mauricio taricco - fact file

1998 - 2004        defender

Born on 10th March 1973 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Height : -   1.74m  (5' 8")

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)

A temperamental defender, Mauricio Taricco was an attacking full back, who Spurs fans rarely saw the best of.

Enjoying bombing up the right wing, Mauricio had been brought to English football from Argentinos Juniors by Ipswich Town as a 21 year old after only one season in the senior side.  It was at Portman Road that the defender probably enjoyed the best of his career, with a cult status and a reputation for hard tackling and even harder shooting.

When Spurs showed an interest in the Argentinian, there was outrage at Ipswich, but Spurs paid nearly 1.8 million for the player in December 1998 and he made his debut the following month, as he had been out with an injury prior to his transfer.

Signed by George Graham, it was perhaps fitting that the defender was the first player brought to White Hart Lane under the new regime and perhaps Graham saw shades of his former Arsenal full back Lee Dixon in his play.  Played regularly throughout his Spurs career and although sometimes rash in the tackle, with a liking for going in hard when it was not always necessary, he was a solid performer in the back four.  Found it hard in times when Spurs weren't playing particularly well, but stuck at his task and enjoyed tussles with Alan Smith (then of Leeds United), usually ending with Smith being dismissed.  Taricco had his own share of dismissals, with one at Liverpool perhaps costing Spurs the game in May 1999 and twice in three games in 2002.

It was shame that controversy seemed to follow him around, as he could have been a popular player, but then it might have been the nature of the game in his home country where he learned his football.  He was involved in a  spitting fracas and a diving incident against Sheffield United, he left Thomas Gravesen needing 30 stitches in a shin wound after a tackle and fronted up to manager Graeme Souness in a game at Blackburn Rovers following a tackle near the touch-line.  All incidents that wipe away the memories of his attacking (in a football sense) play.

After a few changes in management, he was allowed to leave on a free transfer to join West Ham United.  He had been injured and suspended at the start of the season, so hadn't played and was not part of Jacques Santini's plans, although the Head Coach had been replaced by Martin Jol when the defender left.  However, Mauricio played only one game for the Irons before calling it a day by retiring from football after tearing a hamstring on his debut and offered his contract to be cancelled, which suited both parties.

Mauricio turned up in Italy, where was captain of ASD Villasimius in Sardinia, who played in a Italian regional league and finished 10th in season 2007-08, with the defender playing for them for four seasons.

Joined former Spurs team-mate Gus Poyet as his assistant manager at Brighton & Hove Albion in 2010, as they kept the Seagulls in League One when threatened with relegation, when they took over at the South Coast club, but guided the team to the league title and promotion to the Championship in 2011.  Taricco also took to the field, as he was registered as a player and true to form was sent off in a FA Cup tie against Woking in November 2010.


NICKNAME :  Tano; Treacle; Taz

MIDDLE NAME :  Ricardo

Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Argentinos Juniors (Argentina) August 1993 ?? ??  ?? ??
Ipswich Town September 1994 175,000 21st September 1994 v Bolton Wanderers (League Cup Second Round First Leg) (Home)  lost 0-3 ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR November 1998 1,775,000 16th January 1999 v Wimbledon (Premier League) (home) 0-0  149 (+7 as a sub) 2
West Ham United November 2004 Free 21st November 2004 v Millwall (Championship) (away) lost  0-1 1 0
ASD Villasimius (Italy) 2005 ?? ??  ?? ??
Brighton & Hove Albion August 2010 ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Argentinos Juniors (Argentina)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Ipswich Town
134 + 3 as a sub League appearances; 4 goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
5 + 2 as a sub Other appearances; goals
125 (+ 5 as a sub) League appearances; 2 goals
9 (+ 2 as a sub) FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
12 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
3 European appearances; 0 goals
West Ham United
1 League appearances; 0 goals
0 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 Other appearances; goals

Argentina international
0 full caps;  0 goals
?? Under-21 caps; ?? goals
- Cup winners medal 19---

- appearance


Scored his first Spurs goal on his 111th appearance, hitting a 30 yard shot v Liverpool in March 2003, which Jerzy Dudek fumbled on it's way in.


What they said about Mauricio Taricco
Dave Bassett (Leicester City manager) ... on Taricco's bad boy reputation    09.02.2002 ()

"He ought to be done away with; it's a shame he hasn't been topped before."

"That man should be done away with. He is a disgrace to the game. I warned my players that he'd be up to his tricks. He deliberately tried to get Impey sent off. If they had both been sticking on to each other and got sent off I'd say, good lads. But Taricco is one of these peripheral players when it comes to this. He's never in a major battle. The guy has a reputation, a record for this. He's not so brave. He wasn't brave in the tunnel. He was the last man off and he had a police escort. I warned them this would happen, he would try anything. I watched him because I could see it happening. He went to put his head in Andy's face and Andy pushed him away. That was it. The next moment he screamed and rolled on the floor."

Phil McNulty (BBC journalist) ... on Taricco's bad boy reputation    16.03.2002 (BBC website

"Taricco is swiftly becoming the Premiership's most hated footballer."

Gerard Houllier (Liverpool manager) ... on an incident in a game at Anfield    17.03.2003 (London Evening Standard)

"I was getting quite angry during the first half because it looked as if Taricco wanted to get Diouf sent off.  Fortunately, the referee spotted what he was up to - but it is not nice for a player to do that to a fellow professional. 
I spoke to John Gorman about it because I would never have a player who would try to do that.

Alan Pardew (West Ham United manager) ... on Taricco offering to have his contract cancelled  25.11.2004 (London Evening Standard)

"It was a very unselfish thing for Mauricio to do, and unusual these days.  I would have much preferred him to have stayed fit because I believe he would have been a good player for us but his action has meant we can do other things to fill the gap caused by his injury."

David Pleat (THFC Director of Football) ... on Ipswich Town's interest in taking Taricco back to Suffolk ...  19.08.2000 (THFC programme)

"George Burley (Ipswich manager) did ask two or three weeks ago about Mauricio's availability, but we said we were more than happy with the Mauricio and he was staying here.  That was the end of it."

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What Mauricio Taricco said about ...
League Cup semi-final second leg win over Chelsea in 2002 ...  12.12.2010  (THFC programme)

"We were concentrated, fired-up and that early goal really set us on our way.  After Steffen's (Iversen) goal we went on to play as good a game of football as we managed during my entire time at Tottenham.
It was a tremendous evening.  The football we played was fantastic and the atmosphere was something special."

Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle ...  12.12.2010  (THFC programme)

"Glenn was great.  He was a very technical type of manager, as he was a player and it was of prime importance to him to have his teams playing a particular type of football.  I really appreciated this, as someone who always wanted to play the ball on the ground, think forward and create lots of goal-scoring opportunities.  He was a really positive manager and I can take a lot from my days working under him."

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