||25 May 1953
||3 Sep 1989
1978, 1982, 1986
Scirea made his
Serie A debut for Atalanta in the beginning of the 1972/73 season, but was transferred to
Juventus only a couple of years later. He made his name there as one of the best and most
respected defenders in the world game through more than a decade. He was a gentleman on
and off the field and never got sent off or suspended in his long career, much thanks to his
ability to read the game. He won every possible honour with Juve including all three European
Cups and seven “Scudettos” (Italian Serie A
titles). Scirea also played at the same high level for Italy in three World Cups. The first in
1978 where he and Italy beat eventual winners Argentina in the first round, but had to settle
for fourth place having lost to Brazil in the bronzematch.
Gaetano experienced a wonderful summer in 1982.
Spain hosted the World Cup and Italy won having struggled a lot early on drawing all three
first round games to Poland, Peru and Cameroon. Then followed four straight wins over
defending champions Argentina, the favourites Brazil, Poland and then West Germany in the
final. Scirea set up Tardelli’s goal in the final and his presence in defence was invaluable.
Italy failed to reach their level of 1982 when the World
Cup was held in Mexico four years later now with Scirea as captain. France and Juventus
colleague Platini knocked them out in the second round. This tournament also marked the
end of his international career.
Gaetano Scirea died in a tragic car accident in Poland in
1989 while scouting for Juventus, and at Stadio Delle Alpi they have named the end after him where
all Juventus' most fanatical supporters are. A model professional, Scirea was well-liked
by everyone involved in soccer, even Juve's worst enemies, as he always was abiding the rules and
appeared with class on the field. Even today,
more than a decade after his death, you can see banners and hear fans sing songs with his name
at Stadio Delle Alpi.
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