Michele Padovano

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Michele Padovano
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Padovano in a Cosenza shirt in 2008
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-08-28) 28 August 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Torino, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1986 Asti TSC 24 (6)
1986–1990 Cosenza 103 (22)
1990–1991 Pisa 30 (11)
1991–1992 Napoli 27 (7)
1992–1993 Genoa 27 (9)
1993–1994 Reggiana 29 (10)
1994 Genoa 2 (0)
1994 Reggiana 19 (7)
1995–1997 Juventus 41 (12)
1997–1998 Crystal Palace 12 (1)
1998–2000 Metz 9 (4)
2000–2001 Como 12 (2)
Total 335 (91)
National team
1997 Italy 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michele Padovano (born 28 August 1966 in Turin) is an Italian retired football player.


Padovano began his professional career at Asti T.S.C. in Serie C2, before short spells at Pisa, Napoli and Genoa. He then signed for Reggiana; his performances there caught the eye of Juventus manager Marcello Lippi, who signed him in the summer of 1995. At Juventus he won the UEFA Champions League in 1996 and was given his only cap for Italy by Cesare Maldini, who played him during the 3-0 win over Moldova. He came on after 68 minutes, replacing fellow debutant Christian Vieri.[1]

Padovano was eventually placed in the reserves at Juventus. After a severe knee injury, Juventus sold him to Crystal Palace in November 1997 for £1.7 million. However Padovano struggled to adapt to the Premiership,hampered by injury and poor form. He scored just once against Leicester City[2] in twelve appearances for the club. After falling out of favour at the south London club he was sold to Metz but failed to make an impression as once again he was injured and unable to play for some months. Metz were infinancial difficulties and he later returned to Palace (who was then in receivership) in the 1999-2000 season to make a million-pound claim against the club's directors for lost wages.[3]

Padovano finished his career with Como before retiring in 2001.


In May 2006, Padovano was arrested by Italian police in Torino over allegation of his implication in hashish traffic.[4] He was later sentenced to 8 years and 8 months in jail.