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ITALIAN SERIE A

1) Christian Vieri

Date of Birth: 12 July, 1973

Club: Internazionale

Nationality: Italy

Notes: Was raised in Australia where his father played professionally. Played for eight clubs in eight years including Pisa, Ravenna, Venezia, Atalanta, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Lazio and Inter. Helped Lazio to the 1999 European Cup Winners Cup. Came to the attention of the world at the 1998 World Cup where he scored five goals in five games for Italy after a good season in Spain with Atletico where he scored 24 goals. Target man with good size who joined Inter for a then record transfer fee. He has had injury problems but when healthy is a consistent goalscorer.

 

2) David Trezeguet

Date of Birth: 15 October, 1977

Club: Juventus

Nationality: France

Notes: Grew up in Argentina but chose to represent France including being second top goalscorer at the 1997 World Youth Cup with five goals. He played for Platense in Argentina at sixteen and came to France for trials with Paris St-Germain but instead signed for Monaco. He helped Monaco win the league in 1996/97 and continued his progress in1997/98 with eighteen goals and came through their youth ranks at the same time as Thierry Henry. He is a full French international who helped France win the 1998 World Cup and scored the game winning golden goal in the final of Euro 2000. Eventually left Monaco for Juventus in June 2000 for £14m after helping Monaco to another league title.  

 

3) Dario Hubner

Date of Birth: 28 April, 1967

Club: Piacenza

Nationality: Italy

Notes: Spent the majority of his career at unfashionable teams in the lower divisions. He has scored more than 200 goals during spells at Pergocrema, Fano and Cesena. At Cesena from 1992 to 1997 he scored 74 times in 166 games. Inter were interested but no big club ever swooped for the Serie B player until Brescia bought him for just £2 million. He scored sixteen goals in the top flight in 1997/98 where Brescia was relegated. He returned to Serie A in 2000/01 where he scored seventeen goals and along with Roberto Baggio helped Brescia secure a top-half finish. After four years at Brescia however he decided to move to Piacenza in the middle of 2001 and has continued to score goals in Serie A leading to a potential national team call-up.

 

4) Andrii Shevchenko

Date of Birth: 29 September, 1976

Club: Milan

Nationality: Ukraine

Notes: Was at Dynamo Kyiv for thirteen years before joining Milan in the middle of 1999 for £15m. He helped Dynamo to five league titles in a row from 1995 to 1999 and three cups after making his debut in the 1994/95 season. He teamed very successfully with Serhii Rebrov up front as Dynamo impressed in the European Champion’s League. Has continued to score goals since moving to Milan with 24 league goals in each of his first two seasons in Italy. Has inspired Ukraine to play-offs for Euro 2000 and the World Cup in 2002 but they could not qualify.

 

5) Cristiano Doni

Date of Birth: 1 April, 1973

Club: Atalanta

Nationality: Italy

Notes: He helped Bologna get from Serie C1 to Serie A in two seasons, and won promotion with Brescia from Serie B in 1997 and Atalanta, who he joined in 1998-99, in 2000. Atalanta bought Doni from Brescia for £2 million and his good form in the 2001/02 season has led to him being now valued at around £10 million with clubs such as Inter, Roma and Juventus all interested. Five goals from the first nine Serie A games, although  Atalanta only won two of these matches, earned Doni his first international call-up where he scored Italy's only goal in a 1-1 draw with Japan after coming on as a second-half substitute.

 

6) Mohammed Kallon

Date of Birth: 6 October, 1979

Club: Inter

Nationality: Sierra Leone

Notes: Arrived at Inter in 1997 but has been sent on loan for most of his time since. He has spent time at Reggina, Cagliari and Vicenza. He has also spent time at Bologna and Swiss side Lugano. In 1996 he became the then youngest ever player at the African Nations Cup with Sierra Leone. He became an important player for Inter at the start of the 2001/02 season with Recoba, Ronaldo and Vieri all missing, and he responded with important goals.

 

7) Francesco Totti

Date of Birth: 27 September, 1976

Club: Roma

Nationality: Italy

Notes: Made his debut for Roma aged seventeen in 1993. Is a playmaker who has good close control and dribbling, can take good free kicks and is also a goalscorer. Made his international debut in October 1998 but did not become a key player until just before Euro 2000. At Euro 2000 his impressive performances were a key reason as to why Italy reached the final. He has only improved since having also helped Italy qualify for the 2002 World Cup and helped Roma win the Serie A title in 2000/01.

 

8) Ronaldo

Date of Birth: 22 September, 1976

Club: Inter

Nationality: Brazil

Notes: Has averaged almost a goal a game throughout his career. He joined PSV Eindhoven from Cruzeiro and scored 30 goals in 33 games in 1994/95. Ronaldo then joined Barcelona in 1996 with 34 goals in 37 games. He then moved to Inter for the next season and scored 25 goals in 32 games. Ronaldo was an important player in Brazil reaching the France 98 World Cup final but disappointed in the final as Brazil lost 3-0 to France. He has had injury problems since and has only recently been able to play at all. He finally scored again in Serie A in December 2001 and hopes to be able to stay injury free and become a good player again in the future.

 

9) Roberto Muzzi

Date of Birth: 29 January, 1971

Club: Udinese

Nationality: Italy

Notes: Came from the Roma youth system but could not win a permanent start and joined Cagliari in 1994.  He established himself as the key goalscorer for Cagliari and scored sixteen goals in Serie A in 1998/99. He then moved to Udinese and has continued to impress since. He will probably move on again soon to an even larger club.

 

10) Massimo Marazzina

Date of Birth: 16 July, 1974

Club: Chievo

Nationality: Italy

Notes: Came from the Inter youth system and played three games for the club in 1993/94 before joining Foggia. He also played for four seasons for Chievo before joining Reggina in 2000. Five goals in 29 games in the top flight was unable to prevent Reggina’s relegation in 2000/01 and he left to join Chievo who had been promoted to Serie A in his absence in 2001. He finally made an impact in Serie A in 2001/02 where his goalscoring form led Chievo to the top of the table with eight goals in his first fourteen games.


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