Patrizia Panico

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Patrizia Panico
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Personal information
Date of birth (1975-02-08) 8 February 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Italy U16 (manager)
Youth career
1988–1991 Borussia
1991–1993 Valmontone
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 SS Lazio 71 (32)
1996–1997 Torino CF 30 (32)
1997–1998 Modena Amadio 28 (29)
1998–2003 SS Lazio 209 (191)
2003–2004 ACF Milan 22 (5)
2004–2006 Torino CF 44 (56)
2006–2009 ASD Bardolino 62 (73)
2009–2014 Torres 134 (175)
2010 Sky Blue FC (loan) 10 (0)
2014–2016 AGSM Verona 25 (34)
Total 635 (627)
National team
1996–2016 Italy 196 (107)
Teams managed
2017– Italy U16
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 November 2014

Patrizia Panico (Italian pronunciation: [paˈtrittsja paˈniko]; born 8 February 1975) is an Italian former footballer who is the current manager of Italy U16.[1] A prolific goalscorer, Panico is a longstanding member of the Italy women's national football team; she has won over 185 caps for Italy, and has also served as her national side's captain. She is a veteran of Italy's 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013 UEFA Women's Championship campaigns and played at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. In a club career that spanned more than two decades, Panico has won ten Scudetti and collected five Coppa Italia winner's medals with her various clubs. She has been Serie A's top scorer on 14 occasions (an Italian record for her category) and spent part of 2010 in America, representing Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) club Sky Blue FC. Panico is nicknamed "The Scorpion" due to her deadly goalscoring instincts.[2]

Club career[edit]

In addition to Torres, Panico has played for SS Lazio, Torino CF, Modena Amadio, ACF Milan and ASD Bardolino, as well as Sky Blue FC of the United States' Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). She has been the Serie A's top scorer for ten seasons.[3]

At Modena in 1997–98 Panico won her first Serie A title. She played alongside Carolina Morace and came to be seen as the heir apparent to Morace's title as Italy's best female player.[4]

In the months before the professional Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) began play in 2001, Panico was pursued by Philadelphia Charge. She had agreed terms but the move was eventually derailed by red tape.[5]

International career[edit]

Panico made her senior international debut on 8 April 1996, in Italy's 4–1 1997 UEFA Women's Championship qualification win over Portugal in Mestre. She started the match and scored Italy's first goal after five minutes of play.[note 1] Panico was selected for the final tournament in Norway. She scored in a 2–2 group stage draw with Denmark, as Italy reached the final which they lost 2–0 to Germany.

At the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup in the United States, Panico gave Italy the lead in their first game against Germany. The match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California finished 1–1.[6] The Italians were eliminated after a 2–0 defeat by Brazil in their next game, but recovered to beat Mexico 2–0. Panico scored the first goal and was hailed as "one of the world's most explosive players" by CNN Sports Illustrated.[7]

On 11 November 1999 Panico scored a notable hat-trick against Germany in a 4–4 2001 UEFA Women's Championship qualification draw.[8] At the final tournament, player of the match Panico scored twice in Italy's opening 2–1 win over Denmark at the Waldstadion in Aalen.[9] The Italians narrowly failed to qualify from the group after a 1–1 draw with Norway and a 2–0 defeat by France.

Four years later, Panico was included in the squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2005 in North West England.[10] She played in the Italians' 4–0 defeat to perennial champions Germany, which intersected defeats to France and Norway and preceded another first round exit.[11]

At UEFA Women's Euro 2009 in Finland, Panico played in all four games and added two goals as the Italians went out to Germany in the quarter-finals.[8] Four years later, national coach Antonio Cabrini named Panico in his selection for UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden.[12] At 38, Panico entered her fifth European finals and admitted it was likely to be her last.[13] She was left disappointed by another defeat by the Germans in the quarter-final at Myresjöhus Arena, Växjö.[14]





  1. ^ Italian Football Federation (FIGC) sources list Panico's debut as Italy's earlier 4–1 win over Portugal at the 1995 Algarve Cup. This is contradicted by RSSSF and Panico's official website.


  1. ^ "Prima Squadra" (in Italian). AGSM Verona. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Women Set to Face Italy on Thursday, June 19". United States Soccer Federation. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Profile in Sky Blue's web
  4. ^ Padovan, Giancarlo (28 February 2001). "La ragazza dal gol facile va in America La Panico a Philadelphia: "Non ho il mito degli Usa, ma lì c' è la pari dignità"" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Padovan, Giancarlo (25 April 2001). "Sfuma il sogno di Patrizia "Ho perso l' America, ma mi rifarò in nazionale"" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Hersh, Philip (21 June 1999). "Italy's Panico Gladly Takes Quality Goal Over Quantity". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Women's World Cup Soccer Recap (Mexico-Italy)". CNN Sports Illustrated. 28 June 1999. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Patrizia Panico". UEFA. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Panico strikes twice to give Italy winning start". UEFA. 25 June 2001. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Turner, Georgina (26 May 2005). "Italy An Azzurre masterclass". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Turner, Georgina (9 June 2005). "Holders tighten their grip". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Cabrini finalises Italy's Women's EURO squad". UEFA. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Saffer, Paul (29 June 2013). "Panico hoping for happy Italy ending". UEFA. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Holyman, Ian (21 July 2013). "Panico: Italy lacked courage". UEFA. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Hall of fame, 10 new entry: con Vialli e Mancini anche Facchetti e Ronaldo" [Hall of fame, 10 new entries: with Vialli and Mancini also Facchetti and Ronaldo] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 

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