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Gianluca Pagliuca
Personal information
Full name Gianluca Pagliuca
Date of birth December 18, 1966 (1966-12-18) (age 43)
Place of birth    Bologna, Italy
Height 190 cm
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1984-1986 Bologna
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1987-1994
1994-1999
1999-2006
2006-2007
Sampdoria
Inter Milan
Bologna
Ascoli
198 (0)
165 (0)
248 (0)
023 (0)   
National team
1991-1998 Italy 039 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Gianluca Pagliuca (born December 18, 1966 in Bologna) is an Italian football goalkeeper.

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Club career

In his club career, Pagliuca has played for Sampdoria (1987-94), Inter (1994-99), Bologna (1999-2006), and Ascoli (2006-07). He won the Cup Winners' Cup and one Scudetto with Sampdoria and the UEFA Cup with Inter, when he captained the side to a 3-0 win over Lazio in 1998. Pagliuca was also in the Sampdoria's team that lost 1-0 to Barcelona in the 1992 European Cup final at Wembley. He was first choice goalkeeper for Italy at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.

He became the first goalkeeper to be sent off in a World Cup match, when he was dismissed for handling outside his area against Norway at the 1994 tournament in the USA. However, he returned after suspension to feature from the quarter-finals onwards with his team losing to Brazil in a dramatic penalty shootout in the final. One of the most enduring images from that World Cup came from Pagliuca himself, in the final. After spilling a shot which bounced off a post and back in to his grateful grasp, Pagliuca turned and blew the post a kiss, puffing out his cheeks in relief that the ball hadn't gone in. Barry Davies, commentating for the BBC, described Pagliuca as "having the luck of the devil."

After the 1994 World Cup, he moved from Sampdoria to Internazionale from a then world record fee for a goalkeeper of £7 million. However, Pagliuca's international career appeared to have been halted with the emergence of Juventus F.C. goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi, and it would be 3 years before he returned to the Italy squad. The 1998 Serie A season saw Pagliuca's Inter pushing Juventus F.C. all the way for the Scudetto, with Pagliuca producing superb performances week in, week out. However, he would have gone the World Cup that summer only as a back-up but for an arm injury to Peruzzi just prior to the tournament.

Peruzzi's misfortune meant that Pagliuca would be given another chance with Italy. He made one of the saves of the tournament, again against Norway, when he shot out a hand to prevent Tore André Flo's point-blank header from netting. This time, his team met host country France in the quarter-final, and another penalty shoot-out saw Italy go out as losers when midfielder Luigi Di Biagio smashed his penalty against the crossbar. Once again Pagliuca seemed to fall out of favour with the Italian bosses, and the emergence of Francesco Toldo and Gianluigi Buffon, saw his career with Italy end on 39 caps.

Pagliuca left Inter in 1999, after the former Juventus boss Marcello Lippi took charge of Inter and signed Peruzzi from his former club. Pagliuca took this opportunity to achieve a life's ambition, and signed with his home town club, Bologna, establishing himself as first-choice keeper and often captaining the side. After Bologna relegated to Serie B in 2004/2005, Pagliuca stayed with the club, despite at the time being close to the Serie A record of appearances held by Paolo Maldini.

On June 29, 2006, Ascoli Calcio 1898 announced that Pagliuca, at age 40, had signed a one-year contract with the team. On September 17, Pagliuca set the record for most Serie A appearances for a goalkeeper, overtaking Dino Zoff, as he started against F.C. Messina Peloro.[1]

Pagliuca left Ascoli after the 2006-07 season and has been without a contract with any team, in effect ending his football career. He indicated in an interview that he intended to pursue a career as a coach.

Pagliuca accepted a contract with Ascoli in the winter season (2009-10) for 1 year starting in summer of (2010-11)

Trivia

  • Because of his colourful name, former ESPN anchor Keith Olbermann used his name as a creative way of airing someone cursing on camera in the midst of an argument with an official. The phrase began when fellow anchor Gary Miller uttered an obscenity while trying to pronounce Pagliuca's name during a voiceover recording for a segment about the 1994 World Cup. In the 1997 book The Big Show: Inside ESPN's SportsCenter, Olbermann remarked, "We'll spare you which expletive."

Club Playing Honours

U.C. Sampdoria
F.C. Internazionale Milano

International Playing Honours

Italy National Football Team

Footnotes

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Simple English

Gianluca Pagliuca
Personal information
Full name Gianluca Pagliuca
Date of birth 18 December 1966 (1966-12-18) (age 44)
Place of birth    Bologna, Italy
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1986-1994
1994-1999
1999-2006
2006-2007
Sampdoria
Internazionale Milano
Bologna
Ascoli
National team
1991-1998 Italy

Gianluca Pagliuca (born 18 December 1966) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ItalyLeague
1986/87SampdoriaSerie A00
1987/8820
1988/89330
1989/90340
1990/91320
1991/92340
1992/93290
1993/94340
1994/95Internazionale MilanoSerie A340
1995/96340
1996/97340
1997/98340
1998/99290
1999/00BolognaSerie A320
2000/01340
2001/02340
2002/03340
2003/04330
2004/05380
2005/06Serie B410
2006/07AscoliSerie A230
CountryItaly 6320
Total 6320

International career statistics

[2]

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
199130
199230
199380
1994130
199530
199600
199730
199860
Total390

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