Morgan De Sanctis
De Sanctis pictured in 2011
|Full name||Morgan De Sanctis|
|Date of birth||26 March 1977|
|Place of birth||Guardiagrele, Italy|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2008–2009||→ Galatasaray (loan)||31||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
De Sanctis played six matches for the Italy national football team, his international opportunities limited by Gianluigi Buffon. He was, however, included in squads for Euro 2008, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012.
After a 3-year stint playing for Serie B team Pescara, De Sanctis became a reserve player for the Serie A giants Juventus, playing only three times in two seasons before joining Udinese in 1999 in co-ownership deal along with Marco Zamboni, for 2.5 billion Lire (€1,291,142.25) each. In May 2000, he deal became permanent, for 8 billion lire (€4,131,655), as part of the deal that Juventus signed Marco Zanchi.
After three seasons also as a back-up for Luigi Turci, he finally managed to start in 2002–03 season. His contract was renewed on 10 November 2000, 18 October 2003 and 20 September 2005, which his annual gross salary increased from €569,000 (€310,000 net) in 2003 to €623,000 (€350,000 net) in 2005, plus other bonuses, including a loyalty bonus since 2005, for €350,878 a season (€200,000 net). He played all 6 group stage matches of 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, and reached round of 16 of 2005–06 UEFA Cup.
Sevilla and transfer saga
On 8 June 2007 he unilaterally terminated his contract with Udinese, by mis-using Webster ruling. He signed a 4-year contract with Sevilla FC, worth €1,381,578.94 a season (€1.05 million in net). Udinese submitted the case to FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber as Udinese and De Sanctis failed to agree the compensation. On 10 December 2009 the DRC awarded Udinese liable to receive €3,933,134 from De Sanctis, quoting Matuzalém's case as legal reference. The case then appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and on 1 March 2011 awarded Udinese a sum of € 2,250,055.
On 25 July 2013 Roma signed De Sanctis on a two-year deal from Napoli, for a transfer fee of €500,000. De Sanctis has aided to Roma's perfect start to the Serie A season, keeping 9 clean sheets in the first 10 games, conceding just once as they top the table on 30 points. On January 5, 2014, in a crucial match against Juventus, he conceded three goals for the first time of the season meaning that Roma were 8 points behind Juventus at the top of the table.
De Sanctis never became a regular in the Italian national team due to the consistency of Gianluigi Buffon. De Sanctis made his international debut on 30 March 2005, in a friendly match against Iceland. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he was one of the four back-up players for the 23-man main squad, in the event of an injury to Buffon, Angelo Peruzzi or Marco Amelia. After 2006 FIFA World Cup, he secured a place as no.2 to travel with squad to UEFA Euro 2008, the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Under new coach Cesare Prandelli, it was preferred to include younger understudies to Buffon, instead of De Sanctis. However, after injury to Emiliano Viviano, De Sanctis returned to the squad as Buffon's back-up for UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches in September 2011. He eventually made the squad for the finals, but did not play.
- As of 12 February 2014
1Includes Supercoppa Italiana.
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