Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Where are they now: Danny Tiatto

"As far as I'm concerned, Danny Tiatto doesn't exist." – This was the famous quote by Kevin Keegan as Danny’s city career began to wind down. After wearing the sky blue for over 139 appearances he was known for his hardman-like attitude and ill-discipline. He wasn't a bad player by any means – he won the player of the season award in 2000-01 – but it was his temper he was most noted for, such as the time he lashed out at a water bottle after yet another sending off.

Danny then made the move to Leicester City, winning the player of the year award in 2005 voted by the supporters. After becoming the club captain Danny then made his way back to home soil to play for the Brisbane Roar.

After three seasons playing for Brisbane Roar and scoring twice, Tiatto was fell out with the coach (Danny getting in an argument? Never!) and made the move down to Victoria to play in the state league for the Melbourne Knights. He may still yet make a return to domestic football in Australia with rumours suggesting that he will sign a one year contract with the new Melbourne A-league team Melbourne Heart.

Throughout his career he has shown 110% on the field and refused to change his playing style. He scored 15 times during his 18 years of his senior career and played for the Australian national side 23 times.

He was the player that made me become a Manchester City supporter and helped exposed me to all the wonderful things to do with this club.

So Danny, thank you.
Adam

20 comments:

  1. Who would you want back at City?

    Danny or Kevin?

    As far as I am concerned Danny did far more for City than KK did

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  2. good to read about Danny, always liked him as a player.
    Mississauga_blue@yahoo.com

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  3. I wish City would sign another big name Aussie. It's the only way to get press/TV coverage over here in Oz. Remember Harry Kewell's Liverpool," or "Mark Viduka's Middlesborough?" I wouldn't mind being "Socceroo's Man City" if it meant more City news over here.

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  4. Danny Tiatto was the player that made me city too, his whole attitude of 110% and damn the consequences was what made me WANT to be a city fan. As far as I'm concerned, he should be next to Goater in the City hall of fame!

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  5. @Jim Land

    If you remember, we were dead certain to sign Mark Bresciano in the Sven era. Think he even sat in the executive seats at Eastlands for a match.

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  6. I do remember that, Crouchy. Sat with my fingers crossed for ages!

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  7. Great player has plenty of good games in the side. Thanks for the memories Danny

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  8. Hey Jim. The only problem with signing a big name Australian player is ...There ain't any!

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  9. @Anonymous 9:12am

    Sure there are... what about Nikolai Topor-Stanley?

    Taxi already ordered...

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  10. As far as I'm concerned, Kevin Keegan doesn't exist.

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  11. over 139 games?

    140 then, maybe?

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  12. Anyone have any Tiatto songs from back in the day?

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  13. tiat...tiat...tiatto...tiatto tiatto...tiat ...tiatto...tiat...tiatto

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  14. topor-stanley? surely you're joking right? the kid is garbage...

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  15. Haha defo joking.
    There is a massive gap in Australia's youth development. The only kid that would have 1/100th of a chance would be Mr. Oar, but even his not the same class of Kewell/Cahill.

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  16. Was lucky enough to see danny play week in week out as a MCFC season ticket holder, thanks for the memories Danny !!!!

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  17. @Russ the Blue

    As far as I am concerned Danny did far more for City than KK did.
    Joke right?

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  18. Complete Joke !!

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  19. I bought Danny Tiatto's number 19 shirt at an auction. It was the red and black striped Eidos shirt that was never available for sale so it is too good to wear!He was an absolute nutcase!

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  20. > As far as I am concerned Danny did far more for City than KK did.
    Joke right?

    Not unless Tiatto signed a load of overpaid has-beens and got rid of the best chairman we've ever had over the signing of Robbie Fowler, a man who shouldn't even have been employed to empty the bins by the time he came to us. No, it's not a joke.

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