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
Milan
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)
2000 Italy 0 (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. Milan won the title that season, also reaching the final of the UEFA Champions League.

Joining Bologna in 1995, he was the undisputed first-choice (except in 1997–98, where he backed up Giorgio Sterchele), helping Bologna to win the 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup, and reach the semi-finals of the 1998-99 UEFA Cup. In 1999 he joined Roma for 10 billion Italian lire[1] and in 2001, he won a Scudetto and a Supercoppa Italiana with AS Roma, also reaching the final of the Coppa Italia in 2003.

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 led Bologna to win Serie A promotion once 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 Italy squad that finished second at Euro 2000, as third-choice goalkeeper, behind Christian Abbiati and Francesco Toldo, but only because Italy's number one goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, had injured him-self in an international friendly warm-up a few days before the beginning of the tournament.

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

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

A.S. Roma

Orders[edit]

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5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2000[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BILANCIO D’ESERCIZIO E CONSOLIDATO DI GRUPPO AL 30 GIUGNO 2000" (PDF). AS Roma (in Italian). Borsa Italiana Archive. 28 June 2001. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Antonioli signs for Sampdoria". UEFA.com. 15 July 2003. Retrieved 3 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Il Mercato al 16 luglio 2003" (PDF) (in Italian). AS Roma. 16 July 2003. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Francesco Antonioli prolunga fino al 2012". AC Cesena (in Italian). 4 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. [dead link]
  5. ^ "ONORIFICENZE". http://www.quirinale.it (in Italian). 12 July 2000. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 

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