Roberto Pruzzo

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Roberto Pruzzo
Roberto Pruzzo 1972.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-04-01) 1 April 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth Crocefieschi, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Savona (Sports manager)
Youth career
1971–1973 Genoa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1978 Genoa 143 (57)
1978–1988 Roma 240 (106)
1988–1989 Fiorentina 13 (0)
National team
1978–1982 Italy 6 (0)
Teams managed
1998–1999 Viareggio
1999–2000 Teramo
2000–2001 Alessandria
2002 Palermo
2004–2005 Foggia (assistant coach)
2005–2006 Sambenedettese (assistant coach)
2008–2009 Centobuchi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Roberto Pruzzo (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto ˈpruttso]; born 1 April 1955) is an Italian former football striker, now a coach. He currently is the Sports manager of Savona.

Biography and career[edit]

Born at Crocefieschi, in the province of Genoa, Pruzzo made his debut in professional football for Genoa in 1973. There he remained for six seasons, scoring 57 goals in 143 matches.

Pruzzo passed to Roma in 1979, for the then record sum of 3 billions liras. Here he became famous as one of the most effective Italian strikers of the 1980s, winning one scudetto and four Italian Cups. He also scored a goal in the 1984 European Cup Final, when Roma, playing at home, was beaten after penalties by Liverpool.

He ended his career in 1989 after a season for Fiorentina. Pruzzo is the sole Italian player to have scored 5 goals in a single Serie A match (Roma vs. Avellino, 1986).

Despite a fantastic club career, Roberto only managed to play 6 games (no goals) for the Italy national football team. He represented his country at the 1980 UEFA European Championship in Italy.[1]

Roberto did, however, score in an Italian shirt, representing Italy in the 1991 World Cup of Masters. Roberto scored twice in the opening round.

In the late 1990s, Pruzzo started a much less notable coaching career which saw him at the helm of Viareggio, Teramo (Serie C2), Alessandria (Serie C1) and a five summer days long time at Palermo (Serie B), during the change of ownership time from Franco Sensi to Maurizio Zamparini. He then served as assistant coach of Giuseppe Giannini at Serie C1 teams Foggia and Sambenedettese.

He last served as head coach of Serie D amateurs Centobuchi from December 2008[2] to March 2009.[3]

In the season 2012–13 he was named Sports manager of Savona in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

He is one of eleven members of Hall of Fame of A.S. Roma.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Genoa
Roma

Individual[edit]

  • Serie A topscorer: 1981, 1982, 1986

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roberto Pruzzo". National Football Teams. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Pruzzo riparte dal Centobuchi" (in Italian). La Roma 24. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bomber Pruzzo esonerato dal Centobuchi" (in Italian). Il Tempo. 28 March 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Roberto Bettega
Serie A top scorer
1980–81 & 81–82
Succeeded by
Michel Platini
Preceded by
Michel Platini
Serie A top scorer
1985–86
Succeeded by
Pietro Paolo Virdis