Giorgio Chinaglia, probably most famous for being the flashiest member of the uber-flashy Cosmos teams of the late 70s and early 80s, passed away on Sunday at the age of 65. Chinaglia was a preternaturally gifted finisher with an out-sized ego and a penchant for scoring great goals, then telling you how good he was. His Cosmos goal totals catch the eye (50 in 1980), but Chinaglia also led Serie A in 1973-74 while with Lazio and represented Italy at the 1974 World Cup.
Giorgio was born in Italy, was raised and started his career in Wales, and ultimately spent the majority of life in the United States.
In his post-playing days, Chinaglia was an outspoken booster of the Cosmos name and a regular voice in American soccer circles. At the time of his death, he hosted a two-hour soccer show broadcast on SiriusXM satellite radio.
In memory of Giorgio, we past along these excellent videos chronicling his career. Giorgio’s impact on American soccer should not be understated; much more than Pele, Giorgio committed himself to American soccer and backed up that commitment with jaw-dropping ability.