Giuseppe Taglialatela

Giuseppe "Pino" Taglialatela[1] (born 2 January 1969) is an Italian former professional football coach and goalkeeper. He is currently club chairman of Lega Pro club Ischia.

Giuseppe Taglialatela
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-01-02) 2 January 1969 (age 51)
Place of birth Ischia, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Napoli 0 (0)
1988–1989 Palermo 34 (0)
1989–1990 Avellino 38 (0)
1990–1991 Napoli 3 (0)
1991–1992 Palermo 38 (0)
1992–1993 Bari 30 (0)
1993–1999 Napoli 174 (0)
1999–2002 Fiorentina 12 (0)
2002–2003 Siena 1 (0)
2004–2005 Benevento 1 (0)
2005–2006 Avellino 5 (0)
Total 336 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

After developing in the Ischia Isolaverde Youth Sector, Tagliatela transferred to the Napoli Youth Sector, and was promoted to the first team during the 1987–88 season, as the club's third-choice keeper, behind Claudio Garella and Raffaele Di Rusco, failing to make an appearance with the club. Taglialatela began his professional playing career while on loan with Palermo during the 1988–89 season, while they were in Serie C1; after appearing with Avellino in Serie B the following season, he began to gain attention from Serie A clubs.[1][2]

Taglialatela moved to his native club Napoli in 1990 during their peak, but played in only three games, making his Serie A debut on 6 January 1991, in a 1–0 away defeat to Juventus. After three loan spells at Serie B sides Palermo, Ternana, and Bari, he returned to Napoli, following Giovanni Galli's transfer to Torino, playing with the club from 1993 until 1999.[3][4][5] On this occasion, he was finally able to break into the first team, and became the club's number one keeper for several years, as well as the club's captain in 1999, also attracting attention from larger clubs, including Inter, although he elected to remain with Napoli, despite the club's financial crisis.[6] During his third stint with Napoli, he narrowly missed out on the Coppa Italia during the 1996–97 season, as Napoli lost the final to Vicenza. His later seasons with the club were less successful, as Napoli suffered Serie B relegation during the 1997–98 season, conceding numerous goals.[1][2]


After leaving Napoli, Taglialatela moved to Fiorentina for 5 billion lire in a co-ownership deal (€2.582 million),[7] where he played as understudy to Francesco Toldo, and later Alexander Manninger. The club also signed Fabio Rossitto for 15 billion lire from Napoli, as well as selling Emiliano Bigica to Napoli.[2]

During his first season with the club, Taglialatela made his UEFA Champions League debut in a 2–0 away defeat to Valencia.[8] In June 2000, Fiorentina signed Taglialatela outright; Bigica also joined Napoli outright.[9]

Taglialatela won the Coppa Italia during his second season with Fiorentina; his third season in Florence was once again less successful, as Fiorentina were relegated to Serie B.[1]


He subsequently moved to Siena for a season in 2002. After a year-long hiatus, he signed with Serie C1 side Benevento, before ending his career after a season with Avellino, retiring in 2006.[1][2]

Style of playEdit

Due to his consistent performances, reactions, athleticism, and agility, Taglialatela earned the nicknames "pipistrello" (bat), and "Batman";[1][10] he was also known to be a specialist at saving penalty kicks; throughout his career he made 173 appearances in the Italian top–flight between 1991 and 2002, saving 12 penalties from 28 attempts, and he has the highest save percentage from spot kicks in Serie A history (42.9%). He has also stopped the joint–ninth–most penalties in Serie A history, alongside Emiliano Viviano, Luigi Turci, and Massimo Taibi.[11][12][13]

Post-playing careerEdit

From February to May 2012 he worked as goalkeepers' coach for hometown club Ischia.[10]

On July 2014 he was named new chairman of hometown club Ischia.[14]





  1. ^ a b c d e f Leonardo Ciccarelli (12 June 2013). "La storia siete voi: Pino Taglialatela, the Dark Knight" (in Italian). Tutto Napoli. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Giuseppe Tagliatela" (in Italian). Tutto Calciatori. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  3. ^ "GALLI & CRIPPA, SUBITO NERVI" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 8 September 1992. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  4. ^ Antonio Guido (8 October 1992). "LAMPO DI SCIFO, IL BARI NON CI STA" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  5. ^ Alvaro Fiorucci (21 August 1992). "CALCIO FOLLIE IN UMBRIA LA TERNANA AL CAPOLINEA" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  6. ^ Affinita Gustavo (6 February 1999). "Il Taglialatela scomparso nuovo caso per il Napoli" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  7. ^ A.C. Fiorentina S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2001 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  8. ^ "Valencia vs. Fiorentina: 2-0" (in Italian). UEFA. 7 March 2000. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  9. ^ "C.S. N°171 (1999–2000): risoluzioni consensuali degli accordi di partecipazione" (in Italian). Lega Calcio. 20 June 2000. Archived from the original on 18 February 2001.
  10. ^ a b "BATMAN - Taglialatela sarà il nuovo preparatore dei portieri dell'Ischia". CalcioNapoli24 (in Italian). 29 February 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  11. ^ Tomaselli Paolo (25 October 2008). "Rigori, riparte la sfida degli Infallibili" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  12. ^ Davide Martini (27 January 2014). "I 7 portieri pararigori della storia della Serie A" (in Italian). Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Handanovic come Pagliuca, la classifica dei migliori pararigori della storia della Serie A" (in Italian). 12 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Pino Taglialatela è il nuovo presidente dell'Ischia" (in Italian). EuropaCalcio. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Roberto Ayala
Napoli captain
Succeeded by
Francesco Baldini