|Full Name : Ignazio Abate
Date Of Birth: 12 November 1986
Place of Birth: Sant'Agata de' Goti, Italy
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position: Right Back
Current Club: Milan
National Debut: 2009
Caps: 2 (0)
Abate was born in Sant'Agata de' Goti, the son of former Italian goalkeeper Beniamino Abate.
Abate started playing football with amateur club Rescaldina, before joining Milan's youth system in 1999. During the 2003–04 season, he made his professional debut, playing in a Coppa Italia game against Sampdoria on 3 December. He also made his debut in European competitions, in a Champions League group-stage game versus Celta Vigo on 9 December. In that match he set the record as the youngest Milan player to ever play in the UEFA Champions League, at 17 years and 27 days. Various loan spells (2004–2007)
For the 2004–05 season he was loaned out to Napoli in Serie C1, where he made 29 appearances and scored 2 goals. In the summer of 2005 he had been set to spend the following season on loan to Serie A side Sampdoria. However, prior to the actual start of the competitions, he was called back and loaned to Piacenza instead, though he only made 13 appearances in his first Serie B season. The following one was more successful for the young winger, who made 38 appearances during his loan spell at Modena. Serie A debut (2007–2009)
In the 2007–08 season Abate eventually made his Serie A debut, after being acquired by Empoli in a co-ownership deal, for €900,000. That year, he also scored his first goal in Serie A, in a match against Genoa, on 27 April 2008. Following Empoli's relegation, Milan fully purchased him for €2 million as well as Luca Antonini for €2.9M (and sold Nicola Pozzi and Lino Marzoratti for €4.75M total fee) only to send him to Torino in another co-ownership deal, for €2 million. Despite an early injury, he had a good season, appearing in 25 games and scoring 1 goal. Back to Milan
On 24 June 2009, Milan reclaimed Abate again and this time he was included in the team roster for the upcoming 2009–10 season. for €2.55 million. After serving mainly as a reserve midfielder in the first few games, he later started to be employed as the regular right back by Milan head coach, Leonardo. Due to his good performances, on 11 February 2010 he was offered and signed an extension to his contract until 2014. He has also maintained that same position under coach Allegri following a huge surge in form in the 2010–11 season helping Milan win the Scudetto and Super Coppa Italiana.
After playing at various levels of youth international football, Abate made his U–21 debut with Italy in a friendly against Luxembourg, coming off the bench during the second half, on 12 December 2006.
With the Olympic national team coached by Casiraghi, he won the 2008 Toulon Tournament, in which he played four games and scored a goal against the United States. He also took part in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
He then participated in the 2009 European U-21 Championship held in Sweden, making two appearances.
Abate made his debut for the senior side on 11 November 2011, in the 2:0 win over Poland in a friendly match.
Serie A: 2003–04, 2010–11 ( 2 Titles)
Supercoppa Italiana: 2011