Jean-François Gillet

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Jean-François Gillet
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-05-31) 31 May 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Liège, Belgium
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1
Youth career
1989–1996 Standard Liège
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Standard Liège 3 (0)
1999–2000 Monza 37 (0)
2000–2011 Bari 317 (0)
2003–2004 Treviso (loan) 44 (0)
2011–2012 Bologna 29 (0)
2012– Torino 37 (0)
National team
1992–1993 Belgium U15 2 (0)
1995 Belgium U16 3 (0)
1994–1995 Belgium U17 6 (0)
1995–1996 Belgium U18 18 (0)
1996 Belgium U19 1 (0)
1996–2002 Belgium U21 36 (0)
2009–2013 Belgium 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:07, 8 June 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:07, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Jean-François Gillet (born 31 May 1979 in Liège) is a Belgian goalkeeper who currently plays for Serie A club Torino. He was a member of the Belgium national football team, for which he made his debut in 2009 at the age of 30.


Standard Liège and Monza[edit]

Gillet grew up in the youth system of his hometown club Standard Liège. He made three first team appearances for the senior side at the age of 17 in 1996.

In 1999, he moved Italy to play for Monza in Serie B. His first season at Monza saw him playing as a starter and making 33 appearances throughout the campaign.

Bari and Treviso[edit]

After already playing 4 games with Monza in August 2000, he was sold to Bari in Serie A for 5 million lire in the final days of the transfer window.[1] In his first season in the top flight of Italian football, he made 20 appearances. On 21 January 2001, after the match Bari-Reggina, he tested positive Nandrolone and was handed a four month disqualification which was later reduced to a €4000 fine.

Apart from a one-year loan to Treviso in 2003–04, he played for Bari right through until the 2010–11 season.[2] Gillet was regarded as one of Bari's mainstays, often linked with several top Serie A clubs; his fondness for Bari, however, made him stay with the club throughout their spells in Serie B. In the 2008–09 season under the young manager Antonio Conte, Gillet helped lead Bari to promotion back up to Serie A. During his time at Bari, Gillet became the club's captain and also Bari's most-capped player of all-time.


In 2011, after Bari's relegation to Serie B, Gillet expressed his desire to finish out his career in Serie A and was transferred to Bologna in a deal worth €1.4 million.[3] At his farewell press conference, Gillet tearfully bid farewell to his adopted home in Bari and their fans.[4] In his first season at Bologna, Gillet immediately showed his goalkeeping abilities and was quickly taken to by the Bologna faithful.[5] His 29 league appearances in goal helped Bologna finish 9th in the 2011–12 Serie A season, the club's best finish in a decade.


After a successful one-year spell at Bologna, on 5 July 2012, he moved to the newly promoted Serie A team Torino on a three-year contract.[6]

Match fixing allegations[edit]

On 16 July 2013, Gillet received a forty-three-month ban from football following his role in suspected match fixing during his time at Bari.[7] On appeal this ban was reduced to 13 months.


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  2. ^ "Jean Francois GILLET" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
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  4. ^ "Jean-Francois Gillet – The Forgotten Bandiera". The Belgian Waffle. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gillet, il Gatto di Liegi ha conquistato Bologna" (in Italian). Il Resto del Carlino. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gillet al Toro" (in Italian). Torino F.C. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Gillet banned for 43 months!". Football Italia. 16 July 2013. 

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