Peruzzi in 2010
|Full name||Angelo Peruzzi|
|Date of birth||16 February 1970|
|Place of birth||Blera, Viterbo, Italy|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Sampdoria (assistant coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Angelo Peruzzi, Ufficiale OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [ˈandʒelo peˈruttsi]; born 16 February 1970 in Blera, Viterbo) is an Italian former football goalkeeper, and a three-time winner of the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year award. He is regarded by pundits as one of the greatest Italian goalkeepers of all time, and as one of the best keepers of his generation. A powerful, athletic, and consistent goalkeeper, Peruzzi was renowned for his strength, positioning, and reactions, as well as his agility, despite his short and stocky physique; he particularly excelled at rushing off his line to parry the ball on the ground.
He played 31 times for the Italy national football team from his debut in 1995, and was a member of their squad which won the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He also represented them at the 1992 Olympics, at Euro 96 (as a starting goalkeeper), and at Euro 2004.
Peruzzi retired from professional football after the 2006–07 season and now works as Delio Rossi's assistant at Sampdoria in Serie A, a position he was appointed to on July 2012, after has been his assistant for two years in the Italian under-21 team.
Peruzzi began his Serie A career with A.S. Roma in 1987. He was loaned to Hellas Verona in 1989, but was one of the two A.S. Roma players (the other being Andrea Carnevale) suspended for a year in October 1990 after failing a doping test because an appetite suppressant he was taking at the time contained a banned substance. His signing with Juventus in 1991 successfully revived his career, and he soon surpassed Stefano Tacconi as the Turin giants' starting goalie. Peruzzi won three Scudetto, a UEFA Cup, and was part of Juventus' 1996 Champions League title squad that defeated AFC Ajax in the final on penalties. After one season with Internazionale, he transferred to Lazio for €17.9 million in 2000, and made over 200 appearances in Serie A and European competition with the club.
Although his contract with the Biancocelesti ran until 2008, Peruzzi announced that he would call it quits at the end of the '06-07 season after Lazio's 0-0 draw with Cagliari Calcio on 15 October 2006. "I will retire at the end of the campaign," he said. "I know the Lazio president and fans will not be happy but had I not made this decision, I would remain at the club for another six or eight years." He later backtracked on this decision, claiming that his comments were a joke and that it was premature to talk about retirement at this early stage of the season, emphasizing that his potential retirement was being considered "one season at a time."
After the 0-0 draw with Roma 29 April 2007, Peruzzi confirmed that he had indeed played his last match due to the frustration of nagging injuries, but he was put on for the final few minutes in Lazio's final home match of the season, a goalless draw against Parma F.C. on 20 May as a goodbye to the fans. He was named the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year for the third time in his career on 28 January 2008; only he and compatriot Gianluigi Buffon have won the award more than once since its inception in 1997.
Peruzzi was capped 31 times in 11 years with Italy. He was also a member of the national squad that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and Euro 96. He was scheduled to be the starter at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but suffered a late injury and was replaced by Gianluca Pagliuca. He momentarily left the national team in 1999 after a match against Norway, but returned to them the following year, with whom he hoped to start at Euro 2000, but a last-minute injury once again cost him the starting spot as Francesco Toldo led the team to the final.
Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni wanted to call up Peruzzi as the third goalkeeper in the squad for the 2002 World Cup, but Peruzzi refused, saying, "The mascots for the World Cup have already been chosen." Two years later, though, he was called up as the third keeper behind Buffon and Toldo at Euro 2004. He didn't start for Italy again until a friendly against Spain on 28 April 2004, then was the first choice for a pair of World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Belarus in August 2005 while Buffon was shelved with a shoulder injury.
Peruzzi served as second keeper behind Buffon in the 2006 FIFA World Cup as Italy won for the fourth time. He retired from international football after the tournament.
|Italy national team|
- Serie A (3): 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98
- Coppa Italia (1): 1994–95. Runner-up: 1991-92
- Supercoppa Italiana (2): 1995, 1997. Runner-up: 1998
- UEFA Cup (1): 1992-93. Runner-up: 1994-95
- UEFA Champions League (1): 1995–96. Runner-up: 1996–97, 1997–98
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 1996
- Intercontinental Cup (1): 1996
- Guerin d'Oro (1): 1997
- ESM Team of the Year (2): 1996–97, 1997–98
- Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year (3): 1997, 1998, 2007
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- AscotSportal.com[dead link]
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