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 Comunardo NICCOLAI 1968-1973 
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Name: Comunardo Niccolai

Nickname: "Agonia"


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Country: :ITA: Italy
Club: Cagliari Calcio
Position: *CB
Side: RF/BS
Age: 22-27 years (15/12/1946)

Height: 177 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Attack: 62
Defence: 85
Balance: 87
Stamina: 81
Top Speed: 78
Acceleration: 76
Response: 83
Agility: 75
Dribble Accuracy: 72
Dribble Speed: 74
Short Pass Accuracy: 75
Short Pass Speed: 73
Long Pass Accuracy: 74
Long Pass Speed: 76
Shot Accuracy: 65
Shot Power: 84
Shot Technique: 68 (when shooting on own goal 99 :lol: )
Free Kick Accuracy: 60
Curling: 65
Header: 85
Jump: 84
Technique: 75
Aggression: 61
Mentality: 83
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 80

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Fitness: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 5
Weak Foot Frequency: 5
Growth Type: Early Peak


CARDS:
S07: Man Marking
S09: Covering

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Marking - Covering

Attack / Defence Awareness Card: Defence Minded


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Comunardo Niccolai is former Italian defender, famous for his spectacular own goals although he was a good defender. Niccolai was center back in charge of marking tall and strong centre forwards, he was strong and good in aerial battles, had good anticipating sense and decent pace, he also had solid ball control. He played as a stopper. Begin to pull the first kick of AS in youth Montecatini, where in 1962, manages to win the prestigious title of Regional Youth (Tuscany) named on the bench Cup Minds led by one of the most famous coaches in the province of Pistoia the war, said Silvano Innocents "Well." Niccolai with Innocenti moved to Sardinia thanks to an agreement between some island societies (sip and Torres) and Montecatini Football. After having played in Torres, Niccolai went to Cagliari, with whom he was champion of Italy in the season 1969/70 In the collective name is linked to its own goals that he has collected with the Sardinian red and blue. It is remembered as the greatest ever in autogoleador Italy, despite the Inter Riccardo Ferri has exceeded the number of own goals. However, the episode's most famous and unique in this regard was not an own goal, but an attempt of authority took place February 13, 1972 to the end of the game Catanzaro-Cagliari (18th day of the football league from 1971 to 1972). At 90 'Cagliari in Catanzaro was winning 2-1 and the local team was trying, in a stadium that had become an inferno, the latest assault to seek a balance in the penalty of Cagliari. A defender in the action of Cagliari managed to remove the ball to a striker Catanzaro, who ended up on the ground in the penalty area while the ball arrived in Nikolai, who was outside the box, at that moment they heard a whistle from the stands. Niccolai, in the confusion of the stadium, came whistling by the referee thought the Concept Lo Bello and punished with the rigor of the action that just occurred, then angrily responded by directing a strong pull in the mirror of his door, shot that would be entered into if the network Cagliari defender Mario Martiradonna, who was on the goal line, had not deflected by hand diving. The penalty, this time real and inevitable, allowed the match 2-2 to 90 of Catanzaro 'the game. In the confusion seemed so. Then it was learned that it was not Mario but Mario Martiradonna Brugnera to parry with a perfect dive, instead of goalkeeper Henry Albertosi, lurking on the other hand, the white line. Niccolai closed his career wearing the jersey of Prato in 1977/78. Serie A has racked up 225 appearances scoring 4 goals. Also has 3 caps for his country B as well as those of the National A. He also played for the national team, taking part in the world of 1970, so that his coach in Cagliari, Manlio Scopigno, said of him: "I would have expected everything in life, but not to see Niccolai in world vision." For him 3 caps and no network. One of these appearances was the first game of the World Cup in Mexico, where he left as a starter, playing with an injury he was replaced after a few minutes later by Roberto Rosato.

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