Christian Vieri

Date of birth12 July 1973
Place of birthBologna
NationalityItalian
Weight83 kg
Height1.85 m
PositionForward

A world-class striker and son of a professional footballer Christian spent much of his youth in Australia. When his family moved back to Italy he signed up for Prato for the 1989-90 season. He moved to Torino in the post season where he spent two seasons before a move to Pisa and then Ravenna in 1993. Here he attracted the attention of Venezia and after one season he joined Serie A side Atalanta and then got a dream move to Juventus at the end of the 1995-1996 season. He replaced the injured Alen Boksic in the team and his performances earned him an international debut in March 1997 against Moldova. He was surprisingly sold to Atletico Madrid in Spain for £ 12.5 million and scored twenty-four goals in twenty-four games before returning to Italy to play for Lazio for £ 19 million in the summer of 1998. He was top scorer at the 1998 World Cup Finals and became the most expensive striker following his £ 31 million transfer to Inter Milan in July 1999. Injury has prevented him winning more caps, missing the 2000 European Championship Finals with a hamstring injury and only appeared once in qualification for the 2002 World Cup finals.

Christian made up for lost time in the finals with both goals in Italy's opening game win against Ecuador, then their consolation in the 2-1 defeat by Croatia. He added his fourth with Italy's goal in their shock 2-1 elimination by Korea.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Prato 01 Jul 1989 01 Jul 1990
Torino 01 Jul 1990 01 Nov 1992
Pisa 01 Nov 1992 01 Jul 1993
Ravenna 01 Jul 1993 01 Jul 1994
Venezia 01 Jul 1994 01 Jul 1995
Atalanta 01 Jul 1995 01 Jul 1996
Juventus 01 Jul 1996 01 Jul 1997
Atlético Madrid 01 Jul 1997 01 Jul 1998
Lazio 01 Jul 1998 01 Jul 1999
Internazionale 01 Jul 1999

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1997-98 Atlético Madrid UEFA Cup 3
2
2000-01 Internazionale Serie A 22
5
18
4
2000-01 Internazionale UEFA Cup 3
2
1
2001-02 Internazionale Serie A 25
22
2
2001-02 Internazionale UEFA Cup 2
3
1
2002-03 Internazionale Serie A 22
1
24
2
1
2002-03 Internazionale UEFA Champions League 14
3
4
2003-04 Internazionale Serie A 17
4
13
4
2003-04 Internazionale UEFA Champions League 4
1
2
2003-04 Internazionale UEFA Cup 4
2
1
2004-05 Internazionale Serie A 19
8
13
2
2005-06 AS Monaco French Championnat 5
2
3
1
2007-08 Fiorentina UEFA Cup 2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
16 Sep 1997 Atlético Madrid v Leicester City W 2-1 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
03 Mar 1998 Atlético Madrid v Aston Villa W 1-0 UEFA Cup Quarter-final 1st leg
17 Mar 1998 Aston Villa v Atlético Madrid L 2-1
Agg: 2-2
UEFA Cup Quarter-final 2nd leg


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1992-93 Italy Mediterranean Games 4
1
1992-93 Italy UEFA Under-21 4
2
1993-94 Italy UEFA Under-21 4
3
1993-94 Italy Under-21 2
1994-95 Italy UEFA Under-21 3
2
1994-95 Italy Under-21 1
1995-96 Italy UEFA Under-21 4
1
1
1995-96 Italy Under-21 1
1
1996-97 Italy FIFA World Cup 2
1
1
1996-97 Italy Tournoi de France 1
1
1997-98 Italy FIFA World Cup 8
6
1997-98 Italy International Friendly 1
1998-99 Italy International Friendly 1
1998-99 Italy UEFA European Championship 3
2
1999-00 Italy International Friendly 1
1999-00 Italy UEFA European Championship 2
1
2000-01 Italy International Friendly 1
2001-02 Italy FIFA World Cup 5
4
1
2001-02 Italy International Friendly 2
2002-03 Italy International Friendly 1
1
2002-03 Italy UEFA European Championship 2
2
2003-04 Italy International Friendly 6
4
2003-04 Italy UEFA European Championship 5
1
1
2004-05 Italy FIFA World Cup 1
2004-05 Italy International Friendly 1
2005-06 Italy FIFA World Cup 2
1
1
2005-06 Italy International Friendly 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
15 Oct 1992 Italy v Switzerland W 1-0 UEFA U21 Group 1
18 Nov 1992 Scotland v Italy W 1-2 UEFA U21 Group 1
16 Dec 1992 Malta v Italy W 0-1 UEFA U21 Group 1
28 Apr 1993 Switzerland v Italy W 0-2 UEFA U21 Group 1
17 Jun 1993 Italy v Morocco W 2-0 MEDITERRANEAN GAMES
19 Jun 1993 Italy v Slovenia W 2-1 MEDITERRANEAN GAMES
24 Jun 1993 Algeria v Italy L 1-0 MEDITERRANEAN GAMES
26 Jun 1993 France v Italy L 2-1 MEDITERRANEAN GAMES
22 Sep 1993 Italy v Denmark W 1-0 U21
13 Oct 1993 Italy v Scotland W 5-2 UEFA U21 Group 1
18 Nov 1993 Italy v Portugal W 2-1 UEFA U21 Group 1
22 Dec 1993 Italy v Israel D 0-0 U21
09 Mar 1994 Italy v Czechoslovakia W 3-0 UEFA U21 Quarter-final
15 Apr 1994 France v Italy W 0-0 (5-3) UEFA U21 Semi-final
08 Sep 1994 Slovenia v Italy D 1-1 UEFA U21 Group 4
20 Dec 1994 Italy v Turkey W 2-1 U21
23 Mar 1995 Italy v Estonia W 7-0 UEFA U21 Group 4
28 Mar 1995 Ukraine v Italy L 2-1 UEFA U21 Group 4
07 Sep 1995 Italy v Slovenia W 1-0 UEFA U21 Group 4
05 Oct 1995 Croatia v Italy D 2-2 UEFA U21 Group 4
21 Feb 1996 Italy v Hungary W 4-0 U21
13 Mar 1996 Portugal v Italy L 1-0 UEFA U21 Quarter-final
27 Mar 1996 Italy v Portugal W 2-0 UEFA U21 Quarter-final
29 Mar 1997 Italy v Moldova W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
02 Apr 1997 Poland v Italy D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
08 Jun 1997 Brazil v Italy D 3-3 TOURNOI DE FRANCE
11 Jun 1997 France v Italy D 2-2 TOURNOI DE FRANCE
10 Sep 1997 Georgia v Italy D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
11 Oct 1997 Italy v England D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
29 Oct 1997 Russia v Italy D 1-1 FIFA World Cup 1st leg play-off
22 Apr 1998 Italy v Paraguay W 3-1 International Friendly
11 Jun 1998 Italy v Chile D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
17 Jun 1998 Italy v Cameroon W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
23 Jun 1998 Italy v Austria W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group B
27 Jun 1998 Italy v Norway W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
03 Jul 1998 Italy v France L 0-0 (3-4) FIFA World Cup Finals quarter-final
05 Sep 1998 Wales v Italy W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 1
28 Apr 1999 Croatia v Italy D 0-0 International Friendly
05 Jun 1999 Italy v Wales W 4-0 UEFA European Championship Group 1
09 Jun 1999 Switzerland v Italy D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 1
08 Sep 1999 Italy v Denmark L 2-3 UEFA European Championship Group 1
09 Oct 1999 Belarus v Italy D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 1
23 Feb 2000 Italy v Sweden W 1-0 International Friendly
28 Feb 2001 Italy v Argentina L 1-2 International Friendly
01 Sep 2001 Lithuania v Italy D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 8
13 Feb 2002 Italy v USA W 1-0 International Friendly
18 May 2002 Czech Republic v Italy L 1-0 International Friendly
03 Jun 2002 Italy v Ecuador W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group G
08 Jun 2002 Italy v Croatia L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group G
13 Jun 2002 Mexico v Italy D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group G
18 Jun 2002 Korea Republic v Italy L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
07 Sep 2002 Azerbaijan v Italy W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 9
20 Nov 2002 Italy v Turkey D 1-1 International Friendly
29 Mar 2003 Italy v Finland W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 9
20 Aug 2003 Germany v Italy W 0-1 International Friendly
06 Sep 2003 Italy v Wales W 4-0 UEFA European Championship Group 9
10 Sep 2003 Serbia and Montenegro v Italy D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 9
11 Oct 2003 Italy v Azerbaijan W 4-0 UEFA European Championship Group 9
12 Nov 2003 Poland v Italy L 3-1 International Friendly
18 Feb 2004 Italy v Czech Republic D 2-2 International Friendly
31 Mar 2004 Portugal v Italy W 1-2 International Friendly
28 Apr 2004 Italy v Spain D 1-1 International Friendly
30 May 2004 Tunisia v Italy W 0-4 International Friendly
14 Jun 2004 Denmark v Italy D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
18 Jun 2004 Italy v Sweden D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
22 Jun 2004 Italy v Bulgaria W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
09 Feb 2005 Italy v Russia W 2-0 International Friendly
04 Jun 2005 Norway v Italy D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
17 Aug 2005 Republic of Ireland v Italy W 1-2 International Friendly
03 Sep 2005 Scotland v Italy D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
08 Oct 2005 Italy v Slovenia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
12 Oct 2005 Italy v Moldova W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.