Who is Lorenzo Amoruso?
Lorenzo Pier Paolo Amoruso is a former professional football player from Italy. He played as a defender for seven clubs in Italy, San Marino, England, and Scotland during his playing career, but is perhaps best known for his six-year stint with Glasgow side Rangers.
He began his career at the local club, Bari, back in 1988, for whom Lorenzo went on to make 75 appearances, netting eight goals. Amoruso spent the 1991–1993 season on loan at Pescara and Mantova but failed to featured regularly.
In 1995, he sealed a move to Fiorentina, becoming club skipper and making 54 appearances. Lorenzo won the Coppa Italia twice (1996 and 1997).
Following interest from Manchester United, Lorenzo signed for Rangers in 1997 for a fee of £4 million. With the Gers he won the Scottish Premier League three times, the Scottish Cup on three occasions and the Scottish League Cup three times as well.
Amoruso was then installed as captain of the club by Dick Advocaat in 1998. After returning to the team from an Achilles tendon injury, He was booed by Rangers supporters after several poor showings and tactical errors.
He also clashed with the manager multiple times, resulting in an eventually aborted transfer to Sunderland.
Dick began to sign defenders to replace him, but the Italian remained after his successors failed. Amoruso ultimately found his way into the hearts of the supporters.
Lorenzo was stripped of the captaincy in the 2000–01 term. Amoruso had captained the Gers for two years, the first ever Catholic to do so. Lorenzo was left humiliated by the demotion and later accused the Dutch tactician of trying to destroy him.
He was later removed as head coach and Lorenzo rediscovered his form under new manager Alex McLeish; winning the award of the 2002 Scottish PFA Players’ Player of the Year. After a four-game ban for spitting on James Grady, he netted the winning goal in his final match for Rangers – the 2003 Scottish Cup final – and wept as Lorenzo left the pitch.
He left Rangers in the summer of 2003 to make a £1.4 million switch to Blackburn Rovers, who wanted the Italian as a replacement for Henning Berg.
Amoruso’s Blackburn debut came on 16 August 2003, when he netted the opening goal of a 5–1 home win against promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers.
His 2004–05 campaign was marred by frequent injuries and he didn’t play any part of the 2005–06 term. He was released by the Lancashire outfit in the summer of 2006.
In January 2008, he briefly came out of retirement to join Cosmos of San Marino on a part-time basis.