Festa, Gianluca

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Gianluca Festa

Gianluca Festa

Clubs played for: Cagliari, Fersulcis, Internazionale, A.S. Roma, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Cagliari, Nuorese, Tavolara, Sanluri (1986-2009)

Born: 1969

Birthplace: Cagliari, Italy

Position: Centre-back/Right-back

Biography: A tough defender who had played for some of Europe's top teams (and Middlesbough) before adding some steel to the Pompey defence in 2002. His stay was relatively short and he returned home to Italy the following year. Most recently, he signed for Sanluri in 2008, despite being almost 40 years of age. Interestingly, he had been a martial arts instructor and a junior Italian tennis champion in his younger days.

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