Giuliano Giuliani

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Giuliano Giuliani
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-09-29)29 September 1958
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Date of death 14 November 1996(1996-11-14) (aged 38)
Place of death Bologna, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1980 Arezzo 52 (0)
1980–1985 Como 135 (0)
1985–1988 Verona 86 (0)
1988–1990 Napoli 64 (0)
1990–1993 Udinese 76 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Giuliano Giuliani (born 29 September 1958 in Rome; died 14 November 1996 in Bologna)[1] was an Italian professional football player who played as a goalkeeper.[1]

Club career[edit]

Giuliani developed in the Arezzo youth sector and later made his professional debut with the senior squad. He made his Serie A debut during the 1980–81 season with Como. In 1985, he moved to Verona and in 1988 he moved to Maradona's Napoli, where he achieved notable success and recognition due to his performances; with the club, he won an UEFA Cup (1988–89) and a Serie A title (1989–90). He later moved to Udinese in 1990, where he ended his career, retiring from professional football in 1993.[1]

International career[edit]

Giuliani represented Italy at the 1988 Summer Olympics, where the team finished in fourth place after reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.[1]

Style of play[edit]

Giuliani was known to be an efficient rather than spectacular goalkeeper, with a good all-round game and few weaknesses, being adept both in his shot-stopping between the posts and at rushing off his line, and often produced decisive saves throughout his career. Although he was known for his reserved character, he also excelled at organising his team's defensive line.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Giuliani was married to the Italian showgirl and television personality Raffaella Del Rosario. The couple met in 1987 and were wed in 1988; together they had a daughter, Gessica, born in 1989.[3]

Giuliani believed that he contracted the HIV virus in 1989 in Buenos Aires during Diego Maradona's wedding party on 7 November. There he met a woman – possibly a prostitute – whom he believed had infected him; in 1991 Giuliani confided to his wife that he had betrayed her only on that one occasion. The news of his illness was leaked by the media in 1992, and there were initially rumours in the press that his disease was related to drug use, which were later discredited however. He subsequently retired to Bologna in 1993, where he ran a clothing store and received treatment for the disease. Although he and his wife had initially separated 1991, Del Rosario later tended to Giuliani throughout his illness. Giuliani died from a pulmonary complications which arose as a result of AIDS on 14 November 1996, at the Policlinico Sant'Orsola-Malpighi in Bologna.[2][3]





  1. ^ a b c d e Fulvio Bufi; Domenico Pecile (16 November 1996). "Giuliani, dallo sucdetto all' Aids" [Giuliani, from the title to AIDS]. (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b Diego Mariottini (5 April 2018). "GIULIANO GIULIANI, il prezzo di un errore" (in Italian). Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Mio marito è morto di Aids e il calcio l'ha dimenticato per paura" (in Italian). Retrieved 13 February 2015.