Padovano in a Cosenza shirt in 2008
|Date of birth||28 August 1966|
|Place of birth||Torino, Italy|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Padovano began his professional career at Asti T.S.C. in Serie C2, before short spells at Cosenza, Pisa, Napoli and Genoa. He then signed for Reggiana; his performances there caught the eye of Juventus manager Marcello Lippi, who signed him in the summer of 1995. With Juventus, he won the UEFA Champions League in 1996, in addition to other domestic and international titles, scoring a goal in the quarter-finals against Real Madrid, as well as a penalty during the shoot-out in the final against Ajax.
During his time with Juventus, Padovano was given his only cap for Italy by manager Cesare Maldini, who played him during the 3-0 home win over Moldova, on 29 March 1997. He came on after 68 minutes, replacing fellow debutant Christian Vieri.
Padovano was eventually placed in the reserves at Juventus. After a severe knee injury, Juventus sold him to Crystal Palace in November 1997 for £1.7 million. However Padovano struggled to adapt to the Premiership, hampered by injury and poor form. He scored just once against Leicester City in twelve appearances for the club. After falling out of favour at the south London club he was sold to Metz but failed to make an impression as once again he was injured and unable to play for some months. Metz were in financial difficulties and he later returned to Palace (who was then in receivership) in the 1999-2000 season to make a million-pound claim against the club's directors for lost wages.
- Serie C1: 1987–88
- Serie C1: 2000–01
- Supercoppa Italiana: 1995, 1997
- Serie A: 1996–97
- UEFA Champions League: 1995–96
- Intercontinental Cup: 1996
- UEFA Super Cup: 1996
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