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Beniamino Vignola (born 12 June 1959 in Verona) is an Italian former footballer and entrepreneur, who played as a midfielder. He notably played for Juventus and was part of their European Cup victory in 1985.[1] A small, quick, mobile, agile, and creative player, with excellent technical ability and a slender physique, he usually played as a central or attacking midfielder;[2] considered a promising talent, he was compared to Gianni Rivera as a youngster.[3][4]

Beniamino Vignola
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-06-12) 12 June 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Verona, Italy
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1975–1978 Verona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Verona 43 (2)
1980–1983 Avellino 88 (16)
1983–1985 Juventus 52 (6)
1985–1986 Verona 19 (2)
1986–1988 Juventus 28 (1)
1988–1990 Empoli 68 (12)
1991–1992 Mantova 28 (5)
Total 326 (44)
National team
1984 Italy U-21 5 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Club careerEdit

Vignola began his career with Hellas Verona, making his Serie A debut in 1978. In 1980, he moved to Avellino, where he remained for three seasons, wearing the number 10 shirt.[1][2][5]

He was notably acquired by Juventus in 1983 for 4.8 billion Lire, as a back-up to Michel Platini, remaining at the club until 1988. Despite initially featuring mainly as a substitute, he later became a member of the starting line-up, and he helped Juventus to win the Serie A title and the European Cup Winners' Cup during the 1983–84 season. He scored two goals against Udinese that season and also scored and set-up Boniek's match-winning goal in the 1984 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, as Juventus beat Porto 2–1 in Basel.[6][7][8] The following season, he won the 1984 European Super Cup with Juventus, and he was part of their European Cup victory in 1985.[1][5][6][7]

In 1988, he moved to Empoli in Serie B, where he was unable to prevent the club from being relegated to Serie C1 during the 1988–89 season. He ended his career in 1992, playing in Serie C2 with Mantova. He would later become the team's sporting director during the 1993–94 season. After the team went bankrupt, he became a player-manager with an amateur side in Verona called San Martino Buon Albergo, and he soon retired from football.[1][5][6][7]

International careerEdit

Vignola represented the Italy under-21 side on 5 occasions, scoring 2 goals. He played for the Italy at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where the Italians reached the semi-finals, finishing the tournament in fourth place.[9][10][11] He never appeared for the Italian senior side.[4]



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  2. ^ a b "Beniamino Vignola" (in Italian). Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Vignola, primo tra i secondi" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 30 January 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Dieci italiani più uno che avrebbero meritato la nazionale" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "ITA Vignola Beniamino". Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d "Beniamino VIGNOLA" (in Italian). Il Pallone Racconta. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d Stefano Bedeschi (12 June 2016). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Beniamino VIGNOLA" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  8. ^ Maurizio Crosetti (14 March 2017). "Le memorie di Vignola "Io, giocatore normale in una squadra di mostri"" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Beniamino Vignola Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2011-04-06. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  10. ^ "Olympic Football Tournament Los Angeles 1984". Retrieved 2014-10-03.
  11. ^ "Convocazioni e presenze in campo: Beniamino Vignola" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 27 January 2015.