|Full Name : Morgan De Sanctis
Date Of Birth: March 26, 1977
Place of Birth: Guardiagrele, Italy
Height: 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Current Club: Napoli
National Debut: 2005
Caps: 4 (0)
After a 3-year stint playing for Serie B team Pescara, De Sanctis became a reserve player for the Serie A giants Juventus, playing only three times in two seasons before joining Udinese in 1999 in co-ownership deal along with Marco Zamboni, for 2.5 billion Lire (€1,291,142.25) each. In May 2000, he deal became permanent, for 8 billion lire (€4,131,655), as part of the deal that Juventus signed Marco Zanchi.
After three seasons also as a back-up for Luigi Turci, he finally managed to start in 2002–03 season, eventually being capped for the Italian national team. His contract was renewed on 10 November 2000, 18 October 2003 and 20 September 2005, which his annual gross salary increased from €569,000 (€310,000 net) in 2003 to €623,000 (€350,000 net) in 2005, plus other bonuses, including a loyalty bonus since 2005, for €350,878 a season (€200,000 net). He played all 6 group stage matches of 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, and reached round of 16 of 2005–06 UEFA Cup.
Sevilla and transfer saga
On 8 June 2007 he unilaterally terminated his contract with Udinese, by mis-using Webster ruling. He signed a 4-year contract with Sevilla FC, worth €1,381,578.94 a season (€1.05 million in net). Udinese submitted the case to FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber as Udinese and De Sanctis failed to agree the compensation. On 10 December 2009 the DRC awarded Udinese liable to receive €3,933,134 from De Sanctis, quoting Matuzalém's case as legal reference. The case then appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and on 1 March 2011 awarded Udinese a sum of € 2,250,055.
He was loaned out to Galatasaray for the 2008–2009 season. He played all the league and Europe matches since August 31.
On July 24, 2009 Napoli signed the goalkeeper from Sevilla FC on a four-year deal, for €1.5 million.
De Sanctis never became a regular of national team. He was under shadow of Gianluigi Buffon for more than 6 years. De Sanctis made his debut for the Italian national team on 30 March 2005, in a friendly match against Iceland. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup he was one of the four backup players for the 23-men main squad for any possible injury between Buffon, Angelo Peruzzi and Marco Amelia. After 2006 FIFA World Cup, he secured a place as no.2 to travel with squad to UEFA Euro 2008, 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Under new coach Cesare Prandelli, Azzurri preferred to include younger heir of Buffon, instead of calling De Sanctis. However after the injury of Emiliano Viviano, De Sanctis re-selected as one of the backup of Buffon at UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches in September 2011.