Number: 9 (AS Roma) | 19 (1994 World Cup)
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- Abel Eduardo Balbo (born 1 June 1966 in Empalme Villa Constitución, Santa Fe) is an Argentine football manager and former striker.
Abel Balbo was an exceptional striker, a killer of the goal box with a great sense for scoring.
At club level, Balbo played for Newell's Old Boys (1987-88), River Plate (1988-89), before moving to Italy and Udinese (1989-93), Roma (1993-98 and 2000-02), Parma (1998-99), and Fiorentina. He played four games for Boca Juniors before finally retiring. He scored a total of 138 goals in Serie A; his best seasons came in 1992-93 for Udinese and 1994-95 for Roma, with 22 goals in each of them.
For Argentina, Balbo scored 11 goals in 37 caps, and played at the 1990, the 1994, the 1998 FIFA World Cups, the 1989 and 1995 Copas AmÃ©rica. In the 1995 tournament in Uruguay, Balbo partnered Gabriel Batistuta in attack, and scored a goal against Brazil's Claudio Taffarel in an infamous quarter-final game that Argentina eventually lost in a penalty shootout after Brazilian striker Tulio Costa scored the Brazilian equalizer with 10 minutes to go - after clearly controlling the ball with his arm.
Argentina: 37 appearances / 11 goals
1987-1988 Newell's Old Boys: 23 appearances / 9 goals
1988-1989 River Plate: 38 appearances / 12 goals
1989-1993 Udinese: 134 appearances / 65 goals
1993-1998 Roma: 146 appearances / 78 goals
1998-1999 Parma: 25 appearances / 4 goals
1999-2000 Fiorentina: 19 appearances / 3 goals
2000-2002 Roma: 3 appearances
2002-2003 Boca Juniors: 4 appearances
Trophies & Tournaments:
1988 Campeonato Argentino - Newell's Old Boys
1990 Word Cup Runner-Up - Argentina
1991 Copa América - Argentina
1993 Copa América - Argentina
1998 Coppa Italia - Parma
1999 UEFA Cup - Parma
2000 Serie A - Roma
2001 Supercoppa Italiana - Roma
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