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Paolo Di Canio
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Personal information
Full name Paolo Di Canio
Date of birth 9 July 1968 (1968-07-09) (age 52)
Place of birth    Rome, Flag of Italy Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth clubs
00000000 Lazio
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
1985–1990
1986–1987
1990–1993
1993–1994
1994–1996
1996–1997
1997–1999
1999–2003
2003–2004
2004–2006
2006–2008
Total
Lazio
→ Ternana (loan)
Juventus
Napoli
Milan
Celtic
Sheffield Wednesday
West Ham United
Charlton Athletic
Lazio
Cisco Roma
054 00(4)
027 00(2)
058 00(6)
028 00(5)
037 00(6)
037 0(15)
041 0(23)
118 0(48)
031 00(4)
050 0(11)
046 0(14)
527 (138)   

Paolo Di Canio (born 9 July 1968) is an Italian former professional footballer. He made over 500 league appearances and scored over one hundred goals in the course of his playing career before moving into management. During his playing days he primarily played as a forward but could also play as an attacking midfielder. Di Canio began his career in the Italian Serie A, playing for Lazio, Juventus, Napoli and A.C. Milan, before a brief spell with the Scottish club Celtic. He subsequently spent seven years in the English Premier League with Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic. He returned to Italy in 2004, playing for Lazio and Cisco Roma before retiring in 2008. He played for the Italian under-21s but was never capped for the senior team. Among the individual awards he received as a player, Di Canio was named SPFA Players' Player of the Year in 1997 and West Ham's player of the season in 2000. However, his career was at times characterised by controversy: he received an eleven-match ban in 1998 for pushing a referee and attracted negative publicity over his self-proclaimed allegiance to fascism. In 2011, Di Canio entered football management in England with Swindon Town, guiding them in his first full season as manager to promotion to League One. He was appointed as the Sunderland manager at the end of March 2013. His controversial appointment lasted 13 games until he was sacked on 22 September after Sunderland had won only three games under his managership.

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