|Full name||Abel Eduardo Balbo|
|Date of birth||1 June 1966|
|Place of birth||Empalme, Argentina|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Newell's Old Boys|
|1987–1988||Newell's Old Boys||23||(9)|
|* 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.
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.
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
After his retirement, Balbo eventually became a musician, performing songs in Italian and Spanish. He took his UEFA Pro coaching badges in 2007, and currently works as a football commentator for RAI Radio1.
On February 2009 he took his first head coaching job, succeeding to Luca Gotti as manager of bottom-table Serie B club Treviso. 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.
He is currently working as football commentator in a RAI sport program called Stadio Sprint.
Abel Balbo is married and a practising Roman Catholic.
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- "Italy - Serie B Top Scorers". rsssf.com. RSSSF. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
- (Italian) Official website
- (Spanish) Futbol Factory profile (Archived)
- Abel Balbo at National-Football-Teams.com