Luca Marchegiani is an Italian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He represented several Italian clubs throughout his career, in particular Torino F.C. and S.S. Lazio, where he won several titles. At international level, he represented the Italian national team in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where they reached the final. In 2017 he was still holding the joint seventh-highest unbeaten streak in Serie A, alongside Morgan De Sanctis, having gone 745 consecutive minutes with out conceding a goal in the Italian top division. A consistent, intelligent, composed and complete goalkeeper, Marchegiani is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation. He was known in particular for his agility, positional sense, reactions, and his speed when rushing off his line, as well as his efficient technique, reliable handling, and his ability to read the game; in particular, he stood out throughout his career for his outstanding ability to come out and claim crosses. In addition to his shot-stopping abilities, he was also remembered for his professionalism, as well as his dedication. Although he was not particularly adept or confident with the ball at his feet following the establishment of the back-pass rule, and did not have a particularly powerful or deep goal kick, he possessed excellent vision, and later worked to improve this aspect of his game throughout his career. He was also effective at stopping penalties; in his career, he stopped 18 penalties in Serie A from 69 attempts, with a career save percentage of 26.1%; during the 2003–04 season, he saved five spot kicks.
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Marchegiani spent the majority of his career at Torino F.C. and S.S. Lazio. With Torino (1988–1993). At one point in his career, Marchegiani was the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, when he joined Lazio from Torino in 1993 for £6m; during this period he was regarded as one of the best and most reliable goalkeepers in Italy and in world football. During his time with Lazio he won the Serie A, two Italian Cups, two Italian Supercups, an UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and an UEFA Super Cup, also reaching another UEFA Cup Final in 1998. In 2003, he moved to and ended his playing career at Chievo Verona, where he remained until retiring in 2005.