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Giovanni Tedesco

Giovanni Tedesco
Complete Name: Giovanni Tedesco
Nationality: Italian
Place of Birth: Palerme, Italy
Date of Birth: 01/02/1976
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 72 kg
National Team: Italy
Current Club: US Palermo (Italy)
Position: Midfielder


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Club career history

US Palermo (Italy), Reggina (Italy), Fiorentina (Italy), Foggia (Italy), Salernitana (Italy), Perugia (Italy), Genoa (Italy), US Palermo (Italy)




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.

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