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Alessandro Albotelli: The needle of Italian football team

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Former professional Italian footballer, who played as a forward, and who won the 1982 World Cup with Italy. Nicknamed Spillo (“Needle”) for his slender build Alessandro Altobelli is 62 today.

Early Life :
He was born to Giuseppe and Giuliana Altobelli.

Career :
Following spells at Latina (Serie C) and Brescia (Serie ๐Ÿ˜Ž, he was signed by Serie A giants Internazionale in 1977, for whom he played 466 times, scoring 209 goals (128 in Serie A). He contributed heavily to his team’s scudetto victory of 1980, and also helped Inter to win two Coppa Italia titles in 1978 and 1982, finishing as the tournament’s top scorer in the 1982 edition, with 9 goals. Altobelli was also the top scorer in the 1978โ€“79 European Cup Winners’ Cup, with 7 goals, leading Inter to the quarter-finals of the tournament. After his lengthy period with Inter, he played one season with Juventus during the 1987โ€“88 season, before ending his career with Brescia in Serie B once again, during the 1989โ€“90 season.

For Italy, Altobelli was capped 61 times between 1980 and 1988, scoring 25 goals, and he is currently Italy’s sixth highest goalscorer. His most notable international goal was Italy’s third goal in the 1982 FIFA World Cup final, which Italy won over West Germany.

Style of play :
Altobelli was a highly prolific goalscorer, who is regarded as one of the greatest Italian forwards of his generation. A well rounded centre-forward, with an eye for goal, he excelled in the air due to his heading accuracy, power, elevation, agility and acrobatic ability; he was also a fast, hard-working, and opportunistic player, with good technique, and he possessed an accurate shot with either foot, in spite of being naturally left-footed.

Trivia :
He is currently a sports analyst for beIN Sports, with Cesare Maldini, also having previously served as a pundit for Al Jazeera. After retiring, he had briefly entered politics, and also worked as a sporting director for Padova, and as a scout for Inter.

Achievements :

Club :

Inter Milan:
Serie A: 1979โ€“80
Coppa Italia: 1977โ€“78, 1981โ€“82

International :

Italy :
FIFA World Cup: 1982

Individual :
European Cup Winners’ Cup Top Goal Scorer: 1978โ€“79
Coppa Italia Top Goal Scorer: 1981โ€“82

Altobelli is currently the all-time top scorer in the Coppa Italia, with 56 goals in 93 appearances, and the ninth-highest scoring Italian player in all competitions, with almost 300 career goals. Happy birthday legend !