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Franco Tancredi
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-01-10) 10 January 1955 (age 68)
Place of birth Giulianova, Italy
Height 1.76 m
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1974 Giulianova 45 (0)
1974–1976 Milan 0 (0)
1976–1977 Rimini 28 (0)
1977–1990 Roma 288 (0)
1990–1991 Torino 6 (0)
Total 361 (0)
National team
1984–1986 Italy 12 (0)
Teams managed
1992–2004 Roma (goalkeeper coach)
2004–2006 Juventus (goalkeeper coach)
2006–2007 Real Madrid (goalkeeper coach)
2007–2011 England (goalkeeper coach)
2011–2012 Roma (goalkeeper coach)
2015 Livorno (goalkeeper coach)
2016 Livorno (goalkeeper coach)
2016 Ternana (goalkeeper coach)
2017–2018 Jiangsu Suning (goalkeeper coach)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Franco Tancredi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈfraŋko taŋˈkreːdi]; born 10 January 1955) is an Italian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper for several Italian clubs, in particular Roma, and the Italy national team. He is a member of the A.S. Roma Hall of Fame.

Club career

Tancredi began his career with Giulianova, and later also played with Milan and Rimini, before joining Roma. He made 288 Serie A appearances for Roma between 1979 and 1990, winning the Scudetto in 1983 and four Coppa Italia titles. In 1987, during a game against Milan at the San Siro, he was hit on the head by a firework thrown by a Milan supporter. He stopped breathing for a short time but was eventually resuscitated by paramedics. He ended his career in 1991 after a season with Torino, where he won the Mitropa Cup but was mainly a back-up to Luca Marchegiani.

In total, he made 294 appearances in Serie A throughout his career, as well as 28 in Serie B, 58 in the Coppa Italia, and 36 in European competitions.

International career

Tancredi represented Italy at the 1984 Summer Olympics and was the number two goalkeeper to Giovanni Galli in Italy's squad at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. He earned 12 caps with the national team between 1984 and 1986, all of which came in friendlies.

Style of play

Regarded as one of the best Italian goalkeepers of his generation, Tancredi was an explosive yet reliable and consistent shot-stopper. Although not particularly tall for a goalkeeper, he was blessed with great speed and agility and gained a reputation as a penalty saving specialist throughout his career. He was also known for his particular diving technique with one arm, which was similar to Rinat Dasayev's technique. Furthermore, he excelled at rushing off his line and getting to ground quickly to collect the ball, although he was less adept at coming out to claim crosses and high balls.

Managerial career

After retiring as a player, Tancredi worked as a goalkeeping coach for Roma until 2004 before following coach Fabio Capello to Juventus and taking the same post. At the start of the 2006–07 season, Tancredi followed Capello to work as a goalkeeping coach at Real Madrid.

On 14 December 2007, Tancredi was formally appointed goalkeeping coach of the England national team in line with the appointment of new England manager Fabio Capello. In 2011, Tancredi returned to Roma as part of the technical staff of new coach Luis Enrique. On 13 June, Tancredi left Roma for personal reasons.





  • Mitropa Cup: 1991


  • A.S. Roma Hall of Fame: 2012
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