Gianluca Pagliuca

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Gianluca Pagliuca
Gianluca Pagliuca.jpg
Gianluca Pagliuca with Sampdoria in 1989
Personal information
Full name Gianluca Pagliuca
Date of birth (1966-12-18) 18 December 1966 (age 51)[1]
Place of birth Bologna, Italy[1]
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
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
1989 Italy U21[2] 1 (0)
1996 Olympic Italy[2] 3 (0)
1990–1998 Italy 39 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gianluca Pagliuca (Italian pronunciation: [dʒanˈluːka paʎˈʎuːka]; born 18 December 1966) is an Italian football coach and former professional goalkeeper.

He is regarded by pundits as one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation,[3][4][5] and one of Italy's best keepers ever.[6][7][8] Throughout his career, he played for Sampdoria, Inter, Bologna, and Ascoli in Italy, winning several domestic and international trophies.[1] 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.

He is the fifth highest capped player (592 caps), and the best penalty-stopper (24 saves) in Serie A,[9] although other specialists such as Júlio César and Samir Handanović have a higher success rate.[10]

Club career[edit]

Pagliuca was born in Bologna. In his club career, he 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, losing 1–0 to Barcelona in 1992, at Wembley, in spite of his impressive performance.[11]

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 Angelo Peruzzi from his former club.[12][13]

After Bologna were relegated to Serie B in 2004–05, despite Pagliuca's outstanding season,[14] he stayed with the club for one more year; then he returned to Serie A, accepting a contract with Ascoli for one year starting in summer of 2006. On 17 September 2006, Pagliuca set the record for most Serie A appearances for a goalkeeper, overtaking Dino Zoff, as he started against Messina.[15] He retired at the end of the season.

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 under Arrigo Sacchi. 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.[16] 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.[17]

In 1995, Pagliuca's international career was halted by the emergence of Juventus goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi, his perceived career rival,[13] and it would be 2 years before he returned to the Italy senior squad, although he took part at the Olympics with the under-21 side as an overage player in 1996.[18] Under Cesare Maldini, 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.[13] 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.[19] However, Italy lost against host country France in the quarter-final after the penalty shootout, even though Pagliuca blocked Bixente Lizarazu's shot.[20]

After the tournament, the emergence of fellow keepers Francesco Toldo and Gianluigi Buffon (who were, themselves, Pagliuca's deputies in the 1998 World Cup), along with Peruzzi's recovery from his injury, put an end to Pagliuca's international career on 39 caps.[13]

Style of play[edit]

An agile, consistent and athletic goalkeeper,[21][22] Pagliuca was renowned for his excellent reactions,[21][22] diving saves,[23] and penalty-stopping abilities,[9] as well as his control of the ball, accurate distribution, and deep goal kicks with his left foot.[21][22][24][25][26][27] In addition to being very gifted acrobatics-wise, he also possessed a good positional sense.[28][29] Although he was capable of coming off the line to handle crosses, he performed better between the posts.[30] Nicknamed The Wall,[31][32] due to his goalkeeping abilities and consistency,[33] he also distinguished himself by his strong temper,[30][34] which occasionally had a negative impact on his performances, when he let his emotions get the better of him.[35][36][37][38][39]

Under coaches Sven-Göran Eriksson and Arrigo Sacchi, who relied on high defensive lines, Pagliuca used to play as a sweeper-keeper.[40][41] Known for his dedication, physical conditioning, and work-rate, Pagliuca also stood out for his ability to avoid injury and longevity throughout his career.[42][43][44]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
Sampdoria 1986–87 Serie A 0 0
1987–88 2 0
1988–89 33 0
1989–90 34 0
1990–91 32 0
1991–92 34 0
1992–93 29 0
1993–94 34 0
Internazionale 1994–95 Serie A 34 0
1995–96 34 0
1996–97 34 0
1997–98 34 0
1998–99 29 0
Bologna 1999–00 Serie A 32 0
2000–01 34 0
2001–02 34 0
2002–03 34 0
2003–04 34 0
2004–05 38 0
2005–06 Serie B 42 0
Ascoli 2006–07 Serie A 23 0
Country Italy 634 0
Career total 634[45] 0[45]

International[edit]

Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1991 3 0
1992 3 0
1993 8 0
1994 13 0
1995 3 0
1996 0 0
1997 3 0
1998 6 0
Total 39[2] 0[2]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

U.C. Sampdoria[46]
F.C. Internazionale Milano[46]

International[edit]

Italy[47]

Individual[edit]

F.C. Internazionale Milano[48]
  • Pirata d'Oro (Internazionale Player Of The Year): 1995[49]
Bologna F.C.[48]
  • Guerin d'Oro: 2004–05

Orders[edit]

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5th Class/Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 1991[50]

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