Fabio Coltorti

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Fabio Coltorti
Fabio Coltorti.jpg
Coltorti as a Grasshoppers player (2007)
Personal information
Full name Fabio Coltorti
Date of birth (1980-12-03) 3 December 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Kriens, Switzerland
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
RB Leipzig
Number 1
Youth career
1987–1999 Kriens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Kriens 12 (0)
2001–2003 Schaffhausen 61 (0)
2003–2005 Thun 58 (0)
2005–2007 Grasshoppers 77 (0)
2007–2011 Racing Santander 36 (0)
2011–2012 Lausanne-Sport 24 (0)
2012– RB Leipzig 92 (1)
National team
2006–2007 Switzerland 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 April 2017.

Fabio Coltorti (born 3 December 1980) is a Swiss footballer who plays for German club RB Leipzig as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Coltorti was born in Kriens. During his career in his country he played with hometown's SC Kriens, FC Schaffhausen, FC Thun and Grasshopper Club Zürich, being first-choice for the latter three.

On 30 August 2007, Coltorti penned a four-year contract with Spanish club Racing de Santander, for 1 million.[1] During his first season with the Cantabrians he was mainly restricted to Copa del Rey matches, which also happened in the following; his La Liga debut came on 22 December 2007, in a 1–4 away loss against Sevilla FC.[2]

From mid-December 2009 to February 2010, Coltorti had his longest league run in Racing's goal, benefitting from starter Toño's injury: in the first eight matches the club only lost once, at Villarreal CF (2–0), only conceding seven goals.[3] He would finish the campaign with 23 league appearances, as his team barely avoided relegation after finishing in 16th position.

Toño returned to full fitness for 2010–11, playing in 37 of 38 league games. In mid-June 2011, Coltorti returned to his country and signed a one-year deal with FC Lausanne-Sport.[4] During a league game against BSC Young Boys in early April of the following year he injured his little finger in the final minutes but, rather than leaving the pitch as his team had already used all three substitutes, he relocated his finger back into place and continued playing until the end of the 3–1 away win.[5]

In the 2012 summer, Coltorti joined German club RB Leipzig,[6] helping it promote from the Regionalliga Nord to the 2. Bundesliga in just two years.[7] In late July 2014, he suffered a serious knee injury, going on to be sidelined for several months;[8] on 24 April of the following year he became the first goalkeeper to score a winner from open play in any of the two major levels of German football, netting in the 90th minute for a 2–1 home success over SV Darmstadt 98.[9]

Coltorti's maiden appearance in the Bundesliga took place on 1 April 2017, as the 36-year-old was in goal during the 4–0 home win against Darmstadt.[10]

International career[edit]

Coltorti was called up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup despite having only one cap for the Swiss national team, gained in a friendly with Scotland on 1 March 2006.[11]

He also appeared twice for the under-21 team.


  1. ^ "Coltorti ficha por el Racing" [Coltorti signs for Racing] (in Spanish). UEFA.com. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "El Sevilla toma aire" [Sevilla breathes]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 22 December 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Coltorti salva; Tchité desespera" [Coltorti saves; Tchité despairs]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 25 March 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Coltorti se compromete un año con el Lausana" [Coltorti commits to Lausanne for one year]. Marca (in Spanish). 16 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Coltorti verteidigt Sieg mit gebrochenem Finger" [Coltorti defends win with broken finger]. Tages-Anzeiger (in German). 9 April 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Coltorti geht nach Deutschland" [Coltorti goes to Germany] (in German). UEFA.com. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "RB Leipzig schreibt mit Aufstieg Geschichte" [RB Leipzig makes history with promotion]. Die Welt (in German). 3 May 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "RB Leipzig-Torhüter Coltorti fällt mit Knieverletzung lange aus" [RB Leipzig goalkeeper Coltorti out for several months with knee injury]. Die Welt (in German). 22 July 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Leipzigs Torwart Coltorti schreibt Geschichte" [Leipzig goalkeeper Coltorti makes history] (in German). T-Online. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "AllerHAND! Illegales Tor von Keita" [Crass! Keita's goal should not have stood]. Bild (in German). 1 April 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "New boys enter Swiss fray". UEFA.com. 22 February 2006. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 

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