GIANCARLO ANTOGNONI


Full name: Giancarlo Antognoni 

Date of birth: 1 April 1954

Place of birth: Marsciano, Italy

Height: 1.77 m (5 ft 9 in)

Playing position: Midfielder

 

Giancarlo Antognoni was regarded as one of the best Italian players of his generation, and as one of the best Italian advanced midfield playmakers of all time, due to his vision, control, technical ability, and accurate passing range. He was also a fast and elegant player when dribbling with the ball, and he was capable of passing or striking the ball accurately with both feet and from set pieces.

His career started in the Italian Serie D with the club of Astimacobi, when he was only sixteen. In 1972, Nils Liedholm convinced him to join Fiorentina, he got soon the number 10 shirt and became captain.

 

He won the Italian Cup during the 1974–75 season, as well as the 1975 Anglo-Italian League Cup that season, over West Ham. He narrowly missed out on the Serie A title with Fiorentina during the 1981–82 season, losing out to rivals Juventus by a single point on the final match-day. Antognoni played 412 games with Fiorentina and scored 61 goals. He is regarded as a Fiorentina legend, and as one of the club's best ever players, as he played for the club throughout his entire Italian professional career between the 70s and 80s. He holds the record for the most appearances in Serie A for Fiorentina, with 341 appearances.

 

Honours

ACF Fiorentina

Italian Cup: 1974-75

 

Italy

FIFA World Cup 1982

Years Team Apps Goals
1970-1972 Astimacobi 27 4
1972-1987 Fiorentina 341 61
1987-1989 Lausanne 51 7
Total   419 72
       
National team      
1973-1983 Italy 73 7