Gabriele ORIALI

Italian footballer

Gabriele Oriali - Italian footballer - FIFA Campionato del Mondo 1982

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 11 July 1982

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      Tuesday, 25 November 1952
      Como, Italia.
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Gabriele ORIALI - Italian footballer - FIFA Campionato del Mondo 1982

La foto qui sopra mostra il calciatore italiano Gabriele Oriali durante la Coppa del Mondo nel 1982.




ITALIA 1:1 CAMERUN (1:0) 23.06.82 Vigo, Estadio Balaidos (20000)

Dino Zoff (c), Claudio Gentile, Fulvio Collovati, Gaetano Scirea, Antonio Cabrini, Giancarlo Antognoni, Gabriele Oriali, Marco Tardelli, Bruno Conti, Francesco Graziani, Paolo Rossi
ITALIA 2:1 ARGENTINA (0:0) 29.06.82 Barcelona, Estadio Sarria (43000)
Dino Zoff (c), Claudio Gentile, Antonio Cabrini, Fulvio Collovati, Gaetano Scirea, Marco Tardelli, Giancarlo Antognoni, Gabriele Oriali (76 Giampiero Marini), Bruno Conti, Paolo Rossi (81 Alessandro Altobelli), Francesco Graziani
ITALIA 3:2 BRASILE (2:1) 05.07.82 Barcelona, Estadio Sarria (44000)
Dino Zoff (c), Claudio Gentile, Antonio Cabrini, Fulvio Collovati (34 Giuseppe Bergomi), Gaetano Scirea, Marco Tardelli (76 Giampiero Marini), Giancarlo Antognoni, Gabriele Oriali, Bruno Conti, Paolo Rossi, Francesco Graziani
ITALIA 2:0 POLONIA (1:0) 08.07.82 Barcelona, Estadio Nou Camp (50000)
Dino Zoff (c), Antonio Cabrini, Fulvio Collovati, Giuseppe Bergomi, Gaetano Scirea, Giancarlo Antognoni (26 Giampiero Marini), Bruno Conti, Gabriele Oriali, Marco Tardelli, Paolo Rossi, Francesco Graziani (70 Alessandro Altobelli)
ITALIA 3:1 GERMANIA (0:0) Finale della Coppa del Mondo 11.07.1982 Madrid, Estadio Bernabeu (90000)
Dino Zoff, Claudio Gentile, Gaetano Scirea, Fulvio Collovati, Giuseppe Bergomi, Antonio Cabrini, Gabriele Oriali, Marco Tardelli, Bruno Conti, Francesco Graziani (8 Alessandro Altobelli, 88 Franco Causio), Paolo Rossi




 A native of Como (Lombardy), son of an Italian father and a Romanian mother. Oriali played for the Inter youth team for four seasons before being promoted to the senior squad. He debuted for Inter in the 1970–71 Scudetto winning season and was an integral part of the Inter squad of the 1970s.

He didn't have the best technical ability but he was excellent in stopping players and was an excellent man-marker. He was labeled a "incontrista", a player who's sole responsibility was to break up plays and distribute the ball to another player to start the attack.


He was called up to the national team for the first time on December 21, 1978 in a friendly against Spain, quickly earning a starting spot. His one and only goal for Italy came in a friendly against Sweden, which was played in Florence on September 26, 1979; the game finished in an Italian victory, 1:0.

After winning the scudetto in 1979–80 with Inter, he played in the 1980 European Championship where Italy finished fourth, losing to Czechoslovakia in a penalty shootout. With Inter, he won a second Coppa Italia in 1981–82 after his first Coppa victory in 1977–78. In all he played 70 matches and scored 8 goals for Inter in the Coppa Italia competition.


Oriali played 45 matches and scored 3 goals for Inter in European cup competitions. He was part of the team that lost to Ajax in the 1971–72 European Cup final.

Oriali is also remembered for a heroic performance in a Milan Derby, played on October 25, 1981. In that game he scored the winning goal but also required thirty stitches having been booted in the face by the A.C. Milan defender Mauro Tassotti That year Inter won both of its derby games, a feat that would not be repeated until 2007, the next 26 years.


In 1982 he was a key member of the Italian National team which traveled to Spain for the 1982 World Cup. Oriali appeared in five games at the tournament, including the final against West Germany, which Italy won 3:1, to win their third FIFA World Cup. He was also part of the team that defeated the strong teams of Argentina and Brazil, and defeated Poland in the semi-final. His last game for Italy was on May 29, 1983 against Sweden, played in Göteborg, as part of the qualifying for the 1984 European Championship. Italy lost the game 0:2.


After winning the World Cup, and following the end of the 1982–1983 season, he moved to Fiorentina where he played for four seasons. He retired from football in 1987 after 384 games (40 goals) in Serie A and 28 caps (1 goal) for Italy.


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