Scoring in association football
In games of association football teams compete to score the most goals during the match. A goal is scored when the ball passes over a goal line at each end of the field of play between two centrally positioned upright goal posts 24 feet apart and underneath a horizontal crossbar at a height of 8 feet — this frame is referred to as a goal; each team aims to score at one end of the pitch, while preventing their opponents scoring at the other. Nets are attached to the goal frame to catch goalscoring balls, but the ball is not required to touch the net. Rules concerning goal scoring are described in Law 10 of the Laws of the Game: A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar, provided that no offence has been committed by the team scoring the goal; as with other cases of the ball travelling out of the field of play, all of the ball must cross all of the line, otherwise play continues. A goal is credited to the team attacking the goal scored upon, regardless of which team caused the ball to enter the goal.
A ball entering a goal from the action of a player defending that goal is called an own goal. If serious foul play unambiguously prevents scoring a goal, a referee cannot award a goal if it does not enter the goal as described above. A goal can not be scored directly from a dropped indirect free kick or a throw-in. Should the ball go into the goal from these without first being touched by another player, play is restarted with a goal kick. A player cannot score an own goal directly from any restart of play. Both of these situations the latter, are exceedingly rare. If there is time remaining in the session of play, after a goal has been scored play is restarted with a kick-off by the side which conceded the goal. Most goals are unambiguous, as the ball will strike the net attached to the goal structure indicating that it passed the goal line as described above. However, situations occur where it is difficult for officials to tell if the ball crossed the goal line before a rebound, save, or clearance from the goal area.
Additionally if the ball crosses the goal line as required, a goal may be disallowed if the attacking team commits an infringement of the Laws of the Game, such as the offside offence or a foul. As with all other decisions on the Laws of the Game, the referee is the final authority as to whether a goal is scored or disallowed; the match referee is advised by assistant referees, whose view across the pitch from the sidelines may in some cases be more useful in determining whether the ball crossed the goal line or whether the attacking team committed an infringement. The goal net was one of the earliest tools employed to aid match officials in determining whether a goal was scored. Introduced in the 1890s, the goal net provides a simple way to determine whether the ball passed on the correct side of the goal posts and crossbar. Although not mandated by the Laws of the Game, goal nets are now ubiquitous across most levels of organised football. Since 2012, goal-line technology has been used at the highest levels of professional football.
The video assistant referee was added in 2018 after years of trials. The Laws make no mention of attributing goals to individual players. Goals are always attributed to individual players, that player being the one who provided the final action causing the goal to be scored; this is the last player to touch the ball, notwithstanding inconsequential deflections such as failed attempts at a save. Should a player cause a goal to be scored against their own team, the goal is recorded as an own goal; the authority on attributing goals varies between competitions. The Premier League in England has a dedicated Dubious Goals Committee for resolving attribution disputes. For an individual player, scoring multiple goals in a game is considered a notable achievement. In association football, a hat-trick refers to the uncommon feat of scoring three goals in a single game. Awards exist for individual players who score the most goals in some competitions, such awards are called the "Golden Boot". Players will celebrate scoring a goal with team mates putting on elaborate displays for the crowd.
The Laws allow this, but mandate that celebration must not be "excessive". On average, only a few scores occur per game in association football. An analysis of several years' results from several English leagues found that 1–0 was the most common result, occurring in 20% of games. In English traditional football, the object of the game was to convey a ball by any means possible into a specified area, or to touch a specific object defended by the opposing team; this feat might itself be called a "goal". The game might be played for a fixed period of time. In the more formalized football games of English public schools and universities, the object was to kick the ball between goal-posts guarded by
Romário de Souza Faria, known as Romário, is a Brazilian politician who achieved worldwide fame as a professional footballer. A prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing, he is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Romário starred for Brazil in their 1994 FIFA World Cup success, receiving the FIFA Golden Ball as player of the tournament, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year. He came fifth in the FIFA Player of the Century internet poll in 1999, was elected to the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002, was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004. At club level, after developing his early career in Brazil, Romário moved to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands in 1988. During his five seasons at PSV the club became Eredivisie champions three times, he scored a total of 165 goals in 167 games. In 1993, he moved to FC Barcelona and became part of Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team", forming an exceptional strike partnership with Hristo Stoichkov.
He finished top goalscorer with 30 goals in 33 matches. During the second half of his career Romário played for clubs within the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, he won the Brazilian league title with CR Vasco da Gama in 2000 and was a three-time top scorer in the league. At the end of his career he played in Qatar, the United States and Australia. Considered a master of the confined space of the penalty area, his rapid speed over short distances took him away from defenders, he was renowned for his trademark toe-poke finish. With 55 goals in 70 appearances for Brazil, Romário is the fourth-highest goalscorer for his national team, behind Pelé, Ronaldo and Neymar, he is second on the all-time list of Brazilian league's top scorers with 154 goals. While finishing as a top goalscorer in many different competitions, he is one of few strikers to surpass the mark of 1,000 goals, is the second-most prolific goalscorer in the history of football. From humble origins, Romário was spotted in childhood when playing for Olaria, a small club from the Rio de Janeiro suburb.
He was taken to the junior team of Vasco da Gama where he won two state leagues and earned his first call-ups to the national team. Romário came to international attention when he became the top scorer at the 1988 Olympic football tournament. Shortly after the Olympics he moved to PSV Eindhoven, where he won the Eredivisie in 1989, 1991 and 1992. Renowned for his ability to operate in the confined space of the penalty box, Romário scored 165 goals in 167 games in five seasons at PSV. Driven by an unswerving belief in his abilities, Romário's laid back manner and overwhelming self-confidence would be displayed throughout his career, with Guus Hiddink, his coach at PSV, stating, "If he saw that I was a bit more nervous than usual ahead of a big game, he’d come to me and say: ‘Take it easy, coach, I’m going to score and we’re going to win'. What's incredible is that eight out of the ten times he told me that, he did score and we did win." Romário moved to Spain's FC Barcelona for the 1993–94 season and became part of Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team", in which, along with players such as strike partner Hristo Stoichkov, midfielders José Mari Bakero, Pep Guardiola and Michael Laudrup, prolific goalscoring defender Ronald Koeman, he helped the club win the La Liga title, while becoming the season's top goalscorer with 30 goals in 33 matches.
Barcelona reached the 1994 UEFA Champions League Final, where in spite of being heavy favourites to win, they lost 0–4 to Milan. The buildup to the final saw Spanish newspapers declaring Barcelona as winners, while Cruyff told his team, "You're better than them, you're going to win". With Romário and Stoichkov leading the Barcelona attack, Milan defender Paolo Maldini conceded his team were underdogs, but they were spurred on by what they perceived as arrogance from Barcelona. One member of the Barcelona back room staff admitted Barcelona were complacent, "We went there to collect the cup, not to compete for it." One of Romário's best performances was scoring a hat-trick in the memorable 5–0 win over Real Madrid in the El Clásico at the Camp Nou, with the spectacular opening goal seeing him drag the ball around the defender without it leaving his foot before finishing with a trademark toe-poke into the corner of the net. His highlight for Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League came in the two games against Manchester United where he nutmegged Peter Schmeichel to score at Old Trafford, scored again in the 4–0 win at the Camp Nou in front of 114,000 fans.
Reflecting on the game at the Camp Nou, Manchester United captain Steve Bruce, who played in defence that night, states: "Of all the great things that happened during my career, the thing that sticks out the most is that night because we got our backsides kicked big-style. Stoichkov and Romário are still etched in my memory Romário, arguably the best player I faced."Romário was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1994, after being the runner-up in 1993. Although he was lauded for his performances, Romário was prone to controversy, in 1994 he landed a left hook to Sevilla's Diego Simeone and was suspended for five games. Romário left Barcelona unexpectedly in January 1995 after having a rift with coach Cruyff. In 1995, Romário returned to Brazil to play for Flamengo and spent five years there excluding two short-lasting comebacks to Spain during that period. During a Copa Libertadores match against an Argentine team in 1995, Romário kicked an opposition defender on the chest in retaliation for a punch on his teammate Edmundo.
He began the 1996–97 season with the Spanish club Valencia bu
Football Club Copenhagen known as FC København, FC Copenhagen, Copenhagen or FCK, is a professional Danish football club in Copenhagen, Denmark. FCK was founded in 1992 through the merger of Kjøbenhavns Boldklub and Boldklubben 1903. F. C. Copenhagen has won 12 Danish Football Championships and 8 Danish Cups which makes Copenhagen the most successful club in the history of Danish football in terms of trophies won. F. C. Copenhagen has reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League and the group stage of the UEFA Europa League more times than any other Danish club and are the only Danish club who has reached the knockout stage of the Champions League; as of May 2018, Copenhagen are the highest ranked Scandinavian club in the UEFA team rankings list. Copenhagen plays its matches at the Telia Parken, which serves as the venue for Denmark national football team matches. Since their foundation, FCK have developed a fierce rivalry with Brøndby IF; the Copenhagen Derby games between the two sides have attracted some of the biggest crowds in Danish football history.
Football Club Copenhagen is, in many ways, both a new club. Though the club was established in 1992, it is rooted in more than 100 years of club tradition; the club's first team represents two separate clubs: Kjøbenhavns Boldklub founded in 1876 and Boldklubben 1903 founded in 1903. The two Copenhagen clubs merged their first teams to found Copenhagen on 1 July 1992. Copenhagen used Boldklubben's club license to play in the Danish Superliga championship, while Kjøbenhavns Boldklub became the official reserve team of the club. With the rebuilding of the Parken Stadium, Denmark's national team stadium, the new club had a modern stadium to play at from the beginning; the initial ambition of the club was continually to qualify for one of the European competitions each season. To reach this goal, the club needed a solid economy, a big fan base and an "attractive and positive style of football."Benny Johansen managed the club and started its maiden season well. FCK made its first appearance in the European tournaments when it beat Swiss team Grasshoppers 2–1 in the 1992 UEFA Intertoto Cup.
FCK won the Intertoto Cup that year and thereby qualified for the UEFA Cup, where it was eliminated in the second round by French team Auxerre. The club won the 1992–93 Superliga season one point ahead of Odense Boldklub and two points ahead of third-place Brøndby IF. For the 1993–94 Superliga season, expectations were high; the season opened with a 0–6 thrashing at the hands of Italian team Milan in the 1993–94 Champions League qualification. FCK went on winter break after the first half of the Superliga season in third place. In the spring of 1994, Copenhagen gained on leading team Silkeborg IF. In the penultimate match of the season, the two teams met at the Parken Stadium. In front of a record-setting attendance of 26,679, FCK won the match 4–1; the club was one point ahead of Silkeborg, but because FCK lost 3–2 to Odense in the final game of the season, it had to settle for second place. For the next three seasons, Copenhagen had little success in the Superliga, despite winning two Danish Cups.
The team won the 1995 Cup final against Akademisk Boldklub with a 5–0 win, qualifying for European football once again, despite mediocre results in the league. Kim Brink took over as manager in 1996, but despite winning the second Cup trophy for the club, the eighth-place finish in the 1996–97 Superliga season prompted another change in managers. In February 1997, Flemming Østergaard given the ironic nickname "Don Ø," joined the board of the club as vice chairman and CEO. After a successful IPO, generating DKK 75 million, FCK was introduced on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange in November 1997; the 1997–98 season marked the first season that Copenhagen averaged more than 10,000 spectators at home, the club bought their stadium Parken for DKK 138 million in June 1998. The self-acclaimed "best manager in Denmark," Christian Andersen, began managing the club in January 1999. After 75 controversial days, however, he was fired in March 1999. In 1999, Copenhagen made its impact in Europe when it faced English side Chelsea in the second round UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.
In the first leg away at Stamford Bridge, Bjarne Goldbæk gave Copenhagen the lead nine minutes before the end of the match, but Chelsea scored in the last minute of the game. Chelsea won the second game at Parken with a goal by the Dane Brian Laudrup, knocking out FCK. At the post-match press conference, it was announced that Chelsea's Brian Laudrup was signing with Copenhagen in January 1999, with Bjarne Goldbæk moving in the other direction for Chelsea. A four-time Danish Player of the Year award winner, however, could not help Copenhagen improve their league position, the club ended the year in seventh in the 1998–99 Superliga season. Laudrup only stayed for just six months at the club before signing for Ajax at the end of the season. In the 1999–2000 season, F. C. Copenhagen finished eighth in the league. In the winter 2000 transfer window, South African striker Sibusiso Zuma was signed from South African side Orlando Pirates, in May 2000, English manager Roy Hodgson became the new manager.
From the 2000–01 season, the club started to improve. The club won its second Superliga championship, winning 3–1 in the last New Firm derby match of the season, at the Parken Stadium; the 2–0 goal was a bicycle kick by Zuma, who received the ball at his chest, bounced it in the air and in the same motion executed the overhead kick, volleying the ball into the far corner out of Brøndby
Raúl González Blanco, known as Raúl, is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a striker. Raúl is considered one of the most important players in the history of Real Madrid and regarded as one of the greatest Spanish players of all-time. Raúl was born in the San Cristóbal de los Ángeles neighborhood of Madrid where he played for the local youth team before moving to the Atlético Madrid youth team, he moved to Real Madrid's youth academy and played at its various levels. In 1994, he signed his first professional contract with the fourth division team Real Madrid C, was swiftly promoted to the first team, he spent 16 years of his career playing for Real Madrid and is the club's second all-time top goalscorer with 323 goals, he is the most capped player in the history of the club, with 741 appearances. With Los Blancos, Raúl won six La Liga titles, three UEFA Champions League titles, scoring in two finals, four Supercopa de España titles, one UEFA Super Cup and two Intercontinental Cups.
In 2003, he was appointed captain of the team and retained that position until his departure from the club in 2010. He signed for Schalke 04, where he won a DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup, before signing for Qatari club Al Sadd in 2012, where he won the league and the Emir of Qatar Cup, he ended his career after winning a domestic treble. In La Liga competitions, Raúl is the fifth-highest goalscorer in the history of the competition with 228 goals, he is the highest Spanish scorer in European leagues, with 256 goals, scoring 228 goals in La Liga and 28 goals in the Bundesliga. He is the second-most capped player in the history of the Spanish competition, with 550 matches played, is the third highest goalscorer in Champions League history with 71 goals, the fifth most capped player, he has played 1,000 matches played in his career, making him one of only 18 players to have achieved this landmark. Although he did not win any major competitions while playing for the Spain national team, he scored a then-record 44 goals in 102 appearances for la Roja, appearing in three FIFA World Cups and two European championships.
Raúl took over the captaincy of the side in 2002 and held it until 2006, the year in which he played his last international match for Spain. Raúl was named the best striker in the world by International Federation of Football History & Statistics in 1999, is the only player to be named UEFA Club Forward of the Year three times, in 2000, 2001 and 2002, he ranked third in the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players, was included in the UEFA list of the 50-best European players of the 1954–2004 period, he was part of the European Team of the Year of European Sports Media in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Raúl won two Pichichi trophies, the top goalscorer award of the UEFA Champions League, five Don Balón Awards and one Best Player Award at the Intercontinental Cup in 1998. Raúl's career began at his local team CD San Cristóbal de los Ángeles playing for their Alevín team and the Infantil the next season, he signed with Atlético Madrid's Infantil team and won a national title with the Cadete team the following season.
Following Atlético's then-president Jesús Gil decision to close their youth academy as a cost-saving measure, Raúl moved on to Real Madrid's Cadete team in La Fabrica. The following season, he was promoted to the Juvenil C team and subsequently went on to play for their Juvenil B and Juvenil A team. While with the Real youth set-up, Raúl won the Dallas Cup in 1993 and 1994, he started his professional career in the 1994–95 season with Real Madrid C. He became the youngest player – 17 years and 124 days – to play for the senior side, though the record was broken by Alberto Rivera that same season. On 29 October 1994, in an away game against Real Zaragoza at La Romareda, he created a goal for strike partner Iván Zamorano, heralding the demise of Butragueño in the process; the next week, Raúl scored his first goal in his second senior game on a home debut against Madrid rivals and former youth club Atlético Madrid in a bitter derby match. Duly establishing himself as a fixture in the first team, Raúl registered a total of nine goals in 28 appearances to help Real Madrid win the 1994–95 league championship in his first season.
With Real Madrid, he won several honours, including further La Liga titles in 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03. During the period from 1998 to 2002, Raúl and Real Madrid won three UEFA Champions League trophies in 1998, 2000, 2002. For most of this time, Raúl struck up a prolific scoring partnership with Fernando Morientes and Ronaldo. During a La Liga game against fierce rivals Barcelona at the Nou Camp in October 1999, Raúl silenced the hostile home crowd of 100,000 fans when he scored and memorably celebrated his goal by putting a finger to his lips as though to tell them to be quiet. Raúl took over the captaincy of Real Madrid when Fernando Hierro was transferred in 2003, a responsibility he held until leaving the club in 2010. Despite appearing in two finals, in 2002 and 2004, Raúl never lifted the Copa del Rey, he became the first player to score 50 Champions League goals when he converted in a 2–1 group stage win over Olympiacos on 28 September 2005, was
Niclas Christian Monberg Jensen is a former Danish professional football player and current football agent. He played as a left back, most notably won three Danish Superliga championships with F. C. Copenhagen, he played abroad for Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, English clubs Manchester City and Fulham F. C. as well as German club Borussia Dortmund. Jensen played 62 games for the Danish national team between 1998 and 2008, representing Denmark at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2004 European Championship, he was named 1995 Danish Under-21 Player of the Year. He is the older brother of Danish national team player Daniel Jensen. Born in Copenhagen, Jensen started playing football for Danish club Boldklubben 1893, he moved on to Lyngby Boldklub in the Danish Superliga championship in 1992. He made his Lyngby debut in April 1993. Jensen played a total of 92 games and scored five goals for Lyngby in the Superliga between April 1993 and September 1996. In the fall of 1996, Jensen was one of several Lyngby players sold by Lyngby CEO Flemming Østergaard.
Jensen was one of three Lyngby players sold to Dutch team PSV Eindhoven, alongside Anders Nielsen and Dennis Rommedahl. In his first season at PSV, Jensen played three games as the club won the 1996–97 Eredivisie championship. Jensen played only five games in one and a half seasons at PSV, as he underwent two groin operations, was used as back-up to Dutch international Arthur Numan. In March 1998, Jensen returned to Denmark to play for F. C. Copenhagen on a 4½ year contract, brought in by FCK's new CEO Flemming Østergaard. Jensen went on to play five years for F. C. Copenhagen, winning the 2000–01 Danish Superliga championship with the club. With former Lyngby teammate Thomas Rytter as right wingback, Jensen formed a wingback duo, known as the best in the Superliga. Jensen played a total of 122 games and scored eight goals for FCK in the Superliga between April 1998 and December 2001. In January 2002, he was sold to Manchester City in the English 1st Division, in a transfer deal worth £ 550,000.
Jensen played the remaining 18 games of the season, as Manchester City won promotion to the top-flight FA Premier League in the summer 2002. Returning from the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he played 33 of Manchester City's 38 games in the 2002–03 Premiership season, as the club finished ninth in the Premier League. A high point came at home against Leeds United when Jensen scored a spectacular volley to win the game. Jensen played a total 51 league games, scoring two goals, for Manchester City. Niclas Jensen was bought by German team Borussia Dortmund in July 2003 for a fee in the region of £750,000, he started well for Dortmund, but Jensen was relegated to the role of substitute for Brazilian wingback Dedê. In his two seasons in the club, Jensen played 43 games and scored two goals for Dortmund in the Bundesliga. After two years at Dortmund, he moved back to England in July 2005, to play for Fulham in the FA Premier League. At Fulham, he joined former Lyngby teammate Claus Jensen. In the first half of the 2005–06 season, Niclas Jensen was a Fulham regular.
When the club signed a loan deal with English international defender Wayne Bridge in January 2006, Jensen was dropped from the Fulham first team after the 14 January 2006 Premiership game against Newcastle United. He would have to wait until September 2006, before he played his next Fulham game, being substituted off in a Football League Cup game against Wycombe Wanderers. With only one competitive game for Fulham in a year, Jensen looked to leave Fulham in January 2007, it was rumoured the solution would be a move "home" to F. C. Copenhagen, his return to FCK was published in January 2007. By waiting to move back to Denmark until January 2007, Jensen was eligible for preferential taxation rules. In his first half season back at FCK, Jensen played 12 of 14 games, as FCK won the 2006–07 Superliga championship. In the following seasons, Jensen saw his playing time dwindling, as he became back-up for Swedish international Oscar Wendt. Jensen played seven of 33 games, he did not play any Superliga games in the fall of 2009, in October 2009, Jensen decided to end his playing career, in order to pursue a career as a football agent.
Niclas Jensen scored 10 goals for FCK in all competitions combined. While at B.93, Jensen made his debut for the Danish under-17 national teams in July 1990, he played three matches at the 1991 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship. While playing for Lyngby, Jensen debuted for the Danish under-21 national team in July 1994, he won the 1995 Danish Under-21 Player of the Year award. While at F. C. Copenhagen, he was called up for the senior Danish national team under national team coach Bo Johansson. Jensen debuted in a friendly match against the Czech Republic in August 1998. Following his debut, Jensen would have to wait more than two years to play his second national team game. Under new national team coach Morten Olsen, Jensen was recalled for a friendly match against Germany in November 2000, he was selected for the Danish national team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, in the progress of the tournament, he displaced Jan Heintze as Denmark's starting left wingback. In his time at Dortmund, Jensen was selected to represent Denmark at the 2004 European Championship.
He played Denmark's first three matches at the tournament, before being replaced by Kasper Bøgelund for Denmark's final game before elimination. In January 2007, having only played few games for his club team Fulham, Jensen received an ultimatum from national manager Morten Olsen to either find himself a new club or be dropped from the Danish national team. Jensen moved to F. C. Copenhagen, was a part of the Danish national team until he played his last nationa
Alessandro Del Piero
Alessandro "Alex" Del Piero is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a deep-lying forward, although he was capable of playing in several offensive positions. Since 2015, he has worked as a pundit for Sky Sport Italia. A technically gifted, creative supporting forward, a free-kick specialist, Del Piero is regarded by players and managers as one of the greatest players of his generation, as one of the best Italian players of all time, winning the Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year award in 1998 and 2008. A prolific goal-scorer, he is the second highest all-time Italian top-scorer in all competitions, with 346 goals, behind only Silvio Piola, with 390 goals. After beginning his career with Italian club Padova in Serie B in 1991, he moved to Juventus in 1993, where he played for 19 seasons, holds the club records for most goals and appearances. During his time at the club, he won six Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia, four Supercoppa Italiana titles, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the UEFA Intertoto Cup, the Intercontinental Cup.
After leaving the club in 2012, he spent two seasons with Australian side Sydney FC. Del Piero has scored in every competition. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA's centenary celebrations. In the same year, he was voted into the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll, a list of the 50 best European players of the past 50 years. Along with six awards in Italy for gentlemanly conduct, he has won the Golden Foot award, which pertains to personality as well as playing ability. At international level, Del Piero has represented the Italian national team at three FIFA World Cups and four UEFA European Football Championships, most notably winning the 2006 FIFA World Cup, reaching the final of UEFA Euro 2000 with Italy, he is the joint fourth highest scorer for the Italian national team, with 27 goals, alongside Roberto Baggio, behind only Silvio Piola with 30 goals, Giuseppe Meazza with 33 goals, Luigi Riva with 35 goals. Alessandro Del Piero was born in Veneto.
Del Piero is the son of Gino, an electrician, Bruna, a housekeeper. He played football in the backyard with two friends and Pierpaolo, as a child. All three dreamed of becoming footballers, but only Alessandro would manage to do so. Alessandro's older brother, Stefano played professional football for Sampdoria before an injury curtailed his career; the family lived in the hamlet of a rural home in San Vendemiano. While growing up, Del Piero's family did not have much money for travelling abroad, so he considered being a lorry driver in order to see the world. While playing for the local youth team of San Vendemiano, Del Piero used to feature as a goalkeeper, in order to gain more playing time, his mother thought it would be better for him to play in this role as he would not sweat, the possibility of him getting injured was less likely. His brother Stefano commented to their mother that, due to his skill, Alessandro was more suited to playing in a more offensive position, Del Piero switched to a forward role.
Del Piero began his rise to professional football in the ranks of San Vendemiano. In 1988, Del Piero was first spotted by scouts, he left home at the young age of 13 to play with the youth side of Padova, he joined the senior side during the 1991–92 season, at the age of 16, at the age of 17, he made his début in Serie B against Messina, under manager Mauro Sandreani, on 15 March 1992, coming on as a substitute for Roberto Putelli. The following season, on 22 November 1992, he scored his first professional goal in a 5–0 victory over Ternana. In 1993, thanks to Giampiero Boniperti, Del Piero was bought by Juventus for five billion lire, with an overlap of 150 million lire per season. In 1993, Del Piero transferred to Juventus and played for the Torinese club for 19 seasons until being released in the summer of 2012. Although manager Giovanni Trapattoni insisted that he trained with the senior team, he played with the Primavera squad, coached by Antonello Cuccureddu, helping the Juventus Youth team to win both the 1994 Torneo di Viareggio, the 1994 U-20 Scudetto.
Del Piero made his Serie A debut against Foggia on 12 September 1993 under Trapattoni, as a substitute, he scored his first goal in his next game against Reggiana on 19 September, after coming off the bench once again. On his full debut for Juventus, he netted a hat-trick against Parma. After his promising performances, Del Piero began to be deployed with more continuity, he managed 14 appearances for Juventus that season between youth matches, league matches, the Coppa Italia, the UEFA Cup, scoring 5 goals, which all came in Serie A, as Juventus finished the season in second place in the league; the next season saw Marcello Lippi take over as Juventus manager, as well as the introduction of a new team of directors, made up of Giraudo, Roberto Bettega, Luciano Moggi. Del Piero temporarily took his place in the first team alongside Gianluca Vialli and Fabrizio Ravanelli, flourishing at the opportunity given to him, and
Waldyr Pereira, nicknamed Didi, was a Brazilian footballer who played as a midfielder or as a forward. He played in three FIFA World Cups, winning the latter two and was awarded the Golden Ball, given to the tournament's best player, for his performance at the 1958 competition. An elegant player, Didi is considered to be one of the greatest midfielders in the history of the sport, was renowned for his range of passing and technique. A dead-ball specialist, he became famous for inventing the folha seca free kicks, notably used by modern-day players such as Ronaldinho and Juninho, where the ball would swerve downward unexpectedly at a point resulting in a goal. Didi was born into a poor family in the city of Campos, 150 miles north of Rio de Janeiro; as a youngster, he sold peanuts in order to help his family, began playing football in the streets. Didi nearly had his right leg amputated when he was 14 due to a severe infection following an injury to his knee, he played for some clubs in Campos dos Goytacazes.
He became professional playing for Madureira and came to prominence when he joined Fluminense in 1949. During seven seasons with the club he won the Campeonato carioca in 1952 Copa Rio. During the 1954 World Cup he scored goals against Mexico and Yugoslavia, before Brazil's defeat to the favorites Hungary; this match was known as the Battle of Berne. At club level, he moved to Botafogo, winning the Campeonato Carioca in 1957. Didi had promised to walk from the Maracanã to his house, in the neighbourhood of Laranjeiras, in his kit, if Botafogo won the championship, his greatest achievement came at the 1958 FIFA World Cup. From midfield, he masterminded the first of his two FIFA World Cup successes for Brazil. In 68 international matches he scored 20 goals, including a dozen using his trademark free-kicks. In 1959 he was signed by Real Madrid of Spain. Despite his great reputation after the 1958 FIFA World Cup, he played only 19 matches with 6 goals for the Spaniards and clashed with the team leader Alfredo Di Stéfano, who felt offended by the divide in the fans' attention with this newcomer.
After success at the 1962 FIFA World Cup, he decided to become a coach. After retiring as player he began a coach career with Sporting Cristal, was called to manage the Peru national team in the 1970 FIFA World Cup; that team included stars like Teófilo Cubillas and Héctor Chumpitaz were defeated in the quarter finals by Brazil. In 1971, he managed the top Argentine club, River Plate, when he accepted a lucrative position, had his apex in his coaching career with Fenerbahçe, guiding the team to two consecutive Turkish First Division titles in 1973–1974 and in 1974–1975, he coached important Brazilian clubs like Bangu, Botafogo, Peruvian club Alianza Lima, Kuwaiti national team and Al-Ahli teams. In October 2000, he was inducted into the FIFA Hall of Champions. By this time he was quite ill and died the following year in Rio de Janeiro, at the age of 72, after contracting pneumonia from complications arising from intestinal cancer. On 16 June 1950, in a friendly match involving Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo youth state teams, playing for Rio de Janeiro, scored the first goal at the Maracanã Stadium.
He is known as the first person to call the game The Beautiful Game. BrazilFIFA World Cup: 1958, 1962 Copa Oswaldo Cruz: 1955, 1958, 1961, 1962 O'Higgins Cup: 1955, 1961 Pan American Games: 1952 Atlantic Cup: 1956 BotafogoCampeonato Carioca: 1957, 1961, 1962 Torneio Rio – São Paulo: 1962 Tournament Home: 1961, 1962, 1963 Colombia International Tournament: 1960 Pentagonal Club of Mexico: 1962FluminenseCopa Rio: 1952 State Championship: 1951Real MadridEuropean Cup: 1960 Ramon de Carranza Trophy: 1959 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1958 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1958 IFFHS Brazilian Player of the 20th Century IFFHS World Player of the 20th Century The Best of The Best – Player of the Century: Top 50 Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame Didi at Sambafoot Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame at the Wayback Machine