Pugliesi breaks Serie A record for oldest debutant

Despite having been at Empoli since 2014, the 39-year-old goalkeeper made his first appearance in the Italian top flight with his side already having secured survival


Empoli goalkeeper Maurizio Pugliesi broke a Serie A record when he started in his side's 2-1 win over Torino on Sunday, but it will not be one he is particularly proud of.

At 39 years old, the shot stopper broke the the record for oldest ever Serie A debutant, despite having been a member of the Empoli team since 2014.

Pugliesi, who turns 40 in December, was given a start in his side's final game of the campaign as they were guaranteed survival and in no contention for any European spots.

In doing so he eclipsed the previous record of oldest Serie A debutant, set by 38-year-old Amilcar Barbuy for Lazio in 1931.

Goals from Massimo Maccarone and Piotr Zielinski had Empoli up 2-0 before Pugliesi was beaten by Joel Obi in the 56th minute.

Empoli managed to hold on for the slender win, ensuring a respectable 10th-place finish in the final standings.