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Comunardo Niccolai (Italian pronunciation: [komuˈnardo nikkoˈlai]; born 15 December 1946) is an Italian former footballer, who played as a defender.

Comunardo Niccolai
Personal information
Full name Comunardo Niccolai
Date of birth (1946-12-15) 15 December 1946 (age 72)
Place of birth Uzzano, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1964 Torres 22 (0)
1964–1976 Cagliari 218 (4)
1976–1977 Perugia 7 (0)
1977–1978 Prato 4 (0)
National team
1970 Italy 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Club careerEdit

A tough, physically strong centre-back,[1] Niccolai initially began his career with Torres in 1963,[2] before joining Cagliari Calcio, where he played from 1964 to 1976, winning the only Serie A championship in the club's entire club history in 1970.[3] He ended his career in 1977 with Perugia.[2] Niccolai played 218 Serie A matches,[2] and is still remembered today for his proneness to score own goals, including some very spectacular ones.[4]

International careerEdit

Niccolai made three appearances for the Italy national football team in 1970, and represented the team at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, where he won a runners-up medal; he only appeared in Italy's opening group match, a 1–0 win against Sweden on 3 June, as he was replaced by Roberto Rosato in the 37th minute, after sustaining an injury which kept him out of the remainder of the tournament.[5][6] This led his Cagliari coach Manlio Scopigno to declare: "I could expect everything from my life, but to see Niccolai in international telecast".[7]

After retirementEdit

He is currently working with the Italian Football Federation as national team scout.[8] He also worked as a youth coach for the Cagliari under-18 side.[9]







  1. ^ Vittore Trabucco (4 July 2014). "MOSE GALAN COME NICCOLAI Comunardo Niccolai, arcigno difensore del Cagliari" (in Italian). Il Gazzettino. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Nanni Boi (29 May 2003). "Niccolai, autogol alla Sivori" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b Federico Ventagliò (19 November 2012). "ESCLUSIVA TC - Comunardo Niccolai: "I miei bellissimi autogol"" (in Italian). Tutto Cagliari. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Storia dell'autogol" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Niccolai, Cumunardo" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  6. ^ Nanni Boi (16 December 2013). "I 5 gol veri di Niccolai che finì in nazionale per due autoreti non sue" (in Italian). Tiscali. Archived from the original on 2 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  7. ^ a b Sebastiano Vernazza (10 March 2007). "Niccolai, artista dell'autogol" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  8. ^ "COMUNARDO NICCOLAI". FIGC. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Raffaelli, il talent scout dei giovani" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 10 June 2003. Retrieved 22 November 2015.

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