Graziano Bini (born 7 January 1955 in San Daniele Po) is a retired Italian professional footballer and manager, who played as a defender. He spent the majority of his club career with Italian side Inter, where he won a Serie A title and two Coppa Italia titles; he ended his career with Genoa.
|Date of birth||7 January 1955|
|Place of birth||San Daniele Po, Italy|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
After spending his youth career with Cremonese (1966) and Inter (1968–71), Bini also went on to represent the Inter senior team for fourteen seasons during his club career. He joined the first team during the 1971–72 season, making his debut on 7 May 1972, in a 0–0 away draw against Sampdoria; he remained with the club until 1985, later being named the team's captain in 1978, and wearing the armband for the next 7 seasons, until he left the club. During his time in Milan, he made 343 appearances (233 in Serie A), scoring 13 goals (7 in Serie A); he won a Serie A title in 1980, and two Coppa Italia titles, in 1978, and 1982, also reaching the semi-finals of the 1980–81 European Cup, during which he scored a goal against Real Madrid. After struggling with injuries and competing with Riccardo Ferri for a place in the starting line-up during his final season with the club, Bini later joined Genoa, where he remained until his retirement in 1988, spending the last two seasons of his career in Serie B.
Due to much competition from Facchetti and subsequently Scirea in his position, at international level, Bini only made a single appearance for Italy, which came in a 4–1 unofficial friendly home win against Norway, on 10 February 1975; he also made 5 appearances with the Under-23 side, and 2 with the Italy national under-21 football team.
Following his retirement, Bini worked as a scout; he currently coaches the Free Players, a non-professional Italian national team made up of Serie A free agents.
Style of playEdit
A tall, physically strong and elegant sweeper, Bini was known for his confidence on the ball, his leadership, and his goalscoring as a defender, due to his ability in the air, although he was also injury prone. He was also capable of playing as a man-marking centre-back, or stopper.
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| Internazionale captain