Amedeo Carboni

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Amedeo Carboni
Carboni with Valencia in 2005
Personal information
Full name Amedeo Carboni
Date of birth (1965-04-06) 6 April 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth Arezzo, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1975–1983 Arezzo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1986 Arezzo 22 (1)
1983–1984 Fiorentina (loan) 0 (0)
1985–1986 Bari (loan) 10 (0)
1986–1987 Empoli 11 (0)
1987–1988 Parma 28 (1)
1988–1990 Sampdoria 60 (2)
1990–1997 Roma 186 (3)
1997–2006 Valencia 245 (1)
Total 562 (8)
National team
1988 Italy U21 1 (1)
1992–1997 Italy 18 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Amedeo Carboni (born 6 April 1965) is an Italian retired footballer who played as a left back.

In a professional career which spanned 22 years and saw him appear in nearly 700 official games, he played mainly for Roma (seven seasons) and Valencia (nine), winning eight major titles for the two clubs combined.

Carboni was capped 18 times for the Italian national team, representing it at Euro 1996.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Arezzo, Tuscany, Carboni started playing professionally for local A.C. Arezzo, in Serie B. During his spell with the club he was also loaned twice, including a stint at A.S. Bari with which he made his Serie A debuts, in a relegation-ending season.[1]

After nearly meeting the same fate with Empoli FC, Carboni spent one season with Parma A.C. in the second division, following which he returned to the top level with U.C. Sampdoria, being first-choice and helping the Genoa team to win the Coppa Italia during his first season and also the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in his second, playing the full 120 minutes in the final against R.S.C. Anderlecht (2–0 win).[1]


In the 1990 summer, Carboni joined A.S. Roma, being an undisputed starter for the capital side during his seven-year spell, with the exception of the 1992–93 campaign due to a serious injury. Under manager Ottavio Bianchi, he won the 1991 domestic cup in a 4–2 aggregate triumph against former club Sampdoria.

Carboni spent his final season as team captain, inheriting the armband from Giuseppe Giannini.[2]


Aged already 32, Carboni moved abroad for the first time, signing for Valencia CF in Spain. He appeared in 29 La Liga games in his first season, receiving nine yellow cards and three red as they finished in ninth position, in a campaign which saw manager Jorge Valdano being fired after only three rounds, with the player's countryman Claudio Ranieri taking his place.

Carboni formed an efficient full back partnership with Jocelyn Angloma (born in the same year) in his first years with the Che, eventually helping the team to two national championships – the French had already left the club in the 2003–04 conquest – and five other trophies. He also helped Valencia to the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League final against FC Bayern Munich, but missed his penalty in an eventual shootout loss; during the first 120 minutes, he also committed the penalty that led to the Stefan Effenberg 1–1 equalizer.[3]

38-year-old Carboni appeared in 44 games combined as Valencia won the league/UEFA Cup double in 2003–04. On 23 October 2005 he became the oldest player at the age of 40 years, six months and 17 days to play in the Spanish league, a record previously held by Deportivo de La Coruña's Donato – he had already achieved the feat of being the oldest winner of any European club competition when he won the UEFA Cup.[4]

After the emergence of countryman Emiliano Moretti Carboni only played five matches in 2005–06, and retired from football at the age of 41, having appeared in 346 official games for Valencia. On 19 May 2006, he became the club's director of football.

On 19 June 2007, Carboni was sacked by Valencia as the working relationship between him and coach Quique Sánchez Flores was strained after several disputes.[5] The manager was fired himself after only four months.

Late career[edit]

On 10 June 2009, Carboni became the new sporting director at R.E. Mouscron in Belgium, teaming up with former Valencia teammate Miroslav Đukić, who acted as the manager. In early June of the following year he reunited with former Valencia boss Rafael Benítez at Inter Milan, working with the Nerazzurri as technical consultant.[6]

International career[edit]

Carboni made his debut for Italy on 25 March 1992 – two weeks shy of his 27th birthday – in a 1–0 friendly win with Germany. He was selected by manager Arrigo Sacchi for the squad that appeared at UEFA Euro 1996, playing against the Czech Republic (1–2 loss)[7] and Germany (0–0) in an eventual group stage exit.[8]

On 21 December 1988 Carboni earned his only cap for the under-21s, scoring in an 8–0 home routing of Malta.

Style of play[edit]

Carboni was an athletic and hard-working attacking full back, who was known for his surging runs along the left flank as well as his longevity, stamina and defensive consistency.[1][4][9]

Personal life[edit]

Carboni's older brother, Guido, was also a footballer, and later a manager.[10][11]

Club statistics[edit]


Year Club Games Goals
1984–85 Italy Arezzo 22 1
1985–86 Italy Bari 10 0
1986–87 Italy Empoli 11 0
1987–88 Italy Parma 28 1
1988–89 Italy Sampdoria 31 1
1989–90 Italy Sampdoria 29 1
1990–91 Italy Roma 30 1
1991–92 Italy Roma 33 0
1992–93 Italy Roma 9 0
1993–94 Italy Roma 32 1
1994–95 Italy Roma 30 0
1995–96 Italy Roma 29 0
1996–97 Italy Roma 23 1
1997–98 Spain Valencia 29 0
1998–99 Spain Valencia 36 0
1999–00 Spain Valencia 28 1
2000–01 Spain Valencia 24 0
2001–02 Spain Valencia 33 0
2002–03 Spain Valencia 29 0
2003–04 Spain Valencia 33 0
2004–05 Spain Valencia 28 0
2005–06 Spain Valencia 5 0




  1. ^ a b c "Carry on, Carboni". 29 March 2003. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame: Biographies of the 2012 Finalists: Amedeo Carboni". A.S. Roma. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Bayern crowned European champions". BBC Sport. 23 May 2001. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Adrian Harte (20 May 2004). "Carboni epitomises Valencia class". Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sanchez Flores to stay on at Valencia, Carboni to leave". Reuters. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "Rafa Benitez to be unveiled as new Inter Milan coach on Wednesday". Liverpool Daily Post. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bejbl completes Italian job for Czechs". 6 October 2003. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Italy pay penalty for Germany stalemate". 6 October 2003. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Graham Hunter (19 May 2004). "Time cannot age Carboni". Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Esclusive TMW – Guido Carboni: "Amedeo con Benitez? Difficile"" [TMW exclusive – Guido Carboni: "Amedeo with Benitez? Difficult"] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Empoli: Addio Pillon, tocca a Guido Carboni" [Empoli: Goodbye Pillon, enter Guido Carboni] (in Italian). Forza Nocerina. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Amedeo Carboni". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Amedeo Carboni". Eurosport. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "A. Carboni – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "Valencia 2–0 Marseille". BBC Sport. 19 May 2004. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 

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Preceded by
Giuseppe Giannini
AS Roma Captain
Succeeded by
Abel Balbo