Christian Panucci

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Christian Panucci
Christian Panucci 2012.jpg
Working with Russia in 2012
Personal information
Full name Christian Panucci
Date of birth (1973-04-12) 12 April 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Savona, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1985–1990 Genoa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Genoa 31 (3)
1993–1996 Milan 89 (9)
1996–1999 Real Madrid 73 (3)
1999–2001 Inter Milan 26 (1)
2000–2001 Chelsea (loan) 8 (0)
2001–2002 Monaco 14 (3)
2001–2009 Roma 260 (20)
2009–2010 Parma 19 (1)
Total 520 (40)
National team
1992–1996 Italy U-21 19 (4)
1994–2008 Italy 57 (4)
Teams managed
2012–2014 Russia (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 June 2008

Christian Panucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkristjan paˈnuttʃi]; born 12 April 1973) is a retired Italian footballer who last worked as an assistant coach for the Russian national team under Fabio Capello.

As a player, he was a member of the Italian national team at the 1996 Olympics, 2002 World Cup, Euro 2004 and Euro 2008, playing 57 matches in total. Panucci was a right-back, but also played as a central defender.

Player career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Panucci started playing with Genoa in 1990 and then moved to A.C. Milan in July 1993, at the age of 20. He was originally brought in as a younger, more attack-minded alternative to the incumbent right back Mauro Tassotti, who had held the position for over a decade. Panucci began to work his way into the starting lineup, appearing in 19 league matches and scoring twice as A.C. Milan won domestic and European titles. He also demonstrated his versatility by lining up at left back in the 1994 UEFA Champions League Final. Nonetheless, it was Tassotti, not Panucci, who traveled to the United States that summer as part of the Italian World Cup selection under Arrigo Sacchi.

In the following year, he established himself as the club's first-choice right back, starting 28 of 34 matches in Serie A and breaking into the full national team. A.C. Milan finished second behind Juventus in the league and lost to Ajax in the Champions League final that year, but regained the Italian championship the following season. Panucci had one of his best offensive seasons in 1995–96, scoring five goals, while helping to form the league's tightest defense alongside internationals Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini, and Alessandro Costacurta. The sweeping changes across Europe as a result of the Bosman ruling, however, opened up new opportunities. Midway through the 1996–97, Panucci left A.C. Milan for Real Madrid, joining former A.C. Milan coach Fabio Capello at the Spanish giants.

At Real Madrid, Panucci became the first Italian to play for the Spanish club. Arriving in winter, he soon unseated the previous right back, Carlos Secretario. He formed a highly aggressive fullback pairing, starting at right back with the Brazilian Roberto Carlos on the left. This was a strong period for Real Madrid on the field, as the club won the league in 1997, but a chaotic one on the sidelines as managers Capello, Jupp Heynckes, Guus Hiddink, and John Toshack followed one another in rapid succession. The high point for Panucci at this stage of his career came in 1998, when he won his second Champions League title against Juventus. Once more, however, he was not selected for the World Cup. After a disappointing 1998–99 season in which Real Madrid finished well behind rival FC Barcelona, Panucci elected to return to Italian football.

Panucci later represented Inter Milan, Chelsea (on loan,[1] scoring once in the UEFA Cup against St Gallen),[2] and AS Monaco[3] before moving to Roma in 2001. He won the Champions League with both A.C. Milan and Madrid. In those two stops, as well as Roma, he was coached by Fabio Capello.

Roma[edit]

After a great deal of travelling throughout his career, Panucci finally settled at Roma. He joined the Roman club in the 2001–02 campaign, the year after the Giallorossi won the national title. He went on to become a key player and one of the leaders of the club. In July 2002, he was signed permanently for €9.81 million.[4]

Panucci, a reliable leader both on and off the field, has often taken the responsibility to speak for the team in moments of difficulty, as seen after Roma's shock elimination from the Champions League in 2007. In January 2009, Panucci was dropped from Roma's first team squad after refusing to sit on the bench for a league match against Napoli and was later also excluded from the Champions League squad list. He then announced his intention to leave Roma, but no serious bidder was found in the January transfer window and he ultimately stayed, returning to the first team on 28 February after he apologised to his fellow players and the club management.[5] He was sent off in the second Derby della Capitale of the 2008–09 season after a heated on-pitch clash with Lazio player Stephan Lichtsteiner following his hard challenge on the Swiss defender. His contract with Roma ended on 30 June 2009, which he had signed in October 2005.

He played a total of 311 matches, scoring 29 goals for Roma, becoming the highest-scoring defender in the club's history. During his time at Roma he won two Coppa Italias, in the 2006-07 and the 2007-08 seasons, and two Italian Supercups, in 2001 and 2007.

Parma[edit]

Panucci with Parma in 2009

On 30 July 2009, Panucci signed for Parma on a one-year deal[6] and scored his first goal for Parma on 13 December against Bologna. On 23 February 2010, Panucci left Parma by mutual consent seven months after joining them.[7]

On 22 August, Panucci announced his immediate retirement from football citing, "I had offers, but I just don't feel the hunger anymore."[8]

International career[edit]

Panucci made his senior squad Italy debut in September 1994 against Slovenia in a UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying match. He missed out on the final squad, however, following a dispute with Italian national coach Arrigo Sacchi and was not a regular in the Italian team until the 2002 World Cup.

In the 2002 World Cup, Panucci was widely blamed[9] for failing to clear a pass that led to the equalizing goal for South Korea by Seol Ki-Hyun in the dying minutes of the round of 16 match in which his team was eliminated.

Panucci had not played for Italy for over three years after Euro 2004 in Portugal, having been ignored by Marcello Lippi, with whom he had fallen out with in his days at Inter Milan, for the period of the 2006 World Cup. The 34-year-old, however, was given a second chance by coach Roberto Donadoni, who called him up for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Georgia, Scotland, and the Faroe Islands.

Panucci then expressed his delight at earning his 50th Italy cap in the stadium where he began his career for the Azzurri in the 2–0 win over Georgia in their Euro 2008 qualifying tie in Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

"It was really emotional for me to play in an arena where I grew up. It may have seemed a little scripted but I'll never forget the standing ovation I received."

Panucci currently has 57 caps for the Azzurri, with four goals. He managed to score his first international goal for Italy since April 2002, when he headed a crucial injury-time winning goal against Scotland on 17 November 2007 in their Euro 2008 qualifying Group B match. Italy then managed to clinch their place at the European Championship finals.

On 13 June 2008, Panucci scored Italy's first goal against Romania at Euro 2008[10] and became the oldest player to score in outfield play in the competition. Panucci finished his Italy career with 57 total caps, scoring four goals.

Post-playing career[edit]

After his retirement, Panucci became a football pundit and color commentator for SKY Italia.

He left his job in 19 March 2012 to accept an offer from Maurizio Zamparini as team manager of Palermo, working alongside director of football and scouting chief Luca Cattani.[11] On 24 April 2012, he resigned from his position just over a month after he took the job.[12]

On 23 July 2012 he was invited by Fabio Capello to assist him in his work with the Russia national football team. He left Russia after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Interesting facts[edit]

Panucci was chosen a captain of Italian national team at 1996 Olympics. However, he was forced to fly home because of an injury. Initially Panucci planned to take TWA flight 800 from New York to Rome via Paris, but experienced a loss of baggage from Atlanta. He was informed about a later direct Alitalia flight to Milan and decided to choose it instead.[13] That day (17 July 1996) TWA 800 crashed, all 230 passengers were killed.

Panucci is half Italian and half Czech [14]

Honours[edit]

A.C. Milan[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

Roma[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

[15]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1991–92 Genoa Serie A 1 0
1992–93 30 3
1993–94 A.C. Milan Serie A 19 2
1994–95 28 2
1995–96 29 5
1996–97 13 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1996–97 Real Madrid La Liga 19 2 2 0 0 0 21 2
1997–98 23 1 2 0 8 1 33 2
1998–99 31 0 2 0 9 1 42 1
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1999–00 Inter Milan Serie A 26 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Chelsea Premier League 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 10 1
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2000–01 Monaco Division 1 9 3
2001–02 5 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Roma Serie A 31 1
2002–03 29 1
2003–04 24 2
2004–05 26 0
2005–06 36 3
2006–07 34 5
2007–08 27 5 5 0 - 6 1 38 6
2008–09 22 2 1 5 2
2009–10 Parma Serie A 19 1
Total Italy 370 37
Spain 73 3
England 8 0
France 14 3
Career total 464 38

International goals[edit]

Christian Panucci: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 October 1994 Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 2–0 Win UEFA Euro 1996 Qual.
2. 17 April 2002 Milan, Italy  Uruguay 1–1 Draw Friendly
3. 17 November 2007 Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 1–2 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
4. 13 June 2008 Zürich, Switzerland  Romania 1–1 Draw UEFA Euro 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PANUCCI ACCETTA IL PRESTITO AL CHELSEA" (in Italian). FC Internazionale Milano. 10 August 2000. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Chelsea labour to unconvincing win". BBC. 14 September 2000. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "ANNOUNCEMENT: PANUCCI GOES TO MONACO". FC Internazionale Milano. 8 January 2001. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "E' ufficiale: Panucci alla Roma per cinque anni". AS Roma (in Italian). 5 July 2002. Archived from the original on 5 August 2002. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Panucci returns after spat with Roma boss Spalletti". AFP. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  6. ^ Christian Panucci Joins Parma – Report
  7. ^ "Parma-Panucci, rescissione consensuale del contratto". Parma FC (in Italian). 2010-02-023. Retrieved 26 February 2010.  [dead link]
  8. ^ "Panucci announces retirement". 22 August 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  9. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=365944&root=worldcup&&cc=5739
  10. ^ Italy vs Romania match report
  11. ^ "Palermo, Panucci si presenta "Il mio ruolo nello spogliatoio"" [Palermo, Panucci introduces himself "My role in the dressroom"] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "DIMISSIONI DI PANUCCI" [Panucci resigns] (in Italian). www.palermocalcio.it. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  13. ^ http://www.truthandtidings.com/issues/1996/t19961111.php
  14. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/fantasyfc/story/26811/8734189/French-fancies[dead link]
  15. ^ Christian Panucci at the A.S. Roma website[dead link]

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