Gianluca Savoldi

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Gianluca Savoldi
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-09-20) 20 September 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Bologna, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Palazzolo 29 (3)
1994–1995 Pergocrema 27 (5)
1995–1996 Cecina 28 (11)
1996–1998 Pisa 56 (17)
1998–1999 Saronno 18 (3)
1999 Ascoli 13 (3)
1999–2000 Pisa 32 (11)
2000–2001 Cosenza 9 (0)
2001–2003 Reggina 62 (20)
2003–2004 Napoli 13 (2)
2004–2005 Crotone 8 (0)
2005 Venezia 10 (0)
2005–2006 Chiasso 11 (3)
2006 Avellino 3 (0)
2006–2007 Varese 9 (5)
2007–2008 Lecco 40 (16)
2008–2009 Monza 6 (0)
2009–2010 Colligiana 13 (3)
Total 387 (102)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gianluca Savoldi, born on 20 September 1975 in Bologna, Italy, is a retired Italian football striker.

Career[edit]

The son of once World record transferred player Giuseppe Savoldi, the young Gianluca decided to walk in his father's footsteps. Albeit a decent striker on semi-professional level, Savoldi could not step ut to the plate when joining Ascoli in the late 1990s, but played good enough at Cosenza to be discovered by nearby Reggina, the club looking for a striker, having been relegated to Serie B and lost Massimo Marazzina.

Savoldi's first season with Reggina was the most successful of his career, the 25-year-old propelling Reggina to Serie A with 15 goals. His partnership with Davide Dionigi played its part in the success, as Reggina was among the highest-scoring teams in the league. Savoldi did only play one season in Serie A, however, with his performance at the highest level not considered as good enough by Reggina's management, prompting a sale to Serie B club Napoli, where he rejoined Dionigi. Napoli was the club that paid the World record-fee for his father, and therefore the expectations were high on Savoldi, who once again failed to deliver. Napoli was closer to relegation than promotion, and Savoldi was sold to Crotone, which was the beginning of the end of his career in the big time.

Savoldi spent the following six seasons in smaller clubs, some professional, others in a semi-professional mode. He also moved north of the border to try his wings in second division Swiss football, but his time with Chiasso was not a successful one.

Sources[edit]

Gianluca Savoldi - Tuttocalciatori.net (Italian)