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Top facts about Patrizia Panico, The Scorpion

Thu 04 November 2021 | 11:30

Patrizia Panico had a long and successful career as a player, winning ten Scudetto titles, five Coppa Italias and eight Italian Super Cups. She was the Serie A top scorer on an incredible 14 occasions, as well as topping the scoring charts in the UEFA Women’s Champions League twice. Read on to find out more facts about Patrizia Panico.

Patrizia Panico is an Italian former professional footballer who is the current manager of the Fiorentina Women's football club. Panico was born on February 8, 1975 meaning that

Patrizia Panico's age

is 46.

She played most of her longtime club career in Italy and managed to play for the

Italy Women's national football team

from 1996 to 2014.

Panico, the Italian former player and UEFA Women's Champions League final ambassador, opened up once on her debut as a footballer and on the virtues of the sport.

“The truth is, I don't think I chose this sport. Before playing football, I used to swim. My aim was always to get a chance at a club near my house with a football team because that was my dream. I think football chose me,” she said.

“Football can teach you a lot because it's a team sport. It makes you share the good moments, but also the responsibility. Of course, it's very important to take it seriously, and for the group to have the ability to help each other.

That is among football's most important aspects, any team sport in fact. When you're in difficulty, there's always a team-mate who can give you a hand and vice-versa if one of your team-mates is in a pickle,” Panico added.

Panico signed a two-year contract with Fiorentina, the club she ended her playing career in the summer of 2016. She scored 20 goals in 21 league appearances for the club that season. Panico is the first woman coach of Italian men's team.

The followings are some facts about Patrizia Panico:

Rated the best female footballer from Italy, Panico is assistant for the under-16s but the head coach Daniele Zoratto is set to take over the under-19 side temporarily, propelling her into the top post for a spell.

Patrizia Panico early life

Patrizia Panico, born 8 February 1975, is an Italian former professional footballer who is the current manager of Italy U16 team.

She played for several clubs during her long club career such as Lazio,

Fiorentina

, Milan, Modena and Torres.

The fact about

Patrizia Panico's childhood

is that she was born and raised in Rome, Italy, where is the capital city of Italy and also the capital of the Lazio region.

About

Patrizia Panico's parents

and family it should be mentioned that the information about her parents and siblings are not in the media and internet yet.

Apart from the mentioned facts, there isn't any additional information regarding Panico's early life and childhood.

Patrizia Panico personal life

The first fact about

Patrizia Panico's personal life

is that she keeps her personal life privately and there's no information about Panico's dating and relationship status.

About Patrizia Panico's children, it should be mentioned that there is no exact information about her children and personal life.

Patrizia Panico professional career

Patrizia Panico has had an incredible career and is still going strong in her 40s. She scored close to 800 goals and won ten Serie A titles in an incredible career.

A prolific striker, Panico has won ten Serie A titles, the first with Modena in 1997/98 and another at Lazio in 2001/02.

She secured three in a row with Bardolino Verona (now BAGSM Verona) between 2006/07 and 2008/09, then moved to Torres and promptly won the league for the next four seasons.

After a further championship back at Verona in 2014/15, Panico switched to Fiorentina's new professional women's team.

This term she has passed 600 league goals. Only twice since 1996 has she recorded fewer than 20 in a Serie A season and she has been the division's top scorer 14 times.

Panico has 31 goals in 44 UEFA club competition appearances, helping Bardolino to the 2007/08 UEFA Women's Cup semi-finals as that season's joint-top scorer.

She made her Italy debut on 8 April 1996 aged 21, scoring against Portugal within five minutes, and has taken her tally to well over 100 from more than 200 outings. She has played at the last five UEFA Women's EURO final tournaments.

Patrizia Panico club career

The

fact about Patrizia Panico

's clubs is that she played 23 years for various clubs in Italy and was very successful in Serie A.

Another fact about Patrizia Panico's club career is that she began her youth career with Borussia in 1988, after three years Panico joined youth side of Valmontone in 1991.

Her impressive performances gained attentions of agents and she was signed by the Serie A club, Lazio in 1993.

The fact about Patrizia Panico's first spell with Lazio is that, she managed to score 32 goals in 71 appearances that she played in all competitions and was the club's best goal-scorer.

Torino

After spending three years with Lazio Panico joined another Serie A club, Torino, for start of the 1996-97 season, there's no information about the transfer fee.

Panico managed to score 32 goals in 30 appearances and led her side to a third-place finish in the Serie A table.

Modena

In 1997, Panico joined the Serie A champions, Modena. Panico won her first Serie A title as they managed to defend their championship. They also managed to achieve 1998 Italian Women's Super Cup.

She played alongside Carolina Morace and came to be seen as the heir apparent to Morace's title as Italy's best female footballer.

Panico scored 29 times in 28 matches and was the club's second best goal-scorer behind Carolina Morace.

Back to Lazio

Panico returned to Lazio for the 1998-99 season. In that season Panico led the club to Italia Women's Cup final where they defeated

Milan

4-2 to win the trophy.

Panico dominated Serie A as she managed to become Serie A's top-scorer four times in a row from 1998 to 2002.

Patrizia Panico won her second Serie A title in 2001-02 campaign where she scored 47 league goals for Lazio.

Panico won her second Italia Women's Cup with Lazio in 2003 as they overcame Fiammamonza 5-0 in the final match.

The fact about Patrizia Panico's second spell with Lazio is that she managed to score 191 times in 209 appearances which is an outstanding record, her total goal-scoring record for Lazio reached to 223 goals.

Milan

After spending five great years in Lazio, Panico joined Milan for the 2003-04 campaign.

The

fact about Patrizia Panico

's transfer to Milan is that she lost the great form that she had and lost several matches due to injury.

In her one year stay at the club she managed to score 5 goals in 22 appearances which is her worst season during longtime club career.

Return to Torino

Following the end of the 2003-04 Serie A season, Panico returned to Torino where she had played for in 1996.

In her second with the club she regained her great form and became Serie A's top-scorer in 2004-05 and 2005-06 season.

Despite her promising performance the club didn't win any title. She scored 56 times in 44 appearances and collected a total record of 88 goals for Torino.

Hellas Verona

Patrizia Panico announced a transfer to another Serie A club, Verona, on a three-year contract, in January 2006.

Panico and her side dominated the Italian football with collecting all major trophies from 2006 to 2009.

The

fact about Patrizia Panico

's championship-winnings with Verona is that she won seven trophies during her first spell with the club.

Panico led her side to three back to back Serie A titles as she was the league's top goal-scorer in all campaigns.

Panico and her teammates also won the 2007 and 2009 Italian Women's Cup and they also achieved the 2007 and 2008 Italian Women's Super Cup.

The fact about Patrizia Panico's goal-scoring record for Verona is that, she managed to score 73 goals in 62 appearances at all competitions during three years at the club.

Torres

In 2009, Patrizia Panico joined another Serie A club, Torres. She repeated her great form and goal-scoring records and led the club to its best era.

Panico and her side collected ten trophies from 2009 to 2013 which is a remarkable record in Italian Women's football.

Patrizia Panico led the club to four Serie A titles in a row from 2010 to 2013 and she was the league's top goal-scorer in all campaigns.

This amazing performance followed in the Italian Women's Super Cup as they won five back to back trophies from 2009 to 2013. Panico and her side also won the 2011 Italian Women's Cup.

The fact about Patrizia Panico's goal-scoring record for Torres is that she managed to score 175 goals in 134 appearances in her five year spell at the club.

Return to Verona

In 2014, Panico returned to Verona on a one-year contract. She won her last Serie A title with Verona in 2014-15 campaign.

The fact about Patrizia Panico's performance at Verona is that, she scored 34 goals in 25 appearances and became the Serie A top goal-scorer for the 14th time during her career.

Fiorentina

Panico joined the Serie A club, Fiorentina, for the 2015-16 campaign which was the last year of her longtime club career.

During her one year stay at the club, Panico managed to score 20 goals in 21 appearances. In the end of the season she announced her retirement.

The fact about Patrizia Panico's club career stats is that, she participated in the highest league of women's football in Italy for 23 years from 1993 to 2016.

She collected total goal-scoring record of 647 goals in 656 appearances during her club career which is an unbelievable record.

Patrizia Panico international career

The fact about Patrizia Panico's senior international career is that she made her international debut on 8 April 1996 in a 4-1 1997 UEFA Women's Championship qualification win over Portugal.

Panico started the match and scored Italy's first goal after five minutes of play. This was also her first international goal.

Panico was selected for the 1997 UEFA Women's Championship tournament in Norway.

She scored the equalizer in a 2–2 group stage draw against 

Denmark

, as Italy qualified to Knockout stage as the first team of the group.

In the semifinals they managed to defeat

Spain

2-1 to reach the final match, where they eventually lost the title to Germany 2-0.

At the 1999 FIFA, Women's World Cup in the United States, Panico gave Italy the lead in their first match against Germany. However the match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California ended 1–1.

The Italians were eliminated after a 2–0 defeat by 

Brazil

 in their next appearance, but recovered to beat Mexico 2–0 where Panico scored the first goal and was hailed as ''one of the world's most explosive players'' by CNN Sports Illustrated.

On 11 November 1999, Panico managed to score a remarkable hat-trick against Germany in a 4–4 2001 UEFA Women's Championship qualification draw.

At the final tournament, player of the match Patrizia Panico scored twice in Italy's opening 2–1 victory against Denmark at the Waldstadion in Aalen.

Panico and her side narrowly failed to qualify from the group stage after a 1–1 draw with Norway and a 2–0 defeat by 

France

.

Four years later, Panico was contained in the final squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2005 in North West England.

She played in her side 4–0 lose to perennial champions

Germany

, which followed by a 3-1 defeat against France and a 5-3 defeat against Norway and preceded another first round knockout.

At UEFA Women's Euro 2009 in Finland, Panico scored the first goal of Italy in their 2-1 win against England.

They reached the Quarter-finals where they lost 2-1 to eventual champions, Germany. Panico scored their only goal against Germany.

Four years later, she was selected as a member of Italy squad for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden.

She participated in her fifth and last Euro tournament at the age of 38. They placed second in the group stage and reached the Quarter-finals, where they were left disappointed by another defeat by the Germans.

The fact about Patrizia Panico's stats in Italy national team is that, she collected 196 caps from 1996 to 2014 and managed to score 107 goals for her country.

She is the most capped player for Italy national team and also the Italy Women's national team all-time joint top scorer alongside Elisabetta Vignotto.

Some quick facts about Patrizia Panico:

About Patrizia Panico's age it should be mentioned that she was born on 8 February 1975, this means that she's 46 years old.

The fact about Patrizia Panico's position on the pitch is that her main role was striker but she had the ability to play in various positions.

The fact about Patrizia Panico's play-style is that, she was a prolific goal-scorer with good technical abilities.

Her pleasant dribbling ability helped her to take advantage of space between the lines and make goal-scoring opportunities.

Patrizia Panico is nicknamed ''The Scorpion'' because of her deadly goal-scoring talent which made her the all-time top goal-scorer in Women's Serie A and Italy Women's national team all-time joint top scorer with 107 goals.

The

fact about Patrizia Panico

's championship winnings is that she is one of the most decorated female footballers in the history of sport.

She has won ten Scudetti trophies and collected five Coppa Italia winner's medals with her various clubs.

In the months before the professional Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) started play in 2001, Panico was pursued by Philadelphia Charge. She had agreed terms but the move was eventually derailed by red tape.

In 2010, Panico joined National Women's Soccer League club, Sky Blue FC, on a loan deal. She played in 10 matches till the end of the season but couldn't score any goals.

In international level, Panico is a veteran of Italy's 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013 UEFA Women's Championship campaigns and played at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Panico won 196 caps for Italy national team and scored 107 goals in her eighteen years career with Italy national team but despite her great goal-scoring record, she never won any major trophy with her country.

Patrizia Panico became the first woman to be named head coach of a men’s team. In 2017 she was appointed as manager of the Italy national U-16 football team.

In an interview, Panico said, ''Women are slowly reaching roles that were previously denied to them. It's about time. In Italy, women have long been subordinates in my sport, so this represents a lot of steps forward. It's also just the beginning.''

Those players already have an unusual nickname for their female coach – they call her, “Mister.” That is the traditional way that male coaches are addressed there but “Mister Patrizia” doesn’t mind and sees it as a mark of acceptance and respect.

In 2015, she became a member of the Italian Football Hall of Fame due to her great impact on Italian football.

The fact about Patrizia Panico's fame is that she is regarded as one of the greatest Italian female footballers and also one of the best players of her generation.

But for all her appearances and goals, she was not able to help her nation win a tournament. Panico says the near misses she experienced as a player make her even more determined to taste success as a coach.

Her coaching methods differ in one major way with those of most male coaches. She doesn’t scream at her players from the sidelines throughout the game like Antonio Conte (below), the former Italy coach and current Chelsea boss.

Patrizia Panico quotes

"I want to coach professionals, whether they are men or women," Panico said. She hopes she can help break through some barriers when she sits on the bench for Italy's under-16s matches.

Italy's all-time leading goal scorer becomes the first female coach to hold such a prestigious role, but she is optimistic it will not be a novelty to see women in such positions in future.

"I think we still have to knock down plenty more walls and this is a decision which could help make them fall down," Panico, who was the Serie A top goal scorer a record 12 times, in addition to being Italy's most-capped player with 204 appearances and leading goal scorer with 110, said.

"To be the first female on the bench of a men's national team is certainly a great achievement and I like to think that my first time could also represent the first time for any of my colleagues. This is just the beginning, not the point of arrival,” she added.

"I've never received so many calls, not even when I played the semifinal of the Champions League. The most gratifying part about it all is really the thought that this is just the beginning.

"I never differentiated between the gender of any of the coaches I had in my career and I don't think there should be any difference. All that mattered to me was that the coach was competent no matter what their gender, and I'm delighted to have people around me like Zoratto."

"I've always worn a tracksuit up to now, but I'll put on a suit next Wednesday and, who knows, maybe I'll wear high heels, at least that way it will feel like I am still wearing studs," Panico said.

About her childhood, Panico said, “I never had to deal with parents who objected to me playing, but I did feel that I had to prove to them that girls can play football.

I had to deal with skepticism in people who, on seeing you play, would tell you that girls aren’t able to play football. And that's why, whenever I took to the pitch, I did it with the idea that I had to convince everyone who was watching me.”

Patrizia Panico honors

  • Scored 110 goals in 204 games for Gli Azzurri

  • Scored twice at the 1999 Women’s World Cup, against Germany and Mexico

  • Won multiple Serie A titles with several clubs, including Modena, Lazio, AGSM Verona and Torres

Patrizia Panico social media

About

Patrizia Panico social media

, it should be mentioned that she has an Instagram page (

@panicopatrizia_

) and has more than 4K followers on Instagram. Panico mostly posts pictures from herself and her friends and teammates.

Patrizia Panico body measurements

About

Patrizia Panico body measurements

, it should be mentioned that she has a body weight of 57 kg and stands at a height of 1.64 m tall.

Patrizia Panico net worth

Patrizia Panico’s income source is mostly from being a successful footballer. Speaking about

Patrizia Panico net worth

, it should be mentioned that her net worth is estimated to be around $1million-$2million in 2021.

Panico was a successful footballer during her career and reportedly was considered as one of the highest paid players of the Serie A.

After her retirement, she didn't leave football and came back to her favorite sport to go on as a head-coach and she is the current manager of Fiorentina Women's football club.

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