Walter Sabatini

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Walter Sabatini
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-05-02) May 2, 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth Marsciano, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1975 Perugia 28 (1)
1975–1976 Varese 10 (0)
1976–1977 Roma 10 (0)
1977–1978 Perugia 1 (0)
1978-1979 Palermo 0 (0)
1979–1980 Vicenza 10 (1)
1980–1981 Siracusa 23 (2)
1981–1982 Venezia 26 (2)
1982–1983 Parma 16 (2)
1983–1984 Pro Patria 29 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Walter Sabatini (born May 2, 1955 in Marsciano) is an Italian former association football player turned director of football, currently working for Italian club AS Roma.

He is the brother of Carlo Sabatini.

Playing career[edit]

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[edit]

In 1986 he returned to Perugia, this time as assistant coach in the youth system, and then being promoted youth sector chief in 1990, as well as first team assistant to head coach Paolo Ammoniaci.

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.[1]

On 2 November 2010 Palermo confirmed Sabatini had resigned from his role as director of football of Palermo due to "strictly personal reasons".[2]

Personal life[edit]

His brother Carlo Sabatini is involved in football too, and last served as head coach of Serie B club Padova, which he led to win the Lega Pro Prima Divisione playoffs during the 2008–09 season.


  1. ^ "CONTRATTO RINNOVATO PER IL DIRETTORE SPORTIVO WALTER SABATINI" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 2010-05-10. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  2. ^ "COMUNICATO U.S. CITTA' DI PALERMO: DIMISSIONI DEL DIRETTORE SPORTIVO SABATINI" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010.