Albano Bizzarri

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Albano Bizzarri
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Personal information
Full name Albano Benjamín Bizzarri
Date of birth (1977-11-09) 9 November 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Etruria, Argentina
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Pescara
Number 31
Youth career
1995–1996 Racing Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Racing Club 38 (0)
1999–2000 Real Madrid 7 (0)
2000–2006 Valladolid 174 (0)
2006–2007 Gimnàstic 22 (0)
2007–2009 Catania 39 (0)
2009–2013 Lazio 12 (0)
2013–2014 Genoa 1 (0)
2014–2016 Chievo 63 (0)
2016– Pescara 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 January 2017.

Albano Benjamín Bizzarri (born 9 November 1977) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Italian club Delfino Pescara 1936 as a goalkeeper.

He spent the vast majority of his professional career in Spain and Italy, starting out at Real Madrid in 1999.

Club career[edit]

Born in Etruria, Córdoba, Bizzarri began his career with Racing Club de Avellaneda in the Argentine Primera División, where his good performances drew attention from La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid, which signed him in 1999. Unsettled and blocked by the emergence of 18-year-old Iker Casillas, he battled for second-choice status with Bodo Illgner, being a used player in the club's victorious campaign in the UEFA Champions League.[1]

During the summer of 2000, Bizzarri was transferred to Real Valladolid, eventually becoming first-choice. He did not miss one single league game from 2002 to 2004, but his team would be relegated from the top flight in the latter season.

In 2006–07, Bizzarri played for Gimnàstic de Tarragona, in another campaign that ended in top level demotion. In June 2007, he signed a two-year deal with Italy's Calcio Catania,[2] a contract that would be renewed at the end of the season for an equal period.[3]

During 2008–09, Bizzarri became Catania's first-choice under new coach Walter Zenga,[4] after spending most of his debut campaign as a reserve behind Ciro Polito.[5] His performances were consistent throughout the campaign as the Sicily side retained their league status, and the player's performances also allowed him to be part of Goal.com's weekly "Serie A Team of the Week" more than any other goalkeeper in the competition.

Despite some stellar performances, Bizzarri admitted towards the end of the season he would not be renewing his link with Catania. Following this announcement, coach Zenga opted to drop him to the bench so young Tomáš Košický could gain some top flight experience.[6][7]

In June 2009, Bizzarri signed for fellow league club S.S. Lazio on a free transfer.[8] In his first two years, he backed up another South American, Uruguayan Fernando Muslera,[9][10] as the Rome team ranked 12th in the first (he added four appearances in the UEFA Europa League, winning two, losing two and conceding seven goals).

36-year-old Bizzarri joined A.C. Chievo Verona in the 2014 summer, renewing his contract for two years at the end of the season.[11] On 1 July 2016 he moved to Delfino Pescara 1936 on a one-year deal, which included an automatic one-year renewal in the case of top flight survival.[12]

International career[edit]

Although he never gained a cap for Argentina, Bizzarri was part of the nation's final squad at the 1999 Copa América.[13]

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid
Lazio

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What happened to Albano Bizarri?" (in Italian). Real Madrid News. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Conferenza stampa presentazione Bizzarri" [Bizzarri presentation press conference] (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ufficiale: Catania, Bizzarri rinnova fino al 2009" [Official: Catania, Bizzarri renews until 2009] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Zenga: "Bizzarri? Pagato per parare"" [Zenga: "Bizzarri? Paid to make saves"] (in Italian). Live Sicilia. 24 September 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Juve Stabia-Catania, ex: quanti rossazzurri tra le vespe..." [Juve Stabia-Catania, ex: how many red-and-light blues chasing wasps...] (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Lecce-Catania: debutto di Kosicky. Ledesma operato. Precedenti e interviste" [Lecce-Catania: Kosicky's debut. Surgery for Ledesma. Preview and interviews] (in Italian). Catania News. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Catania, Rosicky – 'Ho imparato tanto da Bizzarri'" [Catania, Rosicky – 'I have learned so much with Bizzarri'] (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Bizzarri signs for Lazio
  9. ^ "Muslera si infortuna, Bizzarri non si trova e Berardi viene scortato dalla polizia: il caos portieri in casa Lazio ieri è stato completo!" [Muslera injures himself, Bizzarri cannot be found and Berardi arrives with police escort: complete goalkeeping chaos chez Lazio yesterday!] (in Italian). Goal.com. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Mercato, Viviano e Bizzarri al posto di Muslera e Berni?" [Market, Viviano and Bizzarri in place of Muslera and Berni?] (in Italian). S.S. Lazio News. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Ufficiale: Bizzarri in gialloblù fino al 2017!" [Official: Bizzarri will don yellow-blue until 2017!] (in Italian). A.C. Chievo Verona. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  12. ^ di Marzio, Luigi (1 July 2016). "Pescara, è Bizzarri il portiere della A, arriva pure Biraghi" [Pescara, Bizzarri is A's goalkeeper, Biraghi also a possibility] (in Italian). Il Centro. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Copa América 1999". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 

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