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Giorgio Chinaglia

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Full nameGiorgio Chinaglia
Playing positionStriker

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Giorgio Chinaglia (-itˈdʒordʒo kiˈnaʎʎa; born January 24, 1947) is a former football striker from Italy. He grew up and played his early football in Cardiff, Wales and began his career with Swansea Town in 1964. A year later at age 19, Chinaglia returned to Italy to play for Massese, and then Internapoli, before joining S.S. Lazio in 1969. With Lazio, he scored 98 goals in 209 league appearances, including 24 goals in the 1973 74 season to lead the club to its first Scudetto.

After returning to Italy, Chinaglia earned 14 caps with Italy, including two appearances at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

In 1976, Chinaglia left Lazio to sign with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. With the Cosmos team that also featured Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer, Chinaglia won four league titles, and retired in 1983 with NASL's all-time leading scorer with 243 goals.

In 1983, Chinaglia returned to Rome to serve as president of Lazio from 1983, but saw the club relegated to Serie B in 1985, and then docked nine points for a corruption scandal. Chinaglia purchased a majority stake in the Cosmos in 1984, but the NASL folded later that year, and attempts to operate as an independent team in 1985 failed. In 2002 and 2006, he attempted to revive the Cosmos franchise with his business associate Peppe Pinton, who owns the rights to the team name and logo.

In 2000, Chinaglia was inducted into the United States National Soccer Hall of Fame and was named the greatest player in Lazio's history during the club's centenary celebrations.

In 2006, Italian authorities issued an arrest warrant for Chinaglia and eight others for attempting to influence the price of Lazio shares, and in 2008, he was charged with acting as a front for the Camorra crime organization in its attempt to acquire the club for money laundering.

He served as a studio analyst for ABC Sports' 2002 FIFA World Cup coverage in the United States, and is an analyst for Sirius Radio.

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