Giuseppe Lorenzo

Giuseppe Lorenzo
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-12-27) 27 December 1964
Place of birth Catanzaro, Italy
Youth career
0000–1982 Catanzaro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Catanzaro
1985–1988 Sampdoria
1988–1990 Cesena
1990–1992 Bologna
1992–1993 Taranto

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Giuseppe Lorenzo (born 27 December 1964) is an Italian retired professional footballer who holds the record for the fastest-ever sending off in a professional match; the non-professional record is held by English footballer David Pratt.[1] Lorenzo was sent off after just 10 seconds on 9 December 1990 while playing for Bologna against Parma for striking an opponent.[2][3] Lorenzo also played for Catanzaro, Sampdoria and Cesena in a career which lasted from 1982 to 1996. In 2007, The Times placed him at number 12 in their list of the 50 hardest footballers in history.[4]


  1. "Pratt sets 'record' for red card". BBC Sport. 29 December 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
  2. Paolo Bandini (7 January 2009). "The quickest sending off of all time". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
  3. Murphy, Alex (7 August 2007). "Football's 50 greatest hard men". London: The Times. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
  4. "Top 50 Hardest Footballers". The Times. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2015. External link in |website= (help)

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