Daniele Balli

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Daniele Balli
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-09-16) 16 September 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Florence, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1976–1980 Audace Galluzzo[2]
1980–1988 Empoli[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Trento 5 (0)
1989–1990 Mobilieri Ponsacco 30 (0)
1990–1991 Tempio 11 (0)
1991–1997 Empoli 90 (0)
1997–1999 Salernitana 62 (0)
1999–2001 Ternana 63 (0)
2001–2002 Pistoiese 37 (0)
2003 Nocerina 14 (0)
2003–2008 Empoli 117 (0)
2008–2009 Pisa 0 (0)
2009–2010 Cerretese[citation needed]
2010–2011 Fucecchio[citation needed]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Daniele Balli (born 16 September 1967 in Florence) is a former Italian footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Career[edit]

Grown up in the Empoli youth system, Balli spent his early professional years with several Serie C1 and Serie C2 teams (Trento, Mobilieri Ponsacco, Tempio) before to return to Empoli as a reserve keeper in 1992. In 1994, he finally managed to become the first choice for the Tuscan team, being instrumental in two consecutive promotions from Serie C1 to Serie A. In 1997, he joined Salernitana, obtaining a personal third consecutive promotion with the Campanian side, and playing with them also in the following season, the first in the Italian top flight for Balli.

In 1999, following Salernitana's relegation back to Serie B, he joined ambitious Umbrian Serie B club Ternana, playing more than sixty games in two seasons for the rossoverdi. In 2001, he returned to Tuscany, joining Pistoiese, who then were relegated to Serie C1 that season.

Now without a team, 35-year-old Balli returned into active football only on January 2003, joining Serie C2 club Nocerina. On September 2003 he then made a comeback to Empoli, in search for an experienced goalkeeper, thus returning to play into Serie A as second choice behind former Italian international Luca Bucci. In the following 2004–05 season, now in Serie B, Balli then returned to play football regularly and helped his side to win a prompt return to the Italian Serie A. In 2005–06 he played less regularly, also because of the presence of other keepers such as Gianluca Berti and Sebastián Cejas. The following two seasons saw Balli being sided by youngster Davide Bassi for the first choice goalie role. He was released on June 2008, after Empoli went relegated to Serie B.

On 13 February 2009 41-year-old Balli accepted to join Serie B club Pisa until the end of the 2008–09 season,[3] going on the bench for the 14 February local derby against Livorno.[4] However on 21 February, eight days after his signing, Pisa announced to have parted company with Balli under player's request, citing the veteran goalie's doubts regarding his fitness conditions as being the main reason for this choice.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daniele Balli". Sportbeat. Retrieved 12 February 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Lazzaro, Pino. "Il mio calcio "pane e formaggio" (e molti caffè)" (in Italian). Scribd.com. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Pisa, ecco il portiere: arriva Balli" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport – Stadio. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Serie B – Al Pisa il derby del Tirreno" (in Italian). Real Soccer. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "DANIELE BALLI LASCIA IL PISA: RISOLTO CONSENSUALMENTE IL CONTRATTO" (in Italian). Pisa Calcio. 21 February 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009. [dead link]