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Encyclopedia > Cristiano Lucarelli
Cristiano Lucarelli
Personal information
Full name Cristiano Lucarelli
Date of birth October 4, 1975 (1975-10-04) (age 32)
Place of birth    Livorno, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Shakhtar Donetsk
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Shakhtar Donetsk
28 (5)
7 (0)
32 (15)
34 (18)
26 (5)
13 (1)
59 (26)
55 (10)
146 (92)
9 (3)   
National team2
2005- Italy 5 (1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of May 27th 2007.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of June 3rd 2007.
* Appearances (Goals) is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Livorno (archaic English: ) is a port city on the Tyrrhenian Sea on the western edge of Tuscany, Italy. ... This article is about football players. ... FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukrainian: ) is a Ukrainian professional football club, playing in the city of Donetsk, the capital of Donetsk region. ... Cuoio Pelli Cappiano Romaiano (better known as Cuoiocappiano) is an Italian football club, based in Santa Croce sullArno, Tuscany. ... The old A.C. Perugia logo Perugia Calcio is a football club based in Perugia, Umbria, direct heir of the old , excluded from Italian football because of financial troubles. ... A.S. Cosenza Calcio is an Italian football club, based in Cosenza, Calabria, who plays in Serie D/I. The team was founded in 2003 as A.S. Cosenza Calcio Football Club, after the cancellation of the old Cosenza Calcio 1914. ... Padova Calcio is an Italian football club, based in Padua. ... Atalanta B.C. (Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio, sometimes called Atalanta Bergamo) is an Italian football club based in Bergamo, Lombardy. ... Valencia Club de Fútbol (also known as Valencia CF or Valencia) are a Spanish professional football club based in Valencia. ... Unione Sportiva Lecce or simply U.S. Lecce is a football club based in Lecce, Apulia. ... Torino Football Club is one of the most popular Italian football clubs, based in Turin. ... Associazione Sportiva Livorno Calcio is a football club based in Livorno, Tuscany. ... FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukrainian: ) is a Ukrainian professional football club, playing in the city of Donetsk, the capital of Donetsk region. ...

Cristiano Lucarelli (born October 4, 1975 in Livorno) is an Italian football player. He plays as a forward for FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League. is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Livorno (archaic English: ) is a port city on the Tyrrhenian Sea on the western edge of Tuscany, Italy. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukrainian: ) is a Ukrainian professional football club, playing in the city of Donetsk, the capital of Donetsk region. ... Professional football league of Ukraine logo The Ukrainian Premier League (Ukrainian: , Vyscha Liha) is the highest division of Ukrainian annual football championship. ...


Club Career

A journeyman striker, Lucarelli had stints with eight different teams (including a brief run in Spain) before signing with hometown A.S. Livorno Calcio in 2003. While playing for Torino F.C. the previous season, he attended a match that saw Livorno emerge victorious and earn promotion to Serie B, and he was among a throng of fans who rushed the pitch afterwards in celebration. He made an immediate impact in Livorno's return to Serie A in the 2003-04 season, scoring 29 goals in 38 matches and instantly winning a space in the hearts of Amaranto fans. He won the Golden Boot Award as Serie A's top goalscorer the following season, with 24 in 35 matches as Livorno finished in eighth place. Associazione Sportiva Livorno Calcio is a football club based in Livorno, Tuscany. ... Torino Football Club is one of the most popular Italian football clubs, based in Turin. ... Serie B is the name of the second highest football league in Italy. ...

A rarity in the football world in terms of club loyalty, he rejected several better-paying offers from other Italian and European clubs (among them a €3 million offer from FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in July 2006) to remain with Livorno. He was once quoted as saying, "Some football players pay a billion for a Ferrari or a yacht; with that money I bought myself Livorno’s shirt. That’s all." FC Zenit (Russian: Футбольный клуб Зенит Санкт-Петербург) is a Russian football club, based in Saint Petersburg. ... For other uses, see Ferrari (disambiguation). ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...

He scored his 100th Serie A goal as part of a hat-trick in a 4-1 defeat of Catania on April 1, 2007. Calcio Catania is an Italian football club founded in 1908 and are based in Catania, Sicily. ...

Unfortunately, Lucarelli's seemingly perfect relationship with the team soured after a conflict with club president Aldo Spinelli arose over the firing of coach Daniele Arrigoni in March 2007, during which he openly stated his desire to leave. It became permanently damaged a month later, when Lucarelli received a frosty reception from supporters after a sluggish 1-1 home draw with Reggina, with many fans going as far as to accuse Livorno of match-fixing. Lucarelli, hurt by the fans' criticism, reiterated his plans to leave Livorno at the end of the season. Daniele Arrigoni (born August 28, 1959 in Cesena) is an Italian football (soccer) manager. ... Not to be confused with A.C. Reggiana 1919, a Serie C team. ...

In May, he was quick to snuff out rumors of a move to Serie A rivals ACF Fiorentina, and continued to remain ambiguous about his future with Livorno, claiming that he would make a decision on June 6; five days later, Lucarelli announced that he would be staying home for next season due to a lack of offers from other teams, despite fresh rumors about Palermo, Parma and Sampdoria being interested in his services. ACF Fiorentina is an Italian football club based in Florence (Firenze), Tuscany. ... Unione Sportiva Città di Palermo is an Italian football club from Palermo, Sicily which currently plays in Serie A, the top level of Italian football. ... Parma Football Club (formerly Parma Associazione Calcio) is an Italian football club based in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, nicknamed Ducali (The Duchy Men), Crociati (Crusaders) and Gialloblu (Yellow-Blues). ... Unione Calcio Sampdoria (commonly nicknamed Blucerchiati, blue-ringed) is a football club based in Genoa, Italy. ...

However, on July 13, Lucarelli agreed to join Shakhtar Donetsk for £6 million, signing a three-year contract worth £2.8 million a season, thus becoming the first Italian to play in Ukraine. The news resulted in a flood of negative responses from fans on his official website. He replied to the furor at a press conference, “I am going, but I didn’t hold a gun to anyone’s head...Shakhtar signed me for a figure that was below the buy-out clause of my contract. That means the club made its considerations and thought that £6m was good for a player going on 32.” is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Categories: Stub | Ukrainian football clubs ...

In his debut in the UEFA Champions League with his new club, he scored the second goal of the Ukranians, in their 2-0 win against Celtic FC, on 18 September 2007. The UEFA Champions League (also known as the European Cup, UCL, CE1, C1[1] or CL) is a seasonal club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... Celtic F.C. (pronounced seltic, not keltic) is perhaps the most famous Scottish football club. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the. ...

Passion and controversy

Lucarelli's passion for his home club often resulted in many questionable incidents. The May 2005 issue of Calcio Italia magazine reported that he had paid for a bus that brought a cadre of traveling Livorno fans back to the city after they had been arrested for rioting. He has the A.S. Livorno logo tattooed on his left forearm, and his jersey number, 99, is an homage to left-wing ultras group Brigate Autonome Livornesi, which was founded in 1999. Anthem Publishing was founded by Jon Bickley, Paul Pettengale and Simon Lewis in 2003. ... For other uses, see Tattoo (disambiguation). ...

He was also of an increasingly rare breed of Italian footballer who openly brought his politics onto the pitch; his goal celebration consisted of a dual clenched-fist salute, a gesture made famous by the Communist party. He has openly admitted that he, like most of Livorno's fanbase, is a supporter of communism. One of his cell phone ringtones was The Red Flag, and he once gregariously declared, “We [Livorno] get no favors from the referees because we are Communists!” but later retracted this statement. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about communism as a form of society and as a political movement. ... The red flag is a socialist emblem associated in particular with the revolutionary left as well as with social democratic and labour traditions having been a banner used by parties such as Labour in Britain, the Socialist Party in France and other social democratic and democratic socialist groups throughout the...

He is a staunch admirer of Che Guevara, whose face is frequently displayed on Livorno fans' banners and T-shirts during matches. This first came to the fore in 1997, when, after scoring for Italy's Under-21 side, he celebrated by pulling his jersey over his face to reveal a shirt bearing the revolutionary's image. Despite his insisting that it was not a political gesture, he was consequently blackballed from the national team for years until Marcelo Lippi called him up as a starter for a friendly in 2005. Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (June 14,[1] 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as Che Guevara, El Che or just Che was an Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary, medical doctor , political figure, and leader of Cuban and internationalist guerrillas. ... Marcello Lippi, Cavaliere OMRI (born April 11, 1948) is an Italian football coach and former player. ... A friendly match is generally a match where there is no competitive value of any kind, and most times quality of play is valued over the result. ...

Lucarelli met Guevara's daughter, Aleida Guevara, after the 2004-05 Serie A season; one subject of discussion was the possibility of Livorno traveling to Cuba to play a charity match, but it never came to fruition. Aleida Guevara (born 1960 in Cuba) is the eldest daughter of Ernesto Che Guevara and his second wife, Aleida March. ...


Lucarelli has been capped five times for the Italy senior squad. His aforementioned debut was during a 2005 friendly tournament in the United States and Canada, where he scored his first and only national goal in a 1-1 draw against Serbia and Montenegro at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. He was left off the Italy roster for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but was recalled by new coach Roberto Donadoni - who had briefly coached Lucarelli at Livorno earlier in the year - for a friendly against Croatia on August 16, 2006. Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome,[1] is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ... “2006 World Cup” redirects here. ... Roberto Donadoni (born September 9, 1963 in Cisano Bergamasco, Province of Bergamo, Lombardy) is an Italian football (soccer) manager and former player. ...

Due to a rash of injuries among the Azzurri, Lucarelli was summoned for a pair of June Euro 2008 qualifiers against Lithuania and the Faroe Islands. He came on as a substitute for Filippo Inzaghi in the 58th minute of Italy's narrow 2-1 victory over the Faroes on June 2, but did not play in a 2-0 defeat of Lithuania on June 6. Lucarelli also substituted for Inzaghi in the 65th minute of a Euro 2008 qualifying match versus France on September 8, 2007. The 2008 European Football Championship (EURO 2008) will take place in Austria and Switzerland. ... “Inzaghi” redirects here. ...


  • His younger brother, Alessandro, is currently playing for Genoa CFC. The brothers were Livorno teammates during the 04-05 campaign.

Alessandro Lucarelli (born 22 July 1977 in Livorno) is an Italian football (soccer) defender. ... Genoa Cricket & Football Club is a football club based in Genoa, Liguria, Italy. ...


  • Cristiano Lucarelli: Striking for Che - Football Italia, 2/06
  • Lucarelli to leave Livorno - Sky Sports, 4/15/07
  • Di Canio vs. Lucarelli: An Ideological Battle Seen in Salutes - Culture of Soccer, 5/1/07
  • Lucarelli denies Viola claim - Sky Sports, 5/8/07
  • Lucarelli: It's about time... - Sky Sports, 5/29/07
  • Lucarelli staying at home - Football Italia, 6/12/07
  • trasferimento di Cristiano Lucarelli - livornocalcio.it, 7/13/07 (in Italian)
  • Lucarelli: I'm no traitor - Football Italia, 7/14/07
  • Lucarelli makes Shakhtar vow - UEFA, 8/20/07
  • Bomber italiani.... addio... - Realsoccer.it, 7/18/07 (Italian)

External links

Preceded by
Andriy Shevchenko
Serie A top scorer
Succeeded by
Luca Toni

  Results from FactBites:
channel4.com - Football Italia (1040 words)
Lucarelli said: “That was absolutely not a political gesture.” That was apparently accepted by the then President of the Italian Football Federation, Luciano Nizzola who said: “If the symbol of the ultras of Livorno had been Pope John, then he’d wear a Pope John T-shirt”.
In between Lucarelli, whose only dream was to play for Livorno, was to spend years on the road as a journeyman player with such sides as Cosenza, Perugia, Padova and Atalanta before an unhappy year in Valencia.
Lucarelli was deeply touched when he signed his first contract with Livorno in the summer of 2004 and he chose the No 99 number for his jersey, referring to the date on which the Livorno group of supporters ‘Brigate Autonome Livornesi’ was formed.
Roma next for Lucarelli? - TalkSoccer.net | Soccer Forum (856 words)
Cristiano Lucarelli has been linked with a possible move to Roma at the end of the season, according to his agent.
Lucarelli, on the other hand, will be an interesting proposition for the Giallorossi, given his consistent goalscoring feats for Livorno in the last two years.
Lucarelli is a passionate lifelong Livorno supporter but he also knows that playing for the Amaranto is holding back his international prospects.
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