(Italy), Reggina (Italy), Fiorentina (Italy), Foggia (Italy),
Salernitana (Italy), Perugia (Italy), Genoa (Italy), US Palermo
Giovanni Tedesco (born May 13, 1972 in Palermo) is an Italian
footballer who currently plays for US Palermo of Serie A. He is
a centre midfielder.
Despite being a native of Palermo, Tedesco was initially refused
by the local team, US Palermo, because of his thin build, and
then moved to Reggina, where he quickly became a regular just in
1990. After three seasons with Reggina (1 in Serie B, 2 in Serie
C1), Tedesco moved to Fiorentina in 1993, and helped the team to
win the Serie B league. The following season, he then debutted
in Serie A in a 2-1 win against Cagliari on September 4, 1994.
Successively, Tedesco also played for Foggia, Salernitana and
Perugia, where he stayed for 6 season and became popular as a
valuable midfielder and team leader, especially during his time
with Serse Cosmi as manager. In January 2004, Tedesco was signed
by Genoa of Serie B in an attempt to strengthen the team for the
end of the season, which was seeing the rossoblu fighting for
the promotion to Serie A. However, Tedesco did actually settle
in with the arrival of Serse Cosmi, his former coach at Perugia,
for the following season, who replaced Luigi De Canio who had
not been able to maintain the team into the top table positions.
Genoa eventually won Serie B at the end of that season, in 2005,
however the team was denied the promotion and, on the contrary,
relegated to Serie C1, because of alleged match frauds.
But, despite all this, Tedesco accepted to stay, and played in
Genoa for the first half of the 2005/2006 season before to
accept an offer he would not have ever refused, from US Palermo
of his native city. In January 8, 2006, Tedesco played his 500th
professional match making his home debut in a match against
Lazio, won 3-1, and scored the second goal for his team.
He has two brothers who are also football players, Salvatore (formerly
of Perugia and Lucchese) and Giacomo, who is playing for Reggina.