Jean-François Gillet

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Jean-François Gillet
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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
Torino
Number 1
Youth career
1989–1996 Standard Liège
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Standard Liège 7 (0)
1999–2000 Monza 37 (0)
2000–2011 Bari 353 (0)
2003–2004 Treviso (loan) 44 (0)
2011–2012 Bologna 29 (0)
2012– Torino 39 (0)
National team
1992–1993 Belgium U15 2 (0)
1995 Belgium U16 3 (0)
1994–1995 Belgium U17 6 (0)
1995–1996 Belgium U18 19 (0)
1996 Belgium U19 1 (0)
1996 Belgium U20 4 (0)
1996–2002 Belgium U21 36 (0)
2009– 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) is a Belgian goalkeeper who plays for Serie A club Torino. He was a member of the Belgium national team, for which he made his debut in 2009 at the age of 30.

Career[edit]

Standard Liège and Monza[edit]

He began his professional career in the youth system of Standard Liège and was called up to the first team at 17. In 1996 he made his debut in Belgian First Division and the following season he took to the field on another two occasions.

In the summer of 1999, at the age of twenty, he moved outright to Monza, then in Serie B. As a starter, he disputed 33 games.

Bari and Treviso[edit]

After playing four games in August with the Monza, in the finals days of the transfer market he accepted a move to Bari in Serie A, who paid 5 million lire.[1]

His first season in the top flight, despite 20 appearances and great performance in goal, was marked by the prosecution for doping. After the match Bari-Reggina on 21 January, in fact, he became the first player in Italy to be indicted for testing positive for Nandrolone[2][3] and was forced by the sports court to serve a four-month disqualification.

Over the next ten years he disputed 317 games with Bari in Serie A and Serie B, with the exception of a short loan with Treviso in 2003–04, due to some disagreements with the then coach Marco Tardelli.

On 13 March 2008 he renewed with the Galletti until 2011.

In 2007 Antonio Conte arrived at Bari, and Gillet, with his outstanding technical skills, proved the ideal goalkeeper for the tactics of the coach, acting as a sweeper. The team triumphed in the league, returning to the top flight after a seven year absence.

In 2009–10, his performances were confirmed again at the highest level, only conceding seven goals in the first 12 rounds; with the defensive pairing of Andrea Ranocchia and Leonardo Bonucci, they were among the teams in Europe with the least goals conceded.

On 18 March 2010 he renewed with Bari until 2014, and on 12 September 2010 in Napoli-Bari he officially became Bari's most-capped player after reaching 319 appearances for the jersey of the pugliesi, overcoming Bari legend Giovanni Loseto. For this reason, the mayor of Bari Michele Emiliano gave the Belgian goalkeeper the keys of the city as a sign of attachment to the club and the city. Even this season Gillet remained a formidable goalkeeper: saving two penalties from Francesco Totti, during the two matches between Bari and Roma, and one of Robert Acquafresca of Cagliari. At the end of the season, however, Bari relegated once again to Serie B.[4]

Bologna[edit]

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.[5] At his farewell press conference, Gillet tearfully bid farewell to his adopted home in Bari and their fans.[6] In his first season at Bologna, Gillet immediately showed his goalkeeping abilities and was quickly taken to by the Bologna faithful.[7] 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.

Torino[edit]

After a successful one-year spell at Bologna, on 5 July 2012, he moved to the newly promoted Torino on a three-year contract.[8] In the granata jersey he was reunited with coach Giampiero Ventura, from his time at Bari.

He made his debut in Serie A on August 26 against Siena in which the game remained goalless.[9] With Torino, he played 37 matches in 2012–13.[10]

On 6 June 2013 in the aftermath of the Bari match-fixing scandal, on 16 July 2013 he was disqualified for 3 years and 7 months due to the matches Bari and Treviso (11 May 2008) and the Salernitana-Bari (23 May 2009).[11]

International career[edit]

In August 2009, at the age of thirty, after a strong performance against Inter Milan for Bari, he was called up to the Belgian senior team in view of qualification for the 2010 World Cup against Spain and Armenia.

He debuted 5 September 2009 in Spain, parrying a David Villa penalty, before conceding 5 goals. He conceded 2 goals in the next game, which saw the Belgian team defeated in Armenia by 2 to 1. On November 14, he kept a clean sheet in a friendly against Hungary and again against Qatar.

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.[12] On appeal this ban was reduced to 13 months,[13] with return scheduled for August 2014.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics correct as of 12 May 2013.

Season Team League Domestic cup Continental cup Other cups Total
Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Apps Goals
1996–97 Belgium Standard Liegi D1 1 -0 CB 0 -0 - - - - - - 1 -0
1997–98 D1 2 -2 CB 0 -0 - - - - - - 5 -6
1998–99 D1 4 -5 CB 0 -0 - - - - - - 5 -6
Total Standard Liegi 3 -2 0 -0 - - - - 3 -2
1999–00 Italy Monza B 33 -40 CI 2 -3 - - - - - - 35 -43
2000 B 4 -5 CI 1 -1 - - - - - - 5 -6
Total Monza 37 -45 3 -4 - - - - 40 -49
2000–01 Italy Bari A 20 -35 CI - - - - - - - - 20 -35
2001–02 B 33 -43 CI 0 -0 - - - - - - 33 -43
2002–03 B 23 -24 CI 2 -0 - - - - - - 25 -24
2003–04 Italy Treviso B 44 -48 CI 0 -0 - - - - - - 44 -48
2004–05 Italy Bari B 41 -33 CI 2 -3 - - - - - - 43 -36
2005–06 B 41 -46 CI 2 -2 - - - - - - 43 -48
2006–07 B 42 -46 CI 1 -1 - - - - - - 43 -47
2007–08 B 40 -52 CI 1 -0 - - - - - - 41 -52
2008–09 B 40 -30 CI 2 -1 - - - - - - 42 -31
2009–10 A 37 -46 CI 1 -1 - - - - - - 38 -47
2010–11 A 36 -53 CI 0 -0 - - - - - - 36 -53
Total Bari 353 -408 11 -8 - - - - 364 -416
2011–12 Italy Bologna A 29 -32 CI 1 -1 - - - - - - 30 -33
2012–13 Italy Torino A 37 -53 CI 1 -2 - - - - - - 38 -55
2013–14 A - - CI - - - - - - - - - -
2014-15 A 2 -3 CI - - UEL 2 -0 - - - 4 -3
Total Torino 39 -55 1 -2 - - - - 40 -57
Total career 505 -591 16 -15 - - - - 521 -606

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bari: 2008-09

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://archiviostorico.corriere.it/2003/febbraio/07/Gillet_messo_nei_guai_una_co_0_030207263.shtml
  2. ^ http://archiviostorico.corriere.it/2003/febbraio/07/Gillet_messo_nei_guai_una_co_0_030207263.shtml
  3. ^ http://ricerca.repubblica.it/repubblica/archivio/repubblica/2003/10/25/il-giudice-assolve-gillet-primo-positivo-al.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Jean Francois GILLET" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  5. ^ http://www.footballpress.net/index.php?action=read&idsel=88108
  6. ^ "Jean-Francois Gillet – The Forgotten Bandiera". The Belgian Waffle. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Gillet, il Gatto di Liegi ha conquistato Bologna" (in Italian). Il Resto del Carlino. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Gillet al Toro" (in Italian). Torino F.C. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "SIENA VS. TORINO 0 - 0". soccerway.com. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "J. GILLET". soccerway.com. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "La procura: Gillet iIlecito sportivo Archiviata la posizione di Ranocchia". gazzetta.it (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Gillet banned for 43 months!". Football Italia. 16 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "TNAS: squalifica ridotta per Gillet. Rientrerà ad agosto". calciomercato.com. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 

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