Pietro Paolo Virdis
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Pietro Paolo Virdis

Pietro Paolo Virdis
Pietro Paolo Virdis, 1988.jpg
Virdis in 1988
Personal information
Full name Antonio Pietro Paolo Virdis
Date of birth (1957-06-26) 26 June 1957 (age 62)
Place of birth Sassari, Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft  in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1971-1973 Juvenilia Sassari
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973-1974 Nuorese 25 (11)
1974-1977 Cagliari 75 (24)
1977-1980 Juventus 45 (8)
1980-1981 Cagliari 22 (5)
1981-1982 Juventus 30 (9)
1982-1984 Udinese 45 (12)
1984-1989 Milan 135 (53)
1989-1991 Lecce 46 (8)
Total 423 (130)
National team
1976-1978 Italy U-21 8 (1)
1987-1988 Italy Olympic Team 15 (9)
Teams managed
1998-1999 Atletico Catania
2001 Viterbese
2002 Nocerina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Antonio Pietro Paolo Virdis (born 26 June 1957) is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as a forward. Throughout his career, he played for Nuorese, before playing in Serie A with Cagliari Calcio, Juventus, Udinese Calcio, and A.C. Milan; he ended his career with Lecce. Known for his eye for goal, with Juventus, he won two league titles and a Coppa Italia; with Milan, he was the league's top-scorer in 1987, also winning a league title and the Supercoppa Italiana in 1988, and was part of the club's European Cup victory in 1989. At international level, he represented the Italy under-23 side at the 1988 Summer Olympics, helping the team to a fourth-place finish.

Club career

Born in Sassari, Italy, Virdis started his career in his native Sardinia with amateur Serie D side Nuorese in 1973, scoring 11 goals in his first senior season at the young age of 16. He later joined Cagliari, making his Serie A debut on 6 October 1974 in a league game versus Udinese.

Virdis with Cagliari in 1974-75 season

In 1977, he joined Juventus, where he played until 1982, except for a one-year stint back at Cagliari in 1980-81. After failing to find a first team place, in 1982 he left Juventus for Udinese.[1] In 1984, he then moved at A.C. Milan, where he enjoyed his best period at club level. He made his Serie A debut with the club in a 2-1 away defeat to Parma on 22 August 1984, and he played five seasons with the rossoneri, winning the Serie A top-scorer title during the 1986-87 season, with 17 goals; he also won the 1987-88 Serie A title, and the 1988 Supercoppa Italiana with the club, followed by the 1988-89 European Cup. In total, he made 186 appearances for Milan, scoring 76 goals, 53 of which were scored in Serie A in 135 appearances. In 1989, aged 32, he left AC Milan to join Lecce, where he spent his final two seasons as a professional footballer before retiring in 1991.[2]

International career

Although he never gained a cap for the senior squad,[3] he helped the Italian Olympic team qualify for Seoul 1988. In the tournament, he went on to score 3 goals in 6 matches as Italy reached the semi-finals, losing out 2-0 to West Germany in the bronze medal final. Before this he competed in the 1982 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship with the Italy national under-21 football team.

Managerial career

After retiring from active football, Virdis tried to pursue a career as a manager. In November 1998 he took his first managerial role, becoming head coach of Serie C1 club Atletico Catania,[4] being however fired later in April 1999.[5]

He then returned into management in March 2001, accepting an offer from Viterbese of Serie C1.[6] However, his stint lasted a mere two months, as he was fired in May of that year.[7] In April 2002 he then accepted a managerial role at Nocerina, leading the team for the final few weeks of the season.[8]

He later abandoned football and opened a restaurant and wine bar in Milan. However, in July 2008 he stated his interest in getting back into management.[9]

Club statistics

Season Club Tournament
T'ment Apps Gol
1973-74 Nuorese D 25 11
1974-75 Cagliari A 19 0
1975-76 A 23 6
1976-77 B 33 18
1977-78 Juventus A 10 1
1978-79 A 23 6
1979-80 A 12 1
1980-81 Cagliari A 22 5
1981-82 Juventus A 30 9
1982-83 Udinese A 16 2
1983-84 A 29 10
1984-85 Milan A 28 9
1985-86 A 28 6
1986-87 A 28 17
1987-88 A 25 11
1988-89 A 26 10
1989-90 Lecce A 25 4
1990-91 A 21 4
Total Serie A 365 101






  1. ^ a b Stefano Bedeschi (26 June 2013). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Pietro Paolo VIRDIS" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "A.C. Milan Hall of Fame: Pietro Paolo Virdis". acmilan.com. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Dieci italiani più uno che avrebbero meritato la nazionale" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Virdis allenatore dell'Atletico Catania". Il Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 28 November 1998. Retrieved 2009.
  5. ^ "L' Atletico Catania esonera Virdis". corriere.it (in Italian). 13 April 1999. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ "Viterbese-Virdis, presentazione polemica" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 14 March 2001. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ "La Viterbese ha licenziato Virdis" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 15 May 2001. Retrieved 2009.
  8. ^ "Arezzo: promosso Pellicano' la Nocerina sceglie Virdis" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 19 April 2002. Retrieved 2009.
  9. ^ "Anche Virdis ricade in tentazione: "Voglio fare l' allenatore"" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 12 July 2008. Retrieved 2009.
  10. ^ Roberto Di Maggio; Igor Kramarsic; Alberto Novello (11 June 2015). "Italy - Serie A Top Scorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2015.

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