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Luca Toni
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Personal information
Full name Luca Toni
Date of birth 26 May 1977 (1977-05-26) (age 32)
Place of birth Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 30
Youth career
1990–1994 Modena
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Modena 32 (7)
1996–1997 Empoli 3 (1)
1997–1998 Fiorenzuola 26 (2)
1998–1999 Lodigiani 31 (15)
1999–2000 Treviso 35 (15)
2000–2001 Vicenza 31 (9)
2001–2003 Brescia 44 (15)
2003–2005 Palermo 80 (50)
2005–2007 Fiorentina 67 (47)
2007– Bayern Munich 60 (38)
2010– Roma (loan)[2] 6 (3)
National team
2004– Italy 47 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 June 2009
Toni in action for Fiorentina.

Luca Toni, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[3] (born 26 May 1977 in Pavullo nel Frignano, Modena) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer who plays for Italian Serie A club Roma.


Club career


Early career

Toni started his professional career at Modena. This was followed by a number of seasons spent around Serie B and Serie C1 with teams such as Empoli, Fiorenzuola and Lodigiani. After a Serie B season with Treviso in 1999, he moved to Vicenza Calcio, playing in Serie A for the first time. He then moved to Brescia Calcio, playing for two seasons alongside Roberto Baggio.


In 2003 he agreed to join ambitious Serie B club Palermo, being one of the main factors behind the winning team campaign that brought the Rosanero back to Serie A after over 30 years, thanks to a record 30 goals scored during the season. He consequently gained his first cap for the Italian national team in a friendly match 18 August 2004 lost 2–0 to Iceland in Reykjavík which also marked Marcello Lippi's debut at the helm of the azzurri.[4]

In the following season, Toni confirmed his prolificity by scoring an impressive 20 goals in Palermo's first Serie A campaign, leading the Sicilian club to a historical first qualification to the UEFA Cup.


Toni's move to Fiorentina was marked by controversy as the fans dubbed him a traitor for his departure.[citation needed]

During his first season in Florence he scored an incredible 31 goals, making him one of the most prolific Serie A strikers of all time (the most goals ever scored in a season being 35). His goal scoring ability brought Fiorentina to heights never seen since the late 1990s when Gabriel Batistuta was playing for them. They clinched 4th spot and qualified for the Champions League.

However, this league position was revoked in the courts during the Calciopoli scandal. Italian courts recognized Fiorentina as culpable of shady dealings and convicted them to start the 2006-07 season with a 19 point deduction. Toni expressed his desire to leave the team several times during the summer to the press, but was eventually convinced by club president Andrea Della Valle to stay and help the club overcome its unfavourable position.

The following season was plagued by injury, limiting Toni's goals to a less considerable, albeit impressive 16 goals. This was Luca Toni's final season at the Florence club, as they agreed to sell him to Bundesliga giants, Bayern Munich. Before he left, Toni promised Della Valle not to sign for any big Italian clubs, which is believed to be the main reason he went to Germany.

Bayern Munich

On 30 May 2007, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that Toni had signed a four year contract with the club after agreeing to a deal worth 11 million with Fiorentina. On 7 June Toni was presented at a Bayern Munich press conference along with fellow new signing Franck Ribéry.[5] Toni was given the jersey number nine.

Toni and Klose against Hertha Berlin 2009.

Toni scored four goals in a 19 December 6–0 home win against Aris Thessaloniki to help Bayern win their UEFA Cup group. On 17 February 2008, he scored his first Bundesliga hat-trick (a "perfect hat-trick", with a goal with each foot and a header) against Hannover 96. Bayern won the away fixture 3-0.

Toni with Bayern.

In a quarter-final second leg match in the UEFA Cup, Toni scored two dramatic goals on 115th and 120th minutes of extra time, in a game which finished 3-3 and lifted Bayern Munich past Getafe CF on away goals. Eventually Bayern lost to Zenit St. Petersburg in the semi final. At the UEFA Cup 2007-08, he shared the first place with Pavel Pogrebnyak from Zenit at the top scorers list with 10 goals.

He scored two goals in the German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund in a 2-1 win; his second goal was the winner in extra time to give Bayern Munich another cup. Toni finished as top scorer in the 2007–08 Bundesliga season with 24 goals. Overall, Toni finished the season with 39 goals and 12 assists in 46 matches.

In the 2008–09 season, Toni has maintained his high-standard of form for Bayern. In the Bundesliga, he has started 13 games as of January, in which he has scored nine goals, a notable one being a late stoppage-time winner he scored against fellow TSG Hoffenheim.[6]

Toni battled an achilles tendon injury for most of the second half of the 2008–09 season, but still finished as Bayern's leading scorer in league play, tallying 14 goals in 25 Bundesliga appearances.

Recovering from his injury he appeared in two matches of the second team FC Bayern Munich II in the 3rd Liga in September 2009.[7]

On 7 November 2009, he was fined for leaving the stadium during the match after being substituted at half-time.[8]

Following his fall out with Bayern manager Louis Van Gaal, Bayern's president Uli Hoeness stated on DSF Doppelpass that the player will be allowed to leave the club on a free.[9]


On 31 December 2009 FC Bayern Munich confirmed the transfer of the Italian striker for a six month loan to A.S. Roma.[2][10] He debuted for Roma against Cagliari on 6 January 2010. He scored his first two goals for Roma against Genoa on 17 January 2010 (for 2-0 and 3-0).

International career

Toni made his debut for the Italian national team as a substitute on 18 August 2004 in a friendly match against Iceland. He scored his first international goal in a World Cup Qualifying match against Norway on 4 September 2004.

On 17 November, Toni made his international start in a friendly match against Finland. On 11 June 2005, he captained the Italian squad for the first time in his career in a friendly match against Ecuador because of the absence of current captain Fabio Cannavaro and other experienced players. On 7 September, Toni scored his first international hat-trick in a 4–1 victory against Belarus in a 2006 World Cup qualifying match.

Toni was selected to Italy's 2006 World Cup squad, and scored two goals in the quarter-finals against Ukraine on 30 June, his only goals of the tournament. In the final against France, he hit the crossbar with a powerful header and later netted another header although the goal was disallowed as the attempt was ruled offside.

Toni scored two goals in Italy's 2–0 win over Scotland in a Euro 2008 qualifier. Due to the aforementioned foot surgery, he missed Italy's next two qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Lithuania. He returned to the qualification games against Georgia, and assisted Fabio Grosso, who scored the final result (2–0). On 17 November 2007, Toni struck in the first minute of a 2–1 qualifier win over Scotland at Hampden Park, which secured Italy's place at the final stages. Four days later, he scored the second goal against the Faroe Islands, as Italy closed with a 3–1 win.

He was called up to the Italian Squad for Euro 2008, but his form in the tournament was disappointing, with his only goal against Romania being disallowed for offside. Toni's main contribution for the team was winning a penalty kick against France, which ended 2-0. Italy then bowed out of the tournament on penalty kicks to Spain in the quarter-final.

Despite the Euro 2008 disappointment, Toni has been called up by coach Marcello Lippi for Italy's first two 2010 World Cup qualifers. Toni also scored an equaliser against Greece in an international friendly, where the match ended 1-1.



Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1994-95 Modena Serie C1 7 2 ? ? - - ? ?
1995-96 25 5 ? ? - - ? ?
1996-97 Empoli Serie B 3 1 ? ? - - ? ?
1997-98 Fiorenzuola Serie C1 25 2 ? ? - - ? ?
1998-99 Lodigiani Serie C1 31 15 ? ? - - ? ?
1999-00 Treviso Serie B 35 15 ? ? - - ? ?
2000-01 Vicenza Serie A 31 9 ? ? - - ? ?
2001-02 Brescia Serie A 28 13 ? ? - - ? ?
2002-03 16 2 ? ? - - ? ?
2003-04 Palermo Serie B 45 30 ? ? - - ? ?
2004-05 Serie A 35 20 ? ? - - ? ?
2005-06 Fiorentina Serie A 38 31 4 1 41 32
2006-07 29 16 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2007-08 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 31 24 4 5 11 10 46 39
2008-09 25 14 2 1 8 3 35 18
2009-10 3 0 1 1 1 0 5 1
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2009-10 Roma Serie A 3 2 - - - - - -
Total Italy 351 163 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Germany 59 38 7 6 20 13 85 57
Career Total 408 201 ? ? ? ? ? ?



Bayern Munich

National team



  1. ^ "FC Bayern Munich Profile". FC Bayern Munich. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Perfekt! Die Roma leiht sich Toni" (in German). 31 December 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Italy president hails World Cup winners". 8 January 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Islanda - Italia: 2 - 0" (in Italian). 18 August 2004. Retrieved 30 June 2007. 
  5. ^ "FCB unveil star signings Ribéry and Toni". 7 June 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Toni seals last-gasp win". 5 December 2008.,19528,11890_4594254,00.html. Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Die Erzgebirger siegen am Ende verdient bei Toni & Co." (in German). Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Lahm hit by Record Fine as Bayern punish Stars". Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Luca Toni Can Leave Bayern Munich For Free, Says Uli Hoeness". 20 December 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Toni delighted to be returned to Serie A". ESPN. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 

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Simple English

Luca Toni
Personal information
Full name Luca Toni Varchetta Delle Cave
Date of birth 26 May 1977 (1977-05-26) (age 33)
Place of birth    Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 30
Senior clubs
Years Club
Cisco Roma
Città di Palermo
Bayern Munich
Roma (loan)
National team
2004-2009 Italy

Luca Toni (born 26 May 1977 in Pavullo nel Frignano, Modena) is an Italian football player. He plays for Genoa and Italy national team.


Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1994/95ModenaSerie C172--72
1996/97EmpoliSerie B31--31
1997/98FiorenzuolaSerie C1262--262
1998/99Cisco RomaSerie C13115--3115
1999/00TrevisoSerie B351541-3916
2000/01VicenzaSerie A31920-339
2001/02BresciaSerie A281341203414
2003/04Città di PalermoSerie B453020-4730
2004/05Serie A352011-3621
2005/06FiorentinaSerie A383142-4233
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal EuropeTotal
2007/08Bayern MunichBundesliga31244511104639
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2009/10RomaSerie A
CountryItaly 34916117520368166
Germany 60387720138758
Total 40919924122213455224

International career statistics

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Italy national team

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