Gianluca Pagliuca

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Gianluca Pagliuca
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Gianluca Pagliuca with Sampdoria in 1989
Personal information
Full name Gianluca Pagliuca
Date of birth (1966-12-18) 18 December 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Bologna, Italy
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1984–1986 Bologna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1994 Sampdoria 198 (0)
1994–1999 Internazionale 165 (0)
1999–2006 Bologna 248 (0)
2006–2007 Ascoli 23 (0)
Total 634 (0)
National team
1990–1998 Italy 39 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Gianluca Pagliuca (Italian pronunciation: [dʒanˈluka paʎˈʎuka]; born 18 December 1966 in Bologna) is a retired Italian football goalkeeper who is currently working as a commentator for Mediaset Premium. Throughout his career, he played for Sampdoria, Inter, Bologna, and Ascoli in Italy, winning several domestic and international trophies. At international level, he represented Italy at three FIFA World Cups (1990, 1994, and 1998), most notably reaching the 1994 World Cup final as Italy's starting goalkeeper.

An agile, consistent and athletic goalkeeper, with excellent reactions and positioning,[1][2] an accurate distribution of the ball[3][4] and good penalty-stopping abilities,[5] he is regarded by pundits as one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation,[6][7] and one of Italy's best ever goalkeepers.[8][9]

He is the third highest capped player (592 caps) and the best penalty-stopper (24 saves) in Serie A,[5] although other specialists like Júlio César and Samir Handanović have a higher success rate.[10]

Under coaches Sven-Göran Eriksson, Arrigo Sacchi and Roy Hodgson, who relied on high defensive lines, Pagliuca used to play as a sweeper-keeper.[11]

Club career[edit]

In his club career, Pagliuca has played for Sampdoria (1987–94), Internazionale (1994–99), Bologna (1999–2006), and Ascoli (2006–07). His most notable successes with Sampdoria include one Cup Winners' Cup and one Scudetto; he also reached a UEFA Champions League final, losign 1–0 to Barcelona in 1992, at Wembley.

In 1994 he moved from Sampdoria to Internazionale from a then world record fee for a goalkeeper of £7 million. With the nerazzurri he reached two consecutive UEFA Cup finals, losing the first one against Schalke 04 in 1997 and winning the second one in 1998, when he captained the side to a 3–0 win over Lazio. Pagliuca left Inter in 1999, moving to his home town club, Bologna, after the former Juventus boss Marcello Lippi took charge of Inter and signed Peruzzi from his former club.

After Bologna relegated to Serie B in 2004/2005, Pagliuca stayed with the club for one more season; then he returned to Serie A, accepting a contract with Ascoli for one year starting in summer of 2006. He retired at the end of the season, along with fellow Italian goalkeeper and former national teammate Angelo Peruzzi.

On 17 September 2006, Pagliuca set the record for most Serie A appearances for a goalkeeper, overtaking Dino Zoff, as he started against Messina.[12]

International career[edit]

After taking part in the 1990 World Cup without playing a minute, Pagliuca overtook Walter Zenga, Stefano Tacconi and Luca Marchegiani, becoming first choice goalkeeper for Italy at the 1994 World Cup. He received the dubious honour of being the first goalkeeper to be sent off in a World Cup match, when he was dismissed for handling outside his area against Norway. However, he returned after suspension to feature from the quarter-finals onwards with his team losing to Brazil in a penalty shootout. Despite the loss, Pagliuca became the first ever goalkeeper to save a penalty from a shootout in a World Cup final, denying Marcio Santos his shot.

In 1995, Pagliuca's international career was halted by the emergence of Juventus goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi, and it would be 2 years before he returned to the Italy squad. Pagliuca would have taken part to the 1998 World Cup only as a back-up, but he earned the starting spot because of a last-minute injury to Peruzzi. He made one of the saves of the tournament, again against Norway, when he shot out a hand to prevent Tore André Flo's point-blank header from netting. However, Italy lost against host country France in the quarter-final after the penalty shootout, even though Pagliuca blocked Bixente Lizarazu's shot.

After the tournament, the emergence of fellow keepers Francesco Toldo and Gianluigi Buffon put an end to Pagliuca's international career on 39 caps.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1986/87 Sampdoria Serie A 0 0
1987/88 2 -1
1988/89 33 -25
1989/90 34 -26
1990/91 32 -22
1991/92 34 -31
1992/93 29 -39
1993/94 34 -39
1994/95 Internazionale Serie A 34 -34
1995/96 34 -30
1996/97 34 -35
1997/98 34 -26
1998/99 29 -40
1999/00 Bologna Serie A 32 -39
2000/01 34 -53
2001/02 34 -40
2002/03 34 -47
2003/04 34 -53
2004/05 38 -36
2005/06 Serie B 42 -42
2006/07 Ascoli Serie A 23 -38
Country Italy 634 -698 0
Total 634[13] -698[13]
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1991 3 -2
1992 3 -1
1993 8 -4
1994 13 -9
1995 3 -2
1996 0 0
1997 3 -5
1998 6 -4
Total 39[14] -27[14]



U.C. Sampdoria
F.C. Internazionale Milano


Italy National Football Team


F.C. Internazionale Milano
Bologna F.C.


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5th Class/Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 1991[15]


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  2. ^ "Del Piero Pagliuca, i puniti di Casa Italia". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Vialli Rambo, Tarzan Pagliuca: ecco la nazionale della Forza". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "PAGLIUCA, Gianluca". Enciclopedia Treccani. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Rigori, riparte la sfida degli infallibili". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Buffon miglior portiere degli ultimi 25 anni". la Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "IFFHS' World's Best Goalkeeper of the Year 1998". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "IFFHS' Century Elections - Europe - Keeper of the Century". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Pagliuca, il numero 1 viaggia in 500". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 21 September 2003. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Handa-Julio, intreccio lungo 11 metri". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 25 April 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Portieri, anche i piedi hanno le ali". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 28 June 1993. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  12. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Pagliuca sets new Serie A record
  13. ^ a b "Gianluca Pagliuca - Presenze e reti in campionato". (in Italian). Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Gianluca Pagliuca - Presenze e reti in Nazionale". (in Italian). Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Onoreficenze". (in Italian). 30 September 1991. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 

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