Francesco Toldo

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Francesco Toldo
Francesco Toldo - Inter Mailand (1).jpg
Toldo with Internazionale in 2009
Personal information
Full name Francesco Toldo
Date of birth (1971-12-02) 2 December 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Padua, Italy
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1983–1985 USMA Caselle
1985–1987 Montebelluna
1987–1990 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Milan 0 (0)
1990–1991 Verona (loan) 0 (0)
1991–1992 Trento (loan) 38 (0)
1992–1993 Ravenna (loan) 31 (0)
1993–2001 Fiorentina 266 (0)
2001–2010 Internazionale 148 (1)
Total 483 (1)
National team
1993–1994 Italy U21 8 (0)
1995–2004 Italy 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Francesco Toldo (born 2 December 1971) is an Italian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

In a professional career which spanned two full decades, he mainly represented Fiorentina and Internazionale (eight and nine seasons respectively), winning a total of 15 titles combined – in his last five years, however, he was solely a backup for the Nerazzurri.

For Italy, Toldo appeared in five international competitions, being a starter in Euro 2000.

Club career[edit]

Born in Padua, Veneto, Toldo started his career with A.C. Milan. He never played a game with the club however, being loaned during his link, successively to Hellas Verona FC, Trentino Calcio 1921 and Ravenna Calcio.

Toldo then joined AC Fiorentina, and became the Viola club's starter for eight seasons, winning the Coppa Italia twice and playing in one edition of the UEFA Champions League. One year before Fiorentina faced bankruptcy, in 2001, Toldo transferred to F.C. Internazionale Milano.[1] Fiorentina also announced that Toldo and Rui Costa were sold to Parma AC for a combined 140 billion lire in June 2001,[2] however both players refused to join.[3] Eventually Toldo joined Inter, Gianluigi Buffon joined Juventus from Parma; Edwin van der Sar to Fulham from Juventus and Parma signed a replacement goalkeeper from Inter: Sébastien Frey. At Inter Toldo soon became a fan favourite and was noted for his passionate performances. Particularly during a performance against Valencia in the Champions League where Toldo was seen choking teammate Di Biagio after an argument on the pitch. Another great memory for Inter fans was his equalising goal in the last minute against Juventus in the 2002-03 season. The game finished 1-1 but Toldo was the hero of the day. Toldo was the number one until the summer of 2005, when Brazilian Júlio César relegated him to the bench after he had elected to sit out Inter's summer friendly match tour of England.

Toldo practicing with Internazionale

Toldo briefly regained first-choice status in February 2006, following his signing of a contract extension (until June 2009[4]) and a slip in form by César, not before rumours linked him both to U.S. Città di Palermo, Milan and Fiorentina.

In April 2009, the 37-year-old, still backing up César, signed a further two-year extension to his link, taking it to the summer of 2011.[5][6]

In June 2010 it was reported that Toldo would retire from football after winning the treble,[7] since the club had also signed a new backup keeper, Luca Castellazzi. It was formally announced on 7 July, via Inter Channel, the official club channel.[8]

International career[edit]

Toldo was capped 28 times for Italy. His debut came on 8 October 1995, replacing Gianfranco Zola after the ejection of Luca Bucci in a 1–1 draw in Croatia for the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifiers. He was picked up for the finals in England, as a reserve.

Despite facing competition from high profile keepers such as Gianluca Pagliuca, Angelo Peruzzi and Gianluigi Buffon, Toldo was chosen to start in Euro 2000, as Buffon broke his hand in a friendly match against Norway just eight days before the tournament started.

He helped his country to finish runner-up behind France, saving one penalty during the semi-final against hosts Netherlands, adding two in the successful shootout.

Additionally, Toldo was an unused reserve in Italy's 1998 FIFA World Cup, 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004 squads, after which he announced his retirement from international football.

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Fiorentina
Inter

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1990/91 Verona Serie B 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
1991/92 Trento Serie C2 38 0 0 0 - 38 0
1992/93 Ravenna Serie C1 31 0 0 0 - 31 0
1993/94 Fiorentina Serie B 33 0 5 0 - 38 0
1994/95 Serie A 34 0 5 0 - 39 0
1995/96 34 0 8 0 - 42 0
1996/97 32 0 3 0 8 0 43 0
1997/98 34 0 3 0 - 37 0
1998/99 33 0 10 0 3 0 46 0
1999/00 34 0 3 0 13 0 50 0
2000/01 32 0 6 0 2 0 40 0
2001/02 Inter Serie A 33 0 1 0 9 0 43 0
2002/03 32 1 1 0 18 0 51 1
2003/04 32 0 2 0 11 0 45 0
2004/05 30 0 2 0 7 0 39 0
2005/06 9 0 5 0 5 0 19 0
2006/07 6 0 9 0 2 0 17 0
2007/08 3 0 5 0 0 0 8 0
2008/09 3 0 3 0 1 0 7 0
2009/10 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Country Italy 483 1 74 0 79 0 636 1
Total 483 1 74 0 79 0 636 1

International[edit]

[9]

Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 1 0
1996 5 0
1997 0 0
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 11 0
2001 2 0
2002 4 0
2003 4 0
2004 1 0
Total 28 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "REACHED AN AGREEMENT FOR TOLDO: HE IS INTER'S". FC Internazionale Milano. 5 July 2001. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Toldo e Rui Costa al Parma Buffon a un passo dalla Juve". la Repubblica (in Italian). 29 June 2001. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Fiorentina duo reject Parma move". BBC Sport. 30 June 2001. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Toldo with Inter until 2009". Inter Milan. 20 February 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Inter 'keeper Toldo signs two-year extension". ESPNsoccernet. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Toldo with Inter until 2011". Inter Milan. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Taidelli, Luca (18 June 2010). "Toldo si ritira: resta in società" [Toldo retires: will stay with team] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Toldo: "I have decided to hang up my boots"". Inter Milan. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Francesco Toldo - International Appearances; at RSSSF

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