Morgan De Sanctis

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Morgan De Sanctis
Morgan De Sanctis 2012.jpg
De Sanctis pictured in 2012
Personal information
Full name Morgan De Sanctis[1]
Date of birth (1977-03-26) 26 March 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Guardiagrele, Italy
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Monaco
Number 16
Youth career
Pescara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Pescara 74 (0)
1997–1999 Juventus 3 (0)
1999–2007 Udinese 194 (0)
2007–2009 Sevilla 8 (0)
2008–2009 Galatasaray (loan) 31 (0)
2009–2013 Napoli 147 (0)
2013–2016 Roma 71 (0)
2016–2017 Monaco 1 (0)
Total 529 (0)
National team
1994–1995 Italy U-18 8 (0)
1999–2000 Italy U-21 7 (0)
2005–2012 Italy 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:00, 7 December 2016 (UTC).

Morgan De Sanctis (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmorɡan dɛ ˈsantis]; born 26 March 1977) is a former Italian professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, last for Ligue 1 club Monaco.

Prior to joining Monaco in 2016, he played for several Italian clubs throughout his career; he began his career with Pescara, and later also played for Juventus, Udinese, Napoli, and Roma; he also had spells in Spain and Turkey with Sevilla and Galatasaray respectively.

At international level, he has represented the Italian national team, and was included in squads for the 2000 Summer Olympics, UEFA Euro 2008, the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After a three-year stint with Serie B side Pescara, De Sanctis became a reserve player for the Serie A giants Juventus, playing only three times in two seasons before joining Udinese in 1999 in a co-ownership deal along with Marco Zamboni, for 2.5 billion Lire (€1,291,142.25) each.[2][3] In May 2000, the deal became permanent, for 8 billion lire (€4,131,655),[3] as part of the deal that Juventus signed Marco Zanchi.[4]

Udinese[edit]

After three seasons also as a back-up for Luigi Turci, he finally managed to start in 2002–03 season. His contract was renewed on 10 November 2000, 18 October 2003 and 20 September 2005,[3] which his annual gross salary increased from €569,000 (€310,000 net) in 2003 to €623,000 (€350,000 net) in 2005, plus other bonuses, including a loyalty bonus since 2005, for €350,878 a season (€200,000 net).[3] He played all 6 group stage matches of the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, and reached round of 16 of the 2005–06 UEFA Cup.

Sevilla[edit]

On 8 June 2007, he unilaterally terminated his contract with Udinese, by mis-using Webster ruling.[3][5] He signed a four-year contract with Sevilla FC, worth €1,381,578.94 a season (€1.05 million in net).[3] Udinese submitted the case to FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber as Udinese and De Sanctis failed to agree the compensation. On 10 December 2009, the DRC awarded Udinese liable to receive €3,933,134 from De Sanctis, quoting Matuzalém's case as legal reference.[3] The case then appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and on 1 March 2011 awarded Udinese a sum of €2,250,055.[6]

Galatasaray (loan)[edit]

He was loaned out to Galatasaray for the 2008–09 season.[7] He played all the league and European matches since 31 August.[citation needed]

Napoli[edit]

On 24 July 2009, Napoli signed the goalkeeper from Sevilla FC on a four-year deal, for €1.5 million.[8][9]

Roma[edit]

On 25 July 2013, Roma signed De Sanctis on a two-year deal from Napoli, for a transfer fee of €500,000.[10][11] He had aided to Roma's perfect start to the Serie A season, keeping 9 clean sheets in the first 10 games, conceding just once as they topped the table on 30 points. On 5 January 2014, in a crucial match against Juventus, he conceded three goals for the first time of the season meaning that Roma were now 8 points behind Juventus at the top of the table. During the 2013–14 season, he went 745 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal in the Italian top-flight; he currently holds the joint seventh-highest unbeaten streak in Serie A, alongside Luca Marchegiani.

Monaco[edit]

On 13 July 2016, De Sanctis was signed by Monaco on a one-year deal.[12]

International career[edit]

At youth level, De Sanctis represented the Italy under-21 side on 7 occasions between 1999 and 2000,[13] and won the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship with the team.[14][15]

De Sanctis never became a regular in the Italian senior national team due to the consistency of Gianluigi Buffon, and therefore often served as a back-up keeper.[16][17] De Sanctis made his senior international debut for Italy on 30 March 2005, under manager Marcello Lippi, in a 0–0 friendly draw against Iceland.[14][15] Although he did not make Lippi's 23-man squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he was chosen as one of the four back-up players to be called up in the event of an injury to Buffon, Angelo Peruzzi or Marco Amelia,[18][19] After the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he secured a place as the team's number two goalkeeper to travel with the Italian squad to UEFA Euro 2008, under Roberto Donadoni,[20] as well as the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup[21] and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, under Lippi.[22] Although Buffon suffered an injury in the opening match of the latter tournament, De Sanctis did not feature in any matches, as Federico Marchetti was instead chosen to start; Italy were eliminated in the first round.[17][23]

The team's subsequent coach Cesare Prandelli preferred to include younger understudies, such as Antonio Mirante and Salvatore Sirigu, to Buffon, instead of De Sanctis.[17] However, after injury to Emiliano Viviano, De Sanctis returned to the squad as Buffon's back-up for UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches in September 2011,[17][24] and also appeared in Italy's 3–0 friendly win against Northern Ireland in Pescara on 11 October, three years after his last cap for Italy.[15][17] He eventually made the squad for the final tournament, but did not play, as Italy reached the final.[15][25] His final match for Italy came on 16 October 2012, in a 3–1 win over Denmark in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.[15] On 26 March 2013, the day of his 36th birthday, he announced that he would be retiring from international football after Italy's World Cup qualifier against Malta later that day.[15][16][26][27] In total, he made 6 appearances for Italy.[13]

Style of play[edit]

A reliable and commanding goalkeeper, known for his leadership from the back and vocal presence on the pitch, in his prime, De Sanctis was known in particular for his shot-stopping ability, positioning, handling, and speed when rushing off his line, and is regarded as one of the best Italian goalkeepers of his generation; he was also adept at stopping penalties.[28][29][30][31][32][33][34]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 26 April 2017[35][36]
Club Season League Cup1 Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pescara 1994–95 30 0 0 0 - - 30 0
1995–96 18 0 2 0 - - 20 0
1996–97 26 0 3 - - - 29 0
Total 74 0 5 0 0 0 79 0
Juventus 1997–98 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998–99 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Total 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Udinese 1999–00 7 0 1 0 2 0 10 0
2000–01 3 0 2 0 - - 5 0
2001–02 10 0 4 0 - - 14 0
2002–03 34 0 0 0 - - 34 0
2003–04 34 0 0 0 2 0 36 0
2004–05 36 0 4 0 2 0 42 0
2005–06 34 0 4 0 12 0 50 0
2006–07 36 0 3 0 - - 39 0
Total 194 0 18 0 18 0 230 0
Sevilla 2007–08 8 0 4 0 1 0 13 0
Total 8 0 4 0 1 0 13 0
Galatasaray 2008–09 31 0 0 0 10 0 41 0
Total 31 0 0 0 10 0 41 0
Napoli 2009–10 38 0 1 0 0 0 39 0
2010–11 38 0 1 0 10 0 49 0
2011–12 37 0 41 0 8 0 49 0
2012–13 34 0 2 0 2 0 38 0
Total 147 0 8 0 20 0 175 0
Roma 2013–14 36 0 3 0 0 0 39 0
2014–15 35 0 0 0 4 0 39 0
2015–16 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 71 0 3 0 5 0 79 0
Monaco 2016–17 1 0 5 0 2 0 8 0
Total 1 0 5 0 2 0 8 0
Career total 529 0 43 0 56 0 632 0

1Includes Supercoppa Italiana.

International[edit]

As of 7 December 2016[13]
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2005 2 0
2006 0 0
2007 0 0
2008 1 0
2009 0 0
2010 0 0
2011 1 0
2012 2 0
2013 0 0
Total 6 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Galatasaray[35]
Napoli[35]
Roma[35]
Monaco[35]

International[edit]

Italy[35]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Relazioni e Bilancio al 30 Giugno 2000" (in Italian). 19 December 2000. Retrieved 24 March 2015. page 42, IMMOBILIZZAZIONI FINANZIARIE Compartecipazioni ex art. 102 bis N.O.I.F. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Decision of the Dispute Resolution Chamber 129641" (PDF). FIFA. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "MARCO ZANCHI ALLA JUVE". Juventus FC (in Italian). 30 May 2000. Archived from the original on 6 July 2000. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "De Sanctis swaps Udinese for Sevilla". UEFA.com. 9 July 2007. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.tas-cas.org/en/infogenerales.asp/4-3-1463-1092-4-1-1/5-0-1092-15-1-1/
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  8. ^ "Napoli, ufficializzato De Sanctis" (in Italian). SSC Napoli. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  9. ^ "FINAL AWARD – 2145-2146-2147 Sevilla FC SA/Morgan de Sanctis/Udinese Calcio S.p.A." (PDF). CAS. 28 February 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Official: Monaco sign De Sanctis". Football Italia. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
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  22. ^ "Pronta la Squadra Azzurra: Ecco la lista deil 23 per il mondiale" (in Italian). FIGC. 1 June 2010. 
  23. ^ Maurizio Crosetti (24 June 2010). "Vergogna Italia E' fuori dal Mondiale" [Shame Italy is out of the World Cup] (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  24. ^ "EURO 2012: CONTRO FAR OER E SLOVENIA TORNANO GILARDINO E ASTORI". FIGC (in Italian). 28 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
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  26. ^ "De Sanctis chiude una storia azzurra: "E' la mia ultima con la Nazionale"" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  27. ^ "FINALE Malta-Italia 0-2 / Doppietta Balotelli" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
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  31. ^ "De Sanctis: "Napoli, vinci col Cagliari e batto il record!"" (in Italian). Tutto Sport. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  32. ^ Licari Fabio (24 March 1999). "De Sanctis e Abbiati, quattro mani per Tardelli" [De Sanctis and Abbiati, four hands for Tardelli] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
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  34. ^ Giovanni Battista Terenziani (29 November 2012). "Serie A: Italia, che scuola di portieri" (in Italian). Calciomercato.com. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
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  37. ^ "A Florenzi il "Pallone d’Argento" Coppa Giaimè Fiumano" (in Italian). ussi.it. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 

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