Marchegiani in 2003
|Full name||Luca Marchegiani|
|Date of birth||February 22, 1966|
|Place of birth||Ancona, Italy|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1985–1986||→ Aurora Latini (loan)||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Luca Marchegiani (Italian pronunciation: [ˈluka markeˈdʒani]; born 22 February 1966) is an Italian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He represented the Italian national team in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where they reached the final.
After beginning his professional career with Jesi in 1986, for one season in the lower divisions, and subsequently Brescia for a season, in Serie B, Marchegiani spent the majority of his career at Torino FC and SS Lazio. With Torino (1988–1993), he won a the Coppa Italia in 1993, and a Serie B title and a Mitropa Cup in 1991, earning promotion to Serie A; he also finished runner-up in the 1993 Supercoppa Italiana and the 1991–92 UEFA Cup, and managed a third-place finish in Serie A during the 1991–92 season, whilst playing for the club.
At one point in his career, Marchegiani was the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, when he joined Lazio from Torino in 1993 for £6m; during this period he was regarded as one of the best and most reliable goalkeepers in Italy and in world football, and was known in particular for his agility, reactions, and his speed when rushing off his line. Although initially he was not particularly adept with the ball at his feet, he worked greatly to improve this aspect of his game, and his distribution and ball skills improved greatly throughout his career. He was also remembered for his professionalism, as well as his dedication. During his time with Lazio he won the Serie A, two Italian Cups, two Italian Supercups, an UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and an UEFA Super Cup, also reaching another UEFA Cup Final in 1998. In 2003 he moved to and ended his playing career at Chievo Verona, where he remained until retiring in 2005.
Marchegiani played for Italy national football team on 9 occasions between 1991 and 1999, and was a participant at the 1994 FIFA World Cup under manager Arrigo Sacchi, where, despite being Italy's second choice keeper, he played in three matches, including two in the group phase. His first appearance was as a substitute against Norway, following the sending off of first choice Gianluca Pagliuca, coming on for Roberto Baggio, and helping the 10-man Italian squad to keep a clean sheet and win the match 1–0. He also appeared in the final group match against Mexico (a 1–1 draw), and in the round of 16 2–1 extra-time victory over Nigeria. Italy reached the final where they lost to Brazil on penalties.
Marchegiani currently works as a pundit for Sky Italia. He features in the Pro Evolution Soccer series from the 2012 edition as technical commentator, with Pierluigi Pardo until the 2014 edition, and with Fabio Caressa from the 2015 edition.
- Serie B: 1990–91
- Coppa Italia: 1992–93
- Mitropa Cup: 1991
- UEFA Cup: 1991–92 (Runner-up)
- Supercoppa Italiana: 1993 (Runner-up)
- Serie A: 1999–00
- Coppa Italia: 1997–98, 1999–2000
- Supercoppa Italiana: 1998, 2000
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1998–99
- UEFA Super Cup: 1999
- UEFA Cup: 1997–98 (Runner-up)
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