Luciano Castellini (born 12 December 1945) is an Italian former football manager and former football player who played as a goalkeeper.
Castellini was born in Milan. During his club career he initially played for A.C. Monza (1965–70), winning the Serie C title, and promotion to Serie B during the 1966–67 season. He later made his Serie A debut with Torino Calcio (1970–78) on 30 August 1970, in a 1–0 away win over Ternana; during his time with the club, he won the Coppa Italia in 1971, and the Serie A during the 1975–76 season, collecting 201 Serie A appearances over eight seasons with the club, and 267 club appearances across all competitions.
He ended his career with S.S.C. Napoli (1978–85), after seven seasons with the club, collecting 203 appearances in Serie A. In total, he made 404 appearances in Serie A, and he is one of the few players to have made over 200 appearances with two different clubs, which he managed both with Torino and Napoli. During his third season with Napoli, Castellini went unbeaten for 531 minutes, which at the time, was a record bettered only by Dino Zoff, who had gone unbeaten for 590 minutes.
Castellini was a member of the Italy national football team squad that took part at the 1974 FIFA World Cup, although he was an unused substitute, behind Dino Zoff and Enrico Albertosi, who kept him out of the national side. He earned the only international cap in his career on the 26th January 1977, coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 win over Belgium.
In 1997 he coached FC Internazionale for the last two Serie A matches, after the dismissal of Roy Hodgson, helping the club to a third-place finish in Serie A. He is a currently a member of the Italy Under-21 staff, and he has also worked with the Inter youth side as a goalkeeping coach, and as a scout, since 1989.
Style of play
Castellini was an agile, courageous, flexible, and acrobatic goalkeeper, who possessed excellent reflexes, and who excelled in the air due to his athletic ability; he was also known for his speed when rushing off his line and ability to punch the ball out of the area. During his time at Torino, he was give the nickname "The Jaguar" by the fans, due to his diving and shot-stopping ability. Considered one of the best Italian goalkeepers of his generation, he is also regarded by many pundits and fans as one of Torino's best goalkeepers, and also as Napoli's greatest goalkeeper of all time, despite being unable to win a trophy with the club, and was awarded the league's "Best goalkeeper" award by Guerin Sportivo on several occasions for his performances.
- Serie A: 1975–76
- Coppa Italia: 1970–71
- Serie C: 1966–67