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Full Name : Alessandro Altobelli Date Of Birth: November 28, 1955 Place of Birth: Sonnino, Italy Height: - Position: Striker Current Club: - (retired) National Career: 1980-1988 Caps: 61 (25) http://www.altobelli.it Alessandro Altobelli (born November 28, 1955 in Sonnino, Latina) is an Italian former football player. Nicknamed Spillo ("Needle") for his slender build, Altobelli was one of the most effective Italian forwards of the late 1970s and 1980s. Following spells at Latina (Serie C) and Brescia (Serie B), he was signed by Internazionale, for whom he played 466 times, scoring 209 goals (128 in Serie A) and massively contributing to his team's scudetto of 1980. For Italy he was capped 61 times, scoring 25 goals: the most notable of which is the third goal in the 1982 FIFA World Cup final, won by Italy against West Germany. He became the first ever substitute to score in a FIFA World Cup final. Altobelli also played at Euro 80, the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and Euro 88, where he played as team's captain. He made 4 sub appearances scoring just after coming on in a 2-0 win over Denmark in the group stages. He is currently a sports analyst for Al-Jazeera sports…
Full Name : Alessandro Costacurta Date Of Birth: April 24, 1966 Place of Birth: Orago, Italy Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Position: Centre back National Career: 1991-1998 Caps: 59 (2) Alessandro Costacurta (born April 24, 1966 in Orago, Varese) is an Italian former professional football defender. Especially known for his defensive role alongside Paolo Maldini, he has played for AC Milan from 1987 to 2007, with a brief period spent in AC Monza. Since the 2007-08 season he is Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at AC Milan along with Mauro Tassotti. He is married to former Miss Italy Martina Colombari, and has one son, Achille. Club Career Costacurta won the Scudetto seven times with Milan, and the European Cup/Champions League five times (1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007). He was set to retire from Milan at the end of the 2005-06 season, but later signed a one-year extension at the age of 40. He became the oldest footballer ever to play in the Champions League, in Milan's 1-0 loss to AEK Athens on November 21, 2006, at 40 years and 211 days, topping the previous record held by Belgian goalkeeper Dany Verlinden at 40 years and 116 days. On May 7,…
Full Name: Alessandro Del Piero< Date Of Birth: November 9, 1974 Place of Birth: Conegliano, Italy Height: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Position: Supporting striker Current Club: Juventus National Career: 1995-2008 Caps: 91 (27) www.alessandrodelpiero.com Alessandro Del Piero (Italian pronunciation: [alesˈsandro del ˈpjɛːro]) Ufficiale OMRI (born 9 November 1974 in Conegliano, Veneto) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer who played for Juventus (1993-2012). Del Piero was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA's centenary celebrations. Del Piero was also voted in the list of best European players for the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. In the year 2000, Del Piero was the world's best-paid football player from salary, bonuses, and advertising revenue. Along with three awards in Italy for gentlemanly conduct he has also won the Golden Foot award, which pertains to personality and playing ability. Del Piero usually plays as a supporting-striker and occasionally between the midfield and the strikers, known in Italy as the "trequartista" position. Del Piero's playing style is regarded by critics as creative in attacking, assisting many goals as well as scoring himself, as opposed to…
Full Name : Alessandro Nesta Date Of Birth: March 19, 1976 Place of Birth: Rome, Italy Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Position: Centre Back Current Club: A.C. Milan National Career: 1996-2006 Caps: 78 (0) Alessandro Nesta, (born March 19, 1976 in Rome) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer. He plays centre back for Italian Serie A club A.C. Milan. He is considered among the best central defenders in the world. Club Career Early life Nesta was raised in the Cinecittà area of Rome. He attended the Margherita Bosco primary school where he first started playing football. His older brother, Fernando, was advised to play a sport because of a back problem and enrolled at the local football club. Alessandro threw a tantrum until his father gave in and enrolled him as well, thus marking the beginning of his career. He was first discovered by Francesco Rocca, then a scout for A.S. Roma, but Nesta's father, a Lazio fan, turned down the offer. S.S. Lazio In 1985, he joined S.S. Lazio's youth academy, where he rose through the ranks playing in various positions, including playing as a striker and midfielder, before settling in defence. His international career first showed…
Full Name: Angelo Peruzzi Date Of Birth: February 16, 1970 Place of Birth: Viterbo, Italy Height: - Position: Goalkeeper National Career: 1995-2006 Caps: 31 (0) Angelo Peruzzi, (born February 16, 1970 in Viterbo) is a former Italian World Cup-winning football goalkeeper. Club Career The diminutive Peruzzi began his Serie A career with A.S. Roma in 1987. He was loaned to Hellas Verona in 1989, but was suspended for a year in October 1990 after failing a doping test because an appetite suppressant he was taking at the time contained a banned substance. His signing with Juventus in 1991 successfully revived his career, and he soon surpassed Stefano Tacconi as the Turin giants' starting goalie. Peruzzi won three Scudetti, a UEFA Cup, and was part of Juventus' 1996 Champions League title squad that defeated AFC Ajax in the final on penalties. After one season with Inter Milan, he transferred to Lazio for €17.9 million in 2000, and made over 200 appearances in Serie A and European competition with the club. Although his contract with the Biancocelesti ran until 2008, Peruzzi announced that he would call it quits at the end of the '06-07 season after Lazio's 0-0 draw with Cagliari on…
Full Name : Christian Vieri Date Of Birth: July 12, 1973 Place of Birth: Bologna, Italy Height: - Position: Striker National Career: 1997-2005 Caps: 49 (23) Christian "Bobo" Vieri (born July 12, 1973 in Bologna, Italy) plays for ACF Fiorentina. Born in Bologna, Italy, his family moved to Australia for a period, in the suburb of Wetherill Park. He attended Prairiewood High School in western Sydney. His father Roberto Vieri played for Sydney-based club Marconi Stallions. His brother, Massimiliano Vieri, is also a professional footballer, and was an Australian international in 2004. Vieri played for Marconi Juniors when he was a child but his family soon moved back to Italy. Career Vieri started his playing career at A.C. Prato, a small club in Serie C1 in 1989. While there, he was spotted by Torino and played his first Serie A game the next year for the Turin team. Vieri made six appearances in the league as well as in the Coppa Italia. In November 1992, he was sold to Serie B club, Pisa Calcio, scoring two goals. Another season went by, he then moved to Ravenna in Serie B, scoring 12 goals. He was subsequently sold to Venezia A.C. in…
Full Name : Ciro Ferrara Date Of Birth: February 11, 1967 Place of Birth: Naples, Italy Height: - Position: Central defender National Career: 1987-2000 Caps: 49 (0) Ciro Ferrara (born February 11, 1967) is an Italian former football defender, who spent most of his career at Juventus. He retired from football after the 2004-05 season. A native of Naples, Ferrara started his career at SSC Napoli before moving to Juventus in 1994. He became captain soon after joining the team, and soon became one of the most experienced and decorated players, winning seven Serie A championships (five with Juventus, two with Napoli - this excludes the 2004/05 title taken away from Juventus due to the match-fixing scandal), two Italian Cups (one with each team), three Italian Super Cups (two with Juventus, one with Napoli) and several European competitions (including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, Intercontinental Cup and European Super Cup). When playing at SSC Napoli he played with football genius Diego Maradona. He even lived nextdoor to him at the time he played at Napoli. Since 2000, Ferrara's role on Juventus declined; although he was an experienced and dominating defender, he generally played as a substitute—his role as captain…
Full Name : Claudio Gentile Date Of Birth: September 27, 1953 Place of Birth: Tripoli, Libya Height: 1.78m Position: Defender National Career: 1975-1984 Caps: 71 (1) Claudio Gentile (born 27 September 1953) is an Italian football coach and former player of the 1970s and 1980s. One of the toughest and roughest defenders in the history of the game, Gentile was a key part of both the World Cup winning Italy team of 1982, and the success of Juventus of the period. He was tough but not a vicious bone-breaker and he was never red-carded during his career. Career Born in Tripoli, Libya, Gentile started his career as a full back but soon switched to the role of central defence after signing for Juventus FC in 1973. In over a decade in Turin, Gentile won two major European club competitions, six scudettos, and two Italian Cups. During this time he also earned 71 caps for Italy. In 1984 he moved to Fiorentina where he spent three further years in Serie A, before retiring from football in 1988 after one further season for Serie B side Piacenza. Gentile's finest hour came on July 11, 1982 when he produced an immaculate defensive display…
Full Name: Demetrio Albertini Date Of Birth:August 23, 1971 Place of Birth: Besana in Brianza, Italy Height: 1.80 cm Position: Midfielder National Career: 1991-2002 Caps:79 (3) Demetrio Albertini (born August 23, 1971 in Besana in Brianza, province of Milan) is a former Italian football (soccer) midfielder, after playing for FC Barcelona of the Spanish Liga but spending most of his career with AC Milan of Serie A. Career A product of Milan's youth system, he spent 14 highly successful years with the club after debuting as a 17-year-old in 1989. Albertini spent part of the 1990/91 season on loan at Padova Calcio, but established himself in the Milan side in 1991/92 and went on to make almost 300 appearances for the club, claiming three successive Serie A titles between 1992 and 1994 and further league championships in 1996 and 1999. In addition, he made 41 Champions League appearances, helping the Rossoneri reach three consecutive finals between 1993 and 1995, lifting the trophy in 1994. He also won three UEFA Super Cups. Albertini was at Milan from 1988 to 2002, after leaving Milan, Albertini bounced around different teams; he spent 2002-03 on loan to Atlético Madrid, 2003-04 with Lazio, and started…
Full Name : Dino Zoff Date Of Birth: February 28, 1942 Place of Birth: Mariano del Friuli, Italy Height: 182 cm Position: Goalkeeper National Career: 1963-1972 Caps: 112 (0) Dino Zoff (born February 28, 1942) is an Italian former football goalkeeper and is the oldest winner ever of the World Cup, which he earned as captain of the Italian team in the 1982 tournament in Spain, at the age of 40. Zoff was a goalkeeper of outstanding ability and has a place in the history of the sport among the very best in this role. He holds the record for the longest playing time without allowing goals in international tournaments (1142 minutes) set between 1972 and 1974. With 112 caps he is third only to Fabio Cannavaro and Paolo Maldini in number of appearances for the Azzurri. After retiring as a footballer he went on to become coach for several Italian clubs and the Nazionale. Playing Career Dino Zoff was born in Mariano del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Italy), and is presumably the best goalkeeper in the history of football. Zoff's career got off to an inauspicious start, when at the age of fourteen he had trials with Inter Milan and…
Full Name : Francesco Totti Date Of Birth: February 16, 1970 Place of Birth: Viterbo, Italy Height: - Position: Goalkeeper National Career: 1995-2006 Caps: 31 (0) www.francescototti.com Francesco Totti, (born 27 September 1976 in Rome) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer. He plays for A.S. Roma in Italy's Serie A, a league where he also stands as the top active scorer, with over one hundred goals. Between 1998 and 2006 he was a regular member of the Italian national team, with whom he won the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Totti's position is that of a striker or an attacking midfielder, though he is best known for playing as the trequartista (or second striker), a compromise between the two positions where the player acts as a link between midfield and attack. He is also Roma's first choice to take free kicks and penalties, having scored a number of goals from dead-ball situations. Totti is widely recognised as the symbol of Roma, having never left the team despite the possibility of playing in stronger and richer clubs, and being the number one goalscorer and the most capped player in the club's history. On 7 June 2007 Totti was declared the winner of…
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