|Date of birth||31 May 1979|
|Place of birth||Liège, Belgium|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2003–2004||→ Treviso (loan)||44||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:07, 8 June 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
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
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.
Bari and Treviso
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. 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. 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. At his farewell press conference, Gillet tearfully bid farewell to his adopted home in Bari and their fans. In his first season at Bologna, Gillet immediately showed his goalkeeping abilities and was quickly taken to by the Bologna faithful. 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.
Match fixing allegations
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. On appeal this ban was reduced to 13 months.
- "Jean Francois GILLET" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2008.
- "Jean-Francois Gillet – The Forgotten Bandiera". The Belgian Waffle. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- "Gillet, il Gatto di Liegi ha conquistato Bologna" (in Italian). Il Resto del Carlino. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- "Gillet al Toro" (in Italian). Torino F.C. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- "Gillet banned for 43 months!". Football Italia. 16 July 2013.
- Belgium Stats at Belgian FA