Luca Bucci

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Luca Bucci
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-03-13) 13 March 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Bologna, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1984–1986 Parma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Parma 1 (0)
1987 Pro Patria 1 (0)
1987–1988 Rimini 1 (0)
1988–1990 Parma 4 (0)
1990–1992 Casertana 67 (0)
1992–1993 Reggiana 36 (0)
1993–1997 Parma 95 (0)
1997 Perugia 17 (0)
1997–2003 Torino 160 (0)
2003–2004 Empoli 17 (0)
2005–2008 Parma 81 (0)
2009 Napoli 1 (0)
Total 464 (0)
National team
1994–1995 Italy 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Luca Bucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈluːka ˈbuttʃi]; born 13 March 1969) is a retired Italian football goalkeeper. Bucci played for several Italian clubs throughout his career; he is mostly remembered for his successful spell with Parma, where he won various domestic and European titles. At international level, he represented the Italy national football team, and was an unused member of the team that reached the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, and a reserve goalkeeper for Italy at UEFA Euro 1996.

Club career[edit]

Born in Bologna, Bucci spent a few years in the third and second levels (winning the 1992–93 Serie B title with Reggiana). He made his Serie A debut playing for Parma, in a league match against Udinese on 29 August 1993. He soon achieved prominence during a particularly successful stint with the club, winning an UEFA Supercup in 1993, and an UEFA Cup in 1995; he also received runners-up medals in the Coppa Italia, in the Cup Winners' Cup, in the Supercoppa Italiana, and in Serie A with the club. Bucci was the starting keeper for Parma when they won the UEFA cup in 1995. At Parma, however, Bucci was soon overtaken by the emergence of 18-year-old Primavera keeper Gianluigi Buffon during the 1996–97 season. Bucci started the season as the starting keeper for the first seven games. After dispute with the first time coach Carlos and emergence of Buffon, moved Bucci to leave the team in order to play more regularly.[2][3]

After playing six months for Perugia, Bucci joined second division's Torino in 1997, later gaining promotion to Serie A throughout his time with the Turin club after winning the 2000–01 Serie B title with the club, and remaining with the granata for six seasons, until his contract expired. He then decided to join Empoli. However, he only managed to play in half of the games, while the club was eventually relegated, with Bucci leaving at the end of season.[2][3]

After six months without a club, Bucci moved back to Parma in January 2005 to replace Gianluca Berti who left for Torino,[4] initially as a reserve goalkeeper. He was the first choice after Sébastien Frey’s departure, ahead of Cristiano Lupatelli and Matteo Guardalben in the 2005–06 season, Alfonso De Lucia and Fabio Virgili in the 2006–07 season, Nicola Pavarini and Radek Petr in the 2007–08 season. After Parma's relegated he was released in June 2008.[2][3]

After another seven months as a free agent, he joined Napoli, following an injury crisis that hit the club.[5] He made his debut with Napoli on 19 April, in a 2–0 away loss to Cagliari,[6] becoming the fifth goalkeeper to be used by the azzurri in the 2008–09 season (the other four being Gennaro Iezzo, Nicolás Navarro, Matteo Gianello and Luigi Sepe).[3][7]

International career[edit]

Uncapped, Bucci was called by Italy manager Arrigo Sacchi as Italy's third goalkeeper for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, behind Gianluca Pagliuca and Luca Marchegiani, making no appearances. Italy finished the tournament in second place, after losing on penalties in the final against Brazil. He would make his full debut on 21 December of that year, appearing in a 3–1 friendly win over Turkey. He was also a back-up goalkeeper for Italy at UEFA Euro 1996. In total, Bucci made three senior appearances for Italy between 1994 and 1996.[8]

Style of play[edit]

In spite of his relatively short stature for a goalkeeper,[9] Bucci was a reliable and physically strong keeper,[10] who was known for his consistency, athleticism, explosiveness, agility, and acrobatic style of play;[10][11] although he had a reserved character, he was a confident and resolute goalkeeper.[12][13][14][15] Throughout his career, he was highly regarded for his speed when rushing off his line to anticipate strikers outside the area who had beaten the offside trap, and for his ability to get to ground quickly to collect or parry the ball,[16][17] and was also effective at stopping penalties.[13] Furthermore, Bucci was highly competent with the ball at his feet, and often functioned as a sweeper-keeper in teams which relied on a zonal marking system and high defensive lines. Due to his distribution, he was also capable of starting plays and launching attacks from the back.[10][12][16][18][19]

Post-playing career[edit]

After the 2008–09 season, Bucci decided to retire from professional football and became a youth team goalkeeper coach at Parma.[3][20] In 2015, he joined Bologna as the club's goalkeeping coach, under his former Parma manager Roberto Donadoni.[21]


Parma F.C.[22]
Torino F.C.[22]


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  3. ^ a b c d e Benedetto Ferrara (17 June 2009). "Bucci si sfila i guanti Se non ci fosse stato Buffon..." (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Bucci answers Parma call". 20 January 2005. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Luca Bucci si allenerà a Castelvolturno col Napoli" [Luca Bucci to train at Castelvolturno with Napoli] (in Italian). SSC Napoli. 5 February 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Cagliari spettacolo, Jeda-Lazzari e il Napoli è ko" (in Italian). Datasport. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2009.[permanent dead link]
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  8. ^ "Nazionale in cifre: Bucci, Luca". (in Italian). FIGC. Archived from the original on 24 May 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  9. ^ Roberto Beccantini (10 October 1995). "Il solito stellone di Sacchi" (in Italian). La Stampa. p. 31. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  10. ^ a b c "Sarti vota Marchegiani" (in Italian). La Stampa. 26 February 1995. p. 41. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  11. ^ Stefano Tacconi (10 October 1995). "Le pagelle di Tacconi" [Tacconi's report cards] (in Italian). La Stampa. p. 29. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  12. ^ a b EMILIO MARRESE (20 October 1994). "SCALA HA FRETTA DI GOL" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  13. ^ a b CORRADO SANNUCCI (31 March 1994). "' PORTATE BUCCI AI MONDIALI'" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  14. ^ Bruno Bernardi (31 March 1994). "Sala a Sacchi: "Prenditi Bucci"" (in Italian). La Stampa. p. 36. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  15. ^ Michele Ferrero (6 August 2007). "Uomini soli" (in Italian). Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  16. ^ a b EMILIO MARRESE (15 August 1993). "PECCHIA, SARA' FAMOSO?" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  17. ^ Bramardo Francesco; Giuseppe Calvi; Franco Cirici (6 March 2000). "Bucci: "Salvo il Toro e poi penserò a chi mi ha accusato"" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  18. ^ ""Maglia Azzurra Stregata"" (in Italian). La Stampa. 10 October 1995. p. 31. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  19. ^ Marco Ansaldo (26 February 1995). "Peruzzi. La mia sfida con Zenga". La Stampa (in Italian). p. 33.
  20. ^ "Settore Giovanile Organigramma". Parma FC (in Italian). Archived from the original on 29 September 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  21. ^ "Prima squadra" (in Italian). Bologna F.C. 1909. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  22. ^ a b c "Luca Bucci" (in French). Eurosport. Retrieved 16 December 2015.

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