---

mail: jan@planetworldcup.com

 FACTFILE
Born: 25 May 1953
Dead: 3 Sep 1989
Caps: 78
Goals: 2
--
WORLD CUP FACTFILE
Winner
1982
4th place
1978
Participated
1978, 1982, 1986
Games/Goals
18/0
--












 

Gaetano Scirea
(Italy)



     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.

 
 

| HOME | 1978 | 1982 | 1986 |



 

[HOME]


BACKGROUND
Info on how the World Cup was founded and about the trophy as well.
THE WORLD CUPS
Detailed info on every match in every tournament.
COLUMNISTS
Interesting columns about the past, present and future of the World Cup.
THE NATIONS
Every nation with appearances in the World Cup. Detailed info on every country.
LEGENDS
Player profiles of many of the most influential players in history.
A-Z STORIES
An A-Z collection of strange and different stories in World Cup history.
STATISTICS
A big collection of various statistics and records.
MASCOTS
Every mascot since it was introduced in 1966.
QUIZ
Test your knowledge about the WC. Three different levels. No prizes, just for fun.
TOP 10 RANKINGS
Rankings of lots of stuff. For instance Best Goals, Best Players and Best Matches.
LINKS
Our collection of links to other soccer sites with World Cup connection.
LINK TO
Some banners and buttons for you to link to us if you want.
ABOUT US
A little information on who keeps this site available.
| '30 | '34 | '38 | '50 | '54 | '58 | '62 | '66 | '70 | '74 | '78 | '82 | '86 | '90 | '94 | '98 | '02 | '06 | '10 | '14 |
---
Copyrights © 1998-2014 - This website is created and maintained by Jan Alsos. It is an unofficial website not affiliated or connected in any way to FIFA. All rights reserved.