Roberto Tricella

Roberto Tricella
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-03-18) 18 March 1959
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.

Roberto Tricella (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.

Club career

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] 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.[3][4]

International career

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.[3] He also competed for Italy at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where the team finished in fourth place after a semi-final defeat.[5][6]




  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. 1 2 3 4 5 "Il Pallone Racconta: Roberto TRICELLA" (in Italian). Il Pallone Racconta. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Stefano Bedeschi (18 March 2014). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Roberto TRICELLA" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  5. "Roberto Tricella Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  6. "Nazionale in cifre: Tricella, Roberto". (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 22 April 2015.

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

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