Simone Inzaghi

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Simone Inzaghi
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-04-05) 5 April 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Piacenza, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1992–1994 Piacenza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1999 Piacenza 30 (15)
1994–1995 Carpi (loan) 9 (0)
1995–1996 Novara (loan) 23 (4)
1996–1997 Lumezzane (loan) 23 (6)
1997–1998 Brescello (loan) 21 (10)
1999–2010 Lazio 129 (28)
2005 Sampdoria (loan) 5 (0)
2007–2008 Atalanta (loan) 19 (0)
Total 240 (53)
National team
1993–1994 Italy U18 4 (1)
2000–2003 Italy 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Simone Inzaghi (born 5 April 1976) is an Italian retired professional footballer who played as a striker.

During his professional career he played for a host of clubs, including Lazio, where he remained for more than one decade, being used irregularly.

Football career[edit]

Born in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Inzaghi started playing professional football in 1993, with hometown team Piacenza Calcio, although he did not get to play a first team game in that season. The next season he was loaned out to third division side Carpi FC 1909, where he played nine games; his first goal arrived in 1995–96, playing for Novara Calcio in the fourth level.

After two more loan stints, at lowly A.C. Lumezzane and U.S. Brescello, Inzaghi returned to Piacenza and played his first game for the team (also his first top flight match) during 1998–99, finishing the campaign with 15 goals in 30 matches.

The next season he was signed by S.S. Lazio, and had a productive first year with the Roman club, scoring seven in 22 league games and nine in just 11 UEFA Champions League matches (including four in a single game against Olympique de Marseille on 14 March 2000, with which he equaled the competition record held by Marco van Basten since 1992). Inzaghi also made his debut for the Italian national team, two weeks later, against Spain as Lazio went on to win both the Scudetto and the Italian Cup that season, with Inzaghi helping the side win the latter competition again in 2003–04; at the end of this season, he extended his link until June 2009.[1]

In 2004–05 Inzaghi was involved in a six-month player exchange, with Fabio Bazzani going to U.C. Sampdoria, in January 2005.[2] He returned to Lazio for the 2005–06 campaign and stayed for the following, with only twelve appearances in two seasons combined.

The following campaign, Inzaghi joined Atalanta B.C. on loan.[3] Although he struggled to find his form early in the season, he managed to play in 19 league contests, mostly as a second-half substitute, but did not find the net.

Inzaghi returned to Lazio for 2008–09, despite not being in the plans of manager Delio Rossi. A move away did not materialize and, despite few pre-season trainings with the squad, he remained on payroll, making his comeback in a 2–0 cup win over former side Atalanta. Just three days later, he made his first league appearance of the season, coming on as a substitute and scoring an equaliser two minutes from time to rescue a point against U.S. Lecce, in a 1–1 home draw:[4] it was his first Serie A goal since September 2004, but he would only appear in 12 league games in two seasons combined, choosing to retire in the 2010 summer at the age of 34.

Subsequently Inzaghi remained with Lazio, coaching its Allievi side.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1993/94 Piacenza Serie A 0 0 - - 0 0
1994/95 Carpi Serie C1 9 0 - - 9 0
1995/96 Novara Serie C2 23 4 - - 23 4
1996/97 Lumezzane Serie C2 23 6 - - 23 6
1997/98 Piacenza Serie A 0 0 1 0 - 1 0
1997/98 Brescello Serie C1 21 10 - - 21 10
1998/99 Piacenza Serie A 30 15 0 0 - 30 15
1999/00 Lazio Serie A 22 7 6 3 11 9 39 19
2000/01 13 4 1 0 9 3 23 7
2001/02 20 5 2 1 6 0 28 6
2002/03 18 4 3 1 8 4 29 9
2003/04 23 6 4 1 5 3 32 10
2004/05 12 1 1 0 3 1 16 2
2004/05 Sampdoria Serie A 5 0 2 0 - 7 0
2005/06 Lazio Serie A 7 0 2 1 0 0 9 1
2006/07 5 0 0 0 - 5 0
2007/08 Atalanta Serie A 19 0 0 0 - 19 0
2008/09 Lazio Serie A 9 1 1 0 - 10 1
2009/10 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Country Italy 262 63 23 7 42 20 327 90
Total 262 63 23 7 42 20 327 90

International[edit]

Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 2 0
2001 0 0
2002 0 0
2003 1 0
Total 3 0

Personal life[edit]

Inzaghi's older brother, Filippo, was also a footballer (and a striker). Also having started with Piacenza, he played for more than a decade with A.C. Milan, appearing more than 50 times for Italy and helping the national team win the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

He has one son, Tommaso (born 29 April 2001), with model and actress Alessia Marcuzzi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ New deal for Inzaghi; UEFA.com, 15 September 2004
  2. ^ Inzaghi and Bazzani trade places; UEFA.com, 10 January 2005
  3. ^ Inzaghi handed fresh task at Atalanta; UEFA.com, 29 August 2007
  4. ^ Inter catch Lazio in pole position; UEFA.com, 4 October 2008

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