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Albano Bizzarri
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Personal information
Full name Albano Benjamín Bizzarri
Date of birth November 9, 1977 (1977-11-09) (age 32)
Place of birth    Villa María, Argentina
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Lazio
Number 1
Youth career
1995–1997 Racing Club
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1997–1999
1999–2000
2000–2006
2006–2007
2007–2009
2009–
Racing Club
Real Madrid
Valladolid
Gimnàstic
Catania
Lazio
038 (0)
007 (0)
172 (0)
023 (0)
049 (0)
000 (0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 00:00, 15 April 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 00:00, 15 April 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Albano Benjamín Bizzarri (born 9 November 1977 in Villa María, Córdoba) is an Argentine football goalkeeper, currently with Serie A side Lazio.

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Club career

Bizzarri began his career Racing Club de Avellaneda in the Argentine League, where his good performances drew attention from La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid, which signed him in 1999. Unsettled and blocked by the emergence of 18-year-old Iker Casillas, he battled for second-choice status with former German international Bodo Illgner, being a used player in the 2000 Champions League victorious campaign.

During the summer of 2000 Bizzarri was transferred to Real Valladolid, eventually becoming first-choice (from 2002-04 he did not miss one single league game, but Valladolid would be relegated in the latter).

In 2006-07 he played for Gimnàstic de Tarragona, in another season that ended in demotion. In June 2007, Bizzarri signed a one-year deal with Italy's Calcio Catania, a link that would be renewed at the season's end, for an equal period.

During 2008-09, Bizzarri became Catania's first-choice under new coach Walter Zenga, after spending most of his first season in on the bench, behind Ciro Polito. His performances where consistent throughout the campaign, with the Sicily outfit retaining its league status, as Bizzarri's performances also allowed him to be part of Goal.com's weekly "Serie A Team of the Week" more than any other goalkeeper in the competition.

Despite some stellar performances, Bizzarri admitted, towards the end of the campaign, he would not be renewing his contract with Catania. Following this announcement, coach Zenga opted to drop him to the bench, so young Slovakian Tomáš Košický could gain some topflight experience.

In June 2009, Bizzarri signed for S.S. Lazio, on a free transfer.[1]

International career

Although he never gained a cap for Argentina, Bizzarri was part of the nation's final squad at the 1999 Copa América.

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