Abel Balbo

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Abel Balbo
Personal information
Full name Abel Eduardo Balbo
Date of birth (1966-06-01) 1 June 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Empalme, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Newell's Old Boys
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Newell's Old Boys 23 (9)
1988–1989 River Plate 38 (12)
1989–1993 Udinese 134 (65)
1993–1998 Roma 171 (78)
1998–1999 Parma 25 (4)
1999–2000 Fiorentina 19 (3)
2000–2002 Roma 3 (0)
2002 Boca Juniors 4 (0)
Total 417 (171)
National team
1989–1998 Argentina 37 (11)
Teams managed
2009 Treviso
2010–2011 Arezzo
2012 Arezzo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Abel Eduardo Balbo (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈβel eˈðwarðo ˈβalβo]; born 1 June 1966 in Empalme Villa Constitución, Santa Fe) is an Argentine former footballer and manager who played as a striker for various clubs in Argentina and Italy during the course of his career.

Club career[edit]

At club level, Balbo played for Newell's Old Boys (1987–88), River Plate (1988–89), before moving to Italy and Udinese (1989–93), Roma (1993–98 and 2000–02), Parma (1998–99), and Fiorentina. He played four games for Boca Juniors before finally retiring. He scored a total of 138 goals in Serie A; his best seasons came in 1992–93 for Udinese and 1994–95 for Roma, with 22 goals in each of them.

In 2000, Roma paid Fiorentina 1.75 billion Italian lire to re-sign him and offered him a two-year contract with 1.7 billion annual salary before tax.[1]

International career[edit]

For Argentina, Balbo scored 11 goals in 37 caps, and played at the 1990, the 1994, the 1998 FIFA World Cups, the 1989 and 1995 Copas América. In the 1995 tournament in Uruguay, Balbo partnered Gabriel Batistuta in attack, and scored a goal against Brazil's Claudio Taffarel in an infamous quarter-final game that Argentina eventually lost in a penalty shootout after Brazilian striker Tulio Costa scored the Brazilian equalizer with 10 minutes to go – after clearly controlling the ball with his arm.

Post-retirement and coaching[edit]

After his retirement, Balbo eventually became a musician, performing songs in Italian and Spanish. He took his UEFA Pro coaching badges in 2007,[2] and currently works as a football commentator for RAI Radio1.[3]

On February 2009 he took his first head coaching job, succeeding to Luca Gotti as manager of bottom-table Serie B club Treviso.[4] He resigned only a few rounds later, on 18 March, after having achieved only one point in four games, citing lack of professionalism and organizational issues as the main reasons for his choice to step down as Treviso manager.[5]

On November 2010 he was appointed as new technical area coordinator and assistant coach of Serie D club Atletico Arezzo until the end of the season.[6][7]

In the season 2012–13 he coached the Serie D club Arezzo from the start of the season until 30 October 2012, when he left by mutual consent with the club.

He is currently working as football commentator in a RAI sport program called Stadio Sprint.

Personal life[edit]

Abel Balbo is married and a practising Roman Catholic.[8]



Newell's Old Boys[9]





  1. ^ "Balbo ritorna alla Roma". AS Roma (in Italian). 2 August 2000. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Calori e Balbo allenatori di prima categoria" (in Italian). Messaggero Veneto. 7 July 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ "News : Rai: Lo Sport a 360 gradi su radio, tv, satellite e digitale terrestre" (in Italian). RAI. 27 September 2008. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "ABEL BALBO NUOVO ALLENATORE DEL TREVISO CALCIO" (in Italian). Treviso FBC 1993. 24 February 2009. Archived from the original on 27 February 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "TREVISO, IL TECNICO BALBO SI DIMETTE" (in Italian). ANSA.it. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Calcio D, Arezzo: Zingaretti-Montalbano dirigente, a Abel Balbo l'area tecnica" (in Italian). Blitz Quotidiano. 21 November 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ufficiale Fratini esonerato, al suo posto Coppola affiancato da Balbo" (in Italian). Colore Amaranto. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "abelbalbo.com - This website is for sale! - サッカー Resources and Information.". www.abelbalbo.com. 
  9. ^ Silvio Maverino (19 June 2013). "La rica historia de Newell's" [Newells' rich history] (in Spanish). Fox Sports. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c "Abel Balbo". Eurosport. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "A. Balbo". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Italy - Serie B Top Scorers". rsssf.com. RSSSF. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Amedeo Carboni
Roma captain
Succeeded by
Francesco Totti