Antonio Chimenti

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Antonio Chimenti
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Full nameAntonio Chimenti
Date of birth (1970-06-30) 30 June 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Bari, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Senior career*
1988–1991 Sambenedettese 5 (0)
1991–1992Tempio (loan) 35 (0)
1992–1993Monza (loan) 4 (0)
1993–1997 Salernitana 137 (0)
1997–1999 A.S. Roma 32 (0)
1999–2002 US Lecce 98 (0)
2002–2006 Juventus 11 (0)
2006–2007 Cagliari 43 (0)
2007–2008 Udinese 3 (0)
2008–2010 Juventus 2 (0)
Teams managed
2012 Sampdoria (goalkeeping coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Antonio Chimenti (born 30 June 1970 in Bari) is a retired Italian football goalkeeper.

Bari Comune in Apulia, Italy

Bari is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in southern Italy. It is the second most important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy after Naples, a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. The city itself has a population of 320,257 inhabitants, over 116 square kilometres (45 sq mi), while the urban area has 750,000 inhabitants. The metropolitan area has 1.3 million inhabitants.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Goalkeeper (association football) position in association football

The goalkeeper, often shortened to keeper or goalie, is one of the major positions of association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by the goalkeeper moving into the path of the ball and either catching it or directing it away from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are able to use their hands, making them the only players on the field permitted to handle the ball. The special status of goalkeepers is indicated by them wearing different coloured kits from their teammates.


Club career

S.S. Sambenedettese Calcio

Chimenti began his career in the youth academy of S.S. Sambenedettese Calcio. In 1988, he was promoted to the first team. After two more seasons spent in Sambenedettese in Serie C1 and then Serie C2, he was loaned out to Tempio in the Serie C2 as well. With Tempio he managed 35 appearances as the club's starting goalkeeper. For the 1992–93 season, Chimenti was loaned out to AC Monza Brianza who played in the Serie B. Following just 4 appearances with the club, he returned to Sambenedettese for the 1993–94 season, but was sold simultaneously to Salernitana Calcio. With Sambenedettese, Chimenti made just five first team appearances. [1]

S.S. Sambenedettese Calcio

S.S. Sambenedettese S.r.l. is an Italian association football club, based in San Benedetto del Tronto, Marche. Sambenedettese currently plays in Serie C, the third tier of Italian football.

Serie C third Italian soccer championship

Serie C is the third-highest division in the Italian football league system after the Serie B and Serie A. The Lega Italiana Calcio Professionistico is the governing body that runs the Serie C. The unification of the Lega Pro Prima Divisione and the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione as Lega Pro Divisione Unica in 2014 reintroduced the format of the original Serie C that existed between 1935 and 1978. On 25 May 2017 the Lega Pro assembly unanimously approved the return to the original name of the competition to Serie C.

Serie B, currently named Serie BKT for sponsorship reasons, is the second-highest division in the Italian football league system after the Serie A. It has been operating for over eighty years since the 1929–30 season. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, when the Lega Serie B was created for the 2010–11 season. Common nicknames for the league are campionato cadetto and cadetteria, as cadetto is the Italian for junior or cadet.

Salernitana Calcio

In August 1993, Chimenti was sold permanently to Napoli based club, Salernitana Calcio. In his first season with Salernitana, Chimenti appeared 27 times, helping lead his team to promotion to the Serie B, from the Serie C1. During the next three seasons, Salernitana remained in Serie B, with Chimenti totaling 110 additional appearances. Following his good form, he was scouted by Franco Sensi of Serie A club, A.S. Roma. [1]

Franco Sensi Italian businessman

Francesco Sensi, Cavaliere del lavoro was an Italian oil tycoon. He was born in Rome, where he lived throughout his entire life, though he also served time as mayor of Visso, the city where his family came from. He had been for fifteen years, until his death, chairman of Associazione Sportiva Roma, the major football club of Rome. He took control of the club in May, 1993, both with Pietro Mezzaroma, and he then became the chairman on 8 November 1993.

Serie A a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system

Serie A, also called Serie A TIM due to sponsorship by TIM, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and the winner is awarded the Scudetto and the Coppa Campioni d'Italia. It has been operating as a round-robin tournament for over ninety years since the 1929–30 season. It had been organized by the Direttorio Divisioni Superiori until 1943 and the Lega Calcio until 2010, when the Lega Serie A was created for the 2010–11 season. Serie A is regarded as one of the best football leagues in the world and it is often depicted as the most tactical national league. Serie A was the world's second-strongest national league in 2014 according to IFFHS. Serie A is ranked third among European leagues according to UEFA's league coefficient, behind La Liga and the Premier League, and ahead of the Bundesliga and Ligue 1, which is based on the performance of Italian clubs in the Champions League and the Europa League during the last five years. Serie A led the UEFA ranking from 1986 to 1988 and from 1990 to 1999.

A.S. Roma Professional Italian association football club

Associazione Sportiva Roma, commonly referred to as Roma[ˈroːma], is an Italian professional football club based in Rome. Founded by a merger in 1927, Roma have participated in the top-tier of Italian football for all of their existence except for 1951–52.

A.S. Roma

In the summer of 1997, Chimenti transferred to Serie A side AS Roma, following his good form in Salerno. On 21 September 1997, Chimenti made his Serie A debut with the capital club, in a match Roma won 3–1 versus US Lecce. He obtained 7 more appearances that season, and during his second season with the club, Chimenti appeared on a more regular bases, making 24 Serie A starts and hence totaling 32 appearances in two years with AS Roma. Following his spell in the Eternal City, Chimenti transferred to fellow Serie A club, US Lecce. [1]

Salerno Comune in Campania, Italy

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US Lecce

In 1999, he transferred to US Lecce on a three-year deal. He was instantly inserted into the club's starting line-up and made 33 appearances for his new club, in his first season. He appeared an additional 34 times during 2000–01 Serie A campaign, and totaled 31 appearances the following season. After displaying decent form with the club, in his three-year spell, Chimenti transferred to Serie A, and European powerhouse, Juentus. [1]

2000–01 Serie A sports season

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Juventus F.C. Association football club from Turin, Italy

Juventus Football Club, colloquially known as Juve, is an Italian professional football club based in Turin, Piedmont. Founded in 1897 by a group of Torinese students, the club has worn a black and white striped home kit since 1903 and has played home matches in different grounds around its city, the latest being the 41,507-capacity Juventus Stadium. Nicknamed Vecchia Signora, the club has won 35 official league titles, 13 Coppa Italia titles and eight Supercoppa Italiana titles, being the record holder for all these competitions; two Intercontinental Cups, two European Cups / UEFA Champions Leagues, one European Cup Winners' Cup, a joint national record of three UEFA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and one UEFA Intertoto Cup. Consequently, the side leads the historical Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) ranking whilst on the international stage occupies the 5th position in Europe and the eleventh in the world for most confederation titles won with eleven trophies, having led the UEFA ranking during seven seasons since its inception in 1979, the most for an Italian team and joint second overall.


During the 2002 summer transfer market, Chimenti was purchased by Juventus, to serve as a back-up for the world's number one ranked goalkeeper, and Italian International, Gianluigi Buffon, replacing former back-up Michelangelo Rampulla. In his first season with the Turin based club, Chimenti made 4 Serie A appearances as Juventus won the title, and also appeared in Juventus's second-round UEFA Champions League defeat to Manchester United, at Old Trafford; Juventus went on to reach the final of the competition, only to lose out to domestic rivals A.C. Milan on penalties. He backed these appearances up with 2 more appearances the following season in the league; although Juventus finished in a disappointing third place in Serie A, Chimenti featured in the club's run to the 2004 Coppa Italia final, only to be defeated by Lazio, and even made two appearances in the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League. During the 2004–05 Serie A season, Chimenti was again limited to just 2 appearances as Juventus won another Serie A title, which was later revoked, however, due to the club's involvement in the 2006 Italian football scandal. For the 2005–06 Serie A season, Buffon suffered a major injury during pre-season, and was set to miss up to 4 months of action. It seemed as though Chimenti was set to fill in for Gigi, and he even started in Juventus's defeat to Inter in the 2005 Supercoppa Italiana; however, in the latter portions of the 2005 summer transfer window, Juventus obtained the loan of Christian Abbiati from Milan, as the club looked for a more reliable first choice keeper. Buffon returned to action in late November, but after just one game, he was struck with injury again, and Abbiati returned to the line-up. After another disappointing season on the Juventus bench, and just 4 additional appearances, the veteran, Chimenti, transferred to Cagliari Calcio on a two-year deal in January 2006. Despite having six months in his Juventus contract left, Chimenti moved to Cagliari on a free transfer. [1]

Gianluigi Buffon Italian footballer

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Michelangelo Rampulla is an Italian football manager and former goalkeeper. He is currently the goalkeeping coach of the Chinese national football team.

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Cagliari Calcio

After his Bosman transfer to Cagliari Calcio, from Juventus, Chimenti was back in the starting eleven of Serie A football. He was the starter for the Sardinian club for the remainder of the season, making 21 appearances. In his second season with the club, Chimenti made an additional 22 appearances, totaling 43 appearances in a season and a half. In June 2007, Chimenti's contract was not renewed and he became a free agent. [1]

Udinese Calcio

On 29 June 2007, Chimenti signed a one-year deal with Udinese Calcio, [2] again on a free transfer. He was signed by the club to serve as an experienced reserve to Samir Handanovic. During his lone season in Udine, he made three appearances in the 2007–08 Serie A season. [1]

Return to Juventus

On 19 July 2008, at 38 years old, Chimenti surprisingly returned to wear I Bianconeri's jersey in Torino. He originally signed on a season long loan deal in exchange for Emanuele Belardi, who moved in the opposite direction on the same terms. Just weeks after his arrival, Juventus also purchased Austrian International keeper, Alexander Manninger, hence Chimenti became the third choice goalkeeper at Juventus for the 2008–09 Serie A season. [3] In January 2009, Chimenti transferred to Juventus on a permanent basis while Belardi did the same for Udinese. He failed to make an official appearance for the club that season, but on 14 March 2010, due to injuries sustained by Buffon and Manninger, Chimenti was included in the starting eleven in the match against AC Siena, his first game with the club since his return. Juve failed to secure the victory though, as the match ended 3–3. [4] Chimenti also started the next two games for Juventus against Fulham in the UEFA Europa League, and UC Sampdoria in Serie A, both of which ended in defeats. In total, Chimenti made 34 appearances for Juventus. [1]

Style of play

Nicknamed Zucchina, Chimenti was known for his confidence and consistency as a goalkeeper, and for his ability with the ball at his feet. [1]

Personal life

Chimenti's father, Francesco, and uncle, Vito, were both also footballers. [1] [5]

Club career statistics

Club performanceLeagueCupContinentalTotal
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia Europe Total
1990–91 Sambenedettese Serie C2 50
1991–92 Tempio Serie C2 340
1992–93 Monza Serie B 40
1993–94 Salernitana Serie C1 270
1994–95 Serie B 3700000370
1997–98 Roma Serie A 80000080
1999–00 Lecce Serie A 3300000330
2002–03 Juventus Serie A 40002060
2005–06 Cagliari Serie A 2100000210
2007–08 Udinese Serie A 30000030
2008–09 Juventus Serie A 00000000



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