Christian Panucci

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Christian Panucci
0Full Name Christian Panucci
0Date of Birth 12 April 1973
0Place of Birth Savona, Italy
0Position Right back
Central defender
0Chelsea career 2000-2001
0Debut 19 August 2000
0Games (goals) 10 (1)
0Other clubs Genoa
AC Milan
Real Madrid
Inter Milan
AS Monaco
AS Roma
Parma FC

Christian Panucci (born 12 April 1973 in Savona) is a former Italian international defender who had a spell on loan to Chelsea from August 2000 to January 2001.


Before Chelsea

Panucci started playing with Genoa C.F.C. in 1990 and then moved to A.C. Milan in July 1993, where he would win two Serie A titles and the UEFA Champions League. Panucci later moved to Real Madrid, where he would also win league and Champions League titles, before joining Internazionale.

Chelsea career

Panucci was loaned to Chelsea at the start of the 2000-01 season, for one year, [1] ostensibly as a replacement for Dan Petrescu, who had left in the summer, though Gianluca Vialli also had Albert Ferrer as an option at right back. Vialli was sacked just five games into the season and Panucci soon fell out of favour with new manager Claudio Ranieri, though he did score the only goal in a UEFA Cup tie against Swiss side St. Gallen, while Graham Rix was in temporary charge of the team. Panucci's loan was eventually switched to Monaco, after he had made just ten appearances in all competitions.

After Chelsea

He eventually made his move to Monaco permanent, but signed for Roma not long after. After a great deal of travelling throughout his career, Panucci finally settled at Roma. He joined the club in the 2001-02 campaign, the year after the Giallorossi won the national title. He went on to become a key player and one of the leaders of the club. He played a total of 311 matches scoring 29 goals for AS Roma, becoming the highest scoring defender in Roma's history. His contract at the Roman club ended in 2009, and he spent seven months at Parma before his contract was terminated by mutual consent in February 2010. Panucci retired from playing a short time later, and became a football pundit for SKY Italia.


Panucci made his debut in September 1994 against Slovenia in a UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying match. However, he missed out on the final squad following a dispute with Italian national coach Arrigo Sacchi and was not a regular in the Italian national team until the 2002 World Cup. He played at Euro 2004, but was overlooked for the 2006 World Cup and didn't return to international action until the Euro 2008 qualifiers, during his career renaissance with Roma. Panucci currently has 55 caps for the Azzurri, scoring four goals.


Season Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2000-01 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 10 1
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 10 1


# Season Date Year Competition Opponent Score Result Venue
12000-0114 September2000UEFA CupSt. Gallen1-01-0Stamford Bridge

Career honours

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Real Madrid
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