Taffarel Claudio

Cláudio André Mergen Taffarel is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. During an 18-year career he played professionally for five clubs, including Parma, Atlético Mineiro and Galatasaray. The recipient of more than 100 caps for Brazil, Taffarel helped the national team win the 1994 World Cup, also appearing in other eight major international tournaments over the course of one full decade.

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This shirt was worn by Claudio Taffarel during the friendly game between the selection of Brazilian Players playing in Europe and Internazionale F.C. which took place on April 16th 1991. The game was also Alessandro Altobelli farewell’s game. 

ALL STAR


1991


Brazilian Players All Stars vs Internazionale


Match Worn Shirt

REGGIANA A.C.


1993-1994


Match Worn Shirt

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The 1993-1994 season was the first Serie A season for the team after 64 years since the last Serie A appearance. The team was built for the season was very good with expert players like Claudio Taffarel, Luigi De Agostini, Massimiliano Esposito, Michele Padovano and Paolo Futre. The first Serie A game was against Internazionale F.C. in Milan on August 29th. First loss for the team but first Serie A goal for Michele Padovano.

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Taffarel made his debut for Brazil on 7 July 1988 in the Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup, playing all four games and conceding two goals in an eventual win. He was also in goal for the following year’s Copa América, in another international conquest (during his ten-year career, he appeared in five editions of the latter tournament). Taffarel was the starter for the nation during the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, only allowing one goal in the first round and two in the knock-out phases, excluding two penalty kicks in the final. Four years later, in France, he helped the national team finish second, notably saving two penalties in the 4–2 shootout win over the Netherlands in the semi-finals. Taffarel played 101 times with the Seleção. Upon his retirement in 2003, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira offered to arrange a farewell match but the player refused, stating that he was not interested in such fanfare; he did return to play alongside Romário in late 2004 against Mexico, to commemorate the 1994 World Cup victory at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

PARMA CALCIO


2001-2002


Match Worn Shirt


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In 1990, Taffarel moved abroad and joined Parma A.C. in Italy, freshly promoted to Serie A for the first time in its history; he proceeded to appear in all 34 league games in the following campaign, as the Emilia-Romagna side finished in sixth position and qualified to the UEFA Cup. In 1993, Taffarel, now only a backup at Parma, signed for fellow Serie A team A.C. Reggiana 1919, being first-choice in an eventual narrow escape from relegation. Afterwards, he returned to his home country and played three years with Clube Atlético Mineiro. Aged 32, Taffarel returned to Europe and joined Galatasaray SK, winning six major trophies during his three-year stint, most notably two Süper Lig titles and the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, a 4–1 penalty shootout defeat of Arsenal where he was chosen Man of the match (0–0 after 120 minutes); He closed out his career at the age of 37 with former club Parma, after one-and-a-half seasons as second-choice and after having refused an offer from Empoli FC: his car broke while he was going to sign the contract, which he later described as a “sign of God”.

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