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Franco Selvaggi
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Personal information
Date of birth (1953-05-15) 15 May 1953 (age 69)
Place of birth Pomarico, Italy
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Pro Matera
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1973 Ternana 12 (1)
1973–1974 A.S. Roma (loan) 2 (0)
1974 Ternana 1 (0)
1974–1979 Taranto 146 (22)
1979–1982 Cagliari 85 (28)
1982–1984 Torino 56 (15)
1984–1985 Udinese 20 (5)
1985–1986 Inter 7 (0)
1986–1987 Sambenedettese 26 (9)
Total 355 (80)
National team
1980 Italy U21 2 (2)
1981 Italy 3 (0)
Teams managed
1992–1993 Catanzaro
1994 Taranto
1996 Matera
1998 Castel di Sangro
2002 Crotone
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Franco Selvaggi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈfraŋko selˈvaddʒi]; born 15 May 1953) is an Italian former football player. Born in Pomarico, province of Matera, he was deployed as a striker.

Club career

In his Serie A career (1972–1986), Selvaggi played for Ternana (1972–74), A.S. Roma (1973–74), Cagliari (1979–82), Torino (1982–84), Udinese (1984–85), and Inter (1985–86), also playing with Taranto (1974–79), and ending his career with Sambenedettese (1986–87).

International career

Selvaggi represented the Italy national under-21 football team twice in 1980, scoring 2 goals. With the Italian national team, he earned 3 caps in 1981, making his debut in a 0–0 home draw against East Germany on 19 April. He was a member of the Italy team that won the 1982 World Cup under Enzo Bearzot, but he never played a match in that event.

Style of play

A small, quick, dynamic, mobile, and hardworking centre-forward, he excelled at making attacking runs off the ball, and at playing off his team-mates during build-up plays. He was also capable of holding up the ball for them with his back to goal.

Retirement and managerial career

Following his retirement from playing football, Selvaggi became a football coach.





  • Medaglia d'Oro al valore atletico: 1982
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