Attilio Lombardo

Attilio Lombardo (2013 )

Attilio Lombardo ( born January 6, 1966 in Santa Maria la Fossa (CE), Italy ) is a retired Italian footballer and current coach.

During his active career he played as a right winger. Because of his bald head Lombardo was known in Italy as Popeye, in England, he was nicknamed The Bald Eagle.

  • 3.1 As a player

Playing career

In the club

His first steps as a professional Attilio Lombardo made ​​in 1983 in the Serie C2 in U.S. Pergocrema, after which he moved in 1985 to U.S. Cremonese in the series B. In Cremona, he spent four years and was an excellent player on the right side.

For the 1989/90 season Attilio Lombardo moved to Sampdoria. Under Vujadin Boškov he won together with players like Gianluca Vialli, Roberto Mancini, Pietro Vierchowod or Gianluca Pagliuca in the 1990/91 season the Italian championship and reached Samp 1992, the final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup, which is carried in extra time to score lost by Ronald Koeman against FC Barcelona.

After a few more good years in Genoa Lombardo moved in summer 1995 to Juventus, where he had injury problems again and again. Nevertheless, he won with Juve 1995/96 Champions League, as well as the 1996 World Cup and the European Super Cup, he also celebrated his second Italian championship in the 1996/97 season.

In the summer of 1997 he went to two years at Juve for Premier League newly promoted Crystal Palace to England, where he played one and a half years and in 1998 served as player-coach with the Swede Tomas Brolin. However, he could not prevent the team's relegation again at the end of the 1997 /98. For the 1998/99 season Terry Venables took over the team and Lombardo decided to stay, but when the club came at the end of 1998, financial difficulties, spending on salaries had to be lowered and so Attilio Lombardo joined in January 1999 back to Italy Lazio Rome.

With Lazio he played until January 2001 and won the team's 1998/99 European Cup and Cup Winners' Cup in the 1999/2000 season total of his third Italian championship and the Coppa Italia.

In January 2001, Lombardo moved back to Sampdoria in Serie B, where in 2002 he finished his highly successful career as a player.

In the National Team

Attilio Lombardo graduated between 1990 and 1997 18 caps for Italy, scoring three goals, he had on his position at right midfield always great with players like Roberto Donadoni, Gianluigi Lentini and Angelo Di Livio competition.

Coaching career

Attilio Lombardo was in the 1997/98 season for a short time player-coach with the English first division club Crystal Palace.

After his playing career, he worked from 2002 to 2006 as a youth coach at Sampdoria.

From summer 2006 to May 2007 was Attilio Lombardo head coach at FC Chiasso in Switzerland. On 24 April 2008 he became a coach with the U.S. Castelnuovo Garfagnana in the Serie C2 and saved the Tuscan club from relegation to the Serie D. On 28 May 2008 Lombardo was introduced as coach of Serie C1 clubs AC Legnano. This was followed by a short exposure to Spezia Calcio.

Since 2010, Attilio Lombardo works as an assistant coach Roberto Mancini of Manchester City. 2011/12 he was able to celebrate with the club the first English league title in 44 years.


As a player

  • UEFA Champions League winner: 1995 /96 ( with Juventus )
  • UEFA Champions League finalists 1996 /97 ( with Juventus )
  • European Cup Winners Cup Winners: 1989 /90 ( with Sampdoria ) - 1998 /99 ( with Lazio Rome)
  • UEFA Super Cup winner: 1996 ( with Juventus ) - 1999 ( Lazio Rome)
  • World Cup winner: 1996 ( with Juventus )
  • Italian Champion: 1990 /91 ( with Sampdoria ) - 1996 /97 ( with Juventus ) - 1999 /2000 ( with Lazio Rome)
  • Italian Cup Winners: 1993 /94 ( with Sampdoria ) - 1999 /2000 ( with Lazio Rome)
  • Italian Super Cup winner: 1991 ( with Sampdoria ) -1995 ( Juventus Turin) - 1997 ( with Juventus ) - 2000 (with Lazio Rome)