Filippo Inzaghi was born in Piacenza on 9th August 1973. After coming through the academy of his hometown club, he had spells at Leffe and Verona before returning to Piacenza, where he quickly showed that he had a keen eye for goal. Inzaghi then made his Serie A debut with Parma on 27th August 1995, but his real breakthrough came the following year at Atalanta where he finished as the top scorer in Serie A that season with 24 goals. His performances earned him a move to Juventus the following year and Inzaghi went on to win a Serie A title and an a Supercoppa Italiana with the Old Lady. He then moved on to AC Milan where he spent eleven seasons and won practically everything there was to win: two Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, a FIFA Club World Cup, two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and two Italian Supercoppa Italiana titles.
In terms of his Azzurri career, Inzaghi won the Under-21 European Championship in 1994, before making his debut for the senior team under head coach Cesare Maldini in a prestigious friendly against Brazil on 8th June 1997. Inzaghi then made the squad for the 1998 World Cup in France where he assisted Roberto Baggio for Italy’s second goal against Austria. His first Azzurri goals came a few months later during a friendly against Spain that saw him grab a brace. He then scored twice during Italy’s campaign at EURO 2000 where he converted the decisive penalty against Turkey and scored against Romania in the quarter-finals. The striker took part in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, and also ended up as the Azzurri’s top scorer during qualifying for the 2004 European Championship with six goals. Inzaghi’s last major tournament came in 2006 – at 32 years of age – when he was part of the squad that triumphed at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Inzaghi has 57 caps and 25 goals for the Azzurri and is currently ranked sixth in the overall list of Azzurri scorers.