Amedeo Amadei
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Personal information
Full name Amedeo Amadei
Date of birth (1921-07-26)26 July 1921
Place of birth Frascati, Italy
Date of death 24 November 2013(2013-11-24) (aged 92)
Place of death Frascati, Italy
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1936–1938 Roma 6 (1)
1938–1939 Atalanta 33 (4)
1939–1948 Roma 228[a] (115[a])
1948–1950 Inter 70 (42)
1950–1956 Napoli 171 (47)
Total 508 (209)
National team
1949–1953 Italy 13 (7)
Teams managed
1956–1959 Napoli
1959–1961 Napoli
1963 Lucchese
1972–1978 Italy women's
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Amedeo Amadei (Italian pronunciation: [ameˈdɛːo amaˈdɛi]; 26 July 1921 – 24 November 2013) was a professional Italian football player and manager, who played as a striker.[3] Following his death in 2013,[4] he was one of eleven members to be inducted into the A.S. Roma Hall of Fame.[5] A fast and powerful forward, with a good touch, he is considered to be one of the best Italian strikers of all time. Amadei was known for his ability to run forward with the ball from midfield and find spaces in the opposing defence, as well as his prolific goalscoring, acrobatic ability in the air, and precise volleying, which allowed him to excel in the centre-forward role; due to his importance to Roma throughout his career, he was affectionately known by the fans as the "eighth King of Rome".[2][4][6][7][8]

Club career

Amadei was born in Frascati, near Rome, the son of a baker, which earned him the nickname "Fornaretto." He made his professional debut on 2 May 1937 with A.S. Roma aged 15 years and 280 days (the youngest debut in Serie A history; surpassed on 12 May 2021 by Wisdom Amey) in a 2–2 draw against Fiorentina.[2][9][10][11] A week later he scored in a 5–1 defeat to A.S. Lucchese Libertas 1905 on 9 May 1937, making him the youngest scorer in Serie A history, a record he holds to this day.[12] He also played in Serie B with Atalanta B.C., Inter and S.S.C. Napoli. He won one Italian title with Roma in the 1941–42 season; this was the club's first ever championship. With A.S. Roma he played 386 matches and scored 101 goals in the Italian top flight, as well as 11 in the Coppa Italia in 18 appearances, 16 goals in eight appearances in the 1944 Campionato Alta Italia, and 15 goals in 34 appearances in the 1945–46 Italian Football "After War" Championship; in his entire career he played 423 matches and scored 174 goals in Serie A, with a total of 508 appearances and 209 goals coming in league play.[1][2][4]

International career

Amadei represented the Italian national team on 13 occasions between 1949 and 1953, scoring 7 goals; he made his international debut on 27 March 1949, in a 3–1 friendly away win over Spain.[2][13] The following year, he participated in the 1950 FIFA World Cup with Italy, where he made one appearance during the tournament, in a 2–0 win over Paraguay.[14]

Coaching career

Following his retirement in 1956, Amadei worked as a coach for Napoli, the club with which he retired. He later also coached Lucchese, and the Italy women's national football team.[4]






  1. ^ a b "100 goals in 216 appearances according to some sources, as Amadei scored 15 goals in 34 appearances in the 1945–46 Italian Football "After War" Championship, which was not truly equivalent to the Serie A, as it featured two groups with Serie A and Serie B teams playing together.[1][2]


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  2. ^ a b c d e "Amadei, Amedeo" (in Italian). Enciclopedia del Calcio. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Se n'è andato Amedeo Amadei. Addio al Fornaretto di Frascati campione d'Italia con la Roma" (in Italian). 26 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e Brian Glanville (25 November 2013). "Amedeo Amadei obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b "A.S. Roma Hall of Fame: 2013". A.S. Roma. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  6. ^ Fabrizio Maffei. "AMADEI, Amedeo" (in Italian). Treccani: Enciclopedia dello Sport (2002). Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Amadei, Amedeo" (in Italian). Treccani: Enciclopedie on line. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Amadei" (in Italian). A.S. Roma. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Genoa, esordio record per il 2001 Pellegri: debutto in A a 15 anni". (in Italian). 22 December 2016.
  10. ^ Francesco Oddi (22 December 2016). "Genoa, Pellegri esordio record in Serie A: eguagliato il record di Amadei" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  11. ^ Ben Gladwell (23 December 2016). "Genoa's Pietro Pellegri makes debut aged 15, equals Serie A record". ESPN FC. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Europe's youngest top-flight goalscorers". 26 November 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Convocazioni e presenze in campo: Amadei, Amadeo" (in Italian). FIGC. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Amedeo Amadei - FIFA Profile". Archived from the original on 5 October 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Totti, Zanetti e Allegri tra i premiati dell'8ª edizione della 'Hall of Fame del calcio italiano'" (in Italian). 19 February 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2019.