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Angelo Peruzzi
Personal information
Full name Angelo Peruzzi
Date of birth 16 February 1970 (1970-02-16) (age 40)
Place of birth Blera, Viterbo, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Roma 13 (0)
1989–1990 Hellas Verona 29 (0)
1990–1991 Roma 3 (0)
1991–1999 Juventus 208 (0)
1999–2000 Internazionale 33 (0)
2000–2007 Lazio 192 (0)
Total 478 (0)
National team
1995–2006 Italy 31 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Angelo Peruzzi, Cavaliere OMRI[1][2], (born 16 February 1970 in Blera, Viterbo) is an Italian former World Cup-winning football goalkeeper, and a three-time winner of the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year award.

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Club career

Peruzzi began his Serie A career with A.S. Roma in 1987. He was loaned to Hellas Verona in 1989, but was suspended for a year in October 1990 after failing a doping test because an appetite suppressant he was taking at the time contained a banned substance. His signing with Juventus in 1991 successfully revived his career, and he soon surpassed Stefano Tacconi as the Turin giants' starting goalie. Peruzzi won three Scudetti, a UEFA Cup, and was part of Juventus' 1996 Champions League title squad that defeated AFC Ajax in the final on penalties. After one season with Internazionale, he transferred to Lazio for €17.9 million in 2000, and made over 200 appearances in Serie A and European competition with the club.

Although his contract with the Biancocelesti ran until 2008, Peruzzi announced that he would call it quits at the end of the '06-07 season after Lazio's 0-0 draw with Cagliari Calcio on October 15, 2006. "I will retire at the end of the campaign," he said. "I know the Lazio president and fans will not be happy but had I not made this decision, I would remain at the club for another six or eight years." He later backtracked on this decision, claiming that his comments were a joke and that it was premature to talk about retirement at this early stage of the season, emphasizing that his potential retirement was being considered "one season at a time."

After the 0-0 draw with Roma April 29, 2007, Peruzzi confirmed that he had indeed played his last match due to the frustration of nagging injuries, but he was put on for the final few minutes in Lazio's final home match of the season, a goalless draw against Parma F.C. on May 20, as a goodbye to the fans. He was named the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year for the third time in his career on January 28, 2008; only he and compatriot Gianluigi Buffon have won the award more than once since its inception in 1997.

International career

Peruzzi was capped 31 times in 11 years with Italy. He was also a member of the national squad that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and Euro 96. He was scheduled to be the starter at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but suffered a late injury and was replaced by Gianluca Pagliuca. He momentarily left the national team in 1999 after a match against Norway, but returned to the Azzurri the following year, with whom he hoped to start at Euro 2000, but a last-minute injury once again cost him the starting spot as Francesco Toldo led the team to the final.

Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni wanted to call up Peruzzi as the third goalkeeper in the squad for the 2002 World Cup, but Peruzzi refused, saying, "The mascots for the World Cup have already been chosen." Two years later, though, he was called up as the third keeper behind Buffon and Toldo at Euro 2004. He didn't start for Italy again until a friendly against Spain on April 28, 2004, then was the first choice for a pair of WC qualifiers against Scotland and Belarus in August 2005 while Buffon was shelved with a shoulder injury.

Peruzzi served as second keeper behind Buffon in the 2006 FIFA World Cup as Italy captured their fourth crown. He retired permanently from international play after the conclusion of the tournament.

Honours

  • Juventus
    • 3 Serie A
    • UEFA Cup
    • Champions League Winner: 1995-96
    • 3 Serie A Goalkeeper of the year awards
  • Lazio
    • Coppa Italia: 2003-04

Trivia

  • Peruzzi served as a ball boy, at the age of fourteen, during the 1984 European Cup final between Liverpool FC and AS Roma.
  • The transfer fee for his move to Lazio was the record high for a goalie until Azzurri teammate Buffon's €52.29 million transfer from Parma FC to Juventus the following year.

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Simple English

Angelo Peruzzi
Personal information
Full name Angelo Peruzzi
Date of birth 16 February 1970 (1970-02-16) (age 41)
Place of birth    Viterbo, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1986-1989
1989-1990
1990-1991
1991-1999
1999-2000
2000-2007
Roma
Hellas Verona
Roma
Juventus
Internazionale Milano
Lazio
National team
1995-2005 Italy

Angelo Peruzzi (born 16 February 1970) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1987/88RomaSerie A1000-10
1988/891207010200
1989/90Hellas VeronaSerie A29010-300
1990/91RomaSerie A30002050
1991/92JuventusSerie A6060-120
1992/9329060100450
1993/943201060390
1994/952608090430
1995/9630000100400
1996/972922090400
1997/9831010110430
1998/992501080340
1999/00Internazionale MilanoSerie A33040-370
2000/01LazioSerie A2900070360
2001/022702080370
2002/033000060360
2003/042700070340
2004/052102010240
2005/0630000-300
2006/0728000-280
CountryItaly 47804109506140
Total 47804109506140

International career statistics

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Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
199550
199660
199790
199850
199910
200000
200100
200200
200300
200410
200540
Total310

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