He is a legend of Italian football. Grazie Gaetano.
He is a legend of Italian football. Grazie Gaetano.
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ďDefensively, the team knows it must be on alert for Tomas Rosicky, the Czech playmaker, and midfielder Pavel Nedved, the 2003 European player of the year. Each can be as irritating as Internet pop-ups, appearing in front of the goal in the most unpredictable and intrusive ways.Ē Bruckner
Шени деда шеветси мутелши
3 September 2010
Gaetano in our hearts
An extraordinary champion but most of all a gentleman. An example to all: team mates, opponents and supporters. The greatness of Gaetano Scirea cannot be recounted only by means of his gestures on the field, statistics and successes because these are the result not only of his class but also of his character, reserved but strong that led to him being loved by all the football fans in the world.
On the field he was an uncontested leader, a stalwart of the Juventus defence, which he safeguarded for 552 matches, during which, notwithstanding he was the last man, he was never sent-off. With Juve he won 7 scudetti, 2 Coppa Italia, 1 Champions Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Cup Winners Cup, 1 European Super Cup and 1 UEFA Cup. An immense trophy cupboard just like his talent.
Gaetano passed away on the 3rd September 1989, exactly 21 years ago, following a traffic accident in Poland, where he was to watch the future opponents of his Juve as assistant coach and deputy of his friend Dino Zoff. This year, when Juve visit Poland to play in the Europa League against Lech Poznan, the thoughts will once again go to “Gai, the elegance with which he wore the Juventus jersey and once again, thanks to him, we will feel even more proud of being Juventini”.
Nor should he ever be forgotten
April 28th, 2016. The day my world will be forever changed
Look up here, Iím in heaven
Iíve got scars that canít be seen
Iíve got drama, canít be stolen
Everybody knows me now
I wish we had that kind of defense again that oozes classes from left to right with brilliance in the middle. I hope Chiellini/Bonucci can accomplish a fraction of what Scirea did.
2015/2016 - 64 injuries.
a true great of the game
ADP 10 290!
3 september...i'll remember the date. RIP Legend
Un cavaliere non lascia mai una Signora
Calcio Champion: 'Better Than Pele, Cruyff & Di Stefano' - A Celebration Of Gaetano Scirea 21 Years After His Tragic Death
Today marks the 21st anniversary of the tragic death of the legendary Juventus and Italy libero Gaetano Scirea. Goal.com's Gil Gillespie celebrates the life and achievements of arguably the greatest defender the game has ever seen...
Even in a land famous for producing the most complete defenders in the history of world football, Gaetano Scirea stands almost alone.
The Juventus and Italy libero is one of only five players who have won every single club trophy dreamt up by FIFA and UEFA, as well as the World Cup.
Usually positioned behind the defence in a sweeper role that has sadly become extinct in the modern age, Scirea was the ultimate reader of the game - Franz Beckenbauer, Daniel Passarella and Franco Baresi are the only other central defenders who even come close in terms of greatness.
Grace, elegance, composure, intelligence, pace, the almost Zen-like Juve man had all of these in spades.
Both on and off the pitch, he was a quiet, thoughtful leader who marshalled the back line for his club and his country with a colossal, yet almost silent, authority throughout a record-breaking career. As a defender, he always relied on subtlety rather than muscle, but he was equally adept at venturing forward and had the passing ability and drive of a pure midfielder, as well as an eye for goal that saw him find the back of the net 24 times during his 377-game club career with the Bianconeri.
It is truly amazing to think that in all that time, Scirea never received a red card, not a bad disciplinary record for someone who operated as the penultimate bolt in the team.
Upon his retirement from the international game in 1986, France Football magazine described him as "better than Pele, [Johan] Cruyff and [Alfredo] Di Stefano".
Gaetano Scirea was born in Cernusco sul Naviglio in the province of Milan on May 25, 1953. After coming through the celebrated youth academy at Atalanta, he made his Serie A debut for the Bergamo club against Cagliari on September 24, 1972. He remained with Atalanta for two seasons, before transferring to Juventus, the club he would stay with until the end of his playing career.
He spent 14 years with La Vecchia Signora, and during that time he scaled the pinnacle of domestic and European glory with Juve, playing alongside the decidedly more rugged, but still unreasonably talented Claudio Gentile.
Scirea was first called up to the Italian national team in 1974 and quickly established himself as one of the first names on Enzo Bearzotís team-sheet. He remained there for the next decade, keeping a young upstart who went by the name of Franco Baresi out of the team. He eventually went on to compete in no less than three World Cups and one European Championship, but it was as part of Italyís triumphant 1982 World Cup winning side when Scirea left mere mortals behind and joined the arena of the Gods.
The liberoís unflappable, almost transcendental, performances during the Azzurriís games against Argentina, Brazil, Poland and West Germany were as vital as Marco Tardelliís destructive midfield bursts or Paolo Rossiís sudden outbreak of goalscoring greed.
Dino Zoff may have lifted the trophy, but no-one played a more definitive role than Scirea.
Four years later, Italy travelled to Mexico to defend their title but were knocked out in the second round by Michel Platiniís France. It was to be Scireaís last tournament, as he drew the curtains on his international career aged 33.
In 1988, following one of the worst seasons in Juventusí illustrious history, Scirea announced he was hanging up his boots completely after 14 seasons of faithful service with the club.
However, soon afterwards he was appointed assistant coach at Juve, working under his life-long friend Dino Zoff.
Then, in September 1989 he was sent on a scouting mission to watch the clubsí UEFA Cup opponents, Polish side Gornik Zabrze. Scirea was being driven along the Warsaw-Katowice Superhighway when the Fiat 125 he was travelling in crashed head-on with a fully-laden petrol tanker. The tanker and the car exploded, instantly killing everyone involved. Scirea was just 36-years-old.
Since that terrible day, his name has lived on as a beacon of sportsmanship, and every year Italian journalists vote for the player who they believe has been the ideal role model, both on and off the field of play throughout the season. Two years ago, the Gaetano Scirea Award was given to another Juve legend, Alessandro Del Piero. In 2005, ex-Italy national team coach Enzo Bearzot also proposed the retirement of the No.6 jersey of the national team and Juventus in recognition of the great man and all he achieved.
Not that anyone on the peninsula is about to forget someone of Scirea's stature. 'Il Capitano' will even have a stand at the soon-to-be-rebuilt Stadio delle Alpi named in his honour.
And, 21 years after the premature death of this most cerebral of Calcioís all-time legends, Juve fans still chant his name and still remember his unforgettable contribution to the legacy of their club and their country.
Quite simply, Scirea redefined what it means to be a defender and what it means to be a sportsman. Without him, the likes of Alessandro Nesta would probably be playing in midfield.
Rest in Peace Gaetano.
SOLO CONTRO TUTTI
Such legend will never be forgotten. Lived for JUVE and died for JUVE.
Amici di nessuno..
We love you Gaetano
- 7 League Championship: 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983- 84, 1985–86
- 2 Italian Cup: 1978–79, 1982–83
- 1 UEFA Cup: 1976–77
- 1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1983–84
- 1 European Cup: 1984–85
- 1 UEFA Super Cup: 1984
- 1 Intercontinental Cup: 1985
- 1 FIFA World Cup: 1982
I have the same picture hanging in my room. RIP Gaetano.
"When we first played in the Champions League they [Juventus] were the top team, they were who we were aspiring to be like."
29 made in Italy ... 17 made in "China"
VINCI PER NOI MAGICA JUVENTUS
F*CK the 3-5-2
I only wish I could have caught the days when he was a nightmare for every striker in the world.
Originally Posted by Nelson Mandela
68 years...We will return.
He was a nightmare to defend against as well. This is the sort of player I want at Juventus.
"Giocare nella Juventus significa non accontentarsi mai. Vinto lo scudetto? Bene, c'Ť la Champions. Vinta la Champions? Bene, c'Ť l'Intercontinentale. Vinta l'Intercontinentale? Bene, c'Ť da rivincere lo scudetto. C'Ť sempre poco tempo per festeggiare." - Marcello Lippi