Hot off the heels of the insane announcement that Paolo Berrettini has joined FA Euro, the club has made another monumental staff acquisition. FA Euro communicates that Lazio & Napoli legend, Bruno Giordano has joined the club. The former Scudetto winner and Lazio captain, a goalscoring machine who has scored 129 goals in 377 professional caps, will be involved with player development and the club's upcoming Viareggio Cup selection process.
Club Career | Born in Rome, Giordano played for most of his career with Lazio, debuting in Serie A on 5 October 1975. He soon revealed himself to be one of the most effective Italian strikers, winning the Serie A capocannoniere title during the 1978–79 season, scoring 19 goals. With Lazio, Giordano became the top goalscorer during the 1982–83 season, helping his team to finish in second place behind Milan, and to re-gain promotion to Serie A the following season. He is currently Lazio's top ever goalscorer in the Coppa Italia. In 1985, he was sold to Napoli for 5 billion lire.
At Napoli, along with Diego Maradona and later Careca, he formed the famed "Ma-Gi-Ca" front line. Giordano, and the rest of the attacking trio, was instrumental in Napoli's first historical scudetto win of 1987; he also helped Napoli to win a rare domestic double that season, by capturing the 1987 Coppa Italia that year, and finishing as the top scorer of the competition with 10 goals.
He later played for Bologna and Ascoli, before turning to a coaching career. International Career Giordano represented Italy at U-21 level, scoring 8 goals in 16 appearances level, and under manager Azeglio Vicini, he was called up as an over-aged member of the team in the 1978 European Under-21 Championship (where the squad reached the quarter finals). He also made three appearances for Italy's Olympic squad, scoring twice. Giordano made his Italian national team senior debut on 5 December 1978, coming on as a substitute for Francesco Graziani in a 1–0 friendly victory over Spain, and playing alongside Paolo Rossi. He was capped 13 times for Italy in total, scoring one goal in a 3–0 friendly win over Greece; despite his success at club level, he never represented Italy at a major tournament, and only two of his international appearances came in competitive matches, with both being UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying matches.
Bruno Giordano left a long standing legacy as being mostly remembered for the title of Serie A capocannoniere achieved with Lazio as well as for his successful time at Napoli. Giordano was a prolific striker with good technique and dribbling ability, and he also possessed an accurate and powerful shot with either foot; due to his characteristics, he was regarded as the heir of Giorgio Chinaglia.
"It is another great addition for the club as we continue to aim high. Our ambitions never waver and we want to have the best people in the game to do something extraordinary." says Club President Joe Balsamo. "Not only are these great champions, they are greater people whose passion for the sport has only gotten stronger in time. Having legends like Angelo Orlando, Paolo [Berrettini], and now Bruno Giordano gives us a stellar team to make an impact as we continue this project with even more determination."
The club would like to welcome Bruno to the family. Forza Burno!