Famous Italian Football Players

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Gianluigi Buffon
(Football Player)
Gianluigi Buffon
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Birthdate: January 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carrara, Italy
Gianluigi Buffon is an Italian footballer, often considered the greatest goalkeeper of all time. The first goalkeeper to receive the Golden Foot Award, Buffon was included in Pelé's FIFA 100 list in 2004. He is also well-known for his charity work; in 2019, he was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations' World Food Programme.
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Francesco Totti
(Football player)
Francesco Totti
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Birthdate: September 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Italian footballer Francesco Totti is known for his 25-year stint with Roma. Nicknamed “The Golden Boy” and “The Gladiator,” he led Roma to win the Serie A and the Coppa Italia. He was also part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup-winning Italian team. He was named to Pele’s FIFA 100

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Paolo Maldini
(Italian Former Football Player Who Played as a Defender)
Paolo Maldini
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Birthdate: June 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Paolo Maldini is an Italian former professional footballer widely regarded as one of the greatest ever defenders. He played primarily as a left-back and central defender and was affiliated with Milan and the Italian national team. Currently, he is serving as the technical director for Milan. He is also the co-owner of the USL Championship club Miami FC.  

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Roberto Baggio
(Football Player)
Roberto Baggio
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Birthdate: February 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Caldogno, Italy
Italian former footballer Roberto Baggio is the only Italian to score goals in three World Cups, in 1990, 1994, and 1998. He was the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1993. Nicknamed “The Divine Ponytail" for his peculiar hairstyle, he also became the Goodwill Ambassador of the UN’s FAO.
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Alessandro Del Piero
(Italian Former Professional Football Player Who Played as a Deep-Lying Forward)
Alessandro Del Piero
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Birthdate: November 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Conegliano, Veneto, Italy

Alessandro Del Piero is an Italian former football player. Renowned for his creativity, he is often counted among the best players of his generation. He is also widely regarded as one of Italy's greatest players of all time. A prolific goal-scorer, Del Piero scored 346 goals during his playing career, making him the second-highest Italian goal-scorer of all time.

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Andrea Pirlo
(Football player, Football Coach)
Andrea Pirlo
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Birthdate: May 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Flero, Italy

Italian professional football coach and former player. Andrea Pirlo, is currently the head coach of football club Juventus. As a player, he was known for his ball control. He retired after playing 116 matches for the Italian national football team. He was elected into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

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Carlo Ancelotti
(Footballer)
Carlo Ancelotti
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Birthdate: June 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Reggiolo

Carlo Ancelotti had humble beginnings as a midfielder in Italian club football. He was part of the Italian national squad in two World Cups and one UEFA Euro, and is one of three managers who have won the UEFA Champions League thrice, twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid.

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Mario Balotelli
(Italian Football Player Who Plays as a Striker)
Mario Balotelli
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Birthdate: August 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
The talented but crazy Italian striker Mario Balotelli is one of the most intriguing and exciting footballers around. Love him or hate him, TIME Magazine in 2013 called him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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Emiliano Sala
(Footballer)
Emiliano Sala
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Birthdate: October 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cululú, Santa Fe
Died: January 21, 2019

Emiliano Sala was an Argentine football player who played for prominent French clubs like Bordeaux and Nantes. He was renowned for his powerful strike and eye for goal. In 2019, he was included in the Nantes Team of the Decade. Emiliano Sala died in a plane crash on 21 January 2019. His body was recovered four days after the crash.

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Mauro Icardi
(Footballer)
Mauro Icardi
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Birthdate: February 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosario

Argentine footballer, Mauro Icard,i plays as a striker for Ligue 1 club, Paris Saint-Germain, and the Argentina national team. He began playing football as a boy and made his senior debut in 2012. He is known for his excellent attacking movement, positioning, and eye for goal. His marriage to a teammate’s ex-wife is a subject of controversy.

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Ciro Immobile
(Association football player)
Ciro Immobile
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Birthdate: February 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torre Annunziata

Ciro Immobile is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker. He is currently affiliated with Serie A club Lazio and the Italian national team. He began playing football as a young boy and made his professional debut in his late teens. He has played with several teams, including Juventus, Genoa, Torino, and Sevilla in the past. 

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Fabio Cannavaro
(Football player)
Fabio Cannavaro
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Birthdate: September 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Italian former football star Fabio Cannavaro was part of his country’s 2006 World Cup-winning team and now coaches the Chinese football club Guangzhou. He has won awards such as the Ballon d'Or and was the only defender to earn the FIFA World Player of the Year tag.

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Roberto Mancini
(Football Manager & Former Footballer Forward)
Roberto Mancini
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Birthdate: November 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Iesi, Italy
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Gennaro Gattuso
(Football Player, Manager)
Gennaro Gattuso
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Birthdate: 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Corigliano Calabro, Italy
Italian former footballer Gennaro Gattuso is best known for his stint with Milan and won titles such as the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup with them. He was part of Italian squad that won the FIFA World Cup 2006. He now manages the football club Napoli.
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Lorenzo Insigne
(Association football player)
Lorenzo Insigne
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Birthdate: June 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naples

Lorenzo Insigne is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a forward. He is currently affiliated with Serie A club Napoli and the Italian national team. He has over a decade’s experience as a professional and can play on either flank or through the center. He is known for his technical ability, speed, and accuracy from free kicks. 

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Marco Verratti
(Association football player)
Marco Verratti
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Birthdate: November 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pescara

Best known as a central midfielder for Paris Saint-Germain and the Italian national team, Marco Verratti was part of his country’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. He began his career with Pescara and worked his way up with hard work. He was knighted by the Italian government.

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Filippo Inzaghi
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Filippo Inzaghi
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Birthdate: August 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Piacenza
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Alessandro Nesta
(Football player)
Alessandro Nesta
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Birthdate: March 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Sebastian Giovinco
(Association football player)
Sebastian Giovinco
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Birthdate: January 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Turin

Nicknamed the Atomic Ant due to his short stature, Sebastian Giovinco had begun his career with the Juventus youth team. Known for his dribbling skills and ball control tactics, he has been named one of the world’s 100 best footballers by publications such as The Guardian.

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Paolo Rossi
(Football player)
Paolo Rossi
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Birthdate: September 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prato, Italy
Died: December 9, 2020
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Daniele De Rossi
(Footballer)
Daniele De Rossi
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Birthdate: July 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Lazio, Italy

Daniele De Rossi is an Italian football coach and former player. He is currently serving as the national football team's assistant coach. A defensive midfielder during his playing career, Daniele helped his team win the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He is the highest-scoring midfielder for Italy post-World War II.

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Christian Vieri
(Former Footballer Striker position)
Christian Vieri
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Birthdate: July 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
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Stephan El Shaarawy
(Association football player)
Stephan El Shaarawy
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Birthdate: October 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Savona

Stephan El Shaarawy is an Italian football player who was regarded as a potentially world-class player and one of the most promising youngsters at the beginning of his career. El Shaarawy represents his national team as well as the Serie A club Roma. Renowned for his pace and agility, El Shaarawy's playing style has often drawn comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Gianfranco Zola
(Football manager)
Gianfranco Zola
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Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oliena, Italy
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Gianluigi Donnarumma
(Footballer goalkeeper)
Gianluigi Donnarumma
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Birthdate: February 25, 1999
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Castellammare di Stabia, Italy
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Matteo Darmian
(Association football player)
Matteo Darmian
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Birthdate: December 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Legnano
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Emerson Palmieri
(Footballer left-back)
Emerson Palmieri
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Birthdate: August 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
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Claudio Marchisio
(Association football player)
Claudio Marchisio
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Birthdate: January 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Turin
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Fabio Capello
(Italian Former Professional Football Midfielder and Manager)
Fabio Capello
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Birthdate: June 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Canzian d'Isonzo, Italy

Fabio Capello is a former footballer and manager. As a player, he won several trophies in a career that spanned over 15 years. Renowned for creating opportunities for his teammates, Capello is considered one of the best Italian footballers of his generation. He also had a successful career as a manager and is considered one of the greatest managers ever.

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Giuseppe Rossi
(Footballer Forward)
Giuseppe Rossi
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Birthdate: February 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
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Antonio Di Natale
(Association football player)
Antonio Di Natale
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Birthdate: October 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Naples
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Federico Macheda
(Association football player)
Federico Macheda
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Birthdate: August 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome
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Gianluca Vialli
(Association football player, Journalist, Association football manager)
Gianluca Vialli
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Birthdate: July 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cremona

Gianluca Vialli is an Italian former football player who played as a striker. He scored 286 goals in more than 500 appearances and is the  tenth-highest scoring Italian footballer in all competitions. After his retirement, he became manager of the English football club Chelsea and was one of the club's most successful managers.

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Davide Astori
(Association football player)
Davide Astori
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Birthdate: January 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Giovanni Bianco, Italy
Died: March 4, 2018
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Luca Toni
(Football player)
Luca Toni
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Birthdate: May 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pavullo Nel Frignano, Italy
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Paolo Di Canio
(Former footballer Forward)
Paolo Di Canio
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Birthdate: July 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Fabio Borini
(Association football player)
Fabio Borini
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Birthdate: March 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bentivoglio
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Antonio Conte
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Antonio Conte
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Birthdate: July 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lecce

Antonio Conte is an Italian football manager who has worked with popular teams like Juventus Football Club and Chelsea Football Club. A former player, Conte was widely regarded as one of the most prominent Italian midfielders at that time. One of the most influential and celebrated players in Juventus' history, Antonio Conte helped the team win the UEFA Champions League.

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Andrea Barzagli
(Association football player)
Andrea Barzagli
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Birthdate: May 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fiesole
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Giuseppe Meazza
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Giuseppe Meazza
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Birthdate: August 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Milan
Died: August 21, 1979
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Domenico Berardi
(Association football player)
Domenico Berardi
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Birthdate: August 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cariati
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Simone Inzaghi
(Italian football manager and former player who plays as Striker.)
Simone Inzaghi
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Birthdate: April 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Piacenza, Italy
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Marco Materazzi
(Footballer)
Marco Materazzi
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Birthdate: August 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lecce, Italy
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Fabio Quagliarella
(Association football player)
Fabio Quagliarella
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Birthdate: January 31, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Castellammare di Stabia
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Giorgio Chiellini
(Association football player)
Giorgio Chiellini
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Birthdate: August 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pisa

Italian footballer Giorgio Chiellini has made a name for himself as a defender for Juventus and the Italian national team. He had begun his career playing for Livorno at the tender age of 6 and was also part of the bronze-winning national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

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Pierluigi Collina
(Association football referee, Writer, Economist)
Pierluigi Collina
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Birthdate: February 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bologna

Named "Best Referee of the Year" by FIFA for six consecutive times, Pierluigi Collina has a degree in economics from University of Bologne. His aptitude for the job was discovered when at seventeen he took up a course in refereeing and shortly began officiating in numerous high profile matches. Although retired, he is still involved with football in various capacities.

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Manolo Gabbiadini
(Association football player)
Manolo Gabbiadini
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Birthdate: November 26, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Calcinate
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Maurizio Sarri
(association football player, association football manager)
Maurizio Sarri
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Birthdate: January 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Naples
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Leonardo Bonucci
(Association football player)
Leonardo Bonucci
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Birthdate: May 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Viterbo

Italian footballer Leonardo Bonucci is best known as a seasoned center-back for Juventus and the Italian national team. Known for his great passing abilities, he has also represented AC Milan. An anti-bullying activist, he has participated in several related campaigns and penned a book on his experiences with bullying, too.

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Stefano Pioli
(Italian football manager and a former footballer who played as a defender)
Stefano Pioli
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Birthdate: October 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Parma, Italy
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