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Tony Dorigo
Personal information
Full name Anthony Robert Dorigo
Date of birth 31 December 1965 (1965-12-31) (age 44)
Place of birth    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Aston Villa
Leeds United
Derby County
Stoke City
111 0(1)
146 (11)
171 0(5)
030 0(2)
041 0(1)
036 0(0)   
National team
England U21
England B
011 0(0)
015 0(0)
007 0(0)

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

Anthony Robert Dorigo (born 31 December 1965 in Melbourne, Australia) is a retired Australian-born English football (soccer) player who played for Aston Villa, Chelsea, Leeds United and the England national side as a left-back.[1]

Despite being born in Australia, Dorigo holds a British passport and during his playing career he represented the England team on 15 occasions. He also made 7 appearances for the England B team and 11 for the England under-21s.

He signed for Chelsea from Aston Villa for £475,000 and he won the club's player of the year award in his first season, though they were also relegated. He helped the club win promotion back to the First Division at the first attempt. He left Chelsea in somewhat acrimonious circumstances in the summer of 1991, having made and then withdrawn a transfer request, and then seemingly fallen out with manager Bobby Campbell after being dropped from the side. He was sold to Leeds for £1.3m. He made 180 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 11 goals.

Dorigo won the First Division with Leeds in his first season at the club and stayed with the club until 1997, when he joined Italian side Torino. At Torino he helped the side reach the promotion play-offs being awarded the club's player of the year, although he missed a penalty in the play off final.

Due to financial reasons Torino were forced let him go, with Dorigo closing his career with two years at Derby County and a final season at Stoke City, where he was made club captain, before retiring in 2001 at the age of 35. In his final season he was playing in Division Two (the third tier of the English senior leagues).

He won 15 England caps and made his debut in 1989 against Yugoslavia. A year earlier he was a surprise inclusion in the squad for the European Championships as cover for Kenny Sansom, after regular deputy Stuart Pearce withdrew through injury. Dorigo was also part of the 1990 World Cup squad. He played in the third place play-off defeat to Italy.

Since retiring he has been a football pundit and has been commentating on Italian football on Bravo (2006-2007 season) and channel 5 (2007/2008 season. Now he is involved in property developing. He received his qualifications required in order to hold a UEFA Pro Licence (the highest-level managerial qualification in association football) in 2002.


  1. ^ OzFootball Profile

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