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Full Name : Alessandro Diamanti Date Of Birth: 2 May 1983 Place of Birth: Prato, Italy Height: 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Position: Attacking midfielder Current Club: Bologna National Debut: 2010 Caps: 1 (0) Club Career Prato Diamanti started his football career playing for his hometown club, Prato. He was loaned to clubs in Tuscany including the newly formed Florentia Viola. In the summer of 2004, he joined U.C. AlbinoLeffe in a co-ownership deal. Having played one and a half seasons he was loaned back to Prato and at the end of season Prato bought back half of the registration rights from AlbinoLeffe. Livorno Having scored 15 goals in 31 outings during season 2006–07 he signed for Italian Serie A side Livorno. Diamanti made 14 starts and 12 substitute appearances in his first season with the Tuscany side. He followed Livorno relegated to Serie B by finished the least. In season 2008–09 he scored 20 goals in 39 league and cup matches, helping Livorno gain promotion to Italian Serie A. On 23 August 2009, Diamanti played in Livorno's opening day fixture in Serie A, a 0–0 home draw against Cagliari. West Ham United The following week, however, he signed…
Full Name : Andrea Barzagli Date Of Birth: May 8, 1981 Place of Birth: Fiesole, Italy Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Position: Centre back Current Club: Juventus National Debut: 2004 Caps: 28 (0) Club career In the season 1998–1999 Barzagli had his first professional football appearance with semi-pros Rondinella Calcio before moving to Serie B side A.C. Pistoiese in 2000–01, in a co-ownership deal. The journey was short because the year later he rejoined Rondinella Calcio in Serie C2. He then signed Ascoli Calcio 1898 in season 2001–02 (from Piacenza, a Serie A from 2001 to 2003) and helped them to Serie B promotion. He remained in Ascoli for another year without further success. In July 2003 he was sold by Piacenza in another co-ownership deal. His first Serie A cap was won with ChievoVerona in the 1-1 draw at Brescia on August 2003. The year later the commanding defender was signed by Serie A outfit Palermo. Barzagli was bestowed with the captains armband after Eugenio Corini controversially left the Sicilian club in the summer of 2007–08. Wolfsburg In 2008 Barzagli was in contract negotiations with ACF Fiorentina and was widely expected to sign. To everyone's surprise the…
Full Name: Andrea Pirlo Date Of Birth: May 19, 1979 Place of Birth: Flero, Lombardy, Italy Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Position: Midfielder Current Club: Juventus National Debut: 2002 Caps: 82 (9) He is usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker for both Juventus and Italy and is regarded as the world's best player in this position. Praised for his inventive play and his long passing ability, he is also a set-piece specialist. Pirlo has played for the Italian youth teams U-15, U-18 and U-21, captaining and leading the latter to victory in the 2000 as the Golden Player and Top Scorer of the tournament. He joined the Italian senior side during the qualification round for World Cup 2002 and captained the national team to a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics. Later, he was instrumental in their victory in the 2006 World Cup. He was named man of the match three times, including the final, more than any other player in the tournament, and ultimately won the Bronze Ball (third best player in tournament). With Milan, he has won two UEFA Champions League (2003 and 2007), two European Super Cups (2003 and 2007), two Scudetto (2004 and 2011),…
Full Name: Angelo Obinze Ogbonna Date Of Birth: 23 May 1988 Place of Birth: Cassino, Italy Height: 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Position: Center Back Current Club: Torino National Debut: 2010 Caps: 2 (0) Club career Born in Cassino from Nigerian descent, Ogbonna has been noted by some Torino scouts, and was later signed by the Granata youth academy. He made his Serie A and first team debut on 11 February 2007 against Reggina. He then spent the 2007–08 season on loan to Serie C1 side Crotone. In 2008–09, Ogbonna returned to Torino, playing mostly as a backup defender to regulars Natali and Di Loreto. Starting from 2009, after the relegation of the club in Serie B, he earned his place as a starter providing solid performances. On 2 February 2012 he renewed the contract to 30 June 2016 International career On 12 August 2009, he made his debut with the Italy U-21 national team in a friendly game against Russia. On 4 June 2011, he received his first senior squad call-up by coach Cesare Prandelli despite playing in the Serie B. He is the first Torino player to be called up to the Azzurri since 2007. Following several…
Full Name : Antonio Cassano Date Of Birth: July 12, 1982 Place of Birth: Bari, Italy Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Position: Striker Current Club: Milan National Debut: 2003 Caps: 28 (9) Club career Bari Cassano was born in Bari and his father left the family shortly thereafter. He was raised in the Bari Vecchia neighbourhood, and began playing football at an early age. Cassano was spotted by an A.S. Bari scout and brought up through the team's youth system, and he made his Serie A debut for Bari against local rivals U.S. Lecce in 1999. Roma At the age of nineteen, Cassano signed with reigning Serie A champions A.S. Roma, for a transfer fee of 60billion Italian lire (about €30 million). His first season produced five goals, and he attracted media attention after openly clashing with coach Fabio Capello after he was left out of a practice match a few days after his international debut. In the 2003 Italian Cup final against A.C. Milan, Cassano was sent off after protesting an official's decision, and he flashed the sign of the horns at the referee while leaving the pitch. He was omitted from the squad during Roma's tumultuous…
Full Name : Antonio Di Natale Date Of Birth: October 13, 1977 Place of Birth: Naples, Italy Height: 170 cm Position: Striker Current Club: Udinese National Debut: 2002 Caps:36 (10) Antonio Di Natale (born October 13, 1977 in Naples) is an Italian football striker currently playing for Udinese. He likes to play just behind the main striker and is renowned for his pace, technique, passing and intelligence. Club career Born in Naples, Di Natale was brought up in the Empoli youth system and was sent on loan to smaller teams before becoming a protagonist in 1999 and ultimately a pariah in Euro 2008. He impressed many while playing for Empoli in Serie A and even received his first Azzurri call-up. He was awarded a contract extension. When Empoli was relegated he moved to Udinese. After having joined Udinese in the 2004–05 Serie A season, Di Natale formed well together with Vincenzo Iaquinta and David Di Michele in attack, and the Friulian club finished 4th place at the end of the season and qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the following year. Di Natale finished his debut season with a record of 33 games and seven goals. In the 2007-08…
Full Name: Antonio Nocerino Date Of Birth: April 9, 1985 Place of Birth: Naples, Italy Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Position: Midfielder Current Club: Milan National Debut: 2007 Caps: 11 (0) Technical Characteristics Midfielder with skills to tackle, during his stay at Juventus was also used as a right midfielder or as a playmaker. Tough, fast and determined, he is very good in running, pushing and pressing the opponent. He is often present in the goal area, often trying shots from outside the box, making insertions or dangerous assists for his teammates. He refined this characteristics in the 2010-2011 season with Palermo, where he became more complete and tactically better in the attack. He's been often compared to teammate Gennaro Gattuso. Club Career The early beginnings Born on 9 April 1985, he started playing at the age of five years in a small club in his neighborhood, coached by his father. When he was 13, he joined Juventus youths. During his career, he also played with Avellino, Genoa, Catanzaro, Crotone, Messina, and Piacenza. He made his professional debut with Avellino in Serie B on 11 September 2003, drawing Parma 0–0. His first match in the Serie A came…
Full Name : Christian Maggio Date Of Birth: February 11, 1982 Place of Birth: Montecchio Maggiore, Italy Height: 1.82 m (6ft 1in) Position: Winger, Right back Current Club: Napoli National Debut: 2008 Caps: 15 (0) Club career Vicenza Maggio began his career at Vicenza making his Serie A debut in the 2000-2001 season, finishing the campaign with six appearances. However, despite some success on a personal level, Vicenza were subsequently relegated to Serie B at the end of the season. Maggio stayed with Vicenza until 2003, making 38 appearances in total while managing to score just 1 goal. Fiorentina In 2003, Maggio signed for A.C.F. Fiorentina. Maggio did not appear for Fiorentina until they were promoted from Serie B for the 2004-2005 season. Overall, Maggio played 56 games for The Viola, scoring 2 goals over a 4 year period. Sampdoria However, it was not until Maggio signed for Sampdoria that he began to fulfill the potential he had shown when playing for Italy at youth level. Some very impressive performances during the 2007-2008 season resulted in nine goals from twenty-nine appearances. This brought him to the attention of many clubs in Italy and Europe and after feverent speculation in the…
Full Name: Claudio Marchisio Date Of Birth: 19 January 1986 Place of Birth: Chieri, Italy Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Position: Midfielder Current Club: Juventus National Debut: 2009 Caps: 19 (1)www.claudiomarchisio.it Claudio Marchisio (born January 19, 1986 in Chieri, Province of Turin) is an Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team. A product of the Juventus youth system, he has spent his whole career thus far at his hometown club, with the exception of a season-long loan spell at Empoli. Since making his breakthrough in the 2008-09 season, Marchisio has often been compared to former Juventus and Italy midfielder Marco Tardelli by the Italian press for his tenacious style of play and good reading of the game. A hard-tackling, versatile midfielder, he prefers to play in centre midfield although he has mostly been playing out wide in a midfield trio for both club and country. Though predominantly right-footed, he possesses a powerful shot in both feet, hence his penchant for attempting shots on goal from outside the penalty box if given the chance. Early Life Marchisio was born and raised in Chieri, a comune not far from Turin,…
Full Name : Daniele De Rossi Date Of Birth: July 24, 1983 Place of Birth: Rome, Italy Height: 1.84 m (6 ft +1⁄2 in) Position: Midfielder Current Club: A.S. Roma National Debut: 2004 Caps: 71 (10) Daniele De Rossi, (July 24, 1983) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer, who plays for AS Roma. Among his titles also the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, and the bronze medal gained at 2004 Athens Olympic Games, all with the Italy national football team, are the most prestigious. De Rossi is a combative central midfielder. He is an accurate passer and has top vision. He is also a strong tackler and has an eye for goal. Club career De Rossi joined the youth system of Roma from Ostia Mare, where he had played as a striker in 2000. He made his first-team debut on 10 October 2001 against Belgian side Anderlecht in the Champions League. He made his Serie A debut on 25 January 2003 against Como. His first Serie A start, along with his first goal, came on 10 May 2003 against Torino. In March 2006, De Rossi was praised by referee Mauro Bergonzi for fair play.[4] Roma were trailing 1–0 in…
Full Name : Emanuele Giaccherini Date Of Birth: 5 May 1985 Place of Birth: Bibbiena, Italy Height: 1.67 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in) Position: Winger, Attacking midfielder Current Club: Juventus National Debut: 2012 Caps: 0(0) Club Career Cesena Born in Bibbiena, Tuscany, Giaccherini started his professional career at Romagna team Cesena. He scored 15 goals in the group stages of the Campionato Nazionale Primavera in the 2003–04 season. He was then sent out on loan to Lega Pro clubs Forli, Bellaria Igea and Pavia for 4 seasons. Cesena was relegated to the Lega Pro Prima Divisione in 2008. Giaccherini returned to Cesena where he was partnered with Simone Motta in attack. Cesena came top of the Prima Divisione in June 2009. Due to their good defensive record Cesena finished as runner-up in the 2009–10 Serie B season and was therefore promoted to Serie A, where Giaccherini was partnered with Guilherme do Prado, Dominique Malonga, Ezequiel Schelotto and Cristian Bucchi in attack, none of whom managed to hit double figures. In August 2010 Cesena offered a new contract to Giaccherini as his current contract was due to expire in 2012. In the 2010–11 Serie A season Giaccherini remained a first-choice…
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