Paolo Di Canio
Italian footballer
Paolo Di Canio
Paolo Di Canio is an Italian former professional footballer. Di Canio made over 500 league appearances and scored over 100 league goals as a player. As a player, Di Canio played in Serie A for Lazio, Juventus, Napoli and Milan, before playing in the Scottish Premier League for Celtic and the English Premier League for Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic.
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Soccer-Constant change of personnel hurting Sunderland - Cattermole
Yahoo News - 5 months
Constant change of players and managers at Sunderland are affecting the club's team spirit, midfielder Lee Cattermole has said, as the serial strugglers remain winless in the Premier League this season. Sunderland, who have flirted with relegation for the past four seasons, replaced Sam Allardyce with former United and Everton boss David Moyes in the close season. It was the club's fourth-full time managerial appointment since sacking Paolo Di Canio in September 2013.
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Holloway is top choice for Pompey job
Hayling Islander - almost 2 years
THE Pompey public have had their say on who they would like to see elected – and it’s a landslide victory. If the battle to become the next Blues boss went to the polls, Ian Holloway would be the runaway winner to be handed the top job at Fratton Park. After voting finished, more than 1,500 responses came in on our News web poll at to guage fans’ thoughts on who the club should appoint to replace Andy Awford. As you might expect, the views were wide and varied. But the statistical data suggested there was a clear trend, with the former Millwall, Crystal Palace and Blackpool boss claiming more than a quarter of the voting share. With 27-per-cent share of the total vote, Holloway was clear favourite. The 52-year-old is renowned as a colourful character and many clearly believe he is the right sort of fit for Pompey. But he also has vast managerial experience with seven jobs behind him and has either played or managed throughout the English divisions during his lon ...
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Soccer-Sunderland director of football leaves club
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Sunderland's director of football Roberto De Fanti has left the club following a difficult start to the season, the Premier League side said on Friday. "Sunderland AFC has announced that the club has parted company with director of football Roberto De Fanti," the club said in a statement. "The club would like to place on record its thanks to Roberto and wishes him well for the future." Sunderland, who face Southampton on Saturday, are second bottom of the Premier League. Sunderland, who sacked manager Paolo Di Canio in September and replaced him with Gus Poyet, have recruited 14 players since the end of last season with many only on the fringes of the first team.
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So what became of the January Pompey bomb squad from yesteryear?
Bognor Regis Observer - about 3 years
They dodged the deepening puddles while maintaining the equilibrium of the black bin liners perched over their shoulders. The goodbyes at under-water Fratton Park had already been said – now off into the big, wide world for new adventures. It was a year ago tomorrow when many of them departed Pompey, casualties of cost cutting by the administrators. For some, the game against Notts County was meant to be a swansong, the likes of Jon Harley, Mustapha Dumbuya and Paul Benson seeking a last hurrah. Going out with a bang was the stock phrase, except it was a damp squib as the weather dictated the match be scrapped barely an hour before kick-off. Bidding their farewells, the trio were among 10 players who exited Pompey during that January transfer window. It started with Izale McLeod marching away with 16 days still remaining on his contract at the turn of the year. A booking against Yeovil for dissent – his third in four matches – ensured he was banned for the New Year’s Day trip to ...
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Soccer-Sunderland's Cabral seals loan move to Genoa
Yahoo News - about 3 years
LONDON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Sunderland midfielder Cabral has joined Serie A side Genoa on loan until the end of the season after finding himself on the fringes at the Stadium of Light, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The 25-year-old has made only two competitive appearances for Sunderland and has not featured since August. The Swiss joined the club under former manager Paolo Di Canio on a free transfer from Basel. (Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Justin Palmer)
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Soccer-Di Canio hits back at O'Neill 'charlatan' criticism
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio hit back at Martin O'Neill's criticism of his time at the Premier League club by saying the new Ireland manager was 'not very big'. O'Neill, who was sacked by Sunderland in March as they faced the prospect of relegation and replaced by Di Canio, called the Italian a 'managerial charlatan' last week. "I don't know if he knows the meaning of this word charlatan," Di Canio said in an interview with Sky Sports News broadcast on Friday. "I respect the opinion of manager Martin O'Neill but the fact that he spoke after six months, not straight away, that proves what kind of level he is.
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Sunderland Tries to Steady Itself and Emerge From Premier League Cellar
NYTimes - over 3 years
Gus Poyet has replaced Paolo di Canio, who alienated fans and players, at a widely supported English Premier League soccer club that is facing relegation.
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Soccer-Poyet hoping to emulate old friend Laudrup
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Oct 17 (Reuters) - Gus Poyet takes charge of Sunderland for the first time on Saturday when his side visit Swansea City, a progressive team the Uruguayan said had flourished under the guidance of his old friend Michael Laudrup. Poyet, appointed earlier this month by the struggling Wearsiders to replace the axed Paolo Di Canio, pointed to Swansea's progress under the former Danish international as a benchmark for his own foray into Premier League management. ...
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Sunderland must look forward, says new boss Poyet
Yahoo News - over 3 years
London (AFP) - Gustavo Poyet said it was time for Sunderland to move on from the troubled tenure of former manager Paolo Di Canio after being appointed as the Italian's successor on Tuesday.
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Soccer-Poyet named new Sunderland manager
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Oct 7 (Reuters) - Gus Poyet has been appointed Sunderland manager on a two-year-contract, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Poyet, 45, replaces controversial Italian Paolo Di Canio, who was sacked last month by bottom-of-the-table Sunderland. The former Uruguay international, who played for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, was sacked by Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion in June for an undisclosed breach of club discipline. Sunderland have one point from seven matches. (Reporting by Josh Reich; Editing by John O'Brien)
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Di Canio Denies Sunderland Training-Ground Bust-Up
NYTimes - over 3 years
Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has denied reports of a bust-up with his players and believes he deserved more time in charge of the Premier League strugglers, the Italian said in a statement on Tuesday.
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Sunderland's Fletcher out for six weeks with shoulder injury
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a shoulder injury, interim coach Kevin Ball said on Friday. The Scotland international dislocated his shoulder during Saturday's 3-0 Premier League defeat at West Bromwich Albion, a result that left them bottom of the table and prompted the sacking of manager Paolo Di Canio. It had been thought that Fletcher could be sidelined for several months, but Ball gave a more positive prognosis. "Hopefully, it will be four to six weeks which is great," Ball was quoted as saying on the BBC. ...
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League Cup strolls for Chelsea, City, Spurs
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur breezed into the League Cup fourth round on Tuesday, while Sunderland began life without Paolo Di Canio by beating Peterborough United.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paolo Di Canio
  • 2013
    Age 44
    He was appointed as manager of Sunderland on 31 March 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The club's vice-chairman David Miliband, a Labour politician and former foreign secretary, subsequently stepped down. Miliband stated that he had taken the decision to resign "in the light of the new manager's past political statements". In a profile piece in 2011, an unnamed source asserted that Di Canio was not "an ideological fascist", attributing his behaviour to "his psychological history, particularly his former compulsive tendencies and pronounced mood swings". In the same article, Di Canio said that he was not politically active: "I don't vote, I haven't voted for 14 years. Italian politicians — all of them — think only about themselves, and making money." Di Canio has several tattoos, including on his right biceps the Latin word "DUX", meaning "leader" or, in Italian, Il Duce—an antonomasia for Benito Mussolini. His back is covered with a tattoo of fascist imagery, including an eagle, fasces and a portrait of Mussolini. He also has a West Ham United tattoo on his left upper arm and a tattoo of his father on his chest.
    He was appointed as the Sunderland manager at the end of March 2013.
    More Details Hide Details His controversial appointment lasted 13 games until he was sacked on 22 September after Sunderland had won only three games under his managership. Di Canio was born in Rome, in the district of Quarticciolo, a working-class area populated mainly by A.S. Roma fans. However, Di Canio was drawn to their local rivals S.S. Lazio. As a young boy, he was addicted to cola and similar drinks and called Pallocca, a slang term meaning lard-ball. He was fat, and knock-kneed, and needed to wear orthopedic shoes – "But I never hid. My response was to exercise; to try to become the kind of person I am."
    Di Canio was sacked on 22 September 2013, the day after the fifth game of the season, a 3–0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion, and only his thirteenth game in charge.
    More Details Hide Details Sunderland chief executive officer Margaret Byrne stated that Di Canio had been sacked after senior players had approached her and that his situation became untenable due to his "brutal and vitriolic" criticism of the squad. Di Canio denies this. In 2005, he characterised his political views by declaring that he was "a fascist, not a racist". His use of the Roman salute toward Lazio supporters, a gesture adopted by Italian fascists in the 20th century, has created controversy. Documented uses of the salute include in matches against arch-rivals Roma and Livorno, a club inclined to left-wing politics. Di Canio received a one-match ban after the second event and was fined €7,000. He was later quoted as saying, "I will always salute as I did because it gives me a sense of belonging to my people... I saluted my people with what for me is a sign of belonging to a group that holds true values, values of civility against the standardisation that this society imposes upon us." His salute has been featured on unofficial merchandise sold outside Stadio Olimpico after the ban.
    For the 2013–14 season, Di Canio signed fourteen new players and sold experienced players such as Simon Mignolet, James McClean and Stéphane Sessègnon.
    More Details Hide Details After five league games, Sunderland had gained only a single point, from an away draw with Southampton.
    On 31 March 2013, Sunderland announced the appointment of Di Canio on a two-and-a-half-year contract, following the dismissal of Martin O'Neill the previous day.
    More Details Hide Details The appointment prompted the immediate resignation of club vice-chairman David Miliband due to Di Canio's "past political statements". The appointment of Di Canio also sparked opposition from the Durham Miners' Association, which decided to remove one of its mining banners from Sunderland's Stadium of Light, which is built on the former site of the Wearmouth Colliery, as a symbol of its anger over the appointment. The background to the opposition was past statements made by Di Canio supporting fascism. Di Canio was tasked with keeping Sunderland in the Premier League, following a run of only three points from a possible 24. His first game as manager of Sunderland resulted in a 2–1 away defeat to Chelsea. Di Canio's second game in charge was the Tyne-Wear derby against Newcastle United at St James' Park on 14 April. Sunderland defeated their fierce rivals 3–0, their first away victory in the fixture in over a decade. Each goal sparked wild celebrations from Di Canio and the Sunderland bench. Di Canio then got his first win at the Stadium of Light against Everton.
    On 18 January 2013, ahead of Swindon's Saturday clash with Shrewsbury Town, Di Canio worked into the night alongside approximately 200 volunteers to clear a snow-covered pitch at the County Ground, thus allowing the game to go ahead.
    More Details Hide Details He showed his appreciation by ordering everyone pizza. Swindon won the match 2–0, which Di Canio publicly deemed a present to the volunteers. In January 2013, the Swindon Town chairman announced that due to financial difficulties, no money would be made available for future signings. Di Canio offered to pay £30,000 of his own money to keep loan players at the club. With the possibility of the club entering administration, a new buyer was found, subject to Football League approval, and without the knowledge of Di Canio, player Matt Ritchie was sold to Bournemouth. Further attempts to sign players by Di Canio were rejected by the Football League due to the club's financial situation with Di Canio "considering his future" at Swindon due to off-field financial problems. In February, Di Canio offered his resignation but said he would withdraw this if approval for the new owners, by the Football League, was received by 18 February. This did not happen and he resigned as manager of Swindon Town.
    In January 2013, with Swindon under a transfer embargo and in financial difficulty, Di Canio offered to pay £30,000 of his own money to keep loan players John Bostock, Chris Martin, and Danny Hollands at the club.
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  • 2012
    Age 43
    Under Di Canio, Swindon reached the 2012 Football League Trophy Final, where they were defeated 2–0 by Chesterfield
    More Details Hide Details On 21 April 2012, Swindon were promoted to the League One after Crawley Town's 1–1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge and Torquay United's 2–0 loss to AFC Wimbledon, despite Di Canio's side having lost 3–1 to Gillingham on the same day. He dedicated the promotion to his parents, his mother having died shortly after his father in April of that year. One week later, Swindon won the Football League Two thanks to an emphatic 5–0 victory over Port Vale. Swindon finished the season on 93 points. Although in the 2012-13 season, Swindon were knocked out of the FA Cup and the Football League Trophy in their first game against opposition from lower leagues, they did have a solid run in the League Cup in which they won against three teams from higher leagues. They beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3–0, won against Stoke City 3–4 after extra time, and beat Burnley 3–1 before narrowly missing out against Aston Villa 3–2 at home.
  • 2011
    Age 42
    Di Canio stated that he believed his players deserved to have their names put on the stadium and dedicated the victory to his father, who died late in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He was sent to the stands later in the month in a league game against Macclesfield Town for vociferously venting his frustration at his side not being awarded a free-kick. Swindon won the match 1–0 and with over half the season gone, his team were fighting for promotion to League One.
    On 30 August 2011, Di Canio was involved in a pitch-side altercation with Swindon striker Leon Clarke after their defeat in the League Cup to Southampton.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2012, Swindon caused a FA Cup shock by defeating Premier League club Wigan Athletic 2–1.
    Di Canio began his career as a manager with an emphatic 3–0 win over Crewe Alexandra on 6 August 2011.
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    On 20 May 2011, Di Canio was appointed manager of Swindon Town, following the club's relegation to League Two.
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  • 2010
    Age 41
    In 2010, Di Canio attended the funeral of senior fascist Paolo Signorelli, where mourners were photographed making mass fascist salutes towards Signorelli's coffin.
    More Details Hide Details Signorelli had been convicted of involvement in the Bologna massacre, a neo-fascist terrorist attack which killed 85 people and wounded more than 200. Di Canio's political ideology has been a source of controversy in the course of his managerial career. When Di Canio was appointed as the manager of Swindon Town in 2011, the trade union GMB terminated its sponsorship agreement with the club, worth around £4,000 per season, due to Di Canio's fascist views.
    In July 2010, in honour of Di Canio, West Ham announced the opening of the Paolo Di Canio Lounge, within the West Stand, at their Upton Park ground, which was formally launched by the unveiling of a plaque by Di Canio himself, on 11 September 2010.
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    Di Canio played in Tony Carr's testimonial game at Upton Park on 5 May 2010, which featured a West Ham team against West Ham Academy old boys.
    More Details Hide Details He played for both sides during the match. The West Ham team won 5–1.
  • 2008
    Age 39
    In an interview he revealed that his dream would be to manage former club West Ham, and applied for the position after the resignation of Alan Curbishley in September 2008.
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    On 10 March 2008, Di Canio announced his retirement from football, ending his 23-year playing career before the end of the season due to physical issues.
    More Details Hide Details It was his intention to begin coaching lessons at Coverciano to gain a coaching position.
  • 2006
    Age 37
    As a result, Di Canio's contract was not renewed in the summer of 2006.
    More Details Hide Details During several of his games for Lazio, Di Canio made a fascist salute to their right-wing fans. He subsequently signed with Cisco Roma of Serie C2 on a free transfer. In his first season with Cisco Roma, his team failed promotion to playoffs, despite a runners-up position in the regular season. He subsequently agreed to stay with Cisco for another season, in a second attempt to win promotion to Serie C1 with the Roman side.
  • 2004
    Age 35
    Even though he had already signed an extension to his Charlton contract, in August 2004 he returned to his home team of Lazio taking a massive paycut in order to return to the economically stretched Roman team.
    More Details Hide Details Lazio fans were happy to have a Rome-bred Lazio supporter in the team again, something missing since the departure of Alessandro Nesta in 2002. He scored in the Rome derby, just as he had in 1989, leading the team to a 3–1 victory over A.S. Roma in January (6 January 2005). However the negative publicity that Di Canio generated for Lazio, including his intimate relationship with club's ultras and their increased influence thanks to his presence in the team, coupled with problems with some teammates and coaches, exasperated club president and majority shareholder, Claudio Lotito, with whom he already had a difficult relationship.
  • 2003
    Age 34
    Di Canio however continued to be a provider of goals as well, notably in October 2003 when he came on as second-half substitute with Charlton trailing 0–1 away at Portsmouth.
    More Details Hide Details He provided most of the spark for Charlton's much-improved second-half display, and after Jonathan Fortune had equalised for Charlton, it was from Di Canio's corner kick in the last minute that Shaun Bartlett headed home the winning goal.
    He was released on a free transfer and signed with Charlton Athletic for the start of 2003–04.
    More Details Hide Details In his only season at The Valley, Di Canio helped the Charlton Athletic secure 7th position, its highest league finish since the 1980s. However, he only scored four league goals for the Addicks, all of them from the penalty spot (one of them scored from a rebound). These penalty kicks included an audacious 'Panenka' style penalty kick against Arsenal.
    In 2003, with the Hammers struggling at the bottom of the league, Di Canio had a very public row with manager Glenn Roeder and was dropped from the first team.
    More Details Hide Details However, he returned at the end of the season (after Roeder, stricken by a brain tumour, was replaced by Trevor Brooking) and scored a winner against Chelsea in the penultimate game of the season, a game that boosted West Ham's chances of staying in the Premiership. However, they were relegated on the final day of the season after a 2–2 draw away to Birmingham City, where Di Canio scored an 89th-minute equaliser.
  • 2001
    Age 32
    Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign him for Manchester United halfway through the 2001–02 season, but his attempts were unsuccessful and Di Canio remained in East London for another season and a half.
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  • 2000
    Age 31
    In December 2000, late in a game against Everton and with both sides vying for the winning goal, Di Canio shunned a goal-scoring opportunity and stopped play, grabbing the ball from a cross inside the box, as the Everton goalkeeper Paul Gerrard was laying injured on the ground after he twisted his knee attempting a clearance on the edge of the box.
    More Details Hide Details The Goodison Park crowd reacted with a standing ovation. FIFA officially lauded Di Canio's gesture, describing it as "a special act of good sportsmanship," and awarded him next year the FIFA Fair Play Award.
    He scored the BBC Goal of the Season in March 2000 with a flying volley against Wimbledon, which is still considered among the best goals in Premiership history and was named as the Premiership's goal of the decade in a December 2009 Sky Sports News viewers' poll, scoring 30% of votes.
    More Details Hide Details In this season he was also voted Hammer of the Year by the club's fans.
  • 1999
    Age 30
    Di Canio said of his ban, "I made a mistake and I'm sorry, West Ham have given me a big chance and I'm very happy" He scored his first goal for West Ham on 27 February 1999 in his fourth game.
    More Details Hide Details Playing against Blackburn Rovers, Di Canio made the first goal in a 2–0 win, for Ian Pearce in the 27th minute and scored the second in the 31st minute. He helped them to achieve a high league position (5th) and qualify for the UEFA Cup through the Intertoto Cup. He was also the OPTA player of the season 1998–99.
    In January 1999, Di Canio signed for West Ham United for £1.5 million.
    More Details Hide Details He had not played football since his ban following his push on Paul Alcock. West Ham manager, Harry Redknapp on signing Di Canio admitted he was taking a chance but said of the player "He can do things with the ball that people can only dream of".
  • 1998
    Age 29
    In September 1998, Di Canio pushed referee Paul Alcock to the ground after being sent off while playing for Sheffield Wednesday against Arsenal at Hillsborough, which resulted in an extended ban of 11 matches and him being fined £10,000.
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    However, his career was at times characterised by controversy: he received an eleven-match ban in 1998 for pushing a referee and attracted negative publicity over his self allegiance to fascism.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Di Canio entered football management in England with Swindon Town, guiding them in his first full season as manager to promotion to League One.
  • 1997
    Age 28
    Whilst in Sheffield, Di Canio was the club's leading goal scorer for the 1997–98 season with 14 goals and he became a favourite of the fans.
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    On 6 August 1997, Di Canio moved to the English Premiership as he joined Sheffield Wednesday in a transfer deal valued at around £4.2 million.
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    He then refused to join the Celtic squad in the Netherlands for their pre-season training during July 1997.
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  • 1996
    Age 27
    His time in Glasgow was dogged by controversy though; sent-off during a 2–2 draw against Hearts in November 1996 and heavily involved in an acrimonious league match against Rangers in March 1997 where he behaved aggressively towards Ian Ferguson and gestured in the direction of Rangers’ bench as he was led from the field by team-mates.
    More Details Hide Details The Italian was called to the referee’s room after the teams had returned to the dressing room and was shown another yellow card in addition to the one he had received earlier in the game. Di Canio then demanded a large wage rise at the end of the season, but this was rebuffed by Celtic.
    In July 1996 he joined Celtic in Scotland, and enjoyed a successful season in Glasgow, scoring 15 goals in 37 appearances and winning the SPFA Player of the Year award.
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    Two seasons followed at A.C. Milan, where, despite winning the Serie A title in 1996, he once again struggled to gain playing time due to heavy competition from his team-mates, culminating in another row, this time with Fabio Capello.
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  • 1993
    Age 24
    He left Juventus after an "animated exchange" with then manager Giovanni Trapattoni and spent the 1993–94 season with Napoli.
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  • 1990
    Age 21
    In 1990 he was sold to another of Italy's biggest clubs, Juventus; although he won the UEFA Cup with the Turin side in 1993, he struggled to gain playing time during his tenure with the club, due to the presence of other forwards and creative midfielders in the team, such as Roberto Baggio, Salvatore Schillaci, Pierluigi Casiraghi, Fabrizio Ravanelli, Gianluca Vialli, and Andreas Möller.
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  • 1988
    Age 19
    He finally made his first-team debut in October 1988 and went on to play 30 games during the 1988–89 season.
    More Details Hide Details Di Canio scored the winner in the first Rome derby of the season, a goal which contributed to Lazio's survival in Serie A that season and earning him hero status.
  • 1985
    Age 16
    He signed for Lazio in 1985 and remained there until 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Lazio won promotion to Serie A in 1988, having narrowly escaped relegation to Serie C1 the year before.
  • 1968
    Born in 1968.
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