Luciano Bodini

Luciano Bodini (born 12 February 1954, in Leno) is a retired Italian professional football player, who played in the position of goalkeeper.

Luciano Bodini
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-02-12) 12 February 1954 (age 68)
Place of birth Leno, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1977 Cremonese 108 (0)
1977–1979 Atalanta 32 (0)
1979–1989 Juventus 26 (0)
1989–1990 Verona 6 (0)
1990–1991 Internazionale 0 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


Bodini began his career with Cremonese (1974–77), before moving to Atalanta (1977–79), where he managed to gain a place in the team's starting line-up despite initial competition from Pierluigi Pizzaballa. He later also played with Juventus (1979–89), Verona (1989–90), and Inter (1990–91).[1][2]

According to some sources, he is among the few players to have won all three major UEFA-organised club competitions.[3] He was able to accomplish this feat during his time with Juventus between 1979 and 1989 (where he served mainly as the understudies of Dino Zoff and subsequently Stefano Tacconi, although he briefly was able to break into the Juventus starting line-up due to his excellent performances), and with Inter, during the final season of his career, serving as a backup to Walter Zenga. Because of this, he was often known by the nickname: "the best reserve goalkeeper in Italy".[1][2]

Style of playEdit

Despite his relatively small stature for a goalkeeper, Bodini was a reliable and effective shot-stopper, who stood out for the consistency of his performances throughout his career. A well-rounded keeper, he was equally known for his ability to come out and handle crosses, as well as his adeptness at rushing off his line or getting to ground quickly to parry shots.[1][2][4][5]





  1. ^ a b c Nicolò Bonazzi (27 April 2012). "Gli Eroi della Cremo: Luciano BODINI" (in Italian). Tutot Cremonese. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Stefano Bedeschi (12 February 2014). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Luciano BODINI" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  3. ^ List of players to have won the three main European club competitions
  4. ^ Stefano Bedeschi. "Gli eroi in bianconero: Stefano TACCONI" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  5. ^ GIANNI MURA (13 November 1984). "E' L' ADDIO DELLA BELLA SIGNORA?" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 4 August 2016.