Giuseppe Signori at Lazio in 1996.
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Giuseppe Signori is a former Italian footballer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers of his generation. He played for several top clubs in Italy and enjoyed a successful international career with the Italian national team.
Signori was born on February 17, 1968, in Alzano Lombardo, Italy. He began his football career with the youth team of his local club, Alzano Virescit, before moving to Serie A club Foggia in 1988. Signori quickly established himself as a prolific goalscorer for Foggia, scoring 19 goals in his first season and 23 goals in his second season, which earned him a move to Lazio in 1992.
At Lazio, Signori continued his scoring form, scoring 26 goals in his first season and finishing as the Serie A top scorer. He also helped Lazio win the Coppa Italia in 1993 and was named the Serie A Footballer of the Year. Signori's performances at Lazio earned him a call-up to the Italian national team, and he made his debut in 1992.
In the 1993-94 season, Signori won the Serie A top scorer award again, scoring an impressive 23 goals in 32 appearances. He also helped Lazio finish second in the league and qualify for the UEFA Cup. The following season, Signori was even more prolific, scoring 26 goals in 34 appearances and leading Lazio to a third-place finish in the league.
In 1996, Signori joined Bologna, where he continued to score goals at an impressive rate. He won the Serie A top scorer award for the third time in the 1996-97 season, scoring 24 goals in 32 appearances. Signori spent four seasons at Bologna, scoring a total of 70 goals in 141 appearances.
After leaving Bologna in 2000, Signori had brief spells with Sampdoria and Lecce before retiring in 2004. He finished his Serie A career with a total of 188 goals in 344 appearances, making him the fifth-highest scorer in Serie A history at the time.
Ninth in the list of all-time Serie A top scorers, Beppe Signori was one of the greatest Italian forwards of the 1990s, his goals for Foggia, Lazio and Bologna making him a household name with fans of Serie A.
Signori was both a free-kick specialist and a penalty specialist - he's one of only two players to score a hat trick of free kicks in a single Serie A match and stands fifth in the list of all-time Serie A penalty-takers. It wasn't just from deadball situations though that Signori could score, anywhere with a sight on goal was fair game for the little forward, and his signature move was to cut in from the left side and use that sweet left foot of his to find the back of the net.
Signori also had a successful international career, scoring 7 goals in 28 appearances for the Italian national team. He represented Italy at the 1994 World Cup, playing in six matches as the Azzurri reached the final before suffering the heartbreak of losing to Brazil on penalties.
Giuseppe Signori - Info
|Name:||Giuseppe "Beppe" Signori|
|Date of Birth:||17th February 1968|
|Position(s):||Striker / Second -striker|
|Career:||1984 to 2006|
|Regular Shirt Number(s):||11 (Lazio), 10 (Bologna)|
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