How many famous football statisticians have a passion for Blue Sharks and Black tip sharks ?
There’s probably only one answer to that question, and that answer is GIANLUCA CUGINI.
Gianluca CUGINI is an Italian-born football statistician that is already known for evoking high-flying deeds when it comes to combining football and sharks statistics.
With the wealth of experience garnered over the years while working for DATASPORT of Milan as a football statistician and then International Federation Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) and his traveling experiences to over 130 countries of the world, he has established himself as one of the leading statisticians the game of football has ever produced.
GIANLUCA is a charismatic man with an impressive resumé, his career kick-started at the very young age of 22, when he worked at the FIFA World Cup, in which Azzurri, Italy’s national team played.
He worked as a football statistician with DATASPORT a company that provides services for sporting events around the world, from 1987 till 2002.
He was assigned to be the head of Italy’s IFFHS division in 2002, he held the position till 2012.
He served as World Executive Board Member of the IFFHS between 2012–2013 being the first Italian in Football History.
In recent years 2014-19, Gianluca works as an IFFHS Marketing consultant for ITALY ( in the football category, of course).
Although Gianluca adores his job, stressing it is much more pleasurable owing to his familiarity with sports from his youth. He was known for his unique competence when he competed in young football tournaments. He believes being a former player has been the basis of his enhanced statistician skills.
GIANLUCA CUGINI has worked at the FIFA World Cup, FIFA World Cup Clubs,
FIFA World Crono, the Confederations Cup, the Champions League UEFA,
UEFA Euro Championship, UEFA Supercup,
FIFA Century Clubs, FIFA History XX, Serie A and Italy Cup,
Italy Supercup, FIFA World Cup sub 20 and even Olympic Games
In particular, he really enjoyed working for Azzurri at the FIFA World Cup.
In one interview, he said, “being a football statistician gives me great satisfaction … because it combines my two great passions: football and statistics.”
Thanks to his illustrious awesome career, he has been to 130-plus countries on all 6 continents. He hasn’t stopped touring the world, either: he intends to keep on traveling so that he can learn new things.
In the course of traveling around, Gianluca has discovered new hobbies. One of these is his interest in Blue Sharks, which has led to his calculative study, researching, and taking of statistics on Blue Sharks.
Gianluca doesn’t just calculate statistics for football games, but he also researches statistics on these Blue Sharks. These fascinating creatures (Prionace glauca) which are located in temperate and tropical climates are greatly threatened by human fishing. Their skin is used for leather, and their fins for shark-fin soup. In fact, people fish them so much that the International Union for Conservation of Nature has deemed them as having a near-threatened status.
Gianluca has been passionate about sharks for a long time. During his childhood days, he often sees Blue Sharks at the sea, whenever he goes there with his friend who owns a boat.
When Gianluca saw them for the first time, he says, it was love at first sight. Blue Sharks actually used to be quite common in the Adriatic Sea (which shares a border with his home country- Italy) but unfortunately this is no longer the case, due to fishing. His interest got heightened and solidified when he saw Sharks and men (Uomini e squali), a documentary by Bruno Vailati.
Gianluca further developed his interest in Blue Sharks when he met Dr. Alessandro De Maddalena, one of the world’s most well-known Shark experts and the creator of the first SHARK MUSEUM in SOUTH AFRICA.
Dr. De Maddalena agreed to publish a work by Gianluca, for which he is thankful. “I think he is really amazing,” Gianluca says of his favorite shark expert and marine biologist.
He adds that, as a child, he was saddened by the fact that he could never find many books about sharks. He did find one such book, however — –The Shark: Splendid Savage of the Sea, by Jacques-Yves Cousteau — which he still holds fondly in his heart today.
Gianluca is grateful for his career as a football statistician, his interest in this magnificent animal. Blue Sharks.
Gianluca is not only great at his job, but he’s also a world traveler with a lot of stories to tell. His passion for Blue Sharks encourages his fans everywhere to learn more about the animal, its conservation, environment, and by extension how it could improve our natural world.
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BLUE SHARKS NEAR ESTUARIES OR RIVERS
BLUE SHARK ( RIA DE MUROS , SPAIN 2014 ) – ( CUGINI 2020 )
BLUE SHARK ( PESCARA 2000, ITALY ) – ( CUGINI – DE MADDALENA 2003 )
AMAZING ALBINO SHARKS ( and semi ALBINO ) ( some cases registered in the world)
( FIRST RELEASE ONGOING )
WHALE SHARK ( GALAPAGOS ISLAND, 2018 ) – ( MOREANO , 2018 )
WHALE SHARK ( DARWIN, 2017 ) – ( DE MADDALENA – JURA, 2017 )
SCYLIORINIDAE VENTRIOSUM ( MEXICO, 2017 ) – ( FISHERMAN )
WHITE SHARK ( AUSTRALIA, 2016 ) – ( DE MADDALENA – ANSLOW , 2016 ) * *First case registered in the world
CARCHARINUS OBSCURUS ( CERRALVO ISLAND, 2011 ) – ( CENTER MARINE SCIENCE LA PAZ , 2011 ) * cyclops shark ! * *First case registered in the world
BLUE SHARK ( ADRIATIC SEA, 2003 ) – ( CUGINI – DE MADDALENA, 2003 ) * *The shark was “semialbino”
WHITE SHARKS BY NUMBERS OF EMBRYOS
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WHITE SHARK 16 ( SOUTH AFRICA ) – ( DE MADDALENA )
WHITE SHARK 14 ( TAIWAN ) – ( FISHERMAN, 2018 )
WHITE SHARK 10 ( GIAPPONE ) – ( NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC )
WHITE SHARK 9 ( ALESSANDRIA d’EGITTO, 1934 ) – ( DE MADDALENA )
WHITE SHARK 8 ( TAIWAN * 7.00) – ( LIN , 1997 )
2 HEADS BLUE SHARK
BLUE SHARK* ( BRASIL, SANTOS / 1990 ) — ( MUSEO DO MAR / CUGINI / 2001 )
*First case registered in the world
BLUE SHARK ( SOUTH AFRICA, 2001 ) — ( CUGINI 2001 )
BLUE SHARK ( ADRIATIC SEA, 2003 ) — ( EMBRYO 1: 79 / CUGINI / DE MADDALENA 2003 )
BLUE SHARK ( AUSTRALIA, 2008 ) — ( EMBRYO )
BLUE SHARK ( INDIAN OCEAN, 2008 ) — ( EMBRYO )
BLUE SHARK ( GULF CALIFORNIA, 2011) — ( CUGINI )
BLUE SHARK ( MESSICO, 2011 ) — ( CUGINI )
BLUE SHARK ( CARIBBEAN SEA, 2016 ) — ( CUGINI )
FIGHTS BETWEEN SEA GIANTS ( 1 BLUE SHARK )
BLUE SHARK vs ZAMBESI SHARK ( INDIAN OCEAN / 2018 / 3.00 ? )
BLUE SHARK vs uncertain SHARK ( INDIAN OCEAN / 2018 / ? )
BLUE SHARK vs uncertain SHARK ( INDIAN OCEAN / 2017 / ? )
BLUE SHARK vs uncertain SHARK / LONGIMANO ? ( 2017 )
BLUE SHARK beaten by SWORDFISH ( AGRIGENTO 2018 / 3.00m / 0.20s )
BLUE SHARK beaten by SWORDFISH ( OSTIA 2017 / 2.60m / 0.30s ) *
*Pregnant shark with 5 embryos
BLUE SHARK beaten by BIGGER SHARK ( VASTO 2003 / 2.00m / ? )
BLUE SHARK beaten by BIGGER SHARK ( ORTONA 2002 / ? / ? )
( CUGINI — DE MADDALENA , 2003 )
BLUE SHARKS BY NUMBERS OF EMBRYOS
( FIRST RELEASE ON GOING )
BLUE SHARK 135 ( SOUTH AFRICA ) — ( DE MADDALENA )
BLUE SHARK 79 ( VASTO / ITALY / 2003 ) — ( 2003 CUGINI — DE MADDALENA )
BLUE SHARK 68 ( REUNION / 2018 ) – ( 2018 CUGINI )
BLUE SHARK 54 ( COSENZA / ITALY / 2017 ) — ( 2017 CUGINI )
BLUE SHARK 50 ( TARANTO / ITALY / 2018 ) – ( 2018 FISHERMAN )
BLUE SHARK 28 ( VASTO / ITALY / 2000 ) — ( 2003 CUGINI — DE MADDALENA )
BLUE SHARK 23 ( POILICASTRO / ITALY ) – ( 2020 CUGINI )
BLUE SHARK 20 ab. ( LIBIA / 2018 ) – ( 2018 FISHERMAN ) *
”BLUE SHARKS RECORDS” by GIANLUCA CUGINI
BLUE SHARK 3.80 m USA ( DE MADDALENA)
BLUE SHARK 3.80 m (* valued NICE / FRANCE / 1899) ( 2015 DE MADDALENA / BANSCH / MALIET)
BLUE SHARK 3.70 m ( STELLWAGEN, USA 2010) — ( GREG SEARS, 2010 DE MADDALENA / HEIM)
BLUE SHARK 3.70 m (* valued) ( PESCARA, ITALY 2002) — (2003 CUGINI / DE MADDALENA)
BLUE SHARK 3.40 m ( GIULIANOVA, ITALY 1995) — (2003 CUGINI / DE MADDALENA)
BLUE SHARK 3.30 m ( RHODE ISLAND, USA 2010) — (Joe ROMERO, 2010 DE MADDALENA / HEIM)
BLUE SHARK 3.25m ( ENGLAND , 2018 ) — ( FISHERMAN )
BLUE SHARK 3.20 m ( TARANTO, ITALY 2008) — (2008 CUGINI)
BLUE SHARK 3.20 m ( GABON , 2018 ) — ( 2018 CUGINI )
BLUE SHARK 3.20 m ( LIBIA , 2018 ) – ( 2018 FISHERMAN – * Pregnant shark )
BLUE SHARK 3.18m ( POLICASTRO, ITALY 2020 * ) – ( 2020 CUGINI )
BLUE SHARK 3.10 m ( GRECIA, 1998 ) — ( 2018 CUGINI )
BLUE SHARK 3.00 m ( AGRIGENTO, ITALY 2018 ) — ( 2018 WWF ITALY )
BLUE SHARK 2.90 m ( PESCARA , ITALY 2000 ) — (2003 CUGINI / DE MADDALENA)
BLUE SHARK 2.80 m ( SILVI , ITALY 2000 ) — (2003 CUGINI / DE MADDALENA)
BLUE SHARK 2.70 m ( GIULIANOVA , ITALY 2000 ) — (2003 CUGINI / DE MADDALENA)
BLUE SHARK 2.60 m ( CROTONE , ITALY 2016 ) — (2003 CUGINI / DE MADDALENA)
BLUE SHARK 2.60 m ( OSTIA , ITALY 2017 ) — ( 2018 CUGINI )
“GREAT WHITE SHARK” RECORDS by GIANLUCA CUGINI
WHITE SHARK (DAKAR / SENEGAL 1982) 8.08 JUAN ANTONIO MORENO&DE MADDALENA
WHITE SHARK (MALLORCA “I” / SPAGNA 1969) 8.00 MCCLAIN (* doubt : 6.40 ?)
WHITE SHARK (BOSFORO / TURCHIA 1926) 7.90 KABASAKAL 2014
WHITE SHARK (BOSFORO / TURCHIA 1958) 7.80 KABASAKAL 2014
WHITE SHARK (HUALIEN BAY / TAIWAN 1997) * 7.00 VICTOR LIN
WHITE SHARK (SANDUN / CHINA 2008) 7.00 VICTOR LIN
WHITE SHARK (MARSIGLIA / FRANCIA 1925) 6.80 DE MADDALENA / MALIET / BANSCH 2015
WHITE SHARK (FILFFLA / MALTA 1987) 6.79 DE MADDALENA / BANSCH / HEIM 2016
WHITE SHARK (GANZIRRI / ITALIA 1961) 6.66 DE MADDALENA / MALIET / BANSCH 2015
WHITE SHARK (INDONESIA / 2013) 6.60 FAHMI & DHARMADI 2014
WHITE SHARK (KANGAROO ISLAND / AUSTRALIA 1987) 6.45 DE MADDALENA / BANSCH / HEIM 2016
WHITE SHARK (CASTILLO / CUBA 1945) 6.40 BIGELOW/ SCROEDER 1948
WHITE SHARK (MALLORCA “II” / SPAGNA 1969) 6.30 MOREY 2003 (* see point I)
WHITE SHARK (PHILIP ISLAND / AUSTRALIA 1987) 6.30 ELLIS & MC COSKER 1991
WHITE SHARK (MALLORCA “III” / SPAGNA 1976) 6.20 MOREY 2003
WHITE SHARK (PALIOURI / GRECIA 1985) 6.08 BARDANIS
Others (only estimated)
WHITE SHARK ? (MALLORCA “III — IV” fantastic ! / SPAGNA 1987) >6.00 * estimated underwater off the ARENA/MALLORCA, CUGINI
WHITE SHARK (PESCARA / ITALIA 1945) 6.00 CUGINI / DE MADDALENA 2003