Serie A Legends: Filippo Inzaghi

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ATHENS, GREECE - MAY 23: Filippo Inzaghi (#9) of Milan celebrates in front of the fans after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Liverpool and AC Milan at the Olympic Stadium on May 23, 2007 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Filippo Inzaghi is a retired Italian professional footballer, who is considered to be one of the greatest goalscorers in the history of Serie A.

Filippo Inzaghi was born on 9 August 1973 in Piacenza and started his professional career in his hometown club 18 years later.

He spent the first four seasons of his career learning his craft in the lower tiers of Italian football.

Inzaghi had two loan spells in AlbinoLeffe and Hella Verona respectively, before scoring 15 Serie B goals for Piacenza in the 1994/95 season and convincing Parma to make him a top-flight footballer.

During his time in Parma, Izaghi was surrounded by the superstar strikers Hristo Stoichkov and Gianfranco Zola. He couldn’t earn his place in the first team and scored only 2 Serie A goals in his 15 appearances for the club.

In the following summer, dissatisfied with his role in Parma, Pippo decided to leave the club and signed for Atalanta.

His one and only season with La Dea saw Inzaghi score 24 goals in 33 games, finishing the season as the top goalscorer in Serie A. He was also awarded Serie A Young Footballer of the Year and served as team captain in the last game of the season.

Suddenly the eyes of Italy were on the 24-year old striker. Juventus won the race for his signature, where Pippo formed an attacking partnership with Alessandro Del Piero and Zinedine Zidane.

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Inzaghi established himself as one of the best finishers in the game and scored 89 goals in his four-year spell with the Bianconeri.

He was one of the most intelligent footballers we’ve ever seen, who was known for his excellent sense for positioning. Pippo was not a technically gifted player, but his quick reactions and finishing abilities made him a constant threat in the opponent’s penalty area.

Inzaghi moved to AC Milan in 2001 and won the Champions League two years later, scoring 12 goals in the European campaign. He added two Serie A crowns to his trophy cabinet and spent amazing 12 seasons with the Rossoneri.

His two goals in the 2007 Champions League final against Liverpool secured the 7th title in the competition for AC Milan. The striker later became Milan’s top goal scorer in Europe, netting 41 continental goals for the club.

On the international level, Filippo Inzaghi won the 2006 FIFA World Cup with his national team and scored an impressive 25 goals in 57 appearances for Italy.

He retired from professional football in 2012 and started his coaching career at the beginning of the 2012–13 season, signing a two-year deal as the head coach of Milan’s Primavera team.

Inzaghi managed AC Milan’s first team in the 2014-15 season, winning only 14 of his 40 games in charge at San Siro.

He most recently served as head coach of Serie A team Bologna but has been sacked on 28 January 2019.

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