|Full Name : Antonio Di Natale
Date Of Birth: October 13, 1977
Place of Birth: Naples, Italy
Height: 170 cm
Current Club: Udinese
National Debut: 2002
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.
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 Season, Di Natale scored 17 goals. The two most beautiful goals both appeared at day 4, when Udinese play against Reggina. He made a zero-degree lob in 5' and a terrific volley in 63'. Forming a formidable attacking duo with Fabio Quagliarella, Di Natale improved his aggressiveness and stealth. In 2007, he was named captain of Udinese and his contract was extended to 30 June 2012.
On 9 May 2010, he has had perhaps his best season thus far in his career, scoring 2 goals against Bari in 3-3 draw match completed his 101 goals in his career and surpassed Oliver Bierhoff's club record with 28 goals in one campaign.
He made his debut with the Italy national team on 20 November 2002, in a friendly match against Turkey. He won few caps in later years, scoring his first goal on 18 February 2004 against the Czech Republic.
In 2006 he regained a spot with the Azzurri under new coach Roberto Donadoni, and was involved in the Euro 2008 qualification campaign. He was then called up to UEFA Euro 2008, where he missed a crucial penalty during the quarter-final penalty shoot out against Spain who went on to win 4-2.
He missed the 2009 Confederations Cup because of a knee injury, which occurred on 28 March 2009 in an international match against Montenegro.
He took part at the 2010 World Cup where he was given the number 10 shirt. On 24 June 2010 he scored a goal in the 3–2 defeat against Slovakia which resulted Italy finishing bottom of its group.