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Ivan Pelizzoli

Quick Facts

IntroItalian footballer
Is Athlete
Football player
Association football player
From Italy
Type Sports
Birth 18 November 1980, Bergamo
Age40 years


Ivan Pelizzoli (born 18 November 1980) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as goalkeeper for Piacenza in Italy’s Lega Pro.

Club career

Early career

After playing for Atalanta B.C. and Triestina from 1997 to 2000, he made his Serie A debut with Atalanta on 5 November 2000, during the 2000–01 season; the promising goalkeeper soon emerged to prominence, overtaking Alberto Fontana and Davide Pinato as the club’s starting goalkeeper, and was initially considered by the media to be one of the best young goalkeepers in Italy.


In the following summer he was signed by 2001 Italian champions A.S. Roma for 33,000 million lire in 5-year contract, worth 3,372.2 million lire per season, (signed in June 2001; ~€17,043,078 transfer fee and €1.742 million wage; paid via 27,000 million lire cash and Alessandro Rinaldi), winning the Supercoppa Italiana in his first season. He was initially a backup to Francesco Antonioli, but midway through the 2002–03 Serie A season, he became the club’s first choice goalkeeper under Fabio Capello, helping Roma to reach the 2003 Coppa Italia final. During the 2003–04 Serie A season, Pelizzoli conceded the least goals in the entire Serie A behind a defensive force which consisted mainly of Cristian Panucci, Walter Samuel, Christian Chivu and Vincent Candela, as Roma finished the season in second place; during the season, he also managed what is currently the 5th longest consecutive run without conceding a goal in Serie A, setting a 774-minute unbeaten streak. Despite his performances, he was not picked for the Euro 2004 (although he was included in the Italian Olympic squad instead, helping the team to a bronze medal), but looked set to become a long-term first choice in Roma. However, his subsequent unstable performances gave Gianluca Curci and Carlo Zotti the chance to play during the 2004–05 Serie A season.


Due to his lack of competitive action, he signed for Reggina Calcio 2005 in co-ownership deal for a peppercorn fee of €500 to compete with Nicola Pavarini for first choice goalkeeper. Reggina pinned their hopes on Pelizzoli regaining his spectacular form from the 2003–04 season, but he could not really find his feet in Reggina, though he played his part in keeping the team in the top-flight division. In June 2006 Roma gave up the remain 50% registration rights to Reggina for free.

Lokomotiv Moscow

On 31 January 2007, Pelizzoli was captured by FC Lokomotiv Moscow, signing him on with a 3-year contract. In his first season, he had compete for a first team place with Eldin Jakupović, and in his second season with Ivan Levenets and Marek Čech, demoting him to the 4th choice goalkeeper.


On 31 August 2009, Lokomotiv Moscow loaned Ivan to the Serie B club U.C. AlbinoLeffe for one season, with Eldin Jakupović returning to Moscow. Pelizzoli was brought in as AlbinoLeffe’s goalkeepers only had Serie C1 experience, namely Stefano Layeni, Daniel Offredi and Paolo Branduani. He made his team debut on 19 September 2009. After played 3 games in September, he was out-favored and lost his place in both first choice and on the bench. Pelizzoli re-gained his regular place since November.


In August 2010, Pelizolli joined Cagliari Calcio. He hinted he would take on an understudy role in the Sardinian club.


In August 2012, Pescara acquired Pelizzoli as a back-up to Mattia Perin.

International career

Pelizzoli made his senior international debut with Italy in 2003, making 2 caps in total between 2003 and 2004. He was one of three over-age players representing Italy at the 2004 Summer Olympics, ahead of Marco Amelia, as first choice goalkeeper, winning a Bronze medal. He also played at 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, ahead of Generoso Rossi and Vitangelo Spadavecchia as first choice, where Italy reached the semi-finals.

Career statistics

International appearances and goals
1.30 April 2003Geneva, Switzerland  Switzerland2–10Friendly
1.12 August 2004Volos, Greece Ghana2–202004 Olympics (Italy U23)
2.15 August 2004Volos, Greece Japan3–202004 Olympics (Italy U23)
3.18 August 2004Piraeus, Greece Paraguay0–102004 Olympics (Italy U23)
4.21 August 2004Piraeus, Greece Mali1–0 (AET)02004 Olympics (Italy U23)
5.24 August 2004Piraeus, Greece Argentina0–302004 Olympics (Italy U23)
6.27 August 2004Thessaloniki, Greece Iraq1–002004 Olympics (Italy U23)
2.17 November 2004Messina, Italy Finland1–00Friendly



  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2001
  • “I. Pelizzoli”. Soccerway. Retrieved 24 December 2015.