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Angelo Palombo (Italian pronunciation: [ˈandʒelo paˈlombo]; born 25 September 1981) is an Italian retired professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He has played in Serie A for Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Internazionale. Palombo won 22 caps for Italy at full international level, and represented his nation at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, also winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Angelo Palombo
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Palombo pictured in 2010
Personal information
Full name Angelo Palombo[1]
Date of birth (1981-09-25) 25 September 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Ferentino, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1993–[3] AS Ferentino
1997–1998[4] Urbania Calcio
1998–1999[4] Fano
1999–2001[4] Fiorentina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Fiorentina 10 (0)
2002–2017 Sampdoria 411 (13)
2012Internazionale (loan) 3 (0)
Total 424 (13)
National team
Italy U20 19 (0)
2002–2004 Italy U21 18 (0)
2006–2011 Italy 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Ferentino, Angelo Palombo began playing football for local side AS Ferentino.[4] He spent the 1997–98 season with Serie D club Urbania Calcio.[4] At age 17, he moved to Serie C team Fano before being signed by Serie A side Fiorentina in 1999 where he spent two years playing for the Primavera team of the club.[4] He made his professional debut in a Coppa Italia match against Como[5] and first featured in the Serie A on 10 February 2002 in a 2–0 away defeat against Venezia.[4][6]

Sampdoria and Inter loanEdit

Palombo moved to Sampdoria, then in Serie B, on a free transfer in the 2002 summer transfer window when Fiorentina declared bankruptcy and were forced to put their players on sale.[7] After helping the Ligurian club gain promotion that season, he established himself as an integral part of the side. During the 2005–06 season, he scored his first Serie A goal for Sampdoria on 18 January 2006 against his boyhood club Fiorentina and made his European debut in the UEFA Cup in September. Palombo had many very good seasons at the club, leading to him being a regular in the Italian national team. When Sampdoria were again relegated at the end of the 2010–11 season, his future at the club was put into doubt, with many Serie A sides interested but mainly his former club Fiorentina. Palombo, by then the club's captain,[8] said, however, that he had no intention to move unless the club wished to sell him and remained at the club, commenting: "I'll end my career with Sampdoria. I'm proud to have received some important offers and I thank the clubs who have come forward. However, I haven't thought about leaving here, not even for a moment. I think I have already demonstrated how tied I am to this shirt."[9]

He spent the first half of the 2011–12 season in Serie B with Sampdoria,[9] but on 31 January 2012, he was signed by Inter on loan with an option to buy, as a replacement for Thiago Motta.[10] He made his club debut the following day, coming on as a substitute for Andrea Poli in a 4–4 home draw against Palermo.[11] However, he only made three appearances for Inter in total,[12] and returned to Sampdoria at the end of the 2011–12 Serie A season, who had secured a spot back in Serie A for the 2012–13 season.[9] However, it seemed that he was set to leave the club in the summer of 2012, and was even linked with several other Italian sides;[13] after no other offers, he remained with Sampdoria the following season,[14] and until his retirement.[7]

He announced his retirement from professional football in July 2017, after collecting 459 appearances for Sampdoria in his 15 years spent at the club.[15]

International careerEdit

Palombo was in the Italy U-21 team that won the 2004 European Under-21 Football Championship and achieved bronze medal of the 2004 Summer Olympics football tournament.[16][17]

Palombo made his Italy national team debut in the 0–2 defeat to Croatia on 16 August 2006,[6] coming as a substitute for Fabio Liverani in the 58th minute.[18] He was a member of Italy's 23-man squad that took part at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. After a good 2009–10 season at club level, Marcello Lippi named him in the final 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[1][19]

Post-playing careerEdit

After retiring from professional football, Palombo joined the coaching team of Marco Giampaolo for the 2017–18 season with his former club Sampdoria.[20] He received his coaching licence on 15 December 2017.[21]

Style of playEdit

Palombo was usually deployed as a defensive midfielder, where he could effectively combine his defensive attributes and his ability to break down opposition plays, with his ability to start attacking plays as a deep-lying playmaker; however, his energetic, hard-working style of play and his stamina allowed him to play anywhere in midfield. In addition to his ball-winning and passing abilities, he also possessed a powerful shot from distance. Palombo was a strong, tenacious, influential and determined player, who was, however, been accused of inconsistency at times throughout his career.[22]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Sources:[23][24]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fiorentina 2001–02 Serie A 10 0 1 0 11 0
Total 10 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
Sampdoria 2002–03 Serie A 32 1 5 0 37 1
2003–04 31 0 1 0 32 0
2004–05 37 0 1 0 38 0
2005–06 31 1 2 0 3 0 36 1
2006–07 36 2 7 0 43 2
2007–08 33 1 2 1 5 0 40 2
2008–09 25 2 4 0 2 0 31 2
2009–10 36 2 2 1 38 3
2010–11 34 1 2 0 6 0 42 1
2011–12 Serie B 22 1 2 0 24 1
2012–13 Serie A 15 0 0 0 15 0
2013–14 32 1 1 0 33 1
2014–15 36 1 1 0 37 1
2015–16 7 0 1 0 8 0
2016–17 4 0 1 0 5 0
Total 411 13 31 2 17 0 459 15
Internazionale
(loan)
2011–12 Serie A 3 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 424 13 32 2 17 0 473 15

HonoursEdit

InternationalEdit

Italy U-21

OrdersEdit

  • 5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2004[25]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Salines, Alessandro (22 July 2017). "Palombo, l'addio silenzioso al calcio di un grande capitano". AlessioPorcu.it (in Italian). Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Giagni, Tommaso (23 November 2016). "Le Farfalle nello stomaco". L'Ultimo Uomo (in Italian). Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  5. ^ Valente, Enrico (1 April 2003). "Palombo piace a tutti". Gazzetta Dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Angelo PALOMBO" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Palombo to join Sampdoria staff". Football Italia. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Palombo: Nothing went right for Sampdoria against Vojvodina". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Luca Cetta (26 July 2012). "Sampdoria's garage sale". Football Italia. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  10. ^ Fabrizio Zorzoli (31 January 2012). "UFFICIALE: Angelo Palombo all'Inter" (in Italian). Tuttomercatoweb.com. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  11. ^ Appiano Gentile (2 February 2012). "FOTO: IMMAGINI, 'RIVEDIAMO' LE PAROLE DI PALOMBO" (in Italian). www.inter.it. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  12. ^ Riccardo Fusato (14 May 2012). "Serie A 2011/2012: Cambiasso il più presente. Palombo flop!" (in Italian). F.C Inter 1908. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Palombo to leave Sampdoria". Football Italia. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  14. ^ Fulvio Banchero (11 September 2012). "Palombo in gruppo, prova a riprendersi la Samp" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Sampdoria, Palombo: "Ritiro? Non mi sarei visto con un'altra maglia"" (in Italian). sport.sky.it. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Palombo l'ultimo blucerchiato a vincere l'Europeo Under 21" (in Italian). Samp News 24.com. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Olimpiadi – ATENE 2004: Le 10 medaglie d'oro dell'Italia" (in Italian). 28 November 2015. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  18. ^ "Italia–Croazia (0–2)" (in Italian). Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  19. ^ "Palombo, Angelo" (in Italian). FIGC. Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  20. ^ "Palombo joins Giampaolo's backroom team" (Press release). U.C. Sampdoria. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Toni e Amelia hanno patentino allenatore" (in Italian). ansa.it. 15 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Angelo Palombo" (in Italian). CanaleJuve.it. Archived from the original on 27 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  23. ^ "Angelo Palombo » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  24. ^ "A. Palombo". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  25. ^ "Le onorificenze della Repubblica Italiana". quirinale.it. Il Quirinale. 27 September 2004. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2017.

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