Anselmo Robbiati

Anselmo Robbiati

Anselmo Robbiati (born January 1, 1970 in Lecco) is an Italian footballer currently playing with Serie D team Figline. He is best remembered as a member of Fiorentina during the early 1990s.


Robbiati started his professional career in 1987 with Serie C1 club Monza. In 1993 he signed for Fiorentina, then in Serie B, being instrumental in the viola's successful 1993–94 campaign. He stayed at Fiorentina until 1999, despite often not being featured in the starting lineup, and achieving some success even at the continental level, scoring the decisive goal in the return leg of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Round of 16 against Sparta Prague (Fiorentina then went on being ultimately defeated by Barcelona FC in the semi-finals). After a season with Napoli, in 2001 Robbiati signed for Inter, but never managed to play a single match with the nerazzurri, being loaned first to Perugia and then to Fiorentina.

In 2002 Robbiati left the top-flight to join Ancona of Serie B, and then Serie C2 teams Grosseto and Monza. After a season-long stay at Serie D team Como, in October 2006 he signed for Figline, a minor Tuscan team.

Robbiati is popularly known as Spadino; the nickname was first used by Giovanni Stroppa during their time together at Monza, and is a reference to Happy Days minor character Raymond "Spike" Fonzarelli ("Spadino" in the Italian version of the sitcom).


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