Gene Gnocchi

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Gene Gnocchi
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Personal information
Full name Eugenio Ghiozzi
Date of birth (1955-03-01) 1 March 1955 (age 62)
Place of birth Fidenza, Italy
Youth career
1972–1973 Alessandria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1974 Guastalla ? (?)
1977–1978 Fidenza ? (?)
1980–1984 Fiorenzuola 30+ (0+)
1984–1985 Castiglione ? (?)
1985–1986 Viadana ? (?)
1986–1987 Busseto ? (?)
1987–1988 Vigolzone ? (?)
2007–2008 Parma 0 (0)
2009 Genoa 0 (0)
2009 Nuova Verolese 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gene Gnocchi (byname of Eugenio Ghiozzi; born 1 March 1955), best known by his stage name is an Italian television presenter, comedian and former footballer.

Gnocchi was born in Fidenza into a working-class family. He was an aspiring vocalist in a rock band when he was younger, and also has a degree as a lawyer; however, both these different roads produced quite unsuccessful results.

He took advice from the general public and took the road of a comedian. He started to appear on the then unknown stage of Milan's Zelig in the 1980s, as well as an emerging comedian on the Maurizio Costanzo Show.

Gnocchi started enjoying success in the 1990s and now is mostly known for his role in Quelli che il calcio, a Raidue football-related TV show with Simona Ventura, usually aired on Sundays.

The Serie A dream[edit]

During the 2006–07 edition of Quelli che il calcio, Gnocchi challenged the entire world of football, asking for an opportunity to play five minutes in a Serie A match. He wanted to prove that he's better than some of the overrated Serie A players, and wanted to remind everyone that at the end of the day football is only a game.

A lot encouraged this initiative, including Marcello Lippi and Alessandro Del Piero. Four teams, Atalanta, Bologna (of Serie B), Siena and Torino in fact offered a trial to the comedian.

On 23 March 2007, at 52 years of age, he finally signed a three-month contract with Parma,[1] his favourite Serie A team, for a yearly wage of €18,000, the minimum salary allowed in Italy for a professional footballer. He chose to wear the #52 shirt, referring to his age, with the name "Gnoccao", a spoof on Brazilian footballers based on his name.[2] He was initially expected to make his debut on the day of the last league match, 27 May 2007, against Empoli. However, as Parma was still involved in the relegation battle, Gnocchi's Serie A debut did not happen. He made his debut with the Parma jersey on 31 May in a friendly match against Carpenedolo.[3]

In February 2009, he signed a six-months deal with Genoa CFC.[4][citation needed]


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