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Alessandro Abbondanza

Alessandro Abbondanza was born in Naples on January 8, 1949.

Alessandro Abbondanza (right) with Giorgio Chinaglia (left) and Tommaso Maestrelli. Source Wikipedia

He started his footballing career in the youth teams of Napoli. In 1968 he was loaned to Monza in Serie B but in November he was back in his hometown and debuted in Serie A on March 9, 1969 against Bologna. In the next season he was loaned to Pisa in Serie B and he scored his first professional goal. In 1970-71 he was back at Napoli in Serie A and played 15 games with two goals.

In November 1971 Napoli loaned Abbondanza to Lazio. He stayed for just a year but was fundamental in Lazio’s promotion to Serie A. His seven goals were a very important contribution. Apparently he did not get along with Giorgio Chinaglia so at the end of the season he went back to Napoli.

Back at Napoli he again played half of the games but did not score. Napoli sold him to Brindisi in Serie B in November 1973 and a year after he signed with Sorrento in Serie C. His last years of football in Italy were in Serie C with Salernitana, Crotone and Paganese. In 1979 he played three games for Toronto Blizzard and then moved to New York United.

After he stopped playing he became a manager and coached various youth teams in the Campania region.

Interviewed by Lazio Style Radio in 2017, he said “one of my limits was height because I was only 1.70. I stayed 8 months in the capital and won promotion. I was young and I really enjoyed my Biancoceleste stint. I have great memories”.

He played 30 games for Lazio, 25 in Serie B with 7 goals and 5 in Coppa Italia.

Lazio Career


Total appearances (goals)

Serie B

Coppa Italia

Nov 1971-72

30 (7)

25 (7)




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