Paolo Pulici

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Paolo Pulici
Personal information
Full name Paolo Pulici
Date of birth 27 April 1950
Place of birth Roncello, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966-1967 Legnano 1 (0)
1967-1982 Torino 335 (134)
1982-1983 Udinese 26 (5)
1983-1985 Fiorentina 40 (3)
Total 412 (142)
National team
1969-1972 Italy U21 9 (5)
1973-1978 Italy 19 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paolo Pulici (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpaolo ˈpulitʃi]; born 27 April 1950 in Roncello, Province of Milan) is a former Italian international footballer who played as a striker.[1] He was also known by the diminuitive Paolino and the nickname Puliciclone.[2]

Club career[edit]

Pulici was courted by Internazionale, but ultimately rejected as the club believed his left-foot only shooting could not match that of their striker Sandro Mazzola.[3] He played once for A.C. Legnano in the 1966–67 Serie C before being signed by Torino F.C. manager Edmondo Fabbri. He won the Campionato Nazionale Primavera with the youth team in 1968 and 1970 and made his Serie A debut for Torino in a 0-0 draw with Cagliari Calcio in the 1968-69 season. He spent 14 seasons in the first team, all in Serie A, and scored a club record 173 goals,[2] of which 134 were in the league.

Pulici won the Capocannoniere as the top scorer in Serie A in 1973, 1975 and 1976,[4] his 21 goals in the 1975-76 season helped Torino to win the league.

After Torino, he stayed in Serie A with Udinese Calcio (1982–83) and A.C. Fiorentina (1983–85).[1]

International career[edit]

Pulici made his full international debut on 30 March 1973, in a 5-0 win over Luxembourg in a World Cup qualifier in Genoa. His first goals were a brace on 30 December 1975 in a 3-2 friendly win over Greece in Florence, his 7th cap. He then scored in his subsequent two matches, against Portugal and the United States.[5]

In total, he played 19 matches and scored 5 goals for the Italy national football team.[6] He made the squad for two World Cups (1974 and 1978), but did not enter the field of play in either tournament[5] due to the competition from the likes of Luigi Riva and Paolo Rossi.

Honours[edit]

Torino
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Paolo Pulici at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ a b "Paolino Pulici". Storie di Calcio. 
  3. ^ "PULICI - GRAZIANI : IN DUE PER UN GRANDE TORINO". Gol Calcio. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Italy Top Scorers". RSSSF. 
  5. ^ a b "Paolo Pulici". EU-Football.info. 
  6. ^ List of Italy appearances RSSSF