Daniele Amadeo "Danny" Tiatto (born 22 May 1973) is an Australian former footballer who played for Bulleen Lions, Melbourne Knights, Salernitana, Baden, Stoke City, Manchester City, Leicester City, Brisbane Roar, St Albans Saints and Werribee City.
Tiatto playing for Brisbane Roar in 2008.
|Full name||Daniele Amadeo Tiatto|
|Date of birth||22 May 1973|
|Place of birth||Werribee, Australia|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|1998||→ Stoke City (loan)||15||(1)|
|2011||St Albans Saints||2||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Tiatto commenced his senior career with Bulleen in the Victorian Premier League (VPL), eventually impressing enough to secure a move to the National Soccer League with Melbourne Knights. There he signalled his ability as a dashing left winger, helping the Knights in their golden era as they claimed back-to-back championships. In 1996, he joined Salernitana of the Italian Serie B on a temporary basis, but did not earn a permanent contract. A spell at Swiss club Baden followed, before Tiatto moved to the English club Stoke City on loan on 25 November 1997. He played 15 times for Stoke in 1997–98 scoring once which came in a 2–1 defeat at home to Huddersfield Town on 7 March 1998.
In the summer of 1998 Tiatto was signed by Manchester City for a fee of £300,000. Tiatto struggled to hold down a first team place during his first season at Manchester City, partially due to indiscipline. The next season was more successful for Tiatto, making 35 appearances as Manchester City gained promotion to the Premiership. The 2000–01 season saw Manchester City relegated, however, Tiatto performed well for the struggling club leading to speculation he would move on to another Premiership team. He also won Manchester City's Player of the Year award for the season. The 2001–02 season saw Tiatto again form part of a promotion winning side. On the return to the top division Tiatto again found his first team opportunities limited. A sending off against Blackburn Rovers six minutes after coming on a substitute resulted in a long exile from the first team. Injuries also restricted appearances, with Tiatto making just 13 starts in the final two years of his time at Manchester City. Tiatto signed for Leicester City on a two-year deal in the summer of 2004, after his contract Manchester City expired.
Usually employed as a left-winger for Leicester City, Tiatto played anywhere down the left side, or in central midfield. He was a firm favourite with Leicester City fans and he was voted Leicester's 2005 Player of the Season by supporters. However, Tiatto had a bad season in the 2005–06 season, mainly due to indiscipline and injury.
Tiatto was the Leicester City club captain, having taken over the armband from Matt Elliott when the Scottish defender retired in 2005, before losing it to Paddy McCarthy at the end of the 2005–06 season.
In February 2007, Tiatto signed a pre-contract agreement with Brisbane Roar FC in the Hyundai A-League for the 2007–08 season. On 1 July, Tiatto made his debut for the Roar coming on as a substitute against South African team Supersport United. Tiatto featured prominently in his sides two all draw against Adelaide United in Round One of the 2007–08 A-League season. However Tiatto was subsequently cited after the match for serious conduct relating to an ugly incident with Adelaide United defender Richie Alagich, and received a two match suspension.
During round 21, Tiatto scored his first goal for Brisbane Roar with a superb strike against Perth Glory. Soon after he threw his support behind axed keeper Liam Reddy to return in place of stand-in keeper Griffin McMaster for the A-League finals. He has been released from the Roar.
After having a falling out with Roar coach Ange Postecoglou, Tiatto was sacked from Brisbane. However in 2010, he signed a one-year deal with VPL club Melbourne Knights, the club he played for before moving overseas. He later played for St Albans Saints and Werribee City.
Tiatto won 25 caps for the Australian national team (scoring 1 goal) before his retirement from international football in October 2005. He also represented Australia at under 23 level when he played at the 1996 Olympic Games.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Bulleen Lions||1992||Victoria Premier League||2||0||—||—||—||2||0|
|1993||Victoria Premier League||13||0||—||—||—||13||0|
|1994||Victoria Premier League||23||1||—||—||—||23||1|
|Melbourne Knights||1994–95||National Soccer League||25||3||—||—||—||25||3|
|1996–97||National Soccer League||18||0||—||—||—||18||0|
|Stoke City||1997–98||First Division||15||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||1|
|Manchester City||1998–99||Second Division||17||1||0||0||1||1||1||0||19||2|
|Melbourne Knights||2010||Victoria Premier League||11||0||—||—||—||11||0|
|St Albans Saints||2011||Victoria Premier League||2||1||—||—||—||2||1|
|Werribee City||2012||Victorian State League Division 1||3||0||—||—||—||3||0|
National team statisticsEdit
|Australia national team|
With Melbourne Knights:
- NSL Championship: 1994-1995, 1995–1996
- Lowe, Simon (2000). Stoke City The Modern Era - A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-39-2.
- Webster, Rupert. "TIATTO TO GO?". Sky Sports.
- Danny Tiatto returns to Melbourne Knights
- Knights to gain from Tiatto's poetic homecoming, The Roar, Retrieved on 4 March 2010.
- "Tiatto signs with Saints". Star News. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
- Danny Tiatto at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
- "Danny Tiatto". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.