Bruno Conti (100 Greatest Footballers of all time)


Bruno Conti (born 13 March 1955 in Nettuno, Rome) is an Italian football manager and former player. He coached Serie A club Roma from 14 March 2005 to 30 June 2005; he is currently head of the club’s youth sector.1Throughout his playing career, he was usually deployed as a winger, and also previously played for Roma, where he spent his entire club career, aside from two season-long loan spells with Genoa in the 70s. He is considered by many in the sport to be one of the greatest Italian players of all time in his position. Nicknamed “The Mayor of Rome”, he was an important figure in the club’s history, and won a league title as well as five Coppa Italia titles during his time in the Italian capital. At international level, he was notably a member of Italy’s 1982 FIFA World Cup winning team, and also took part at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Early life
A native of Nettuno, a comune in the province of Rome, Conti is one of seven children and was a keen baseball player in his youth. His father Andrea was a bricklayer.
Club career

Conti spent his entire career, aside from two year-long loan spells at Genoa in Serie B during the 1975–76 (during which he won the Serie B title) and the 1978–79 seasons, at Roma. He had initially been a member of the club’s youth squad between 1972 and 1974, eventually making his senior club and Serie A debut in 1973, during the 1973–74 Season. During his time with the club, he famously wore the number 7 shirt, and he became an important figure with the club on the wing, as he won the Scudetto during the 1982–83 season and the Coppa Italia five times between 1979 and 1991. He played a key role in helping Roma to reach the 1984 European Cup Final, where they were defeated on penalties by Liverpool, with Conti missing his penalty in the shootout. He also helped Roma to reach the 1991 UEFA Cup Final, during his final season with the club, also winning his final Coppa Italia that season.

Due to his performances for Roma throughout his club career, Conti was given the nickname: “The Mayor of Rome”.[5] He was one of the eleven members to be inducted into the A.S. Roma Hall of Fame in 2012
International career

Conti made his Italy debut in October 1980 against Luxembourg. He scored his first goal for Italy in a 2–0 home win against Yugoslavia, in Turin, on 15 November 1980 during their 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Upon becoming a regular member of the Italian national side, he was often regarded as the heir of his more experienced team-mate, Causio, due to their similar role and playing style.

Conti was part of the Italian national side that won the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain, featuring in every match of the tournament, and scoring a goal in Italy’s first round draw against Peru. In the final against West Germany, despite being booked after 31 minutes, he was a central figure in Italy’s second goal that was scored by Marco Tardelli, and he single-handedly created Italy’s third goal by breaking down the right side from the half-way line through the German defence, and crossing the ball to Alessandro Altobelli, who scored from the top of the box after 81 minutes. He also won a penalty for Italy during the match, which Cabrini failed to convert, however. The Italians won the final game 3–1 and they were awarded their third World Cup title.Conti was elected to be part of the team of the tournament for his performances. Due to his pace, flair, creativity, influence, and technical ability, Conti was given the nickname “Mara-Zico” throughout the World Cup (a reference to the players Maradona and Zico); at the conclusion of the tournament, Pelé stated that he believed that Conti had been the best player of the tournament, and that he was one of the best players in the world.

Conti continued to be an important member of the Italian squad throughout the 80s, although the team failed to qualify for the 1984 European Championship. Conti took part with Italy at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, however, playing in every match, as the Italians were eliminated in the round of 16. He retired from international football after the tournament, following manager Enzo Bearzot’s departure from the national team. In total, he managed 5 goals in 47 appearances for Italy between 1980 and 1986.

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