, Cavaliere OMRI
, (born 16 February 1970 in Blera
) is an Italian
former World Cup
-winning football goalkeeper
, and a three-time winner of the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year
Peruzzi retired from professional football after the 2006–07 season and now works as Ciro Ferrara
's assistant at the Italian under-21 team
, a position he was appointed to on October 2010.
Peruzzi began his Serie A career with A.S. Roma
in 1987. He was loaned to Hellas Verona
in 1989, but was suspended for a year in October 1990 after failing a doping test because an appetite suppressant he was taking at the time contained a banned substance. His signing with Juventus
in 1991 successfully revived his career, and he soon surpassed Stefano Tacconi
as the Turin giants' starting goalie. Peruzzi won three Scudetti
, a UEFA Cup
, and was part of Juventus' 1996 Champions League
title squad that defeated AFC Ajax
in the final on penalties. After one season with Internazionale
, he transferred to Lazio for €17.9 million in 2000, and made over 200 appearances in Serie A and European competition with the club.
Although his contract with the Biancocelesti
ran until 2008, Peruzzi announced that he would call it quits at the end of the '06-07 season after Lazio's 0-0 draw with Cagliari Calcio
on October 15, 2006. "I will retire at the end of the campaign,"