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Giuseppe Savoldi playing for Bologna in the 1974-75 season
|Date of birth||21 January 1947|
|Place of birth||Gorlago, Bergamo, Italy|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Giuseppe Savoldi (Italian pronunciation: [d?u'z?ppe sa'v?ldi]; born 21 January 1947) is a retired Italian professional football player and coach, who played during the sixties, seventies and eighties, as a forward. A versatile attacker, he played club football in Italy for Atalanta, Bologna and S.S.C. Napoli, and represented the Italian national side at international level.
Born in Gorlago, Bergamo, Savoldi made his debut in Serie A in 1965 with Atalanta. From 1968 to 1975 he played in the red and blue kit of Bologna, making 201 appearances, scoring 85 goals. He gained popularity and notoriety as a goalscoring striker with the Emilian club, achieving notable success, winning two Coppa Italia titles in 1970 and 1974, finishing both editions as top scorer with 10 goals. He also win the Anglo-Italian League Cup in 1970, as well as winning the Serie A top scorer award during the 1972-73 Serie A season, with 17 goals.
In 1975, he was signed by S.S.C. Napoli for a then world record two billion Lira (£1.2 million), becoming football's first million pound player. With the club, he continued his success, becoming a popular figure with the fans, as he won his third Coppa Italia title during the 1975-76 season, also finishing as the Coppa Italia top scorer, with 12 goals, during the 1977-78 season. He also helped the club to win the Anglo-Italian League Cup in 1976, the second time he had won this title.
In 1975, Savoldi made 4 appearances for the Italian national side, making his debut on 8 June in a 1-0 away defeat to the Soviet Union, in Moscow, also making two appearances in 1976 European Qualifying matches. He scored his only international goal from a penalty in a 3-2 friendly home win over Greece, on 30 December, which was his final international appearance.
A versatile and prolific forward, Savoldi was capable of playing anywhere along the front line; throughout his career he was deployed as a centre-forward, as a striker, as a left winger, or as an attacking midfielder. He was primarily known for his pace, strength, and in particular, his ability in the air as a goalscoring centre-forward, as well as his accuracy from penalties; with 45 goals from the spot, he is the fourth-most prolific penalty kick taker in Serie A history.