

He scored a goal against Fiorentina on 16 January 1972, but this was to be his last for a while because he was forced out of the game with a lung infection and the initial stages of tuberculosis. However, he wasn't out for long, returning on 24 September of the same year. He led the team to their second successive league title that season. With the arrival of Giovanni Trapattoni in 1976 as coach, Bettega found himself becoming the main frontman of the bianconeri; the former player to take this position, Pietro Anastasi, moved to Internazionale in the summer of that year.

Professional career

In 1975, Bettega got his first call-up to the Italian national team for a match against Finland. He went on to play in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. He would surely have led the team into the 1982 tournament, but that dream came to an end when Bettega suffered knee ligament damage in a collision with an opposing goalkeeper during a 1981 European Cup match against Anderlecht. Missing out on the '82 tournament was even more painful for Bettega, since Italy won the tournament that year.

Bettega finally got himself fit again and took to the pitch for the 1982-83 season. He retired from playing in Europe after Juventus lost the 1983 European Cup Final against Hamburg in Athens.

Bettega played two summers in the NASL with the Toronto Blizzard, helping the team finish league runner-ups both seasons.

Career highlights

In total, Bettega made 326 league appearances for Juventus and scored 129 goals.[1] Bettega won seven league titles between 1972 and 1982, one UEFA Cup in 1977 and two Coppa Italia tournaments in 1979 and 1983.

He was the top-scorer in Serie A with 16 goals in 1980.

International career

He also played 42 times for Italy, scoring 19 goals.

Coaching career

However, he later returned to the club on the request of Umberto Agnelli, who asked him to be vice-president.[2] In late December 2009 Juventus have communicated through their official website that Bettega is their new general vice-chaiman[3].

Personal life

Roberto has a son named Alessandro who also is a footballer. He was the captain of the Juventus primavera (youth) team, and made his debut for the Bianconeri against Standard Liège on 24 March 2007.

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bruno Giordano
Serie A Top Scorer
1979-80
Succeeded by
Roberto Pruzzo
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Simple English

Roberto Bettega
Personal information
Full name Roberto Bettega
Date of birth 27 December 1950 (1950-12-27) (age 60)
Place of birth    Turin, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1969-1983
1969-1970
1983-1984
Juventus
Varese (loan)
Toronto Blizzard
National team
1975-1983 Italy

Roberto Bettega (born 27 December 1950) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1969/70VareseSerie B301300-3013
1970/71JuventusSerie A2813321164221
1971/72141041542315
1972/7327881724211
1973/7424852203110
1974/752761031014710
1975/76291532413618
1976/773017411254623
1977/78301142724115
1978/7930992204111
1979/80281640814017
1980/8125583433711
1981/82754231148
1982/832767161408
United StatesLeague Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup North AmericaTotal
1983Toronto BlizzardNASL162--162
1984238--238
CountryItaly 35614273228127510191
United States 3910--3910
Total 39515273228127549201

International career statistics

[2]

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
197520
197678
197756
1978123
197920
1980101
198131
198200
198310
Total4219

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