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Christian Panucci
Personal information
Full name Christian Panucci
Date of birth April 12, 1973 (1973-04-12) (age 36)
Place of birth Savona, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Right back
Centre back
Club information
Current club Free Agent
Number --
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Genoa 031 0(3)
1993–1996 Milan 089 0(9)
1996–1999 Real Madrid 073 0(3)
1999–2001 Internazionale 026 0(1)
2000 Chelsea (loan) 008 0(0)
2001 Monaco (loan) 009 0(3)
2001 Monaco 005 0(0)
2001–2009 Roma 311 (29)
2009–2010 Parma 019 0(1)
National team
1992–1996 Italy U-21 019 0(4)
1993 Italy U-23 003 0(0)
1994–2008 Italy 057 0(4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 June 2008

Christian Panucci (born 12 April 1973 in Savona) is an Italian footballer who currently out of contract. He was a member of the Italian national team. Panucci is a defender who usually plays on the right-hand side, but he can also play on the left or in the centre of defence.


Club career

Early career

Christian Panucci started playing with Genoa C.F.C. in 1990 and then moved to A.C. Milan in July 1993. Panucci later moved to Real Madrid (becoming the first Italian to play for the Spanish club), Internazionale Milano, Chelsea (on loan,[1] scoring once in the UEFA Cup against St Gallen),[2] and AS Monaco[3] before moving to A.S. Roma in 2001. He won the Champions League with both Milan and Madrid. In those two stops, as well as Roma, he was coached by Fabio Capello.


After a great deal of travelling throughout his career, Panucci finally settled at Roma. He joined the Roman club in the 2001-02 campaign, the year after the Giallorossi won the national title. He went on to become a key player and one of the leaders of the club.

Panucci, a reliable leader both on and off the field, has often taken the responsibility to speak for the team in moments of difficulty, as seen after Roma's shock elimination from the UEFA Champions League in 2007. In January 2009, Panucci was dropped from Roma's first team squad after refusing to sit on the bench for a league match against S.S.C. Napoli, and was later also excluded from the UEFA Champions League roster. He then announced his intention to leave Roma, but no serious bidder was found in the January transfer window and he ultimately stayed, returning to the first team on 28 February after he apologised to his fellow players and the club management.[4] He was sent off in the second Rome derby of the 2008-09 season after a heated on-pitch clash with Lazio player Stephan Lichtsteiner following his hard challenge on the Swiss defender. His contract with Roma ended on 30 June 2009, which he had signed in October 2005.

He played a total of 311 matches scoring 29 goals for AS Roma, becoming the defender who scored most goals in Roma's history.


On 30 July 2009 Parma F.C. signed the former A.S. Roma defender on a one year deal[5].

On 13 December 2009, he scored his first goal for Parma against Bologna.

On 23 February 2010, Panucci left Parma by mutual consent seven months after joining them.[6]

International career

Panucci made his debut in September 1994 against Slovenia in a UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying match. However, he missed out on the final squad following a dispute with Italian national coach Arrigo Sacchi and was not a regular in the Italian national team until the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He has 48 caps and two goals as of the end of 2004. He has represented his country at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004.

In the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Panucci was widely blamed[7] for failing to clear a pass that led to the equalizing goal for South Korea by Seol Ki-Hyun in the dying minutes of the round of 16 match.

Panucci had not played for Italy for over three years after Euro 2004 in Portugal, having been ignored by Marcello Lippi, with whom he had fallen out with in his days at Inter, for the period of the 2006 World Cup. However, the 34 year-old was given a second chance by coach Roberto Donadoni, who called him up for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers against Georgia, Scotland, and the Faroe Islands.

Panucci then expressed his delight at earning his 50th Italy cap in the stadium where he began his career for the Azzurri in the 2-0 win over Georgia in their Euro 2008 qualifying tie in Genoa. Panucci came through the port club's youth ranks before joining A.C. Milan in 1993.

"It was really emotional for me to play in an arena where I grew up. It may have seemed a little scripted but I'll never forget the standing ovation I received."

Panucci currently has 55 caps for the Azzurri, with four goals. He managed to score his first international goal for Italy since April 2002, when he headed a crucial injury-time winning goal against Scotland on 17 November 2007 in their Euro 2008 qualifying Group B match. Italy then managed to clinch their place at the European Championship finals.

On 13 June 2008, Panucci scored Italy's first goal against Romania at the Euro 2008[8] and became the oldest player to score in outfield play in the competition.



Real Madrid


Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1991-92 Genoa Serie A 1 0
1992-93 30 3
1993-94 Milan Serie A 19 2
1994-95 28 2
1995-96 29 5
1996-97 13 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1996-97 Real Madrid La Liga 19 2
1997-98 23 1
1998-99 31 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1999-00 Internazionale Serie A 26 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000-01 Chelsea Premier League 8 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2000-01 Monaco Division 1 9 3
2001-02 5 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2001-02 Roma Serie A 31 1
2002-03 29 1
2003-04 24 2
2004-05 26 0
2005-06 36 3
2006-07 34 5
2007-08 27 5 5 0 - 6 1 38 6
2008-09 22 2 1 5 2
2009-10 Parma Serie A 19 1
Total Italy 370 37
Spain 73 3
England 8 0
France 14 3
Career Total 464 38

International goals

Christian Panucci: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 October 1994 Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 2-0 Win UEFA Euro 1996 Qual.
2. 17 April 2002 Milan, Italy  Uruguay 1-1 Draw Friendly
3. 17 November 2007 Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 1-2 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
4. 13 June 2008 Zurich, Switzerland  Romania 1-1 Draw UEFA Euro 2008


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Simple English

Christian Panucci
Personal information
Full name Christian Panucci
Date of birth 12 April 1973 (1973-04-12) (age 37)
Place of birth    Savona, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior clubs
Years Club
Real Madrid
Internazionale Milano
Chelsea (loan)
Monaco (loan)
National team
1994-2008 Italy

Christian Panucci (born 12 April 1973) is an Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1991/92GenoaSerie A10--10
1993/94MilanSerie A1923071293
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
1996/97Real MadridLa Liga19220-212
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1999/00Internazionale MilanoSerie A26110-271
EnglandLeague FA Cup EuropeTotal
2000/01ChelseaPremier League800021101
FranceLeague Coupe de France EuropeTotal
2000/01MonacoDivision 19350-143
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2001/02RomaSerie A3113041382
2009/10ParmaSerie A191191
CountryItaly 39334432791051546
Spain 73350153936
England 800021101
France 14350-193
Total 48840532961463756

International career statistics


Italy national team


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