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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

JuventiKNOWS: Marco Tardelli: "I was Born with That Scream."

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Aaron Giambattista, the founder of JuventiKNOWS, kindly invited me to guest post at his great Juventus-themed site.

I decided to write about one of my favorite Juventus and Azzurri players of yesteryear: Marco Tardelli.

His Famous Goal Celebration at World Cup 1982

Affectionately known as “Schizzo”, Marco Tardelli is an iconic figure of international football. A highly decorated player and integral part of Juve’s mid-80s golden era, he is most remembered worldwide for that celebratory scream, following his goal vs. West Germany at the FIFA World Cup of 1982.

With the Old Lady, Tardelli won five Serie A Scudetti (1976-77, 1977-78, 1980-81, 1981-82 and 1983-84), the European Cup (1985), the UEFA Cup (1977) and the Cup Winner’s Cup (1984). Juventus, with their 1985 European Cup final win over Liverpool at Heysel, became the first club to ever win all three major European competitions, and Tardelli is one of the select few players to achieve the same rare distinction.

Many years after his playing career retirement, Tardelli has never strayed too far away from a Juventus connection. Now assisting Ireland’s Boys in Green alongside his former Juve boss Giovanni Trapattoni, he will soon reunite with another ex-Juventino at UEFA’s 2012 European Champions in Poland/Ukraine, when Ireland face off against Cesare Prandelli’s Azzurri.

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