Gianluca Signorini (17 March 1960 – 6 November 2002) was an Italian footballer, who played as a defender; he is mostly known for his time spent at Genoa C.F.C., where he became an important figure for the club. Born in Pisa, Signorini started his career playing for his home team, Pisa S.C. of Serie C1, and successively for Pietrasanta, Prato, Livorno, Ternana and Cavese before joining A.C. Parma, with Arrigo Sacchi as coach. He quickly became a key player for Parma, helping the club to Serie B promotion in 1986, winning the Serie C1 title. He was successively signed by Nils Liedholm’s A.S. Roma before he moved to Genoa.
Genoa vs Internazionale
Match Worn Shirt
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This shirt was worn by GIanluca Signorini during the Serie A game between Genoa and Internazionale which took place in Genova, “Luigi Ferraris” Stadium, on May 16th 1993. Genoa draw 1-1 and at the end of the game Signorini swapped his shirt with an Internazionale’s player whom we got it from. Signorini was signed by Genoa in 1988, after personal requests by coach Francesco Scoglio; during his first season with the club, he immediately helped the team to Serie A promotion by winning the 1988–89 Serie B title. In total, he played seven seasons for Genoa, all seven years as team captain; a hard defender and a fan favourite, he is remembered as one of the last (and best) Italian sweepers. In his later years at the club, he was a vital member of the Genoese “dream team” which managed to reach the semi-finals of the 1991–92 UEFA Cup, and became the first Italian team to beat Liverpool F.C. on their Anfield Road home turf; he also helped the team to a fourth-place finish during the 1990–91 Serie A season, the club’s best league finish since the end of the Second World War. He left Genoa in 1995, aged 35, to join his hometown club Pisa, then in Serie D, and retired two years later. He played 210 Serie A matches with 6 goals.
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A large, tough, elegant, and physically strong player, Signorini is regarded as one of Italy’s best and last true sweepers; his talent, technical ability, and tactical intelligence as a central defender had a strong influence on Franco Baresi’s playing style. After having ended his playing career, Signorini started a managing career working for Pisa, and serving as joint caretaker manager during their 1997–98 Serie C2 campaign, However, he soon discovered he was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, an illness that slowly forced immobility, paralyzing all his muscles. He died on 6 November 2002, in his Pisa home. In his honour, the #6 jersey, worn by Signorini during his time for the rossoblu club, was retired. Signorini was married to Antonella; together they had four children. On 17 May 2009, one of Signorini’s sons, Andrea, a footballer himself, made his Serie A debut with Genoa, thus continuing the legacy of his father and former rossoblu captain.