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Attilio Lombardo (born 6 January 1966 in Santa Maria la Fossamarker, in the Province of Caserta), is a retired football player turned manager.

Career

Playing

Attilio started his career at Pergocrema, in Italy's Serie C2, in 1983, before moving up to Serie B side Cremonese, in 1985, where he made a name for himself, as a more-than-capable right sided winger.

In 1989, he got his first taste of Serie A football, with Sampdoria. Playing alongside such players as Gianluca Vialli, Roberto Mancini, Pietro Vierchowod, Gianluca Pagliuca, and under manager Vujadin Boskov, Attilio won several domestic trophies, picking up medals for the Coppa Italia (1989), the Cup Winners' Cup (1990), Serie A (1991), the Supercoppa Italiana (1991), and a second Coppa Italia win (1994). He also played in the Sampdoria side that reached and lost the European Cup Final to Barcelona in 1992.

In 1995, Attilio made a move to champions Juventus. Unfortunately, Attilio had problems with injuries during his two-year spell, but still picked up winner's medals for the UEFA Champions League (1996), the Intercontinental Cup (1996), and the European Super Cup (1996).

In 1997, Attilio was on the move again, joining Premiership new-boys Crystal Palace. Given that this was a far smaller club than Juve, he instantly became the star-player, and scored on his debut at Everton. In early 1998, Mark Goldberg assumed control of the club, and manager Steve Coppell moved to the Director of Football post. Attilio, along with Swedish international Tomas Brolin, was appointed as caretaker player-manager, for the rest of the season.

Attilio's season was curtailed by injury whilst with the Italian national squad in November (a recall came his way due to sparkling form with the Londoners). At the time of the injury Palace were 10th in the table, but by the time he came back to the first team, in April, they were bottom of the league. Palace were subsequently relegated to the First Division (now The Championship), even though Lombardo's return lead them to their only two home league wins of the season. Lombardo who was popular with the Palace's supporters but in reality Lombardo's injuries meant that he struggled to produce his very best form.

Attilio decided to stay following relegation as Palace started poorly under new manager Terry Venables. A severe financial crisis and a need to cut Palace's wage bill resulted in Lombardo leaving in January 1999 to join a S S Lazio team managed by Sven-Goran ErikssonAt Lazio, he resumed his streak of domestic and European cup competition victories, gaining second medals for the Cup Winners Cup (1999), Serie A (2000), the Supercoppa Italiana (2000), the Coppa Italia (2000), and the European Super Cup (1999).

In January 2001, Attilio left Lazio, to re-join Sampdoria, where he would finish his career and go into coaching at the youth level.

During his career, Attilio gained 19 caps for the Italian national side, between 1990 and 1997, but injury and competition meant he was rarely a regular.

In 2005, Attilio was voted into Palace's Centenary XI, despite having only made 49 appearances for the Eagles (far less than any of the other ten players, showing how highly Palace fans held The Bald Eagle).

Coaching

Following his retirement from active football, he stayed at Sampdoria until June 2006 as youth team coach.

In 2006, he was appointed manager of Swissmarker side FC Chiasso. He resigned in May 2007, citing lack of motivation.

On April 2008 he was appointed at the helm of Tuscan Serie C2 club Castelnuovo. He stayed at the club for the remainder of the season, leading the small Tuscan club to escape relegation through playoffs. He then was in charge of Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Legnano for the 2008–09 season, but did not manage to save his side from relegation.

Lombardo was appointed in July 2009 as new head coach of Spezia in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, but unexpectedly resigned later on October despite his team being in third place in the league table.

References

  1. Chiasso, Lombardo presenta le dimissioni



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