Gianluca Pessotto

Gianluca Pessotto 2006

Gianluca Pessotto ( born August 11, 1970 in Latisana (UD), Italy ) is a retired Italian footballer. Today he works as a team manager at Juventus.

  • 3.1 In the club
  • 3.2 In the National Team


In the club

The left-back Gianluca Pessotto began his professional career in 1992 with FC Bologna and came after two seasons with Hellas Verona and Torino Calcio in 1995 to Juventus, where he stood up to end of his career in 2006 under contract. With Juve he was six times Italian champion and won the 1996 UEFA Champions League; 1997, 1998 and 2003, he also starred in the final.

Gianluca Pessotto has never been a player who has turned himself into the foreground, within the team, he was still a leader. He distinguished himself above all by his tactical discipline and perseverance from - not the very best footballing terms - rather, a worker on the pitch and that is why an important team player.

In the National Team

For the Italian national football team Pessotto played 22 internationals. He played at the Football World Cup 1998 in France and reached the quarterfinals of the Azzurri. In the European Football Championship 2000, he reached with his team the final, which is, as already lost the quarterfinals of the 1998 World Cup against France. For the World Cup 2002 he was included in the squad, but a serious injury cost him ultimately to the World Cup.

Pessottos fall from Juventus business building

After ending his playing career, he took on 26 May 2006 at Juventus the post of team manager. On 27 June 2006 Pessotto fell from the second floor of the Juve - business building height of 15 meters, and pitched on a roof, what its drop height decreased, in his hand he held a rosary. He suffered multiple fractures. After his awakening, the recovery proceeded rapidly, on 17 July 2006, the doctors finally reported that he was out of danger and already could speak again. A week later, he expressed in a newspaper interview that he would soon walk again and could not wait to leave the hospital. First fears, Gianluca Pessotto could face a paraplegic, have not been realized. Finally, on 5 September 2006, he left the hospital and then completed an intensive rehabilitation program in the Turin private clinic Fornaca di Sessant. In December 2006 he started working with Juventus again.

The Italian public was shocked, La Gazzetta dello Sport headline: Pessotto, ma perché? ( Pessotto, but why? ). Full football Italy sent well wishes and praised Pessotto as great people and sportsman. The captain of the Italian national team, Fabio Cannavaro, a close friend Pessottos, who received the news during a press conference at the soccer World Cup in 2006, saying only: " Scusate, ma io vado via " ( Excuse me, but I go ). Together with Alessandro Del Piero and Ciro Ferrara he immediately flew to Turin to the bedside Pessottos. After the quarterfinal victory against Ukraine Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluca Zambrotta held an Italian flag in the air, on the " Pessottino siamo con te " ( " Pessottino, we are with you! " ) Was written. The Italian team dedicated to him their World Champion title in 2006 and lost no opportunity to express needs improvement. After the World Cup Fabio Cannavaro brought him even the World Cup to the hospital. Many former teammates, coaches and rivals visited him and made so that Gianluca Pessotto took new courage.


In the club

  • Champions League: 1995/96
  • Champions League Runners-up: 1996/97, 1997/98, 2002/ 03
  • World Cup: 1996
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1996
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999
  • Italian Championship: 1996/97, 1997/98, 2001/ 02, 2002/ 03, 2004 /05 * 2005/ 06 *
  • Italian Super Cup: 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003

* Disallowed under the Italian football scandal 2005/2006

In the National Team

  • European runners-up: 2000


Gianluca Pessotto is married and has two daughters with Reana, Federica and Benedetta.