Pietro Vierchowod

Pietro Vierchowod ( born April 6, 1959 in Calcinate (BG), Italy ) is a retired Italian footballer and current coach.

During his playing career he was a defensive specialist. Because of his Russian forebears he was ( German: the Tsar ) also called Lo Tsar.

  • 3.1 In the club
  • 3.2 In the National Team

Playing career

In the club

Pietro Vierchowod, son of a soldier of the Red Army, his football career began with the U.S. Romanese in Romano di Lombardia in Serie D. He then played for Como Calcio, with the club he managed the feat to rise for two consecutive years: 1978/79 from Serie C1 to Serie B and 1979/80 in the series A. After a one year stint at Fiorentina in the summer of 1982 he moved to AS Roma, where she won in the 1982/83 season the Italian championship. For the season 1983/84 he went to Sampdoria, where he played until the summer of 1995 in the most successful era of this club, a championship title, three times the Coppa Italia in 1990 and won the European Cup Winners' Cup. In summer 1995, Pietro Vierchowod moved to Juventus, was there at the age of 36 years at first team regular and won with Juve in the 1995/96 season the Champions League. At the beginning of the 1996/97 season Vierchowod went to AC Perugia, but he left again in the direction of AC Milan after a few weeks. From 1997 to 2000 he played for Piacenza Calcio, where he ended his career at the age of 41 years.

Pietro Vierchowod played throughout his career 562 games in Serie A, more games completed only Paolo Maldini and Dino Zoff.

In the National Team

For the Italian national team Vierchowod completed 45 games and scoring two goals. He made his debut on 6 January 1981 against the Netherlands, he played his last international match on 1 May 1993 against Switzerland.

Vierchowod participated in three World Cups, in 1982 in Spain, as he had no use and yet world champion Enzo Bearzot was in 1986 in Mexico and 1990 in their own country.

Pietro Vierchowod was until 2008, when he replaced Christian Panucci, the oldest player to ever achieved an international goal for the Azzurri. He met on 24 March 1993 at the age of 33 years, 11 months and 18 days in a 6-1 victory in the match against Malta.

Coaching career

After his playing career Pietro Vierchowod trained in the season 2001/ 02 Calcio Catania in Serie C1, and then Fiorentina. The Fiorentina he served as interim coach in the most difficult time of the club, immediately after relegation to the Serie C2 at the beginning of the season 2002/ 03. On 13 September 2005, he was hired as coach of U.S. Triestina in Serie B, but was dismissed again in December of the same year. Overall, stood his previous coaching career - as opposed to playing career - did not do well: in all cases was dismissed him prematurely before the end of the first season.


In the club

  • Promotion to Serie B: 1978 /79 ( with Como Calcio )
  • Promotion to Serie A: 1979 /80 ( with Como Calcio )
  • Italian Champion: 1982 /83 ( with the AS Rome)
  • Italian Cup Winners: 1984/85, 1987/88, 1988/89 ( with Sampdoria )
  • European Cup Winners Cup Winners: 1989 /90 ( with Sampdoria )
  • Italian Super Cup winner: 1991 ( with Sampdoria ) -1995 ( with Juventus )
  • UEFA Champions League winner: 1995 /96 ( with Juventus )

In the National Team

  • World Champion: 1982