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Giuseppe "Beppe" Signori (born 17 February 1968 in Alzano Lombardomarker) is a retired Italianmarker football striker, one of the top scorers in Serie A history and widely regarded as one of the best football players to have never received a winners medal in competitive football. He was a fast, left footed striker who was prolific goalscorer. During the early part of his career he was used as a left winger, where his accurate crossing and pace were put to good use. Famously, he used to squeeze his feet into boots that were too small for him, claiming that this improved his touch and accuracy on the ball.

As a youngster Signori played in the youth system of Inter Milan, but was eventually released after being told by the club that he was too small to succeed as a professional. He went on to make his pro debut for Leffe (1984-86), followed by Piacenza (1986-87 and 1988-89), Trento (1987-88), Foggia (1989-92), Lazio (1992-97), Sampdoria (January-June 1998) and Bologna (1998-2004). He then two short abroad experiences: in Greecemarker, in 2004, with Iraklis Thessaloniki. On October 2005 he signed a one-year contract with Hungarianmarker team MFC Sopron.

Signori led Serie A in goals three times, in 1993, 1994, and 1996 (the last title shared with Igor Protti). Overall, he scored 188 goals in Italy's top division, good for seventh all-time (as of 2005 and not including Cup Goals) In the summer of 1995 a rumour surfaced that he was to be sold by Lazio to Parma A.C., but the news caused rioting among Lazio fans and pressured management to halt the transfer.

Signori was not able fully to translate his success to the national level, partly due to differences between him and national coach Arrigo Sacchi, who preferred to play him in the midfield. He played for the national side 28 times, scoring seven goals. The only major tournament Signori played in was the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where he set up two crucial goals that allowed Italy to advance.

Signori was also known for his unique style of taking penalty kicks. He would stand next to the ball (without taking any run-up) and shoot.

After working as a Serie A football pundit for RAI Radio1, he joined Ternana Calcio in 2008, as the team's director of football.


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