Francesco Antonioli

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Francesco Antonioli
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-09-14) 14 September 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Monza, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Monza 23 (0)
1988–1994 A.C. Milan 13 (0)
1990 Cesena (loan) 0 (0)
1990–1991 Modena (loan) 30 (0)
1993–1994 Pisa (loan) 26 (0)
1994–1995 Reggiana 30 (0)
1995–1999 Bologna 103 (0)
1999–2003 Roma 102 (0)
2003–2006 Sampdoria 104 (0)
2006–2009 Bologna 119 (0)
2009–2012 Cesena 106 (0)
Total 656 (0)
National team
1989–1992 Italy U21 23 (0)
1992 Italy Olympic team 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2009/10 season.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, 3 July 2000 (UTC)

Francesco Antonioli (born 14 September 1969) is an ex-Italian footballer and goalkeeper. He was the oldest Footballer in Serie A until Cesena were relegated to Serie B at the end of the 2011-12 season.

Club career[edit]

Grown as a player in the ranks of AC Milan, Antonioli was brought to the starting lineup at the start of the 1992–93 season. However, a string of mistakes, including a dreadful fumble in the Milan derby which gifted Luigi de Agostini a soft goal, allowed Sebastiano Rossi to reclaim his starting spot.

Joining Bologna in 1995, he was the undisputed first-choice (except in 1997–98, where he backed up Giorgio Sterchele). In 1999 he joined Roma for 10 billion Italian lire[1] and in 2001, he won a Scudetto with AS Roma.

In the summer of 2003, Antonioli joined U.C. Sampdoria on a free transfer.[2][3] In 2006–07, with Luca Castellazzi's emergence between the posts, Antonioli left for former club Bologna on another free transfer.

He leads Bologna won Serie A promotion again in mid-2008.

After the end of 2008–09 season, he was released and replaced by U21 internationals Emiliano Viviano. Antonioli then joined Serie B newcomer A.C. Cesena in July and the club sent the former first choice Nicola Ravaglia to lower division. He was the first choice ahead Michele Tardioli. Antonioli was also protagonist of the club's second consecutive promotion in 2010, thus having another chance of top flight football at the age of 41 in the 2010–11 Serie A season. The team survived from relegation battle by finished 15th and he was offered a new 1-year contract.[4]

International career[edit]

Antonioli never debuted for the senior side, but was selected in the squad of Euro 2000 as third-choice goalkeeper, behind Christian Abbiati and Francesco Toldo, but only because Italys number one goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon injured before tournaments beginning.

He also was an unused member of the Italian squad at the 1992 Olympic Games.


AS Roma


  1. ^ "BILANCIO D’ESERCIZIO E CONSOLIDATO DI GRUPPO AL 30 GIUGNO 2000". AS Roma (in Italian) (Borsa Italiana Archive). Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Antonioli signs for Sampdoria". 15 July 2003. Retrieved 3 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Il Mercato al 16 luglio 2003" (in Italian). AS Roma. 16 July 2003. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Francesco Antonioli prolunga fino al 2012". AC Cesena (in Italian). 4 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 

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