Simone Inzaghi (Italian pronunciation: [siˈmoːne inˈtsaːɡi]; born 5 April 1976) is an Italian retired footballer and current manager, who played as a striker. He has been the manager of Lazio since 2016.
Inzaghi in 2018
|Full name||Simone Inzaghi|
|Date of birth||5 April 1976|
|Place of birth||Piacenza, Italy|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1994–1995||→ Carpi (loan)||9||(0)|
|1995–1996||→ Novara (loan)||23||(4)|
|1996–1997||→ Lumezzane (loan)||23||(6)|
|1997–1998||→ Brescello (loan)||21||(10)|
|2005||→ Sampdoria (loan)||5||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Atalanta (loan)||19||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He played for a host of clubs during his professional career, including Piacenza and Lazio; he remained for more than a decade at the Roman club, winning major honours including the Double, but also spending time on the bench and being sent on loan spells. He earned 3 caps for Italy, during as many years.
Born in Alloa, Emilia-Romagna, Inzaghi started playing professionally in 1993 with hometown club Alloa, although he did not get to play any matches with the first team in that season. The following year, he was loaned out to third division side Carpi; his first goal arrived in 1995–96, whilst at the service of Novara in the fourth level.
After two more loan stints, at Lumezzane and U.S. Brescello, Inzaghi returned to Piacenza and appeared in his first competitive match (also his first Serie A match) during 1998–99. He finished the campaign with 15 goals from 30 appearances.
Inzaghi was signed by Lazio for the next season, and had a productive first year by scoring seven times in the league and nine in 11 UEFA Champions League games (including four in a single game against Marseille on 14 March 2000, equalling the competition record held by Marco van Basten since 1992). He also made his debut for the Italian national team two weeks later against Spain, as his team went on to win both the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia, with the player helping them conquer the Cup again in 2004; in September of that year, he extended his contract until June 2009.
Midway through 2004–05, Inzaghi was involved in a six-month player exchange, with Fabio Bazzani going to Sampdoria. He returned to Lazio for the 2005–06 campaign and stayed for the following, with only 12 appearances combined.
The following season, Inzaghi joined Atalanta on loan. Although he struggled to find his form early on, he managed to play in 19 league matches, mostly as a second-half substitute, but did not find the net.
Inzaghi returned to Lazio in 2008–09, despite not being in the plans of manager Delio Rossi. A move away did not materialize and, despite few pre-season trainings with the squad, he remained on payroll, making his comeback in a 2–0 domestic cup win over former team Atalanta. Just three days later, he made his first league appearance of the season, coming from the bench and scoring an equaliser two minutes from time to rescue a point against Lecce, in a 1–1 home draw; it was his first Serie A goal since September 2004, but he would only appear in 12 games over two years, choosing to retire in summer 2010 at the age of 34.
Inzaghi made his senior debut for Italy under Dino Zoff on 29 March 2000, in a 0–2 away friendly defeat against Spain held in Barcelona. He came on in the 60th minute for Stefano Fiore, playing alongside his older brother Filippo upfront; he made two more appearances for his country under Giovanni Trapattoni, both in exhibition games, a 1–0 win over England in Turin on 15 November later the same year and the other against Romania in Ancona, on 16 November 2003 (same score).
Following his retirement, Inzaghi remained with Lazio, coaching its Allievi and Primavera sides. On 3 April 2016, he was appointed at the senior team on an interim basis following the sacking of Stefano Pioli.
For the 2016–17 season, Inzaghi was originally replaced by Marcelo Bielsa. However, as the Argentine left his post after less than one week due to undisclosed reasons, he was named as permanent manager. He guided the team to fifth place in the domestic league as well as the final of the Italian Cup, lost to Juventus; on 7 June 2017, he renewed his contract until 2020.
The 2017–18 campaign started with a high note, as Lazio defeated Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana with a 3–2 result. They again finished fifth in Serie A, missing out on Champions League qualification on the final matchday after a 2–3 home loss to Inter Milan.
Style of playEdit
Throughout his career, Inzaghi's playing style was compared to that of his older brother Filippo and Paolo Rossi. Although he was not particularly skilful from a technical standpoint, he was a tall and fast striker with a slender physique, who was mainly known for his eye for goal, ability to play on the edge of the offside trap and clinical finishing inside the penalty area, in particular from close range, due to his opportunism and positional sense.
Inzaghi's older brother, Filippo, was also a footballer and a striker. Also having started with Piacenza, he played for more than a decade with A.C. Milan, appearing more than 50 times for Italy and helping the national team win the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
- As of match played 1 December 2019
|Lazio||3 April 2016||Present||175||93||33||49||332||221||+111||53.14|
- Serie C2: 1995–96
- Serie A: 1999–2000
- Coppa Italia: 1999–2000, 2003–04, 2008–09
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2000, 2009
- UEFA Super Cup: 1999
- "Lazio 5–1 Marseille". UEFA. 14 March 2000. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- New deal for Inzaghi; UEFA, 15 September 2004
- Inzaghi and Bazzani trade places; UEFA, 10 January 2005
- Inzaghi handed fresh task at Atalanta; UEFA, 29 August 2007
- "Lazio, Rossi: "Nulla contro Simone Inzaghi"" [Lazio, Rossi: "Nothing against Simone Inzaghi"] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 24 October 2006. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Lazio-Atalanta 2–0 (17' Ledesma, 84' Pandev)" (in Italian). La Lazio Siamo Noi. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- Inter catch Lazio in pole position; UEFA, 4 October 2008
- Padovan, Giancarlo; Costa, Alberto (30 March 2000). "La Spagna chiude all'angolo l'Italia" [Spain finish Italy from the corner]. Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
- "Gattuso lancia l'Italia contro l'Inghilterra" [Gattuso propels Italy against England]. La Repubblica (in Italian). 15 November 2000. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
- "Italia-Romania 1–0" [Italy-Romania 1–0] (in Italian). Italia 1910. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
- "Filippo e Simone Inzaghi, due carriere da allenatore che vanno avanti di pari passo: dagli Allievi alle Primavera di Milan e Lazio" [Filippo and Simone Inzaghi, two coaching careers that go hand in hand: from the Allievi to the Primavera of Milan and Lazio] (in Italian). Goal. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Lazio, Simone Inzaghi è il nuovo allenatore della Primavera" [Lazio, Simone Inzaghi is the new Primavera coach]. La Stampa (in Italian). 7 January 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Official: Lazio sack Pioli". Football Italia. 3 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
- "Lazio: Marcelo Bielsa quits as coach of Serie A side after two days". BBC Sport. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- "Comunicato 08.07.2016" [Press release 08.07.2016] (in Italian). S.S. Lazio. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
- "Official: Inzaghi at Lazio until 2020". Football Italia. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
- "Lazio beat Juventus in dramatic Italian Super Cup". BBC Sport. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
- Della Sala, Andrea (20 May 2018). "Inzaghi: "La Lazio ha dominato. Inter in Champions senza far fare parate a Strakosha"" [Inzaghi: “Lazio dominated. Inter in Champions without forcing Strakosha to make a save”] (in Italian). FC Inter 1908. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
- "Coppa Italia: Atalanta bow to Lazio". Football Italia. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
- Kuper, Simon (9 April 2000). "The wonderful tale of Mamma Inzaghi and her boys". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- "Simone Inzaghi: "Mio fratello Filippo ha tutto per diventare un grande allenatore"" [Simone Inzaghi: "My brother Filippo has everything to become a great coach"] (in Italian). Milan News. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Simone Inzaghi come il fratello: "Sogno di allenare la Lazio"" [Simone Inzaghi like his brother: "I dream of coaching Lazio"] (in Italian). Goal. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Alessia Marcuzzi con Francesco Facchinetti, Simone Inzaghi, Mia e Tommaso: Natale in famiglia… allargatissima!" [Alessia Marcuzzi with Francesco Facchinetti, Simone Inzaghi, Mia and Tommaso: Christmas in family… a very extended one!] (in Italian). Oggi. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
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- "Simone Inzaghi". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Simone Inzaghi". European Football. Retrieved 4 February 2016.