Francesco Benussi

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Francesco Benussi
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Personal information
Date of birth (1981-10-15) 15 October 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Mestre, Italy
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1
Youth career
1998–1999 Venezia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Venezia 55 (0)
2000–2001 Lumezzane (loan) 18 (0)
2001–2002 Ascoli (loan) 2 (0)
2003 Arezzo (loan) 14 (0)
2005–2010 Lecce 93 (0)
2007 Siena (loan) 0 (0)
2009–2010 Livorno (loan) 5 (0)
2010–2013 Palermo 13 (0)
2012 Torino (loan) 18 (0)
2013–2014 Udinese 0 (0)
2014–2015 Verona 16 (0)
2015–2016 Carpi 4 (0)
2016– Vicenza 12 (0)
National team
1999–2000 Italy U18 6 (0)
2000–2001 Italy U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2016.

Francesco Benussi (born 15 October 1981) is an Italian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Vicenza.

Club career[edit]


Benussi started his career at Venezia, After he made his team debut in 1999–2000 season. He was loaned to Serie C1 clubs likes Lumezzane and Ascoli. After played as a backup of Giovanni Indiveri, he returned to Venice and played as a backup of Salvatore Soviero before left on loan again for Arezzo of Serie C1. Benussi became first choice after Soviero departed for Reggina.


After Venezia bankruptcy and relegated, Benussi was signed by Lecce, as first a backup to Vincenzo Sicignano in August 2005. But due to injury of Sicignano, he played 15 Serie A games. Lecce failed to protect her place in Serie A, and saw Sicignano left the club. Benussi became the first choice at the start of 2004–05 season, before left on loan to A.C. Siena as player exchange with Nicola Pavarini. At Siena, he failed to challenge Alex Manninger for the first choice, and Siena has not decided to bought Benussi outright.

Returned to Lecce for another Serie B season, his first choice place was challenged by Antonio Rosati but Benussi played 23 Serie B games and all 4 promotion playoffs, to win promotion for the Apulia club in June 2008.


On 12 August 2009 Livorno have signed the goalkeeper on loan from U.S. Lecce. He played as an unused substitute on 9 August, in the Coppa Italia match that Lecce won 4–0 over Vico Equense.[1]

On 25 October 2009, he played his first match for Livorno, substituted Nico Pulzetti after goalkeeper Alfonso De Lucia was sent off. He played as starter in the subsequent 3 league matches and 2 Coppa Italia games.

Palermo and loan to Torino[edit]

On 1 February 2010 Benussi agreed for a loan transfer to Palermo, with Rubinho making the opposite move, reunited with former Venezia owner Maurizio Zamparini.[2] After Palermo signed Giacomo Brichetto permanently, Benussi also signed permanently from Lecce a week later, on 22 July 2010. He signed a 3-year contract.[3]

Constantly a second choice behind Italian international Salvatore Sirigu, Benussi has since played only at UEFA Europa League level during his period while at Palermo. Initially confirmed as second goalkeeper following the departure of Sirigu to Paris Saint-Germain F.C. and the signing of Greek international Alexandros Tzorvas as a replacement, he successively became the first choice under new head coaches Devis Mangia and Bortolo Mutti. Following the acquisition of Italy international Emiliano Viviano, Palermo opted to send Benussi on loan to Torino in the Serie B league.[4]


On 24 July 2013, his contract with Palermo was cancelled[5] and he moved to Udinese.


On 30 August 2014 Benussi was signed by Hellas Verona F.C..[6]


On 9 July 2015 Benussi was signed by Serie A newcomer Carpi F.C. 1909.[7] On 27 January 2016 Benussi was released.[8]


Benussi joined Vicenza Calcio in a ½+1 year contract on 27 January 2016 on a free transfer.[9] He received no.1 shirt from departing Richard Marcone.

International career[edit]

Benussi has been capped for the Italy U20 side in 2000 at the Toulon Tournament, behind Generoso Rossi as 2nd choice goalkeeper. He played once at the tournament.




  1. ^ "Lecce 4 – Vico Equense 0" (in Italian). US Lecce. 9 August 2009. Archived from the original on 13 August 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Scambio di portieri con il Livorno Rubinho-Benussi" (in Italian). U.S. Città di Palermo. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "BENUSSI PRESO A TITOLO DEFINITIVO" (in Italian). U.S. Città di Palermo. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "BENUSSI IN PRESTITO AL TORINO" [BENUSSI ON LOAN TO TORINO]. U.S. Città di Palermo. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "RISOLUZIONE CONSENSUALE PER BENUSSI" (in Italian). U.S. Città di Palermo. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ufficiale: Francesco Benussi in gialloblù" (in Italian). Hellas Verona F.C. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "LE PRIME PAROLE IN BIANCOROSSO DI BENUSSI E WILCZEK" (in Italian). Carpi F.C. 1909. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Risoluzione contrattuale per Benussi" (in Italian). Carpi F.C. 1909. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Francesco Benussi in biancorosso" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 

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