Igor Protti

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Igor Protti
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-09-24) September 24, 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Rimini, Italy
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Rimini 7 (0)
1985–1988 Livorno 75 (12)
1988–1989 Virescit Boccaleone 31 (10)
1989–1992 Messina 105 (31)
1992–1996 Bari 112 (46)
1996–1997 Lazio 27 (7)
1997–1998 Napoli 27 (4)
1998 Lazio 2 (0)
1998–1999 Reggiana 24 (8)
1999–2005 Livorno 192 (108)
Total 602 (226)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 25, 2006.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 25, 2006

Igor Protti (born September 24, 1967 in Rimini) is a former Italian footballer who currently works as a coach. He was a prolific, and opportunistic penalty box striker, who became a club legend at Livorno. Protti is the only player to have won the top scoring titles in Serie A, Serie B, and Serie C1, along with Dario Hübner;[1][2] he is also the only Serie A top-scorer to have sufferred relegation with his club (Bari, at the time).[3]

Career

Protti spent the majority of his early career playing for teams in lower divisions; he made his career debut in Serie C1 at the age of 16, with his home-town club Rimini, on 27 May 1984. After two seasons with the club, he later moved on to Livorno in 1985, for three seasons. After a season period with Virescit Bergamo, he was acquired by Messina in 1989, and he became an important figure with the club, making his Serie B debut with Messina,[4] and scoring 31 goals over three seasons.[5][6]

In 1992, he moved to Bari, and after two seasons in Serie B, he helped his team to achieve Serie A promotion. During the 1994–95 season, he scored his first goal in Serie A against Napoli, as well as his first ever hat-trick, against Lazio.[5] He came to more widespread notice during the 1995–96 Serie A season, in which he shared the top-scoring title with Giuseppe Signori, scoring 24 goals (including a brace against Inter),[7][6] despite his team, Bari, being relegated.[3] This achievement led to a move to Lazio in 1996, but Protti's stay with the Rome club was not successful, and after two seasons with the club, including a loan to Napoli during the 1997–98 season, he was eventually released from his contract in 1998.[5]

After a spell in Serie B at Reggiana (1998–99), helping the club to Serie A promotion, Protti returned to Livorno in Serie C1 in 1999, where he rapidly became one of the most popular players in that club's history,[8] scoring 11 goals during his first season with the club.[5][6] He later captained Livorno, leading the club to Serie B promotion during the 2001–02 Serie C1 season, winning the title, and finishing the campaign as the top-scorer,[5] and the following season he was the top-scorer in Serie B.[5] He subsequently led Livorno to Serie A promotion during the 2003–2004 season,[5] before retiring in 2005 after the team had finished a surprising 9th in their first top division campaign in many years,[5] leaving the captain's armband to Cristiano Lucarelli.[9] Protti's number 10 was then retired by the club. He has also been given the freedom of the city of Livorno in 2007.[10] During the awarding ceremony, he asked the #10 jersey not to be retired any longer in order to "give anybody back the dream to dress it one day".[11] The number will be reassigned starting from the 2007–08 season, with Francesco Tavano wearing the number 10 shirt.[12]

Honours

Lazio[5]
Livorno[5]
Individual

References

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  2. Enrico Turcato (8 November 2010). "Dario Hubner supera ogni record". sportmediaset.mediaset.it (in Italian). Mediaset. Retrieved 20 April 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Protti, capocannoniere retrocesso". gazzetta.it (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Gianluca Sasso (1 November 2014). "Igor Protti: "Non ho rimpianti, vi svelo i miei gol più belli"". ilgiornaledigitale.it (in Italian). Retrieved 20 April 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 "Eroi di Provincia: Igor Protti, Zar di Bari e Re di Livorno". dalepepe.it (in Italian). 24 February 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Igor Protti". tuttocalciatori.net (in Italian). Retrieved 20 April 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Giuseppe Balenzano (14 January 2010). "Una doppietta di Protti stende l'Inter". solobarinews.it (in Italian). Retrieved 20 April 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Massimiliano Cappello (26 January 2015). "AdTech Ad Che fine ha fatto? Protti, lo Zar di Bari e Re di Livorno che si dedica al turismo". calciomercato.com (in Italian). Retrieved 20 April 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Lucarelli in carcere per un torneo insieme a Igor Protti". lanazione.it (in Italian). 24 September 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. STRUGGLERS MEET AT LIVORNO | Sporting Life – Football | Football Transfers, Italy Serie A News, Fixtures, Results, Match Reports, Standings
  11. (Italian) [1]
  12. "Sarà ritirata la maglia di Morosini E si pensa di intitolargli un settore del Picchi". repubblica.it (in Italian). La Repubblica. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Roberto Di Maggio; Igor Kramarsic; Alberto Novello (11 June 2015). "Italy - Serie A Top Scorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Italy - Serie B Top Scorers". rsssf.com. RSSSF. Retrieved 2 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>