John Buonavoglia

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John Buonavoglia : biography

19 October 1975 –

Gianpaolo "John" Buonavoglia (born 19 October 1975) is an Australian football (soccer) player.


Buonavoglia played for a number of NSW clubs including NSL side Parramatta Power. He signed for Sydney FC in 2005 shortly after the mutual termination of defender Steve Laurie’s contract. Prior to this, Buonavoglia made a number of short-term contract appearances for the club, most notably in the Oceania Club Championship 2004-05.

Following his first A-League start on 30 October 2005 against Newcastle Jets, Sydney FC were informed by Football Federation Australia of a "mix up over his registration papers" which prevented him from making another appearance. Bounovoglia however made an appearance in the FIFA Club World Championship 2005 in Japan.

Buonavoglia now plays with Balmain FC in NSW State League 1. Buonavoglia represented Australia in 2005 at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Buonavoglia is remembered by Newcastle Breakers’ fans for collecting the ball from deep inside his own half and embarking on a mazy run, beating many defenders before crossing from the byline to the near post for Andy Harper to head the ball into the net.