Francesco "Ciccio" Graziani
(born December 16, 1952) is an Italy
football manager and former player.
Graziani was born in Subiaco
, in the province of Rome
As striker, he started his footballing career in Arezzo
. Later he became famous as one of the leading members of the last scudetto
won by Torino
. He joined the granata
in 1973, and soon became a key player for the team, winning the Serie A
in 1976. In 1977, he was the Serie A top-scorer with 21 goals.
Graziani then played for ACF Fiorentina
(1981–1983) and AS Roma
(1983–1988), and failing to win a European Cup
in a penalty defeat against Liverpool
(Graziani himself missed a penalty shoot-out in the match). He then played also for Udinese
, before abandoning his playing career. Graziani totalled 353 appearances, with 130 goals, in the Italian Serie A.
He was also an international player for Italy, representing the Azzurri
at the 1978 FIFA World Cup
, 1982 FIFA World Cup
and in Euro 80
. He scored one goal in the 1982 FIFA World Cup
, a tournament that Italy
won. With 23 goals in 64 caps, he is (as of April, 2006) ranked as the ninth highest all-time scorer for his national team.
Graziani coached a number of teams with little fortune: Fiorentina in 1989, Reggina
in 1990, and Avellino
in 1993. In... Read More