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Comunardo Niccolai
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Full name Comunardo Niccolai
Date of birth (1946-12-15) 15 December 1946 (age 76)
Place of birth Uzzano, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1964 Torres 22 (0)
1964–1976 Cagliari 218 (4)
1976–1977 Perugia 7 (0)
1977–1978 Prato 4 (0)
Total 251 (4)
National team
1970 Italy 3 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Comunardo Niccolai (Italian pronunciation: [komuˈnardo nikkoˈlai]; born 15 December 1946) is an Italian former footballer, who played as a defender.

Club career

A tough, physically strong centre-back, Niccolai initially began his career with Torres in 1963, before joining Cagliari Calcio, where he played from 1964 to 1976, winning the only Serie A championship in the club's entire club history in 1970. He ended his career in 1977 with Perugia. Niccolai played 218 Serie A matches, and is still remembered today for his proneness to score own goals, including some very spectacular ones.

International career

Niccolai made three appearances for the Italy national football team in 1970, and represented the team at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, where he won a runners-up medal; he only appeared in Italy's opening group match, a 1–0 win against Sweden on 3 June, as he was replaced by Roberto Rosato in the 37th minute, after sustaining an injury which kept him out of the remainder of the tournament. This led his Cagliari coach Manlio Scopigno to declare: "I could expect everything from my life, but to see Niccolai in international telecast".

After retirement

He is currently working with the Italian Football Federation as national team scout. He also worked as a youth coach for the Cagliari under-18 side.






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