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  08/01/2015: LazioLand Legends: Giuseppe Signori
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Giuseppe “Beppe” Signori was a lethal striker in his day and enjoyed his most successful Serie A goalscoring seasons in the Biancoceleste shirt. A great 1991-92 season for Foggia paved the way for Signori’s move to Lazio and he surely did not disappoint. During Signori’s 5 year stint with Lazio he won 3 scoring titles in 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1995-6, the third shared with Igor Protti. In these golden boot seasons Signori racked up 26, 23 and 24 goals respectively, in 1994-95 Signori dipped a bit but still managed to net 17 for Lazio in their infamous sky blue shirts with the sponsor we all remember, Banca Di Roma! In all, Signori scored 107 goals for Lazio, many of which were with his lethal left foot. Still a far cry away from Silvio Pioli’s 143 Serie A goals in a Lazio uniform, but nonetheless a major contribution to the Biancocelesti, this contribution should serve to have him remembered by all Laziali for eternity.

Unfortunately, with all of Signori’s individual success as a Lazio player, the team was never able to utilize his goalscoring abilities and convert them into hardware. In fact, during Signori’s time at Lazio, the most successful season for the Biancocelesti was a second place finish in 1994-95, not a single trophy was won. Signori perhaps played a bigger role for not only Lazio but Italian football in general, his pace and nearly unstoppable shot during his stint with Lazio corresponded directly with Serie A being broadcast in other countries in Europe and in North America, this surely only increased awareness and support for Lazio and Italian football.

In the 1997-98 season, with the arrival of Sven-Goran Eriksson, Signori found himself sitting on the bench, behind Roberto Mancini in the pecking order. This did not sit well with Signori and he was sent on loan to Sampdoria where he added another 3 to his Serie A tally. Eventually, Signori was fully transferred to Bologna for the 1998-99 season at the age of 30, Signori defied the odds and continued to score goals, adding another 66 with the Rossoblu. In total, Signori sits in the top 10 of the Serie A all-time leading goal scorers list with 187, his most successful stint in Serie A was undoubtedly with Lazio from 1992-1997, where he netted his greatest total of 107. All Laziali should be proud to have had the honour of Signori wearing the shirt, his contribution will never be forgotten, he is truly a soldier to be remembered.

Writing this article about Signori reminds me of playing the game at a competitive level as a young boy, Signori was precisely the type of player everyone enjoyed watching, myself included. He was a small man with a big heart that never quit, no matter what the situation. His goal scoring abilities made him a legend in Serie A. Sitting in front of the television with Nono, watching Signori score and Lazio win, makes him a legend to myself and my family. There must be a reason why the greatest amount of Lazio jerseys in the collection hanging in the closet dawn the famous Banca Di Roma sponsor, simply great Lazio years! Grazie mille Beppe!

A Beppe goalscoring clip while wearing the Lazio jersey, definitely worthy of taking the time to watch.

Forza Lazio!

Author: Michael Petricca
 
 
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