Danny Tiatto

Danny Tiatto
Danny Tiatto
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Personal information
Full name Daniele Amadeo Tiatto
Date of birth 22 May 1973 (1973-05-22) (age 38)
Place of birth Werribee, Australia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left Back, Central Midfielder
Club information
Current club St Albans Saints
Youth career
Bulleen Lions
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Bulleen Lions 36 (1)
1994–1996 Melbourne Knights 43 (3)
1996–1997 Salernitana 11 (1)
1997 Baden ? (?)
1998 Stoke City (loan) 15 (1)
1998–2004 Manchester City 139 (3)
2004–2007 Leicester City 73 (3)
2007–2010 Brisbane Roar 49 (2)
2010 Melbourne Knights 11 (0)
2011– St Albans Saints 1 (1)
National team
1996 Australia U-23
1995–2005 Australia 23 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:21, 17 February 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:55, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

Daniele Amadeo "Danny" Tiatto (born 22 May 1973 in Werribee, Victoria) is an Australian professional football (soccer) player who currently plays for St Albans Saints in the Victorian Premier League[1]


Club career

Early years

Tiatto commenced his senior career with Bulleen in the Victorian Premier League, eventually impressing enough to secure a move to the National Soccer League with Melbourne Knights. There he signalled his ability as a dashing left winger, helping the Knights in their golden era as they claimed back-to-back championships. In 1996 he joined Salernitana of the Italian Serie B on a temporary basis, but did not earn a permanent contract. A spell at Swiss club Baden followed, before Tiatto moved to the UK with a loan move to Stoke City. It was during Tiatto's stint with Stoke that he developed his 'Hardman' like attitude, through fearless tackles and a generally aggressive nature.

Manchester City

In the summer of 1998 Tiatto was signed by Manchester City for a fee of £300,000. Tiatto struggled to hold down a first team place during his first season at Manchester City, partially due to indiscipline. The next season was more successful for Tiatto, making 35 appearances as Manchester City gained promotion to the Premiership. The 2000/01 season saw Manchester City relegated, however, Tiatto performed well for the struggling club, and won Manchester City's Player of the Year award for the season. The 2001/02 season saw Tiatto again form part of a promotion winning side. On the return to the top division Tiatto again found his first team opportunities limited. A sending off against Blackburn Rovers six minutes after coming on a substitute resulted in a long exile from the first team. Injuries also restricted appearances, with Tiatto making just 13 starts in the final two years of his time at Manchester City. Tiatto signed for Leicester City on a 2 year deal in the summer of 2004, after his contract Manchester City expired.

During his time at Maine Road Tiatto was famously the subject of a Kevin Keegan quote notorious for its apparent lack of sense; "As far as I'm concerned, Danny Tiatto doesn't exist."

Leicester City

Usually employed as a left-winger for Leicester City, Tiatto played anywhere down the left side, or in central midfield. He was a firm favourite with Leicester City fans and he was voted Leicester City's 2005 Player of the Season by supporters. However, Tiatto had a bad season in the 2005-2006 season, mainly due to indiscipline and injury. He didn't play well when he was played and some fans were not happy he signed a new 1 year deal in June 2006.

Tiatto was the Leicester City club captain, having taken over the armband from Matt Elliott when the Scottish defender retired in 2005, before losing it to Paddy McCarthy at the end of the 2005/06 season.

Brisbane Roar

In February 2007 Tiatto signed a pre-contract agreement with Brisbane Roar FC in the Hyundai A-League for the 2007-08 season. On 1 July Tiatto made his debut for the Roar coming on as a substitute against South African team Supersport United. Tiatto featured prominently in his sides two all draw against Adelaide United in Round One of the 2007/08 A-League season. However Tiatto was subsequently cited after the match for serious conduct relating to an ugly incident with Adelaide United defender Richie Alagich, and received a two match suspension.

During round 21 Danny Tiatto scored his first goal for Brisbane Roar with a superb strike against Perth Glory. Soon after he threw his support behind axed keeper Liam Reddy to return in place of stand-in keeper Griffin McMaster for the A-league finals. He has been released from the Roar.

Melbourne Knights

After having a falling out with Roar coach Ange Postecoglou Danny was sacked from Brisbane. However in 2010 he signed a 1-Year deal with VPL club Melbourne Knights, the club he played for before moving overseas.[2][3] Although it has been speculated he will be signed on a short term deal with new Melbourne A-League team Melbourne Heart.

International career

Tiatto won 25 caps for the Australian national team (scoring 1 goal) before his retirement from international football in October 2005. He also represented Australia at under 23 level when he played at the 1996 Olympic Games.

A-League statistics

Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brisbane Roar 2007–08 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2008–09 20 1 0 0 0 0 20 1
Total 35 1 35 1

1 - includes A-League final series statistics
2 - includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. ACL and A-League seasons etc.)

National team statistics


Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 3 0
1996 3 0
1997 1 0
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 11 1
2001 1 0
2002 0 0
2003 1 0
2004 2 0
2005 1 0
Total 23 1


With Australia:

With Melbourne Knights:

Personal Honours:

  • Queensland Roar Member's Player of the Year: 2007-2008


External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Matt Elliott
Leicester City F.C. Captain
Succeeded by
Paddy McCarthy

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