Ivan Pelizzoli

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Ivan Pelizzoli
Pelizzoli while playing for Lokomotiv Moscow
Personal information
Full name Ivan Pelizzoli
Date of birth (1980-11-18) 18 November 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Bergamo, Italy
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 27
Youth career
1997–1999 Atalanta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Atalanta 30 (0)
1999–2000 Triestina (loan) 23 (0)
2001–2005 Roma 73 (0)
2005–2007 Reggina 41 (0)
2007–2010 Lokomotiv Moscow 20 (0)
2009–2010 AlbinoLeffe (loan) 23 (0)
2010–2011 Cagliari 1 (0)
2011–2012 Padova 18 (0)
2012–2014 Pescara 31 (0)
2014–2016 Virtus Entella 11 (0)
2016 Vicenza 1 (0)
2016– Piacenza 0 (0)
National team
1998 Italy U-17 1 (0)
2000–2002 Italy U-21 11 (0)
2004 Italy Olympic 6 (0)
2003–2004 Italy 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 November 2016.

Ivan Pelizzoli (born 18 November 1980) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as goalkeeper for Piacenza in Italy's Lega Pro.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After playing for Atalanta B.C. and Triestina from 1997 to 2000, he made his Serie A debut with Atalanta on 5 November 2000, during the 2000–01 season; the promising goalkeeper soon emerged to prominence, overtaking Alberto Fontana and Davide Pinato as the club's starting goalkeeper, and was initially considered by the media to be one of the best young goalkeepers in Italy.[1]


In the following summer he was signed by 2001 Italian champions A.S. Roma for 33,000 million lire in 5-year contract, worth 3,372.2 million lire per season, (signed in June 2001; ~€17,043,078 transfer fee and €1.742 million wage;[1] paid via 27,000 million lire cash and Alessandro Rinaldi), winning the Supercoppa Italiana in his first season.[2] He was initially a backup to Francesco Antonioli, but midway through the 2002–03 Serie A season, he became the club's first choice goalkeeper under Fabio Capello, helping Roma to reach the 2003 Coppa Italia final. During the 2003–04 Serie A season, Pelizzoli conceded the least goals in the entire Serie A behind a defensive force which consisted mainly of Cristian Panucci, Walter Samuel, Christian Chivu and Vincent Candela, as Roma finished the season in second place; during the season, he also managed what is currently the 5th longest consecutive run without conceding a goal in Serie A, setting a 774-minute unbeaten streak.[3] Despite his performances, he was not picked for the Euro 2004 (although he was included in the Italian Olympic squad instead, helping the team to a bronze medal), but looked set to become a long-term first choice in Roma. However, his subsequent unstable performances gave Gianluca Curci and Carlo Zotti the chance to play during the 2004–05 Serie A season.[1]


Due to his lack of competitive action, he signed for Reggina Calcio 2005 in co-ownership deal for a peppercorn fee of €500 to compete with Nicola Pavarini for first choice goalkeeper.[1] Reggina pinned their hopes on Pelizzoli regaining his spectacular form from the 2003–04 season, but he could not really find his feet in Reggina, though he played his part in keeping the team in the top-flight division. In June 2006 Roma gave up the remain 50% registration rights to Reggina for free.[4]

Lokomotiv Moscow[edit]

On 31 January 2007, Pelizzoli was captured by FC Lokomotiv Moscow, signing him on with a 3-year contract.[1] In his first season, he had compete for a first team place with Eldin Jakupović, and in his second season with Ivan Levenets and Marek Čech, demoting him to the 4th choice goalkeeper.


On 31 August 2009, Lokomotiv Moscow loaned Ivan to the Serie B club U.C. AlbinoLeffe for one season, with Eldin Jakupović returning to Moscow.[5] Pelizzoli was brought in as AlbinoLeffe's goalkeepers only had Serie C1 experience, namely Stefano Layeni, Daniel Offredi and Paolo Branduani. He made his team debut on 19 September 2009. After played 3 games in September, he was out-favored and lost his place in both first choice and on the bench. Pelizzoli re-gained his regular place since November.


In August 2010, Pelizolli joined Cagliari Calcio.[6] He hinted he would take on an understudy role in the Sardinian club.[7]


In August 2012, Pescara acquired Pelizzoli as a back-up to Mattia Perin.[1]

International career[edit]

Pelizzoli made his senior international debut with Italy in 2003, making 2 caps in total between 2003 and 2004. He was one of three over-age players representing Italy at the 2004 Summer Olympics, ahead of Marco Amelia, as first choice goalkeeper, winning a Bronze medal. He also played at 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, ahead of Generoso Rossi and Vitangelo Spadavecchia as first choice, where Italy reached the semi-finals.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

International appearances and goals
# Date Venue Opponent Result Goal Competition
1. 30 April 2003 Geneva, Switzerland   Switzerland 2–1 0 Friendly
1. 12 August 2004 Volos, Greece Ghana Ghana 2–2 0 2004 Olympics (Italy U23)
2. 15 August 2004 Volos, Greece Japan Japan 3–2 0 2004 Olympics (Italy U23)
3. 18 August 2004 Piraeus, Greece Paraguay Paraguay 0–1 0 2004 Olympics (Italy U23)
4. 21 August 2004 Piraeus, Greece Mali Mali 1–0 (AET) 0 2004 Olympics (Italy U23)
5. 24 August 2004 Piraeus, Greece Argentina Argentina 0–3 0 2004 Olympics (Italy U23)
6. 27 August 2004 Thessaloniki, Greece Iraq Iraq 1–0 0 2004 Olympics (Italy U23)
2. 17 November 2004 Messina, Italy Finland Finland 1–0 0 Friendly





  1. ^ a b c d e f Antonio Labbate (22 January 2013). "Pelizzoli fall a lesson for Perin". Football Italia. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  2. ^ AS Roma SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2001 (Italian)
  3. ^ DANIELLA MATAR (25 February 2016). "Buffon closing in on record in double-header against Inter". Yahoo. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.asroma.it/pdf/corporate/bilanci_e_relazioni/2006-11-06_bilancio_di_esercizio_al_30_giugno_2006.pdf
  5. ^ "Doppio colpo: Pelizzoli e Grossi" (in Italian). UC AlbinoLeffe. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "ITALY/ OFFICIAL, Pelizzoli is a Cagliari player". FootballPress.net. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "New Cagliari keeper Pelizzoli hints Marchetti set to leave". Tribal Football. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Convocazioni e presenze in campo: Ivan Pelizzoli" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "I. Pelizzoli". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 

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