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Happy birthday to Giovanni Galli!

The former Fiorentina, AC Milan and Napoli goalkeeper turns 64 today. He was part of the Italy squad that won the World Cup in Spain in 1982

Friday, April 29, 2022

Happy birthday to Giovanni Galli!

Giovanni Galli - former Fiorentina, AC Milan and Napoli goalkeeper as well as a World Champion with Italy at Spain '82 - was born in Pisa on 29 April 1958.

He began his life in football with Fiorentina, where he would spend nine seasons between 1977 and 1986. He then headed north to join AC Milan, with whom he would reach the very peak of international club football, winning two European Cups, one Intercontinental Cup, one European Supercup, one Scudetto and the Coppa Italia. His next moves took him to Napoli, where he won the Supercoppa Italiana, and then to Parma to play as a back-up to Luca Bucci as he added the UEFA Cup in 1994/95 to his already impressive trophy haul. He ended his career with Lucchese the following year.

With the Italy National Team, during the Bearzot era, he was part of the squad that went to the Euros in 1980, as well as the World Cup-winning side at Spain 1982. However, his debut with Italy wouldn't come until 5 October 1983 in a 3-0 win over Greece. He went on to win 19 caps with the Azzurri.

After his playing career, he became a sporting director, spending time with Foggia, Verona and Lucca. He was also a candidate for the mayoral elections in Florence in 2009 and for the elections to the European Parliament in 2014.