Amedeo Amadei (Italian pronunciation: [ameˈdɛːo amaˈdɛi]; 26 July 1921 – 24 November 2013) was a professional Italian football player and manager, who played as a striker.[1] Following his death in 2013,[2] he was one of eleven members to be inducted into the A.S. Roma Hall of Fame.[3] A powerful forward, considered to be one of the best Italian strikers of all time, he was known for his prolific goalscoring, acrobatic ability in the air, and precise volleying; due to his importance to Roma throughout his career, he was affectionately known by the fans as the "eighth King of Rome".[2][4][5]

Amedeo Amadei
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Personal information
Full name Amedeo Amadei
Date of birth (1921-07-26)26 July 1921
Place of birth Frascati, Italy
Date of death 24 November 2013(2013-11-24) (aged 92)
Place of death Frascati, Italy
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1936–1938 Roma 6 (1)
1938–1939 Atalanta 33 (4)
1939–1948 Roma 228 (115)
1948–1950 Inter 70 (42)
1950–1956 Napoli 171 (47)
Total 508 (209)
National team
1949–1953 Italy 13 (7)
Teams managed
1956–1959 Napoli
1959–1961 Napoli
1963 Lucchese
1972–1978 Italy women's
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Amadei was born in Frascati, near Rome, the son of a baker. He made his professional debut on 2 May 1937 with A.S. Roma aged 15 years and 280 days (the youngest debut in Serie A history; equalled on 22 December 2016 by Pietro Pellegri).[6][7][8] A week later he scored in a 5–1 defeat to A.S. Lucchese Libertas 1905 on 9 May 1937, making him the youngest scorer in Serie A history, a record he holds to this day.[9] He also played in Serie B with Atalanta B.C., Inter and S.S.C. Napoli. He won one Italian title with Roma in the 1941–42 season; this was the club's first ever championship. With A.S. Roma he played 386 matches and scored 101 goals; in his entire career he played 423 matches and scored 174 goals.[2]

International careerEdit

Amadei represented the Italian national team on 13 occasions between 1949 and 1953, scoring 7 goals;[10] he participated in the 1950 FIFA World Cup with Italy, where he made one appearance during the tournament, in a 2–0 win over Paraguay.[11]

Coaching careerEdit

Following his retirement in 1956, Amadei worked as a coach for Napoli, the club with which he retired. He later also coached Lucchese, and the Italy women's national football team.[2]






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  2. ^ a b c d e Brian Glanville (25 November 2013). "Amedeo Amadei obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "A.S. Roma Hall of Fame: 2013". A.S. Roma. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  4. ^ Fabrizio Maffei. "AMADEI, Amedeo" (in Italian). Treccani: Enciclopedia dello Sport (2002). Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Amadei, Amedeo" (in Italian). Treccani: Enciclopedie on line. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Genoa, esordio record per il 2001 Pellegri: debutto in A a 15 anni". (in Italian). 22 December 2016.
  7. ^ Francesco Oddi (22 December 2016). "Genoa, Pellegri esordio record in Serie A: eguagliato il record di Amadei" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  8. ^ Ben Gladwell (23 December 2016). "Genoa's Pietro Pellegri makes debut aged 15, equals Serie A record". ESPN FC. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Europe's youngest top-flight goalscorers". 26 November 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Convocazioni e presenze in campo: Amadei, Amadeo" (in Italian). FIGC. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Amedeo Amadei - FIFA Profile". Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Totti, Zanetti e Allegri tra i premiati dell'8ª edizione della 'Hall of Fame del calcio italiano'" (in Italian). 19 February 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2019.

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