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Carlo Cudicini

Carlo Cudicini (; born 6 September 1973 in Milan, Italy) is an Italian Goalkeeper (association football) who currently plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. In Carlo Cudicini 10 years at Chelsea Carlo Cudicini established himself as one of England's best goalkeepers before injury and the arrival of Petr Čech displaced Carlo Cudicini as first-choice. Carlo Cudicini is the son of the illustrious former A.C. Milan goalkeeper Fabio Cudicini and grandson of Circolo Sportivo Ponziana 1912 defender Guglielmo Cudicini.

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Carlo Cudicini (; born 6 September 1973 in Milan, Italy) is an Italian Goalkeeper (association football) who currently plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. In Carlo Cudicini 10 years at Chelsea Carlo Cudicini established himself as one of England's best goalkeepers before injury and the arrival of Petr Čech displaced Carlo Cudicini as first-choice. Carlo Cudicini is the son of the illustrious former A.C. Milan goalkeeper Fabio Cudicini and grandson of Circolo Sportivo Ponziana 1912 defender Guglielmo Cudicini.

Early career

Cudicini found it hard to follow in Carlo Cudicini father's footsteps, only making two appearances for A.C. Milan (1991–95) in the Champions League and none in Serie A. Carlo Cudicini was loaned to Como Calcio 1907 for a season in Serie A 1993-94, and was subsequently transferred to A.C. Prato in 1995, and then to S.S. Lazio in 1996 where Carlo Cudicini suffered a serious wrist injury, and consequently only made one senior appearance. Carlo Cudicini then moved to Castel di Sangro Calcio in 1997, where Carlo Cudicini injury problems persisted. However Carlo Cudicini was recommended to the Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli by Carlo Cudicini friend, the Lazio goalkeeper Luca Marchegiani, and was sold to Chelsea F.C. for a fee of £160,000 in 1999, where Carlo Cudicini career took off.

Chelsea

1999–2003

Despite a brief challenge from Mark Bosnich, Cudicini took over from Ed de Goey almost instantly, and retained Carlo Cudicini first team place with a string of excellent performances.

Carlo Cudicini was voted Chelsea's Player of the Year for the FA Premier League 2001-02 by fans, reflecting the value Carlo Cudicini added to a team struggling for consistency.

Cudicini was recognised as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League in the FA Premier League 2002-03, when Carlo Cudicini won the ITV "Golden Gloves" Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season award.

After a bright start to the FA Premier League 2003-04, the old injury problems experienced in Carlo Cudicini Lazio days came back, leaving Carlo Cudicini unable to carry on Carlo Cudicini success from last season and unable to play for a large portion of the season. Carlo Cudicini value to the team was highlighted when Chelsea's replacement goalkeeper Marco Ambrosio failed to effectively fit into the first team, leading to Chelsea's exit from the Champions League at the semi final stage to AS Monaco FC.

2004–05

The FA Premier League 2004-05 saw the arrival of new manager José Mourinho, and more crucially, the signing of Petr Čech, who claimed that Carlo Cudicini would push Cudicini for a first team place. As a result of Čech's excellent form, Cudicini was relegated to become back-up goalkeeper. As a result, Carlo Cudicini missed out on a Premier League winner's medal in the two Chelsea championship-winning seasons due to not meeting the required number of appearances.

2005–06

At the end of a steady FA Premier League 2005-06, Cudicini had saved six of the 12 penalties Carlo Cudicini had faced while between the posts for Chelsea, furthering Carlo Cudicini reputation as an excellent penalty stopper.

2006–07

After Petr Čech was named in the FIFPro and Champions League 2005–06 team of the season, there was a great deal of speculation about Cudicini's future at Chelsea, leading to Cudicini release a statement confirming that Carlo Cudicini was comfortable at Chelsea, and hoped to help the team capture its first ever Champions League title. Carlo Cudicini silenced rumours that Carlo Cudicini was looking for a return to Italy when Carlo Cudicini signed an extension to Carlo Cudicini Chelsea contract in February 2006. Carlo Cudicini was then contracted to Chelsea until the summer of 2009.

On 14 October 2006, in a league game against Reading F.C., Carlo Cudicini was knocked unconscious and had to be stretchered off the pitch while wearing an oxygen mask after coming on as a substitute for first-choice goalkeeper Čech. Čech was believed to be sidelined for up to a year, leaving Cudicini as the most senior goalkeeper available at Chelsea. However, even though Carlo Cudicini had fully recovered and returned to training, Cudicini faced a battle to dislodge third-choice goalkeeper Henrique Hilário, who had been playing well in Čech's and Cudicini's absence. After Hilário conceded four goals in two matches, Chelsea manager José Mourinho decided to put Cudicini in goal against Aston Villa F.C. in their fourth round match of the Football League Cup. Chelsea won that match 4–0 and Cudicini took over goalkeeping duties from Hilário.

However, after returning to action in Chelsea's 2–0 defeat to Liverpool F.C. at Anfield in late January 2007, Čech kept both Cudicini and Hilário out of the first team. Cudicini made Carlo Cudicini 200th appearance for the club (in all competitions) against West Ham United F.C. on 1 December 2007. Cudicini's lack of action for Chelsea since 2004 and Carlo Cudicini reluctance to move to a new club saw Carlo Cudicini described as "the world's most unambitious footballer" by The Daily Telegraph in 2008.

2007–08

Cudicini began the new campaign once again as second-choice to Čech, but a string of injuries to the Czech star saw Cudicini feature 19 times in all competitions. Carlo Cudicini first appearance of the season was in a Football League Cup game against Hull City A.F.C. in which Carlo Cudicini kept a clean sheet in a 4–0 win. Carlo Cudicini played against Leicester City F.C. in a 4–3 win at Stamford Bridge (stadium) in the next round before making Carlo Cudicini first appearance of the season in the Champions League, coming on as a substitute against FC Schalke 04. Cudicini then featured in the next five games due to Čech's injury, conceding just one goal in the process, against Everton F.C. at Stamford Bridge in a 1–1 draw. However, the Italian shot-stopper suffered an injury and would not be seen between the posts until February in a FA Cup game against Huddersfield Town F.C.. Carlo Cudicini also featured in the next round of the cup, but Chelsea lost 1–0 to Barnsley F.C. and were knocked out of the competition. Cudicini retained Carlo Cudicini place due to another injury suffered by Čech and featured in Chelsea's 6–1 win over Derby County F.C.. Carlo Cudicini kept clean sheets in 1–0 wins against Sunderland A.F.C. and Middlesbrough F.C., as well as a 2–0 away win at Manchester City F.C. and played in Chelsea's 2–1 win over local rivals Arsenal F.C. in March. Cudicini made an outstanding save in the last minutes of an epic 4–4 draw at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. when Carlo Cudicini saved from point-blank range against Dimitar Berbatov to earn Chelsea a point. Carlo Cudicini featured in both legs against Turkey club Fenerbahçe S.K. as Chelsea progressed 3–2 on aggregate; unfortunately; Carlo Cudicini limped off with an injury that effectively ended Carlo Cudicini season.

2008–09

Cudicini made Carlo Cudicini first Premier League appearance of the season in Chelsea's 5–0 win at Middlesbrough and this marked Carlo Cudicini 100th clean sheet in a Chelsea shirt. Carlo Cudicini played Carlo Cudicini last game for Chelsea at home in the FA Cup FA_Cup_2008–09 Third_Round_Proper tie with Southend United F.C. which ended in a 1–1 draw.

Tottenham Hotspur

2008–09

On 26 January 2009, it was confirmed that Cudicini signed for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. on a free transfer. Carlo Cudicini was allowed to move on a free due to Carlo Cudicini services given to Chelsea. Carlo Cudicini made Carlo Cudicini debut for 'Spurs on 27 January 2009 in the Premier League fixture against Stoke City F.C., the match ended in a 3–1 win. Since Tottenham's loss in the Carling Cup final against Manchester United F.C., Cudicini's appearances have been limited. Carlo Cudicini did not play again for Spurs in the 2008–2009 season after the 2–1 victory over Hull City A.F.C. at the KC Stadium a week before the 2009 Football League Cup Final.

2009–10

Cudicini made Carlo Cudicini first competitive appearance in nearly six months for Tottenham when Carlo Cudicini came on as a substitute for the injured Heurelho Gomes in a 5–1 victory over Hull City A.F.C. on 19 August 2009. Carlo Cudicini played a number of matches, including a 3–0 defeat at Carlo Cudicini former club Chelsea on 20 September 2009 which saw Carlo Cudicini return to Stamford Bridge (stadium) for the first time since leaving the club. Carlo Cudicini was then benched in favour of the returning Gomes for the match against Portsmouth F.C. at Fratton Park.

On 12 November 2009, Cudicini was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in Walthamstow, east London on Carlo Cudicini way to Tottenham's training ground. It was reported that Carlo Cudicini had fractured both Carlo Cudicini wrists and injured Carlo Cudicini pelvis. Carlo Cudicini was taken to an east London hospital then later was transferred to a private hospital. In late February, the Tottenham Hotspur website reported that Cudicini had started some ball work.

On 12 May 2010, Cudicini signed a new one-year contract with Spurs.
On the 10 July, Cudicini played 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly against A.F.C. Bournemouth. This was the first action Cudicini had played since the accident.

2010–11

On 25 August 2010, Cudicini saw Carlo Cudicini first official action for the club in nearly a year as a half-time replacement for the injured Gomes in the second leg of Tottenham's UEFA Champions League 2010–11 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round tie against BSC Young Boys of Switzerland. Three days later Carlo Cudicini started against in the Premiership at White Hart Lane but was criticised for the Latics winning goal scored by Hugo Rodallega. Despite since putting in some consistently good performances for Spurs, Carlo Cudicini was again benched in favour of Gomes for the Champions League 2010–11 UEFA Champions League group stage Group A match against FC Twente on 29 September. Carlo Cudicini was an 8th-minute replacement for Luka Modric after Gomes' sending-off against F.C. Internazionale Milano on 20 October, but was powerless to stop the defending Champions League winners from scoring three times in a 4–3 loss at the San Siro. Carlo Cudicini went on to play in the return match on 2 November at White Hart Lane as 'Spurs earned a famous 3–1 victory. On the 10th May 2011, Cudicini gave a very solid performance against Manchester City at Eastlands. Carlo Cudicini made two good saves to deny City a winning goal, but Tottenham still lost 1–0 through an own goal from Peter Crouch.

2011–12

Following the signing of Brad Friedel from Aston Villa F.C. on a free transfer, Cudicini again continued to act as back-up goalkeeper with previous number 1, Heurelho Gomes relegated to third-choice. Cudicini was, however, used as first choice goalkeeper during Tottenham's Europa League matches, making Carlo Cudicini first start of the season against P.A.O.K. F.C. penalty but Lino was asked to re-take the penalty and subsequently missed.

International career

Cudicini has been capped at Under-18 and Italy national under-21 football team level, but has yet to appear for Carlo Cudicini country of birth. Carlo Cudicini was called into the squad for the 2002 friendly against Turkey national football team but was not named in the matchday squad, behind Gianluigi Buffon and Francesco Toldo.

The FA have previously claimed Carlo Cudicini could become eligible to represent England , although as is the case with Mikel Arteta Carlo Cudicini cannot. Carlo Cudicini would not eligible for England because FIFA Statutes stipulate that the player needs to have held a British passport at the time when Carlo Cudicini represented Spain at the U16 European Championships and in addition Carlo Cudicini would have required five years of education in Britain before turning 18.

Honours

A.C. Milan
- Serie A: 1992–93 Serie A
- Supercoppa Italiana: 1994 Supercoppa Italiana
Chelsea F.C.
- Premier League: 2004–05 FA Premier League, 2005–06 FA Premier League
- Football League Cup: 2005 Football League Cup Final, 2007 Football League Cup Final
- FA Cup: 2000 FA Cup Final, 2007 FA Cup Final
- FA Community Shield: 2000, 2005
Tottenham Hotspur
- Vodacom Challenge: 2022 Vodacom Challenge

Individual Honours

- ITV 'Golden Gloves' Goal Keeper of the Year: 2003
- Chelsea's Player of the Year: 2002

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_Cudicini

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