Gianluigi Donnarumma

Gianluigi Donnarumma[2] (Italian pronunciation: [dʒanluˈiːdʒi ˌdɔnnaˈrumma]; born 25 February 1999) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A club Milan and the Italy national team.

He began his career with Milan in 2015, becoming the second-youngest goalkeeper ever to debut in Serie A, aged 16 years and 242 days; he immediately broke into the starting line-up, earning a reputation as one of the most promising young goalkeepers in the world. He also broke the record as the youngest Italy under-21 player ever to play, aged 17 years and 28 days in March 2016. Six months later, he made his senior international debut, becoming the youngest goalkeeper ever to appear for Italy, aged 17 years and 189 days.

Gianluigi Donnarumma
Gianluigi Donnarumma (31895135436)
Donnarumma with A.C. Milan before the 2016 Supercoppa Italiana
Personal information
Full name Gianluigi Donnarumma
Date of birth 25 February 1999 (age 19)
Place of birth Castellammare di Stabia, Italy
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Milan
Number 99
Youth career
2003–2013 Club Napoli
2013–2015 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Milan 130 (0)
National team
2014 Italy U15 4 (0)
2014–2015 Italy U17 10 (0)
2016–2017 Italy U21 7 (0)
2016– Italy 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 February 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2018

Club career

Milan

Donnarumma grew up in the football academy of Club Napoli in his native Castellammare di Stabia. At age 14, he was signed for €250,000 by Milan, the team for which his elder brother, Antonio, had already played.[3] Between 2013 and 2015, he was part of the Rossoneri youth academy, where he always played in the age group above him, beginning with the Giovanissimi, then the Allievi, and finally the Primavera.[4] Three days before his 16th birthday, in February 2015, he received his first call-up to the senior team from manager Filippo Inzaghi; though he did not feature in the league match against Cesena, his presence on the substitutes' bench had required a special dispensation due to his age.[5][6]

2015–16: Immediate breakthrough into starting eleven

At the beginning of the 2015–16 season, Donnarumma was promoted to the senior team by manager Siniša Mihajlović, initially as the third-choice goalkeeper behind Diego López and Christian Abbiati.[7] During Milan's pre-season tour of China, he made his debut in an International Champions Cup match against Real Madrid on 30 July. Replacing López in the 72nd minute, he kept a clean sheet for the remainder of the match, but was one of two Milan players to miss his penalty shootout attempt in an eventual 10–9 loss.[8] His subsequent starting appearance against Sassuolo in the final of the TIM Trophy saw him save two penalties in the shootout to secure Milan's victory.[9]

Gianluigi Donnarumma ICC 2016
Donnarumma playing for Milan during the 2016–17 pre-season.

Donnarumma made his competitive debut in Serie A on 25 October against Sassuolo at the San Siro stadium; chosen to start ahead of López, he helped the team achieve a 2–1 victory after three matches without a win.[10] At the age of 16 years and 242 days,[11] he was the second-youngest goalkeeper to start a match in the history of Italian football; 13 days older than Giuseppe Sacchi, who coincidentally made his Serie A debut with Milan on the very same date, 73 years earlier.[12][13] López subsequently hailed him as "the future of Milan and of Italian football".[14] Donnarumma kept his first clean sheet three days later in a 1–0 win against Chievo.[15] After three successive victories featuring Donnarumma in the starting line-up, Milan avoided a defeat against Atalanta as a result of an impressive display from their goalkeeper; "Donnarumma worked miracles," commented the Gazzetta dello Sport.[16] His performances that year earned him a place among the top 25 of Don Balón's ranking of the world's best footballers under age 21.[17]

By the start of 2016, Donnarumma had firmly supplanted López as the first-choice goalkeeper for Milan,[18] who subsequently offered him a revised, three-year contract.[19] His first appearance in the Derby della Madonnina, Milan's crosstown rivalry with Internazionale, came on 31 January; the clash ended in a 3–0 victory after he stopped Éder from scoring.[20] In March, he was briefly hospitalised after suffering a head injury in an on-pitch collision with Chievo's Fabrizio Cacciatore.[21] Donnarumma featured ahead of Abbiati in Milan's 1–0 defeat to Juventus in the Coppa Italia Final, as the club failed to qualify for European competition at the end of the season.[22]

2016–present: Established first choice goalkeeper

In the club's opening league match of the 2016–17 season against Torino, on 21 August, Donnarumma saved the first penalty of his professional career; he stopped Andrea Belotti's shot in injury time, which enabled Milan to seal a 3–2 victory at home.[23][24] He kept his first clean sheet of the season in the 1–0 victory against Sampdoria on 16 September.[25] On 23 December, Donnarumma helped lead Milan to victory in the Supercoppa Italiana, saving Paulo Dybala's penalty in a 4–3 shoot-out win following a 1–1 draw after extra time.[26] On 15 June 2017 it was initially announced that Donnarumma would not be renewing his contract with Milan,[27] however on 11 July, after much speculation, he renewed with Milan until 2021.[28]

Donnarumma played his first European game in a 1–0 win against CS U Craiova in the first leg of Milan's Europa League third-round qualification match on 27 July 2017, in which he managed to keep a clean sheet.[29] He also kept another clean sheet in the second leg the following week, as Milan beat their opponent 2–0.[30] He kept his third consecutive clean sheet in the competition in Milan's 6–0 win against Shkëndija in the first leg of the play-off round.[31] He kept another clean sheet in his first match in new Serie A season against Crotone.[32] On 30 December 2017, Donnarumma played his 100th game for Milan in a 1–1 draw against Fiorentina;[33] becoming the youngest player to make 100 appearances with Milan's jersey.[34] On 28 February 2018, following a 0–0 aggregate draw after extra-time, Donnarumma saved two penalties in a 5–4 shoot-out victory over Lazio in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals in Rome, which allowed Milan to advanced to the final of the competition.[35] On 15 April 2018, Donnarumma became the youngest player to reach 100 appearances in Serie A, aged 19 years and 49 days, after a 0–0 home draw against Napoli.[36] On 9 May, Donnarumma started in Milan's 4–0 defeat to Juventus in the Coppa Italia final, who won their fourth consecutive title.[37]

On 3 February 2019, Donnarumma was named man-of-the-match in Milan's 1–1 away draw with Roma in the 21st Round of the 2018–19 Serie A season, making five important saves.[38] On 10 February, he made his 150th Milan appearance in a 3–0 home win over Cagliari in Serie A;[39] as a result he became Milan's tenth-most capped keeper of all time, behind Christian Abbiati (380), Sebastiano Rossi (330), Dida (302), Lorenzo Buffon (300), Enrico Albertosi (233), Dario Compiani (221), Fabio Cudicini (183), Giovanni Rossetti (180), and Mario Zorzan (176).[40]

International career

Donnarumma was the starting goalkeeper for Italy's under-17 team at the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[41] The following year on 24 March, he made his debut for the under-21 side in a 4–1 win over the Republic of Ireland, becoming the youngest player ever to play for the team, aged 17 years and 28 days, breaking the record previously held by Federico Bonazzoli.[42][43]

Though predicted to attend the 2016 UEFA European Championship, Donnarumma did not make Antonio Conte's final squad for the tournament.[22] On 27 August, he was called up to the senior squad by Gian Piero Ventura for a friendly against France on 1 September and a 2018 World Cup qualification match on 5 September against Israel, making him the youngest player, aged 17 years and six months, to be called up to the senior squad since 1911.[44] On 1 September, in the match against France, Donnarumma made his senior debut, subbing out Buffon at the half-time mark of an eventual 3–1 home loss; the youngest goalkeeper to ever play for Italy aged 17 years and 189 days.[45][46] On 28 March 2017, he made his first starting appearance in a 2–1 away win over the Netherlands; the youngest goalkeeper for Italy to do so aged 18 years and 31 days.[47]

In June 2017, he was included in the Italy under-21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship by manager Luigi Di Biagio.[48]

Style of play

Long considered one of Italy's most exciting prospects, and one of the most promising young footballers of his generation, Donnarumma is widely regarded as the successor to Gianluigi Buffon.[16][50][51][52] Buffon himself has in turn praised the teenager's physical strength and technical abilities, mental composure and decision making.[53] Predicting an "extraordinary career" in his future,[54] he commended Donnarumma's maturity and ability to cope with the pressures of being a goalkeeper at such a young age.[55] Another of Italy's World Cup-winning goalkeepers, Dino Zoff, similarly said Donnarumma seems "predestined to become a great goalkeeper," adding that "it all depends completely on him."[56] Former Milan and Italy goalkeeper Giovanni Galli also described Donnarumma as a potentially world-class goalkeeper, applauding him for his discipline, intelligence, concentration, and professionalism, despite his young age.[57]

A 2015 ESPN profile praised Donnarumma's fundamental goalkeeping skills, identifying his large slender frame and reach, agility, and composed nature as his biggest strengths; writer Nick Dorrington additionally described the teenager as "a natural leader [with] the necessary confidence to organise a defence featuring players twice his age."[6][16] Despite his tall and imposing stature,[6] Donnarumma possesses good reactions,[58] and is effective at stopping penalties.[59] Although he is regarded as being competent with the ball at his feet, several pundits, such as Mina Rzouki and Paolo Menicucci, have cited his ball control and distribution, as well as his positioning, ability to defend crosses, and his overall consistency, as areas in which he needs to improve as he gains more experience.[6][16][60][61]

Personal life

Donnarumma was born in Castellammare di Stabia in the Province of Naples, the son of Alfonso and Marinella. His older brother, Antonio, also came through Milan's youth system as a goalkeeper, and is currently his teammate as well.[62][63] Since childhood, he has supported Milan,[50] although he grew up idolising Gianluigi Buffon.[64]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 16 February 2019[65]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 2015–16 Serie A 30 0 1 0 31 0
2016–17 38 0 2 0 1[a] 0 41 0
2017–18 38 0 4 0 11[b] 0 53 0
2018–19 24 0 1 0 0[b] 0 1[a] 0 26 0
Career total 130 0 8 0 11 0 2 0 151 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International

As of 17 November 2018.[66]
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2016 2 0
2017 2 0
2018 7 0
Total 11 0

Honours

Club

Milan

Individual

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External links

1999 in association football

The following are the association football events of the year 1999 throughout the world.

2016 Coppa Italia Final

The 2016 Coppa Italia Final decided the winner of the 2015–16 Coppa Italia, the 69th season of Italy's main football cup. It was played on 21 May 2016 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, between AC Milan and Juventus.Since Juventus won the 2015–16 Serie A, Milan secured their place in the 2016 Supercoppa Italiana. Juventus won the match 1–0 after extra time, with a 110th-minute goal by the substitute Álvaro Morata with his first touch, successfully defending their title.

2016 Supercoppa Italiana

The 2016 Supercoppa Italiana was the 29th edition of the Supercoppa Italiana, Italian football supercup. It was played on 23 December 2016 at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar. With Juventus winning both the 2015–16 Serie A championship and the 2015–16 Coppa Italia, the game was played between Juventus and the 2015–16 Coppa Italia runners-up, Milan. Milan won 4–3 on penalties following a 1–1 draw after extra time.

2016–17 A.C. Milan season

The 2016–17 season is the 83rd season in Associazione Calcio Milan's history and their 34th in the top-flight of Italian football. Milan is competing in Serie A, Supercoppa (as finalist of 2015–16 Coppa Italia) and in the Coppa Italia.

2018 Ballon d'Or

The 2018 Ballon d'Or was the 63rd annual award ceremony recognizing the best footballer in the world for 2018. The winners were announced on 3 December 2018, and for the first time in its history, the Ballon d'Or Féminin and Kopa Trophy were awarded to the best female and male under-21 footballer, respectively.

2018 Coppa Italia Final

The 2018 Coppa Italia Final decided the winner of the 2017–18 Coppa Italia, the 71st season of Italy's main football cup. It was played on 9 May 2018 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome between Juventus and Milan.

Juventus won the match 4–0 with all four goals coming in the second half, winning their fourth consecutive Coppa Italia title and 13th title overall. This was the fifth time these teams met in the Coppa Italia Final, with Juventus winning previously in 1942, 1990 and 2016, and Milan winning in the 1973 final.

2018 Supercoppa Italiana

The 2018 Supercoppa Italiana was the 31st edition of the Supercoppa Italiana, the Italian football super cup. It was played on 16 January 2019 at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. With Juventus winning both the 2017–18 Serie A championship and the 2017–18 Coppa Italia, the game was played between Juventus and the 2017–18 Coppa Italia runners-up, Milan.

This was the third meeting between the two teams in the Supercoppa Italiana. Juventus won the first meeting in 2003 in East Rutherford, New Jersey on penalties, and Milan returned the favour, also on penalties in 2016 in Qatar. Both teams before the match had a record seven Supercoppa titles. Saudi Arabia became the sixth different country to host a Supercoppa Italiana. Juventus won the match, with the only goal coming from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 61st minute; Juventus became the first club to win eight Supercoppa Italiana titles.

2018–19 A.C. Milan season

The 2018–19 season is the 120th season in Associazione Calcio Milan's history and their 85th (108th overall) in the top-flight of Italian football. Milan is competing in Serie A and in the Coppa Italia.

Milan qualified for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage as the sixth-placed team of the previous season, but were originally banned by UEFA from European competition due to violations of Financial Fair Play regulations for failure to break-even. On 10 July 2018, Li Yonghong failed to keep up with his loan repayment plan, neglecting to deposit a €32 million installment on time in order to keep refinancing the €303 million loan debt owed to Elliott Management Corporation. As a result, ownership of the club was immediately transferred to the American hedge fund. Milan appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and the ban was overturned on 20 July 2018. Following the shareholders' meeting held on 21 July 2018, all previous directors, including Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli, were officially dismissed, with Paolo Scaroni becoming the new chairman of the club, replacing Li Yonghong.

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