Alessandro Altobelli


Alessandro Altobelli (Italian pronunciation: [alesˈsandro altoˈbɛlli]; born 28 November 1955 in Sonnino, Latina) is a former professional Italian footballer, who played as a striker, 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
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Altobelli
Date of birth (1955-11-28) 28 November 1955 (age 65)
Place of birth Sonnino, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1974 Latina 28 (7)
1974–1977 Brescia 76 (26)
1977–1988 Internazionale 317 (128)
1988–1989 Juventus 20 (4)
1989–1990 Brescia 32 (7)
Total 473 (172)
National team
1980–1988 Italy 61 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career


Following spells at Latina (Serie C) and Brescia (Serie B), he was signed by Serie A giants 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 9 goals. Altobelli was also the top scorer in the 1978–79 European Cup Winners' Cup, with 7 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 career


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 4 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 4 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 play


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 retirement


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 statistics


Club

As of match played 3 June 1990
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[20][21][22]
Club Season League National Cup[lower-alpha 1] Continental[lower-alpha 2] Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Latina 1973–74 Serie C 28 7 28 7
Brescia 1974–75 Serie B 16210 172
1975–76 Serie B 261140 3011
1976–77 Serie B 34 13 3 3 37 16
1989–90 Serie B 32 7 1 0 33 7
Total 108 3 9 3 117 36
Internazionale 1977–78 Serie A 28101042[lower-alpha 3]04014
1978–79 Serie A 2911216[lower-alpha 4]73719
1979–80 Serie A 2915544[lower-alpha 3]33822
1980–81 Serie A 29 12 4 1 8[lower-alpha 5] 4 41 17
1981–82 Serie A 29 9 9 9 4[lower-alpha 3] 3 42 21
1982–83 Serie A 30 15 11 4 5[lower-alpha 4] 3 46 22
1983–84 Serie A 28 10 5 3 6[lower-alpha 3] 2 39 15
1984–85 Serie A 30 17 11 6 10[lower-alpha 3] 2 51 25
1985–86 Serie A 29 9 6 4 10[lower-alpha 3] 6 45 19
1986–87 Serie A 28 11 7 5 8[lower-alpha 3] 3 43 19
1987–88 Serie A 28 9 10 5 6[lower-alpha 3] 2 44 16
Total 31712880466935466209
Juventus 1988–89 Serie A 20 4 6 7 8[lower-alpha 3] 4 35 15
Career total 47317295567739645267
  1. Includes Coppa Italia
  2. Includes UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and European Cup
  3. Appearance(s) in UEFA Cup
  4. Appearance(s) in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  5. Appearance(s) in European Cup

International

As of match played 19 November 2019[23]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Italy 198062
198130
198272
198341
198493
198573
1986 10 9
1987 10 4
1988 5 1
Total6125
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 3–1 3–1 1982 FIFA World Cup [25]
4 13 November 1982 San Siro, Milan, Italy  Czechoslovakia 2–2 1–0 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]

Honours


Club

Inter[2][3]

International

Italy[2][3]

Individual

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