Mauricio TARICCO

Mauricio Taricco - Ipswich Town FC - Brief biography of his career at Portman Road.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 17 February 1998

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    • POSITION
      Full Back
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Saturday, 10 March 1973
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • CLUBS
  • Ipswich Town FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1994-1998
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 26th August 1995 as a sub in a 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion (Aged: 22)
    • Club Career
      134 League apps (+3 as sub), 4 goals
  • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Club Career Dates
      1998-2004
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 16th January 1999 as a sub in a 0-0 draw at Wimbledon (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      125 League apps (+5 as sub), 2 goals
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Mauricio TARICCO - Ipswich Town FC - Brief biography of his career at Portman Road.

 

Young Argentinian full-back Mauricio Taricco arrived at Ipswich Town from Argentinos Juniors for around £150,000 in September 1994, making his debut soon after in a desperate 3-0 home defeat by Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup. His league debut did not arrive until the following season, in a 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion in Division One on 26th August 1995. Taricco quickly made an impression as a solid defender blessed with immaculate passing ability and considerable attacking flair, and he went on to make 47 appearances that season. Mauricio began 1996-97 with his first goal for Ipswich in a 5-2 win over Reading. His burgeoning talent earned him the supporters vote for player of the year, and he confirmed his popularity with a goal against rivals Norwich City on the evening that he collected the award. Ipswich's 2-0 victory that night went a long way towards securing their place in the play-offs. There they were edged out by Sheffield United and Taricco's disappointment was clear to see. Mauricio made another 53 appearances as Ipswich missed out in the play-offs again in 1997-98. An eventful season saw them enjoy a thrilling League Cup run, in which Taricco scored against both Manchester United - a superb long-range, curling effort - and Chelsea. Continued good form at the start of 1998-99, which included a spectacular goal following a run from inside his own half against Crystal Palace, caught the attention of Tottenham Hotspur, whose bid of £1.775m Ipswich found impossible to refuse. His final game for the club turned out to be a 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 3rd November 1998, when he was stretchered off in the last few minutes. That represented a sad farewell for a hugely popular player. (Csaba Abrahall)