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Filippo Galli

Filippo Galli
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-05-19) May 19, 1963
Place of birth Monza, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1982 Milan 0 (0)
1982–1983 Pescara (loan) 28 (2)
1983–1996 Milan 217 (3)
1996–1998 Reggiana 54 (2)
1998–2001 Brescia 93 (2)
2001–2002 Watford 28 (1)
2002–2004 Pro Sesto 38 (1)
National team
1984–1987 Italy U-21 7 (0)
Teams managed
2006–2008 Milan Primavera
2008–2014 Milan youth system

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Filippo Galli (born May 19, 1963 in Monza) is a former Italian football player, who played as a defender. A composed, tactically versatile player, with excellent technique, distribution, and man-marking ability, who also excelled at reading the game, he was often used as a right-back, centre-back, and as sweeper but was often called on to fill in at any defensive position.[1] He is mostly remembered for his lengthy and successful spell with A.C. Milan, where he played alongside Baresi, Maldini, Costacurta, Tassotti, and Panucci, forming a legendary defensive line-up under managers Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello, which was known as The Invincibles.[2] He was a member of the AC Milan first squad coaching staff, as a technical assistant of former manager Leonardo Araújo.


  • Career 1
    • Club 1.1
    • International 1.2
  • After retirement 2
  • Honours 3
    • Club 3.1
    • Individual 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5



Born in Monza, Galli played for A.C. Milan from 1983 to November 1996, after initially being a member of the club's youth sector.[3] He made his Milan debut in Serie A on 18 September 1983, in a 4-2 home win over Verona. During his 13 seasons with the club, he enjoyed many domestic and international successes under managers Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello, winning five Serie A titles, three European Cups, two Intercontinental Cups, three European Super Cups, and four Italian Super Cups; he also scored 4 goals for the club in 325 appearances: 3 in Serie A, in 217 appearances, and 1 in the Coppa Italia, with his final goal coming against Brescia on 4 September 1991. He was initially an important member of the starting line-up alongside legendary team-mates Franco Baresi, Mauro Tassotti, and Paolo Maldini, most notably during Milan's 1987-88 Serie A triumph, during which Milan only conceded 12 goals in 30 league games, finishing with the best defence in Italy. However, due to injuries, and the emergence of Alessandro Costacurta in his position, he began to find less space in the starting line-up, and was usually used as a substitute in later years, although he was still able to contribute to important victories with the club, notably helping Milan to keep a clean-sheet with a dominant defensive performance, as they defeated Barcelona 4-0 in the 1994 UEFA Champions League Final.[2]

Before joining the Milan senior side, Galli initially made his professional debut whilst on loan with Pescara during the 1982-83 season. Following his time with Milan, he was sold to Reggiana in 1996, another Serie A team. After two seasons with Reggiana, he moved to Brescia for two seasons, helping the club to Serie A promotion, and successively, at the age of 38, spent a season at Watford whilst Gianluca Vialli was manager, scoring once against Walsall.[4]


Galli never played for the Italy senior team, although he was capped for the Italy under-21 side on 7 occasions between 1984-1987, and he took part with Italy at the 1984 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, where they reached the semi-final. He was also a member of Italy's squad at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where they managed a fourth place finish.[5]

After retirement

Galli retired in 2004, aged 41, after two seasons with minor Serie C2 club Pro Sesto. Following his retirement, he began a coaching career, and he was initially responsible for the A.C. Milan youth system. In August 2008, he began working for the first team, and he became Carlo Ancelotti's assistant-coach, alongside his former team-mate Tassotti. Galli also worked as a pundit on occasion. In September 2012, he began the coaching course in Coverciano.[6]





  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame[2]


  1. ^ "Maglia Rossonera: Filippo Giovanni Galli ("Lo Squalo Bianco di Villasanta")". (in Italian). Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "A.C. Milan Hall of Fame: Filippo Galli". Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Mondo CALCIO – Serie B 1999/2000: GALLI
  4. ^ "Watford 2-1 Walsall". 27 August 2001. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Convocazioni e presenze in campo: Galli, Filippo". (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "A.C. MILAN COMUNICATO UFFICIALE". (in Italian). 10 June 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  • AC Milan Roll of Honour

External links

  • Filippo Galli career statistics at Soccerbase
  • (Italian) FIGC
  • Player career at FootballPlus
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