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Nicola Caricola (born 13 February 1963 in Bari, Italy) is a former Italian footballer who played as a sweeper.

Nicola Caricola
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-02-13) 13 February 1963 (age 56)
Place of birth Bari, Italy
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1981 Bari
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1983 Bari 70 (2)
1983–1987 Juventus 59 (0)
1987–1994 Genoa 201 (6)
1994 Torino 4 (0)
1994–1995 Genoa 24 (0)
1996 MetroStars 26 (2)
National team
1982–1984 Italy U-21 10 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

At club level, Caricola played for Bari (1981–83), Juventus (1983–87), Genoa (1987–94, 1994–95), and Torino (1994) in Italy. In 1995, he had an unsuccessful trial with English side Aston Villa. He finished out his career with the New Jersey MetroStars of Major League Soccer, playing with them during the league's inaugural season in 1996. Although Caricola played well for the team, he is most remembered for the own goal he scored in the dying seconds of the club's first home game, a 1–0 loss to New England Revolution.[1] He retired in February 1997.[2]

In 2005 Nicola Caricola moved to Cape Town, South Africa and established Nicaf Espresso Systems, official distributor of Lavazza Espresso Coffee in southern Africa. The name "Nicaf" stands for "NI-cola" and "CAF-fe'".


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