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Roberto Tricella (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto triˈtʃɛlla]; born 18 March 1959) is a former Italian footballer who played as a defender. He was most frequently deployed as a sweeper throughout his career.[1] Tricella played for Italian clubs Internazionale, Verona, Juventus, and Bologna, winning a Coppa Italia with Inter, a Serie A title with Verona, and a Coppa Italia-UEFA Cup double with Juventus. At international level, he represented the Italy national football team at the 1984 Summer Olympics, and at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Roberto Tricella
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-03-18) 18 March 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Cernusco sul Naviglio, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1979 Internazionale 5 (0)
1979–1987 Verona 255 (3)
1987–1990 Juventus 80 (2)
1990–1991 Bologna 23 (0)
National team
1984–1987 Italy 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Club careerEdit

Tricella was born at Cernusco sul Naviglio, near Milan. During his club career he played for Inter (1977–79), Hellas Verona (1979–87), Juventus (1987–90), and Bologna (1990–92). With Inter, he made his Serie A debut, also winning the 1977–78 Coppa Italia. He later moved to Serie B club Hellas Verona, and during the 1984–85 Serie A season, he notably captained Osvaldo Bagnoli's Verona to an historic Serie A victory, the only league victory in the club's history.[2][3] He later transferred to Juventus in 1987, as an intended replacement for Gaetano Scirea, and during his final season with the club, he briefly served as the club's captain in 1989, and was able to capture a Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup double, under manager Dino Zoff.[4][5]

International careerEdit

Tricella earned 11 caps for the Italy national football team from 1984 to 1987, and he was included in Italy's 1986 FIFA World Cup squad under Enzo Bearzot, although he did not play in the tournament, serving as Gaetano Scirea's backup in the libero role. Under Bearzot's successor, manager Azeglio Vicini, he also received little space due to the presence of Franco Baresi on the team.[4] He also competed for Italy at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where the team finished in fourth place after a semi-final defeat.[6][7]

Style of playEdit

A tenacious but fair defender, Tricella was known for his ability to time his challenges, as well as his ability to defend opponents in one on one situations, due to his mobility. He was also capable of starting quick attacking plays after winning back possession courtesy of his tactical intelligence, range of passing, and elegance on the ball. Although he was also capable of playing as a centre-back, he was most frequently deployed as a sweeper throughout his career, and stood out for his more modern interpretation of the role, which saw him often advance with the ball and launch counter-attacks with long passes, rather than simply clearing the ball away in the mold of a more traditional sweeper.[8]



  1. ^ "Il magico Verona di Osvaldo Bagnoli" (in Italian). Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Papa Wojtyla disse a Tricella: così giovane, già capitano?" (in Italian). Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  3. ^ "BAGNOLI Osvaldo: il Mago della porta accanto" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Il Pallone Racconta: Roberto TRICELLA" (in Italian). Il Pallone Racconta. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Stefano Bedeschi (18 March 2014). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Roberto TRICELLA" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Roberto Tricella Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Nazionale in cifre: Tricella, Roberto". (in Italian). FIGC. Archived from the original on 18 July 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Roberto Tricella" (in Italian). Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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Preceded by
Antonio Cabrini
Juventus F.C. captains
Succeeded by
Sergio Brio