Angelo Palombo – Player Profile
Born in Ferentino, Italy on September 25th, 1981, Angelo Palombo played at a professional level for 20 years, making his debut in 1998 with Urbania. He went on to capture 52 caps for his country, scoring one goal from his position as anchorman of the midfield. Almost his entire career was spent at Sampdoria, where he has become a legend of the club and holds the most league appearances record with 517 games played for the them.
In 1998/1999, he began his career with his local club Urbania, before moving to Fano the following season. In 2000/2001, he signed with Fiorentina, and made his debut in the Serie A the following season, playing 10 games for the club. However, he was let go on free, and Sampdoria jumped at the chance to sign him and never regretted it.
From the moment he stepped foot in Sampdoria, Angelo Palombo became the first name on the team sheet when it came to the midfield, playing in the same position for 18 years before hanging up his boots. He was never a goal scorer, but his contributions were second to none. His career high of 17 league assists, set in 2013/2014, is not only a Sampdoria record, but also a Serie A record, as well. In 2016/2017, Palombo was approaching the end of his career but was still contributing significantly, and he was rewarded for an excellent career by lifting the Serie A title for the first and only time in his career. It was a fitting end to an illustrious career for a man who, on his day, was considered the finest passer in Italy. His selections to the Serie A Team of the Year in 2014 and 2015, when he was at the prime of his career, proved that point.