Alessandro Altobelli

Alessandro Altobelli (Italian pronunciation: [alesˈsandro altoˈbɛlli]; born 28 November 1955) is a former professional Italian footballer who played as a forward, and who won the 1982 World Cup with Italy. Nicknamed Spillo ("Needle") for his slender build,[1] Altobelli was a prolific goalscorer, and he became one of the greatest and most effective Italian strikers of the late 1970s and 1980s.[2][3] Altobelli is currently the all-time top scorer in the Coppa Italia, with 56 goals in 93 appearances,[1] and the ninth-highest scoring Italian player in all competitions, with almost 300 career goals.[4]

Alessandro Altobelli
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Personal information
Date of birth (1955-11-28) 28 November 1955 (age 66)
Place of birth Sonnino, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1974 Latina 28 (7)
1974–1977 Brescia 76 (26)
1977–1988 Inter Milan 317 (128)
1988–1989 Juventus 20 (4)
1989–1990 Brescia 32 (7)
Total 473 (172)
National team
1980–1988 Italy 61 (25)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Altobelli was born in Sonnino, Latina. Following spells at Latina (Serie C) and Brescia (Serie B), he was signed by Serie A club Internazionale in 1977, for whom he played 466 times, scoring 209 goals (128 in Serie A). He contributed heavily to his team's scudetto victory of 1980 (scoring 15 goals), and also helped Inter to win two Coppa Italia titles in 1978 and 1982, finishing as the tournament's top scorer in the 1982 edition, with nine goals. Altobelli was also the top scorer in the 1978–79 European Cup Winners' Cup, with seven goals, leading Inter to the quarter-finals of the tournament. After his lengthy period with Inter, he played one season with Juventus during the 1987–88 season, before ending his career with Brescia in Serie B once again, during the 1989–90 season.[2][3][5]

International careerEdit

For Italy, Altobelli was capped 61 times between 1980 and 1988, scoring 25 goals, and he is currently Italy's sixth highest goalscorer.[1] His most notable international goal was Italy's third goal in the 1982 FIFA World Cup final, which Italy won 3–1 over West Germany.[1] After coming on in the seventh minute of play for the injured Francesco Graziani, he became the second ever substitute to score in a FIFA World Cup final (after Dick Nanninga in 1978 and with Rudi Völler and Mario Götze repeating this, in 1986 and in 2014, respectively). Altobelli also played at Euro 80, with Italy finishing in fourth place on home soil, as well as representing Italy at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, scoring four goals, which were, however, not enough to prevent the defending champions from crashing out of the tournament in the round of 16. He also represented Italy at Euro 88, where he played as the team's captain, leading the Italian squad to the semi-finals once again. He made four substitute appearances scoring just after coming on in a 2–0 win over Denmark in the group stages.[2][3][6][7][8]

Style of playEdit

Altobelli was a highly prolific goalscorer, who was regarded as a complete, world class striker.[2][3] A well rounded centre-forward, with an eye for goal, he excelled in the air due to his heading accuracy, power, elevation, agility and acrobatic ability; he was also a fast, hard-working, and opportunistic player, with excellent technique, and he possessed an accurate shot with either foot, in spite of being naturally left-footed. Despite his slender build, he had excellent balance and deceptive strength. Moreover, he was capable of protecting the ball with his back to goal, and holding it up for his teammates.[2][9][10][11][12][13][14]

After retirementEdit

After retirement, he played for Italy national beach soccer team, being the top scorer at the 1995 and 1996 Beach Soccer World Championships.[15]

In the 1990s, he entered politics.[16] He also worked as a sporting director for Padova and as a football scout for Inter.[17]

In the 2000s, he served as a pundit for Al Jazeera.[18] Since September 2020, he serves as pundit for RAI TV show A tutto campo.[19]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[20][21][22]
Club Season League National Cup[a] Continental[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Latina 1973–74 Serie C 28 7 28 7
Brescia 1974–75 Serie B 16 2 1 0 17 2
1975–76 Serie B 26 11 4 0 30 11
1976–77 Serie B 34 13 3 3 37 16
Total 76 26 8 3 84 29
Inter Milan 1977–78 Serie A 28 10 10 4 2[c] 0 40 14
1978–79 Serie A 29 11 2 1 6[d] 7 37 19
1979–80 Serie A 29 15 5 4 4[c] 3 38 22
1980–81 Serie A 29 12 4 1 8[e] 4 41 17
1981–82 Serie A 29 9 9 9 4[c] 3 42 21
1982–83 Serie A 30 15 11 4 5[d] 3 46 22
1983–84 Serie A 28 10 5 3 6[c] 2 39 15
1984–85 Serie A 30 17 11 6 10[c] 2 51 25
1985–86 Serie A 29 9 6 4 10[c] 6 45 19
1986–87 Serie A 28 11 7 5 8[c] 3 43 19
1987–88 Serie A 28 9 10 5 6[c] 2 44 16
Total 317 128 80 46 69 35 466 209
Juventus 1988–89 Serie A 20 4 6 7 8[c] 4 35 15
Brescia 1989–90 Serie B 32 7 1 0 33 7
Career total 473 172 95 56 77 39 645 267
  1. ^ Includes Coppa Italia
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and European Cup
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Appearance(s) in UEFA Cup
  4. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  5. ^ Appearance(s) in European Cup

InternationalEdit

Appearances and goals by national team and year[23]
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy 1980 6 2
1981 3 0
1982 7 2
1983 4 1
1984 9 3
1985 7 3
1986 10 9
1987 10 4
1988 5 1
Total 61 25
Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Altobelli goal.
List of international goals scored by Alessandro Altobelli
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 22 June 1980 Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy   Portugal 1–0 3–1 Friendly [24]
2 2–1
3 11 July 1982 Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid, Spain   West Germany 3–0 3–1 1982 FIFA World Cup [25]
4 13 November 1982 San Siro, Milan, Italy   Czechoslovakia 1–0 2–2 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying [26]
5 22 December 1983 Stadio Renato Curi, Perugia, Italy   Cyprus 1–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying [27]
6 3 March 1984 BJK İnönü Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey   Turkey 2–1 2–3 Friendly [28]
7 26 May 1984 Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Canada   Canada 1–0 2–0 Friendly [29]
8 9 December 1984 Stadio Adriatico – Giovanni Cornacchia, Pescara, Italy   Poland 1–0 2–0 Friendly [30]
9 5 February 1985 Dalymount Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland   Republic of Ireland 2–0 2–0 Friendly [31]
10 6 June 1985 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   England 2–1 2–1 Friendly [32]
11 25 September 1985 Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce, Italy   Norway 1–0 1–2 Friendly [33]
12 26 March 1986 Stadio Friuli, Udine, Italy   Austria 1–1 2–1 Friendly [34]
13 11 May 1986 Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy   China PR 2–0 2–0 Friendly [35]
14 31 May 1986 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   Bulgaria 1–0 1–1 1986 FIFA World Cup [36]
15 5 June 1986 Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla, Mexico   Argentina 1–0 1–1 1986 FIFA World Cup [37]
16 10 June 1986 Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla, Mexico   South Korea 1–0 3–2 1986 FIFA World Cup [38]
17 2–1
18 15 November 1986 San Siro, Milan, Italy    Switzerland 2–1 3–2 UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying [39]
19 3–1
20 6 December 1986 National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta   Malta 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying [40]
21 24 January 1987 Stadio Comunale, Bergamo, Italy   Malta 3–0 5–0 UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying [41]
22 4–0
23 14 February 1987 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal   Portugal 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying [42]
24 23 September 1987 Arena Garibaldi – Stadio Romeo Anconetani, Pisa, Italy   Yugoslavia 1–0 1–0 Friendly [43]
25 17 June 1988 Müngersdorfer Stadion, Cologne, Germany   Denmark 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 1988 [44]

HonoursEdit

Inter Milan[2][3]

Italy[2][3]

Individual

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