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Roberto Pruzzo

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Roberto Pruzzo
Date of birth (1955-04-01) 1 April 1955 (age 65)
Place of birthCrocefieschi, Italy
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Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current team
Savona (Sports manager)
Youth career
Senior career*
National team
Teams managed
2004–2005Foggia (assistant coach)
2005–2006Sambenedettese (assistant coach)

Roberto Pruzzo (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto ˈpruttso]; born 1 April 1955) is an Italian former football striker, now a coach. He currently is the Sports manager of Savona. He represented Italy at UEFA Euro 1980. A prolific goalscorer, who was renowned for his heading ability in the air, Pruzzo was one of the best Italian strikers of his generation, and he is regarded as one of Roma's greatest players. He was known as a strong and hardworking centre-forward throughout his career, with good technique, and an eye for goal.[1][2]

Biography and playing career


Born at Crocefieschi, in the province of Genoa, Pruzzo made his debut in professional football for Genoa in 1973. There he remained for six seasons, scoring 57 goals in 143 matches, winning the Serie B title during the 1975-76 season, as well as the top scoring award.[2]

Pruzzo passed to Roma in 1979, for the then record sum of 3 billions liras. Here he became famous as one of the most effective Italian strikers of the 1980s, winning one scudetto during the 1982-83 season, and four Italian Cups in 1980, 1981, 1983, and 1986. He also won the Serie A top scorer award three times, in 1981, 1982, and 1986, as well as the Coppa Italia top scorer award in 1980. He also scored a goal in the 1984 European Cup Final, when Roma, playing at home, was beaten after penalties by Liverpool.[2]

He ended his career in 1989 after a season for Fiorentina. He helped the club to a seventh-place finish in Serie A that season, and he scored the decisive goal against his former club in the UEFA Cup Playoff match, from a Baggio assist, which allowed Fiorentina to qualify for the UEFA Cup the following season.[3] Pruzzo is the sole Italian player to have scored 5 goals in a single Serie A match (Roma vs. Avellino, 1986).[2]


Despite a fantastic club career, Roberto only managed to play 6 games (no goals) for the Italy national football team between 1978-82.[2] He represented his country at the 1980 UEFA European Championship in Italy, where the reached the semi-finals, finishing the tournament in fourth place, and also at the 1980 Mundialito.[4][5]

Roberto did, however, score in an Italian shirt, representing Italy in the 1991 World Cup of Masters. Roberto scored twice in the opening round.

Coaching career

In the late 1990s, Pruzzo started a much less notable coaching career which saw him at the helm of Viareggio, Teramo (Serie C2), Alessandria (Serie C1) and a five summer days long time at Palermo (Serie B), during the change of ownership time from Franco Sensi to Maurizio Zamparini. He then served as assistant coach of Giuseppe Giannini at Serie C1 teams Foggia and Sambenedettese.

He last served as head coach of Serie D amateurs Centobuchi from December 2008[6] to March 2009.[7]

In the season 2012–13 he was named Sports manager of Savona in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

He is one of eleven members of Hall of Fame of A.S. Roma.[2]






  1. ^ "Il personaggio: ROBERTO PRUZZO". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Roma, Pruzzo si racconta: «Ho pensato al suicidio»". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Il passato e' domani: Fiorentina in coppa Uefa". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Roberto Pruzzo". National Football Teams. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Nazionale in cifre: Pruzzo, Roberto". (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Pruzzo riparte dal Centobuchi" (in Italian). La Roma 24. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bomber Pruzzo esonerato dal Centobuchi" (in Italian). Il Tempo. 28 March 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c "Storie di Calcio: Roberto Pruzzo". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Hall of Fame 2014: Ghiggia, Ancelotti, Voeller and Candela inducted". Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
Preceded by
Roberto Bettega
Serie A top scorer
1980–81 & 81–82
Succeeded by
Michel Platini
Preceded by
Michel Platini
Serie A top scorer
Succeeded by
Pietro Paolo Virdis

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