Nicola Amoruso

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Nicola Amoruso
Personal information
Full name Nicola Amoruso
Date of birth (1974-08-29) 29 August 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Cerignola, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Sampdoria 8 (3)
1994–1995 Fidelis Andria 34 (15)
1995–1996 Padova 33 (14)
1996–2002 Juventus 53 (9)
1999–2000 Perugia (loan) 25 (11)
2000–2001 Napoli (co-ownership) 30 (10)
2002 Perugia 7 (0)
2003 Como 14 (6)
2003–2004 Modena 25 (5)
2004–2005 Messina 22 (5)
2005–2008 Reggina 96 (40)
2008–2009 Torino 20 (4)
2009 Siena (loan) 6 (0)
2009–2010 Parma 17 (5)
2010–2011 Atalanta 15 (1)
Total 405 (128)
National team
1995–1996 Italy U-21 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 July 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nicola Amoruso (born 29 August 1974) is a former Italian footballer who played as a striker. His nicknames were piede caldo (Hot Foot) and Dinamite. He is currently the sporting director of Palermo.[1]

Career[edit]

Amoruso grew up in the Sampdoria youth system, and made his Serie A debut on 12 December 1993 (Inter-Sampdoria 2–0). He has also played with Fidelis Andria, Padova, Juventus, Perugia, SSC Napoli, Como, Modena, Messina and Reggina. He scored 4 goals in the Juve's 1996–97 UEFA Champions League campaign, including one each in both of the semifinal legs against AFC Ajax. He only came on as a late substitute in the final that Juventus lost to Borussia Dortmund. He scored in the return leg of the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League semifinal against AS Monaco FC, but went as an unused substitute in the final.

Reggina[edit]

Amoruso signed with Reggina on free transfer, after terminated his contract with Modena.[2] Along with Rolando Bianchi, they formed an effective striking partner for Reggina's survival battle. In 2007–08 season, Bianchi left the club and Amoruso became the team top-scorer, ahead Franco Brienza and midfielder Francesco Cozza. Reggina almost relegated that season, as ineffective of striker Christian Stuani, Joelson, Stephen Makinwa and Fabio Ceravolo.

Torino, Siena, Parma & Atalanta[edit]

On 8 July 2008, he agreed a move to Torino, signed a 2-year contract[3] and reunited with Rolando Bianchi, but during the January 2009 transfer window he transferred on loan with A.C. Siena.[4]

After played the opening match of 2009–10 Serie B season for Toro, Amoruso moved to Parma with Julio César de León and Manuel Coppola move to opposite direction on loan on 28 August.[5]

In January 2010, Amoruso signed a contract with Atalanta B.C. which last until June 2011. Robert Acquafresca, moved back to Genoa from Atalanta, while Hernán Crespo moved to Parma from Genoa. Atalanta also paid Parma €1 million for the service of Amoruso.[6]

He retired in September 2011.

International career[edit]

He was the unused member of the Italy Olympic team that won the 1997 Mediterranean Games.

He also won the 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.football-italia.net/36339/palermo-name-ilicic-price
  2. ^ "Risolto il contratto con Amoruso" (in Italian). Modena FC. 27 August 2004. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Amoruso al Toro" (in Italian). Torino FC. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mercato: Arriva Amoruso" (in Italian). A.C. Siena. 2 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Amoruso al Parma" (in Italian). Parma F.C. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Parma FC SpA financial report and accounts (bilancio) on 30 June 2010, Require purchase in Italian Chamber of Commerce (Italian)

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