Franco Selvaggi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈfraŋko selˈvaddʒi]; born 15 May 1953) is an Italian former football player. Born in Pomarico, province of Matera, he was deployed as a striker.

Franco Selvaggi
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-05-15) 15 May 1953 (age 66)
Place of birth Pomarico, Italy
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Pro Matera
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1973 Ternana 12 (1)
1973–1974A.S. Roma (loan) 2 (0)
1974 Ternana 1 (0)
1974–1979 Taranto 146 (22)
1979–1982 Cagliari 85 (28)
1982–1984 Torino 56 (15)
1984–1985 Udinese 20 (5)
1985–1986 Inter 7 (0)
1986–1987 Sambenedettese 26 (9)
National team
1980 Italy under-21 2 (2)
1981 Italy 3 (0)
Teams managed
1992–1993 Catanzaro
1994 Taranto
1996 Matera
1998 Castel di Sangro
2002 Crotone
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

In his Serie A career (1972–1986), Selvaggi played for Ternana (1972–74), A.S. Roma (1973–74), Cagliari (1979–82), Torino (1982–84), Udinese (1984–85), and Inter (1985–86), also playing with Taranto (1974–79), and ending his career with Sambenedettese (1986–87).[1]

International careerEdit

Selvaggi represented the Italy national under-21 football team twice in 1980, scoring 2 goals. With the Italian national team, he earned 3 caps in 1981, making his debut in a 0–0 home draw against East Germany on 19 April. He was a member of the Italy team that won the 1982 World Cup under Enzo Bearzot, but he never played a match in that event.[2][3][4]

Style of playEdit

A small, quick, dynamic, mobile, and hardworking centre-forward, he excelled at making attacking runs off the ball, and at playing off his team-mates during build-up plays. He was also capable of holding up the ball for them with his back to goal.[5]

Retirement and managerial careerEdit

Following his retirement from playing football, Selvaggi became a football coach.[6]

HonoursEdit

InternationalEdit

Italy[2]

IndividualEdit

  • Medaglia d'Oro al valore atletico: 1982[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nicola Salerno (29 April 2015). "L'intervista della settimana: Franco Selvaggi". www.materacalciostory.it (in Italian).
  2. ^ a b 1982 FIFA World Cup: Italy Squad FIFA. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Selvaggi, Franco". National-Football-Teams.com. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Nazionale in cifre: Selvaggi, Franco". www.figc.it (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  5. ^ Marino Bartoletti (22 May 2002). "Selvaggi, campione di pazienza "L' impresa fu sopportare Tardelli"". corriere.it (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  6. ^ Daniele Mosconi (6 September 2012). "ESCLUSIVA TLP - Mi ritorni in mente : Franco Selvaggi". www.tuttolegapro.com (in Italian). Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Franco Selvaggi". www.medagliedoro.org (in Italian). Retrieved 29 April 2015.