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Ivano Bordon
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Bordon in 2008
Personal information
Date of birth (1951-04-13) 13 April 1951 (age 71)
Place of birth Marghera, Italy
Height 1.83 m
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1983 Internazionale 281 (0)
1983–1986 Sampdoria 90 (0)
1986–1987 Sanremese 16 (0)
1987–1989 Brescia 62 (0)
Total 449 (0)
National team
1970–1973 Italy U21 6 (0)
1978–1984 Italy 21 (0)
Teams managed
1993–1994 Napoli (goalkeeping coach)
1994–1999 Juventus (goalkeeping coach)
1999–2001 Internazionale (goalkeeping coach)
2001–2004 Juventus (goalkeeping coach)
2004–2006 Italy (goalkeeping coach)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ivano Bordon (Italian pronunciation: [iˈvaːno borˈdon; -ˈdɔn]; born 13 April 1951) is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. During his career he was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in Italy, and had a successful career playing for several Italian clubs. At international level, he mainly served as a back-up to Dino Zoff, and was a member of the Italy national football team that won the 1982 FIFA World Cup, also taking part at the 1978 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1980.

After retiring, he became a notable and successful goalkeeping coach with Juventus and the Italy national football team that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup, under manager Marcello Lippi.

Club career

Bordon was born in Marghera, Venice. During his Serie A career (from 1970 to 1989) he played for Inter (1970–83); he initially served as a back-up to Lido Vieri, but later won a place as the team's starting goalkeeper, winning two Serie A titles in 1971 and 1980, as well as two Coppa Italia titles; he also reached the 1972 European Cup final with Inter, where they were defeated by Cruyff's Ajax side. He later played for Sampdoria (1983–86), where he won another Coppa Italia in 1985. He also played for Sanremese (1986–87) and Brescia (1987–89) before retiring.

International career

At international level, Bordon received 21 caps for the Italy national team between 1978 and 1984, and he participated in three major tournaments with Italy as Dino Zoff's backup. He represented Italy at the 1978 FIFA World Cup (where Italy reached the semi-finals finishing in fourth place), Euro 1980 (where Italy reached the semi-finals finishing in fourth place once again), and he was also a member of Italy's 1982 World Cup winning squad.

Style of play

Regarded as one of the best Italian goalkeepers of his generation, Bordon was a traditional and introverted goalkeeper, known in particular for his composure, correct behaviour, positioning, and ability to organise his defence, as well as his ability to pull off athletic and acrobatic saves if necessary, without resorting to histrionics. Although he initially struggled when coming off his line to claim crosses, he later improved upon this element of his game as his career progressed.





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