|Date of birth||May 2, 1955|
|Place of birth||Marsciano, Italy|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He is the brother of Carlo Sabatini.
Sabatini made his professional debut with Perugia in 1973, playing at Serie B level with the Umbrian club. After a short stint at Varese, he was acquired by Roma in 1976, where he had the chance to make his Serie A debut. He successively returned at Perugia, where he was prevented from playing because of a muscular injury that did not allow him to play any games for two years, including a season with no appearances at Palermo. Since then, after two years of inactivity, Sabatini found himself out of the limelight, and spent the following years playing in the lower ranks of Italian professional football before to retire in 1984.
Coaching and non-playing career
In 1992 he went on to join Lazio, where he served as youth sector chief together with Giuseppe Dossena and Roberto Ottaviani. In 1994 he was appointed director of football of Triestina. In 1998 he left Triestina to become director of football at third division side Arezzo, with Serse Cosmi as head coach. Both men left Arezzo in 2000 to join Perugia.
In 2004, Sabatini left Perugia to become director of football of Lazio. In 2008, after his contract with Lazio expired, he went on to fill the same position at Palermo, penning a two-year contract with the rosanero club. He agreed a one-year extension to his contract on May 2010.
On 2 November 2010 Palermo confirmed Sabatini had resigned from his role as director of football of Palermo due to "strictly personal reasons".
- "CONTRATTO RINNOVATO PER IL DIRETTORE SPORTIVO WALTER SABATINI" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 2010-05-10. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
- "COMUNICATO U.S. CITTA' DI PALERMO: DIMISSIONI DEL DIRETTORE SPORTIVO SABATINI" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010.