|Date of birth
20 October 1945 |
|Place of birth
||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Romeo Benetti (born 20 October 1945 in Albaredo d'Adige) is a former Italian footballer. Benetti was a tenacious midfielder who was known for his stamina, charisma, determination, and leadership. Although he was initially deployed as a winger, he usually played in a defensive midfield role and his hard-tackling style of play epitomised the catenaccio tactics made famous by Italy during the 1970s. He was also known for his goal-scoring ability, despite being a predominately defensive player, due to his powerful and accurate striking ability from distance, as well as his reliable technique and distribution.
After winning the 1967-68 Serie B title with Palermo, Benetti started his Serie A career in 1968 with Juventus, making 24 appearances and scoring a goal during his first season with the club. However, he did not remain at the club for long, and he joined Sampdoria on loan during the next season. His breakthrough came in the 1970-1971 Serie A season, after joining A.C. Milan in 1970, helping the club to three consecutive second place finishes in the league between 1970-1973. During his time at the club, he won the 1972-73 European Cup Winners' Cup, as well as two Coppa Italia trophies during the 1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons, later being named the club's captain, inheriting the armband from team-mate Gianni Rivera.
In 1976 he returned to Juventus and won the 1976-77 and 1977-78 Serie A titles, as well as the 1976-77 UEFA Cup, and the Coppa Italia during the 1978-79 season. As his career came to an end he transferred to Roma in 1979, where he remained until 1981, winning two more consecutive Coppa Italia titles.
In 2007 he was voted in at number 30 in a list of football's 50 greatest hardmen by times online.
Benetti won 55 caps for Italy, scoring 2 goals throughout his international career, making his debut on the 25th September 1971 against Mexico. He was member of the Italian squads that took part in the FIFA World Cup 1974, and the FIFA World Cup 1978, where Italy finished in fourth place; Benetti scored a goal in the first round of the tournament, in a 3-1 victory over Hungary. He also took part at the 1980 UEFA European Championship with his country, on home soil, where he helped his team to the semi-finals, eventually finishing the tournament in fourth place. He was voted into Italy's all time world cup team by website PlanetWorldCup.com and its members.
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Romeo Benetti with Italy
Profile of the great italian midfielder of the seventies, who starred for Italy in the world cups 1974 and 1978. Benetti played for Milan, Juventus and Roma, having his glorious days with Juventus....
Entrata killer di Benetti su Castellini nel Derby
"Romeo,picchia per noi!". "Romeo,picchia per noi!" "Romeo,picchia per noi!"
Italia - Inghilterra 2-0 ( Italy - England ) 1976 - Bettega
Qualificazioni mondiali (Argentina 1978). Forse il gol piu' bello della storia del calcio Italiano. Roberto Bettega testata in tuffo. Vedi il splendido tacco del Barone Franco Causio che si...
Top 10 goal di Benetti
I dieci miglior goal di Benetti in bianconero.
I Guerrieri della Juventus
Sito Web: http://juventino1984.jimdo.com/ Pagina Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juventino1984 Profilo Twitter: https://twitter.com/juventino1984ct Profilo Instagram: http://instagram.com/juvent...
Romeo Benetti goals with Juventus 1976 to 1979
Goals scored by Romeo Benetti for Juventus in the 1976/1977, 1977/1978 and 1978/1979 seasons.
Juventus 1976/1977 - Tardelli Benetti Bettega Causio interviste scudetto
Interviews with Tardelli, Benetti, Bettega and Causio just after the Sampdoria-Juventus game (0-2) which saw Juventus clinch their 17th scudetto!
How to pronounce Romeo Benetti (Italian/Italy) - PronounceNames.com
Audio and video pronunciation of Romeo Benetti brought to you by Pronounce Names (http://www.PronounceNames.com), a website dedicated to helping people pronounce names correctly. For more ...
Benetti goal with Milan - 1972
Great goal by Romeo Benetti for Milan against Inter in 1972. Milan won that game 3-2...
The Guardian (blog)
The Guardian (blog)
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:00:21 -0700
Kevin Keegan loosened the teeth of moustachioed nutcase Romeo Benetti, a foolish move for which the Juventus midfielder promised payback in full. He was as good as his word, settling the balance with one of the most gloriously cynical fouls of all time.
Calcio News 24
Calcio News 24
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:48:46 -0700
Sulla sfida in terra meneghina è intervenuto il doppio ex Romeo Benetti: ecco le parole dell'ex calciatore ai microfoni di Primocanale. LE PAROLE DI BENETTI - Ecco le parole di Benetti, in blucerchiato nella stagione 1969-1970: «Tutto il popolo doriano ...
Voci di Sport
TUTTO mercato WEB
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 03:07:30 -0700
Intervenuto telefonicamente nel corso di "Anteprima Calcio" in onda su Primocanale, Romeo Benetti, doppio ex di Milan e Sampdoria, ha parlato così della squadra rossonera, come riporta sampdorianews.net: "Il Milan? Si può dire che chi è causa del suo ...
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:16:44 -0700
«Il campionato 1985-86 iniziò con Corrado Orrico sulla panchina gialloazzurra; dopo le dimissioni di Orrico venne chiamato Romeo Benetti. Così, tramite un'indicazione di Ramaccioni del Milan, Benetti e il figlio di Menotti vennero a casa mia, per ...
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:33:45 -0700
MILANO - Sono 64 i giocatori rossoneri ad essere andati a segno almeno una volta nella storia di Milan-Sampdoria a San Siro. Il primo in assoluto fu Hector Puricelli, nella stagione 1946/1947, con il gol dell'1-0 che regalò la vittoria nella 23esima ...
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:18:44 -0800
Big Russ (@Super_Russ) January 27, 2015 · @alansmith90 Mourinho would have went for Paolo Montero for sure.uncompromising defender who would punch a baby in the face for 3pts. And Philip Kent: Romeo Benetti could slot into the modern-day Stoke ...
Napoli Calcio Live
Napoli Calcio Live
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 03:03:45 -0800
Non lasciatevi trarre in inganno dal titolo, l'attaccante italiano, trasformato mediano, Romeo Benetti, non collezionava figurine o palloni da calcio, no, collezionava ossa. Per ogni caviglia, ginocchio, naso rotto c'era un trofeo da aggiungere in ...
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:14:37 -0700
The move started with a pass from Romeo Benetti inside the centre circle to Franco Causio hovering over on the left flank. Benetti meanwhile slipped past two defenders on the inside, received the ball back from Causio and ran towards the by-line before ...
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