carlo cudicini - fact file

2009 -        goalkeeper

Born on 6th September 1973 in Milan, Italy.

Height : -  1.86m  (6' 1")

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)

 
An Italian goalkeeper, who has spent most of his career in England, Carlo Cudicini has had a chequered time since joining Tottenham in January 2009.

Being the son of former AC Milan goalkeeper Fabio Cudicini, his career path was probably set for him and he began at his father's club, although he only made two appearances in the Champions League in his four years at the club.  Being loaned out to Como for the 1993-94 season gave Cudicini the chance to get some games under his belt, but spent a year back at Milan not getting a game before he was sold to Prato in 1995.  Spent only a season there, before moving on to Lazio, where he only made one appearance, due to a broken wrist and a knee injury limiting his availability.  In 1997, he joined Castel Di Sangro, but once more injured restricted his appearances, so he was sold to Chelsea in 1999 for 160,000.

He took the goalkeeper's gloves from Ed de Goey and performed so well, that he became the regular keeper and a fan's favourite until further injury problems affected his 2003-04 season, with Petr Cech being signed by new manager Jose Mourinho the following season, which kept him out of the side for long periods after that time.  In October 2006, Cech suffered a serious head injury at Reading and Cudicini came on for his team-mate, but had to leave the field with a head injury himself when he was knocked unconscious.  Mourinho over-looked Carlo for the goalkeeper's position, preferring his own Portuguese signing Hilario.  However, having conceded a number of goals, Cudicini took over between the posts after a month and stayed in the first team until Cech's return in January 2007.  Achieved a reputationa s a penalty saver when he stopped six of the 12 penalties conceded by Chelsea in the 2005-06 season. 

At the start of the 2007-08 season, Cech became injured and Cudicini came in to hold the number one spot until he was injured and he had to wait until February to get his place back, when Cech sustained another injury.  Following a Champions League game against Fenerbahce, Carlo's season was finished with a leg injury.  He got only a couple of matches in the 2008-09 season, including the Third Round FA Cup tie against Southend United, which turned out to be his last game for the Pensioners, as he was signed by Spurs on a free transfer, granted to him for his ten years of service, during which the Daily Telegraph had labelled him the "most un-ambitious player in football" in 2008 for the lack of games he had played since 2004 with the West London club, without seeking a transfer to a club where he would have the opportunity to establish himself as the number one keeper.

Drafted straight into the team after signing on a free transfer from Chelsea, Cudicini produced some good solid performances while Heurelho Gomes was out injured, but the Brazilian's return to form restricted Carlo to few opportunities.  However, in November 2009, he was involved in a road traffic accident while riding a motor-bike back from training and suffered two broken wrists and a fractured pelvis.  His career was thought to be in the balance, but his operations went well and the surgeon thought he would be able to recover and play again.

Made his comeback in pre-season 2010-2011 and got back into the first team when Heurelho Gomes picked up an injury in the second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Young Boys of Bern and kept his place, but Spurs signed Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa on loan for the season to offer more competition to the Italian.

When Brad Friedel and then Hugo Lloris were signed in 2010 and 2012, Carlow as pushed further down the pecking order and really only got a look in during cup matches against weaker opposition and then even those games dried up, so the club allowed him to leave to join LA Galaxy on 31st December 2012.

Played at junior levels for Italy, but the closest he has got to a full cap is being on the bench for the side against a game with Turkey in 2002.  Because of his time spent in England he is eligible to play for the England national side, but despite rumours of being called up in Sven-Goran Eriksson's time in charge, he has never been selected for a squad.

Has a long-term girlfriend in Alessia Marcuzzi, an Italian actress and TV personality.

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
AC Milan (Italy) 1991 ?? ??  3 0
Como (Italy) 1993-94 Loan ??  6 0
Prato (Italy) 1995 ?? ??  30 0
Lazio (Italy) 1996 ?? ??  1 0
Castel di Sangro (Italy) 1997 ?? ??  14 0
Chelsea August 1999 Loan ??  141 0
Chelsea September 1999 160,000 ??  141 0
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR ?? Free 27th January 2009 v Stoke City (home) (Premier League) won 3-1 ?? ??
LA Galaxy (USA) 31st December 2012 Free ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
AC Milan (Italy)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Como (Italy) (loan) 
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Prato (Italy) 
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Lazio (Italy) 
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Castel Di Sangro (Italy)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Chelsea
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

Honours
Italy international
0 full caps;  0 goals
7 Under-21 cap; 0 goals
21 Under-18 caps; 0 goals
FA Cup winners medal 2000, 2007 (Chelsea)
FA Community Shield winners medal 2000, 2005 (Chelsea)
Champions League Runners-up medal 2007-2008 (Chelsea)
Premier League Runners-up medal 2003-2004 (Chelsea)
FA Cup Runners-up medal 2002 (Chelsea)
League Cup Runners-up medal 2007-2008  (THFC)
FA Community Shield Runners-up medal 2007
Player of the Year 2001-02 (Chelsea)
ITV Golden Gloves award for Best Goalkeeper of the season 2002-03 (Chelsea)

Milestones
- appearance

2009

Supported AC Milan as a child.
Would choose Barack Obama as his flight companion on a plane.
Is a competitive dad.
Had a Rottweiler dog Ludwig.
His favourite newspaper is Gazzetta Dello Sport.
Enjoys playing tennis and golf, which is his passion.  Played volleyball at school.
His biggest influence is his father, Fabio, who played in goal for AC Milan.  His grandfather was also a footballer - a defender for Ponziana Trieste.
Always wears jeans.
Likes Bon Jovi and Queen.
Enjoyed family skiing holidays in the Alps as a youngster.
Is well travelled and has been to Peru ( a walking holiday through the mountains on the Inca Trail), South Africa, India, Israel and America, among others.
Is taking piano lessons.
Enjoys reading art, history or photography books.
Most memorable game was for Castel Di Sangro in the first game of the season at home to recently relegated Ascoli.  Carlo saved everything that was thrown at him, including a penalty.
Likes to drive and his favourite cars are the Mini and the BMW M6.
Favourite TV shows are "Prison Break" and "24".
Has a pilot's licence.

           

 

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