Antonio Chimenti is a retired Italian football goalkeeper. During the 2002 sumer transfer market, Chimenti was purchased by Juventus F.C., to serve as a back-up for the world’s number one ranked goalkeeper, and Italian International, Gianluigi Buffon, replacing former back-up Michelangelo Rampulla. In his first season with the Turin based club, Chimenti made 4 Serie A appearances as Juventus won the title, and also appeared in Juventus’s second-round UEFA Champions League defeat to Manchester United, at Old Trafford; Juventus went on to reach the final of the competition, only to lose out to domestic rivals A.C. Milan on penalties. He backed these appearances up with 2 more appearances the following season in the league; although Juventus finished in a disappointing third place in Serie A, Chimenti featured in the club’s run to the 2004 Coppa Italia final, only to be defeated by Lazio, and even made two appearances in the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League. During the 2004–05 Serie A season, Chimenti was again limited to just 2 appearances as Juventus won another Serie A title, which was later revoked, however, due to the club’s involvement in the 2006 Italian football scandal. For the 2005–06 Serie A season, Buffon suffered a major injury during pre-season, and was set to miss up to 4 months of action. It seemed as though Chimenti was set to fill in for Gigi, and he even started in Juventus’s defeat to Inter in the 2005 Supercoppa Italiana; however, in the latter portions of the 2005 summer transfer window, Juventus obtained the loan of Christian Abbiati from Milan, as the club looked for a more reliable first choice keeper. Buffon returned to action in late November, but after just one game, he was struck with injury again, and Abbiati returned to the line-up. After another disappointing season on the Juventus bench, and just 4 additional appearances, the veteran, Chimenti, transferred to Cagliari Calcio on a two-year deal in January 2006. Despite having six months in his Juventus contract left, Chimenti moved to Cagliari on a free transfer.
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In 1999, Antonio Chimenti transferred to US Lecce on a three-year deal. He was instantly inserted into the club’s starting line-up and made 33 appearances for his new club, in his first season. He appeared an additional 34 times during 2000–01 Serie A campaign, and totaled 31 appearances the following season. After displaying decent form with the club, in his three-year spell, Chimenti transferred to Serie A, and European powerhouse, Juventus F.C.