Image courtesy of the New York Cosmos.
Mr. Giorgio Chinaglia. The former Azzurri,
Lazio, and Cosmos star returns in a prominent
role with the Cosmos.
A guest post by Theresa Tran for World Football Commentaries.
SCORING LEGEND GIORGIO CHINAGLIA REJOINS THE NEW YORK COSMOS
U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer to Fulfill Role as International Ambassador
October 26, 2010 (New York, NY) - The New York Cosmos today announced that Giorgio Chinaglia - four-time NASL champion and former striker for the world-renowned club - has signed on as its International Ambassador.
Chinaglia's role will comprise mainly of global appearances, speaking engagements and participation in key product initiatives. There will also be integration with his radio show "The Football Show" (Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 125, Weekdays 7-9am EST).
Chinaglia retired from The New York Cosmos in 1983 as the NASL's all-time leading scorer with 243 goals. In 2000, he was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.
"It is important for us to respect the heritage of The New York Cosmos and Giorgio has been a big part of the club’s history. We are honored to have a true legend endorse our vision during this exciting new era,” says Terry Byrne, Director of Soccer, The New York Cosmos.
"It was over 30 years ago when I first came to this club. To see it come back for our loyal fans of the past, as well as for the next generation of fans, is very exciting to me. The New York Cosmos name resonates all over the world and I look forward to being involved to bring back the excitement of American soccer," says Giorgio Chinaglia.
Video Highlights from his Playing Career
Mr. Chinaglia scored 24 goals and led the Aquile of Lazio to
their first Serie A Scudetto in 1974.
50 Goals with the Cosmos.
Mr. Chinaglia (7) assisted on Fabio Capello's winning goal against England in 1973 for
the first Italian triumph at Wembley. Mr. Chinaglia had 14 caps and four goals for the Azzurri.
He was born in Carrara, Tuscany where Michelangelo quarried marble for his famous sculptures. He grew up in Wales, but returned to Italy to advance his playing career. Carrara is also the birthplace of Italian international, Gianluigi Buffon.
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