Pietro Anastasi

A symbol of Juventus and a huge bianconeri fan-favourite during his eight seasons with the Turin giants in the late 1960s and 1970s. It was Anastasi's energetic style that really endeared him to the fans - he had a small, robust physique, but was blessed with a great turn of speed and mobility. These attributes were coupled up with a fantastic work ethic and a genuine desire to play for the team which would see him chasing down lost causes and harrowing defenders - the sort of things that supporters love to see and create a special bond between player and fans.

Whilst Anastasi was classed a striker, he had quite a unique style for the era, so whilst most traditional number nines would play with their back to goal or be happy doing the majority of their work in the penalty area, Anastasi had an unpredictability about his game that would see him manoeuvre himself into all sorts of positions across the attacking line, even dropping into an attacking midfield role at times. So, despite John Charles being his big hero growing up, Anastasi played more like a modern day false nine.

Anastasi would end his Juventus career with three Italy Serie A titles and a Coppa Italia winners medal, whilst he was also a European Championship winner in 1968, scoring the second goal in the final replay against Yugoslavia.

Pietro Anastasi - Info

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Name: Pietro Anastasi
Date of Birth: 7th April 1948
Nationality: Italy
Position(s): Striker
Career: 1966 to 1982
Regular Shirt Number(s): 9
Nickname(s): Il Pelé Bianco (the White Pelé), Petruzzu