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Friday, February 15, 2008

Marco Tardelli Joins the Backroom Staff of the Republic of Ireland


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Famous for his World Cup 1982 Goal and Celebration against West Germany



Marco Tardelli, 53, was named on 14 February 2008 as an assistant manager by Giovanni Trapattoni for the Republic of Ireland national football team. He signed a two year contract. Tardelli played for Mr. Trapattoni at Juventus; in fact, he was a teammate of Liam Brady, who may join the Italians in their new endeavor with Eire.

Most of his playing career was spent with Juventus (11 seasons), although he finished his Serie A journey with Internazionale. He was a midfielder with excellent technical abilities, along with a fiery yet steady presence on the pitch. His last coaching job was in 2005 for a Serie B side, Arezzo.

Recently, he has been employed by RAI Television as a football analyst and commentator. After the Calciopoli match fixing scandal in 2006, Mr. Tardelli was named as a Director for the Juventus Football Club during their relegation to the Serie B. He no longer has a position with the Turin based club.

“We are delighted that such an experienced coach as Marco Tardelli has agreed to join Giovanni Trapattoni’s backroom team,” said FAI President David Blood.

Career Honors

  • World Cup winner with Italy in 1982.
  • 81 caps with 6 goals.
  • He competed at 2 World Cups: 1978 and 1982.
  • Bronze medal for Italy at the European Nations Cup in 1980.
  • UEFA Cup winner with Juventus in 1977, which was their first European championship.
  • European Cup winner with Juventus in 1985.
  • Cup Winners Cup title with Juventus in 1984.
  • He won 5 Serie A championships with Juventus.

Less Than Stellar Results As A Manager

  • He is known as a very stern disciplinarian.
  • When Mido refused to play for Egypt in September 2004, Mr. Tardelli stated, “It is an honour to wear the shirt of your country. Anyone who does not respond to a call-up will not play for me.” Needless to say, Mido did not feature for Egypt during Tardelli’s brief tenure.
  • Mr. Tardelli won the UEFA U-21 Championship with Italy in 1999. After that success, his managerial career has been a series of disappointments.
  • He was sacked in his next four successive managerial jobs by Inter Milan, Bari, the Egyptian National Team, and Arezzo, respectively.

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