Gianluca Curci

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Gianluca Curci
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Personal information
Date of birth (1985-07-12) 12 July 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1994–2004 Roma
Senior career*
2004–2008 Roma 58 (0)
2008–2010 Siena 70 (0)
2010–2011 Sampdoria 41 (0)
2011–2015 Roma 3 (0)
2012–2014Bologna (loan) 14 (0)
2015–2017 1. FSV Mainz 05 0 (0)
2018 AFC Eskilstuna 27 (0)
2019 Hammarby IF 12 (0)
National team
2003–2004 Italy U-19 2 (0)
2004–2005 Italy U-20 3 (0)
2005–2007 Italy U-21 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 2 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:01, 3 June 2012 (UTC)

Gianluca Curci (Italian pronunciation:  [dʒanˈluːka ˈkurtʃi] ; born 12 July 1985, in Rome) is an Italian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper, most recently for Hammarby IF in the Swedish Allsvenskan. [1]

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Curci has previously played for Roma, Siena, Sampdoria, Bologna, 1. FSV Mainz 05 and AFC Eskilstuna.

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Club career


Curci is a product of the Roma youth academy. At only 19, he became the club's first choice goalkeeper for the second half of the 2004–05 season after injuries to fellow goalkeepers Ivan Pelizzoli and Carlo Zotti. He was replaced in the 2005–06 season by new Brazilian keeper Doni. Curci signed a new four-year contract on 16 July 2007. [2]

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On 25 June 2008, Siena confirmed they signed Curci in a co-ownership deal from Roma for €1.75 million and signed the remaining 50% rights of Daniele Galloppa for another €1.75M. [3] In exchange, Roma signed keeper Artur for €750,000 and defender Simone Loria for €2.8M. [4]

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Curci impressed in all his matches, notably his last two Serie A matches, helping Siena overcome Roma 1–0, and preventing Genoa from scoring more than they did. Curci then impressed in the Tuscan Derby against Fiorentina, performing 3 incredible reaction saves to help Siena win 1–0.

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On 1 July 2010, Sampdoria bought Siena's half for €2.25 million. Roma retained their half. Curci played for Sampdoria in a match for qualification to the Champions League, against Werder Bremen, but his team lost. Curci was a key player for Sampdoria during the 2010–11 season and he made some crucial saves for the club. He was an ever-present and the club's undisputed first choice goalkeeper.

Roma return

On 24 June 2011, Roma bought back Curci and Stefano Guberti from Sampdoria [5] for a nominal fee of €1,000 [6] on two-year (Guberti) and three-year deals (Curci) respectively. [7] On 22 April 2012, Curci made a substitute appearance in a Serie A match against Juventus after Roma's starting goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg received a red card.


On 16 July 2012, Curci was signed by Bologna in a temporary deal with an option to purchase for €1 million. [7] [8] [9] On 8 July 2013, the loan was extended for another season, with an option to purchase for €1.2 million. Curci also extended his contract with Roma to last until 30 June 2015. [10] [11]

Roma return

On 2 September 2014, Curci was included in Roma's squad for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League as one of the four club trained players required under UEFA rules. [12]


On 15 August 2015, Curci was signed by Bundesliga side Mainz on a two-year contract as a free agent. [13] In January 2017, Curci had an unsuccessful trial with Bristol Rovers. [14]

He left the club on 30 January 2017, after failing to make a single league appearance. [15]

AFC Eskilstuna

On 18 January 2018, Curci signed a two-year deal with Swedish Superettan side AFC Eskilstuna. [16] He kept 18 clean sheets in 27 league appearances, a new club record, as Eskilstuna won a promotion to Allsvenskan through qualifiers. [17]

Curci terminated his contract with AFC by mutual consent on 21 January 2019, with the club citing "personal reasons" for his departure. [18] However, according to Curci himself, he sought to leave Eskilstuna due to differences with the club's management. [19]

Hammarby IF

On 24 January 2019, Curci signed a six-month contract with fellow Swedish club Hammarby IF, replacing the injured starting goalkeeper Johan Wiland, with an extension option of a further one-and-a-half year. [1] Curci confirmed his departure from the club on 8 July 2019 as his contract had expired. [20]

International career

Curci has represented Italy multiple times at youth level. He received his first call-up to the Azzurri squad for a friendly against Hungary.

He has not been called up since November 2008.

Career statistics

Correct as of August 2008.

SeasonTeamLeagueDomestic LeagueDomestic CupsEuropean GamesTotal
2004–05 RomaSerie A1106000170
2005–06 RomaSerie A1005080230
2006–07 RomaSerie A606000120
2007–08 RomaSerie A20501060
2008–09 SienaSerie A3201000330
2009–10 SienaSerie A3601000370
2010–11 SampdoriaSerie A350006000
2011–12 RomaSerie A30000030
2011–12 BolognaSerie A1400000140



Roma [21]

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