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Full Name : Paolo Rossi Date Of Birth: September 23, 1956 Place of Birth: Santa Lucia, Italy Height: - Position: Striker National Career: 1977-1986 Caps: 48 (20) http://www.pablitorossi.com/ Paolo Rossi (born September 23, 1956) is an Italian former football (soccer) player. In 1982, he led Italy to the 1982 FIFA World Cup title, scoring six goals to win the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball. Rossi was the only player to have won all three honours at a single tournament until Lionel Messi in the 2005 U-20 FIFA World Cup in Netherlands and Sergio Aguero in the 2007 U-20 FIFA World Cup staged in Canada. Career Early Years Rossi was born at Santa Lucia, in the province of Prato (Tuscany). He made his debut in professional Italian soccer with Como, to which Juventus had sent him to gain experience after three operations to his knees. His career came to a turning point when Vicenza, then Lanerossi Vicenza, engaged him: in the 1976-'77 season Rossi's qualities of implacable striker led his team to the promotion to Serie A, Italy's soccer first division. In the following season Rossi scored 24 goals, and was selected by Italian national football team's manager Enzo Bearzot…
Cesare Prandelli says he expects Andrea Pirlo to be on the plane that takes Italy to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Juventus midfielder, who was pivotal in guiding his team to this year’s European Championship final, will be 35-years-old in two years' time, but age is not a factor in the eyes of his national coach. "Andrea has to decide for himself and in good time what he wants to do in the future and he still feels the desire to be a key player in the position," Prandelli told Raisport. "He wants to play to the World Cup and for us he'll always be important." Pirlo has made 91 appearances for the national team and has scored 10 goals in that period. Prandelli has indicated that he will look to bring a number of younger players into the squad as he looks to find a balance between experienced heads and exciting prospects. He has already first international call-ups to 19-year-old AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy and 21-year-old Roma forward Mattia Destro since the European Championships. "We've got to renew and plot our future," he added. "We can't think about getting to such a tournament without making…
Full Name : Roberto Baggio Date Of Birth: February 18, 1967 Place of Birth: Caldogno, Italy Height: 1.74 m (5 ft 8+1⁄2 in) Position: Deep-lying forward Current Club: - (retired) National Career: 1988-2004 Caps: 56 (27) www.robertobaggio.com Roberto Baggio (born 18 February 1967 in Caldogno, Veneto) is a retired Italian footballer, among the most technically gifted and popular players in the world throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. He played for the Italian national team in three World Cups, and is the only Italian player ever to score in three World Cups. He was the best Italian player of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, carrying his team to the final, but was one of the three players who missed a penalty in the final which contributed to Italy losing the trophy to Brazil on penalties. He won both the European Footballer of the Year (Ballon d'Or) and the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 1993. Born in Caldogno, a small town in Northern Italy near Vicenza on the 18 February 1967. Aside from Roberto, the Baggio family had five other children; Gianna, Walter, Carla, Giorgio, Eddy and Anna Maria. As a youngster, Roberto always had a keen interest…
Full Name : Roberto Bettega Date Of Birth: December 27, 1950 Place of Birth: Turin, Italy Height: - Position: Striker Current Club: - (retired) National Career: 1975-1983 Caps: 42 (19) www.robertobettega.it Roberto Bettega (born December 27, 1950) is an Italian former footballer. Bettega was regarded as a player of noteworthy intelligence and became one of the world's most feared strikers. Bettega played mainly for the Juventus Football Club. His nickname was 'the white feather' (penna bianca). Early Career Born in Turin, Bettega joined the Primavera side of the Juventus F.C. in 1961 as a midfielder. Bettega spent the 1968-69 campaign on the bench for Juventus. At the age of 19 Bettega was loaned to the Varese F.C. in Serie B. Under Nils Liedholm, the coach of Varese, Bettega hit 13 goals to help the side finish top and gain promotion to Serie A. Nils Liedholm said of Bettega, "He allies tremendous athletic strength with impressive technical skills. He is particularly strong in the air, and can kick the ball with either foot. All he needs is to build up experience, and then he will certainly be a force to be reckoned with." Back at Juventus, Bettega made his Serie A…
Full Name :Roberto Boninsegna Date Of Birth: November 13, 1943 Place of Birth: Mantova, Italy Height: - Position: Striker Current Club: - (retired) National Career: 1967-1974 Caps: 22(9) He started his career in Serie B (Italian 2nd divisione) with FC Potenza. Boninsegna gained a status as an efficient striker with Internazionale and Italy in the 1970s. In Serie A he totalled 171 goals in 281 games, and was top goalscorer in Italy in 1971 and 1972. He finished his career at Juventus. Boninsegna scored Italy's only goal (though at the time it was an important equaliser) in the 1970 FIFA World Cup final against Brazil, which Italy ultimately lost 4-1.
Full Name : Salvatore Schillaci Date Of Birth: December 1, 1964 (age 43) Place of Birth: Palermo, Italy Height: - Position: Striker National Career: 1990-1991 Caps: 16 (7) Salvatore Schillaci (born December 1, 1964 in Palermo) commonly referred to by his nickname Totò, is an Italian former football player. He was the Golden Boot winner for the 1990 FIFA World Cup after leading the tournament with six goals. Born in Palermo, Italy, from a poor family, Schillaci, nicknamed Totò, started to play for an amateur team of his native city, Amat Palermo. He then signed in 1982 for the sicilian club Messina, where he played till 1989 and showed his goal-scoring abilities. He then joined Juventus of Turin, and debuted in Serie A on August 27, 1989. Juventus, the "Old Lady" of Italian football was at the time suffering from the breakup up the wonder team which dominated Italian football in the 80s and Schillaci's arrival coincided with a return to form under the direction of former goalkeeper Dino Zoff. He featured prominently, scoring 15 goals, in a very positive year for the Turinese club which ended the season winning both the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup. Due to…
Full Name : Sandro Mazzola Date Of Birth: November 8, 1942 Place of Birth: Turin, Italy Height: - Position: Striker National Career: 1963-1974 Caps: 70 (22) Alessandro ("Sandro") Mazzola (born November 8, 1942) is an Italian former football player. He is the son of Valentino Mazzola, who was killed in the Superga air disaster in 1949, and one of the most renowned Italian football players of 1960s. He played for the Inter Milan team known as La Grande Inter. He was an inside right with top goalscoring instincts. He was also blessed with superb creativity helped by his pin point passing, dribbling and ball control. Alessandro Mazzola was born in Turin, Italy a few weeks after his father joined Torino FC from Venezia A.C.. His younger brother, Ferruccio, who was named after the president's Torino FC was born two years later. His parents divorced in 1946, but his father gained custody of Sandro Mazzola. He was 6 years old when his father died. Club Career Sandro Mazzola and his brother Ferruccio signed for Inter Milan. He played all his career for Internazionale of Milan, scoring 116 Serie A goals. His Serie A debut was for Inter against Juventus on June…
Full Name : Silvio Piola Date Of Birth: August 23, 1910 Place of Birth: Rapallo, Italy Date Of Death: August 21, 1979 (aged 68) Height: 1.69 m (5 ft 6+1⁄2 in) Position: Striker National Career: 1963-1972 Caps: 53 (33) Silvio Piola (September 29, 1913 - October 4, 1996) was an Italian footballer from Robbio Lomellina, province of Pavia. He is known as a highly prominent figure in the history of Italian football due to several records he set. Piola won the 1938 FIFA World Cup with Italy, scoring two goals in the final. Piola is third in the all-time goalscoring records of the Italian national team. He is also the highest goalscorer in Serie A history, with 274 goals, 49 ahead of anyone else. He played 537 Serie A games, putting him 4th on the all-time list for appearances in Italy's top flight. Along with Carlo Parola, he is also considered as the "inventor" of the bicycle kick. Club Career Piola began his career with Italian club side Pro Vercelli, making his Serie A debut against Bologna on February 16, 1930, scoring 13 goals in his first year, at the age of 17. He went on to score 51 goals…
Full Name : Walter Zenga Date Of Birth: April 28, 1960 (age 47) Place of Birth: Milano, Italy Height: - Position: Goalkeeper National Career: 1985-1992 Caps: 58 (0) www.walterzenga.it Walter Zenga, L'Uomo Ragno ("Spiderman") (born April 28, 1960 in Milan) is an Italian football (soccer) manager and former player, a long-time goalkeeper for the Italian national team and Inter Milan. He was also a member of the Italian squad that finished fourth at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California and the World Cup squad that finished third in the 1990 FIFA World Cup tournament held in Italy, in which Zenga started every game for the Azzurri. Zenga came back to Inter Milan in 1982, after starting his professional career in 1978 in the lower divisions of Italian soccer (his first team was Salernitana in Serie C1, and he also played for Savona and Sambenedettese). Zenga became Inter's starter in his second year with the team, and continued in that position for 11 seasons, until 1994, winning the UEFA Cup in his last season with the club. After being the backup keeper at the 1986 World Cup, Zenga became the starter when Italy hosted the tournament in 1990, and…
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