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  18/03/2011: Beppe Signori
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eThe arrival of Sergio Cragnotti gave new impetus to Lazio as shown in the summer1992 transfer market, during which the club purchased established player like Signori, with the intention to replace the fan favorite Biancocelesti that hasjust sold, Ruben Sosa.

Giuseppe "Beppe" Signori was born on 17 February 1968 in Alzano Lombardo, Province of Bergamo.  As a youngster Signori played in the youth system of Internazionale, but was eventually released after being told by the club that he was too small (171 cm) to succeed as a professional. He went on to make his pro debut for Leffe (1984–86), followed by Piacenza (1986–87 and 1988–89), Trento (1987–88), Foggia (1989–92), Lazio (1992–97), Sampdoria (January–June 1998) and Bologna (1998–2004). He then spent two short periods abroad: first in Greece in 2004 with Iraklis Thessaloniki; and then in October 2005 he signed a one-year contract with Hungarian team MFC Sopron.

He was a fast, left footed striker who was prolific goalscorer. During the early part of his career he was used as a left winger, where his accurate crossing and pace were put to good use. He was also known for his unique style of taking penalty kicks. He would stand next to the ball (without taking any run-up) and shoot.

During his spell with Lazio from 1992-1997 he crowned as Serie A Top Scorer 3 times. First, with 26 goals in season 1992-93. Second, with 23 goals in season 1993-94. Third, with 24 goals in season 1995-96 shared with Igor Protti.

YEAR

APPEARANCES

GOALS

1992-93

32

26*

1993-94

24

23*

1994-95

27

17

1995-96

31

24**

1996-97

32

15

1997-98

6

2

* Serie A Top Scorer

** Serie A Top Scorer, title shared with Igor Protti

In June 1995 Cragnotti reached a verbal agreement with Parma patron Calisto Tanzi to transfer Signori to the "gialloblu" for a record transfer fee (22 billion lire). However, following vigorous but peaceful protests by 5,000 Lazio fans that adored the striker, the deal was abandoned. It was the first time in football history that the popular passion by the fans forced a president to hold a football player.

Signori was not able fully to translate his success to the national level, partly due to differences between him and national coach Arrigo Sacchi, who preferred to play him in the midfield. He played for the national side 28 times, scoring seven goals. The only major tournament Signori played in was the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where he set up two crucial goals that allowed Italy to advance.

The story goes that during World Cup '94, his wife Viviana found out she was pregnant. She told Signori just before the Italy-Norway match. He had the game of his life that day. The Washington Post called his performance in that game the most inspired by anyone in the first round and his coach at Lazio, Zdenek Zeman, said it was the best game Signori had ever played. It is very difficult to disagree.

After working as a Serie A football pundit for RAI Radio1, he served as director of football of Ternana Calcio from 2008 to 2009. He is currently undertaking coaching classes in the renowned Coverciano school in Florence, with the aim to become a football manager himself.

(Ali Alkatiri)
 
 
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nigel 3/21/2011 11:16:59 AM
My hero! It is destined that i would never meet him! sigh.. :(
 
 
 
 
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