Fabio Cudicini

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Fabio Cudicini
Personal information
Full name Fabio Cudicini
Date of birth (1935-10-20) 20 October 1935 (age 81)
Place of birth Trieste, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1950–1953 Ponziana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1955 Ponziana 0 (0)
1955–1958 Udinese 30 (0)
1958–1966 A.S. Roma 165 (0)
1966–1967 Brescia 18 (0)
1967–1972 A.C. Milan 127 (0)
Total 340 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Fabio Cudicini (born 20 October 1935) is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper from 1955 to 1973. With his 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) he was one of the tallest goalkeepers of his time. He is also regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, and as one of Italy's best ever goalkeepers.[1] Cudicini is mostly remembered for his highly successful and dominant stint with A.C. Milan, and he is one of the most celebrated goalkeepers in the club's history, helping them win the 1969 European Cup Final in particular.[2][3][4][2][3]

Club career[edit]

Born in Trieste, Cudicini played for Milan from 1967–73, making 183 appearances, and achieving notable domestic and international success; with the club, he won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1968, the European Cup in 1969, and the Intercontinental Cup in 1969, as well as the Serie A in 1968, and the Coppa Italia in 1972. He had previously also played for Udinese (1955–58), Roma (1958–66) and Brescia (1966–67). With Roma he won a Coppa Italia in 1964, and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1960–61.

International career[edit]

Despite his club achievements, Cudicini never played for the Italian national team, mainly because of the contemporary presence of several other notable players in his role such as Dino Zoff, Lorenzo Buffon and Enrico Albertosi.[2][3][4][1]

Style of play[edit]

A spectacular and athletic goalkeeper, who is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, and as one of Italy's and Milan's greatest ever goalkeepers,[1] Cudicini was known for his agility, reactions, and shot-stopping ability as a goalkeeper, as well as his tall, slender build and long limbs. He frequently wore all-black goalkeeping attire, which along with his goalkeeping abilities, earned him the nickname Il Ragno Nero ('The Black Spider'), which also belonged to Lev Yashin.[2][3][5]

Personal life[edit]

Fabio Cudicini is the father of former Chelsea, Tottenham, and Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.[1] He is also the son of ex Ponziana Trieste defender Guglielmo Cudicini (deceased).





  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "FABIO CUDICINI NELLA TELA DEL "RAGNO NERO"" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Fabio CUDICINI: "Il Ragno Nero"" (in Italian). Maglia Rossonera. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "A.C. Milan Hall of Fame: Fabio Cudicini". A.C. Milan. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "FABIO CUDICINI". The Independent. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Malcolm Folley (28 April 2002). "Escape from the 'Black Spider'". ESPN FC. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 

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