Eraldo Pecci was born San Giovanni in Marignano, Rimini, on 12 April 1955. He played as a central midfielder and came through at Bologna. After a spell at Torino, from 1975 to 1981, Pecci moved to Fiorentina, where he played from 1981 to 1985. He spent the 1985/86 season at Napoli. Pecci ended his career at Bologna, with a stint between 1986 and 1989. He represented Italy on six occasions. Having retired from playing, he became a well-regarded commentator for Rai on Italy national team matches, working alongside Bruno Pizzul. He is still often a guest on the Domenica Sportiva show as well as other broadcasts.