|Full Name : Leonardo Bonucci
Date Of Birth: May 1, 1987
Place of Birth: Viterbo, Italy
Height: 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position: Center Back
Current Club: Juventus
National Debut: 2010
Caps: 13 (2)
Bonucci started his career at Viterbese but was loaned to Internazionale in the summer of 2005.
Bonucci made his Serie A debut in the last match of 2005–06 season, against Cagliari Calcio. At the end of the season, Inter bought Bonucci outright.
He played his first Coppa Italia match against Messina on 9th November 2006 when he came off the bench for substitute Fabio Grosso in the 86th minute. Bonucci featured in two more Coppa Italia games for Inter that season when he was brought on for the substituted Walter Samuel at half-time during the quarter final second leg match against Empoli and as a starter in the semi final second leg tie against Sampdoria.
In January 2007, 50% of Bonucci's registration rights were sold to Treviso by Inter along with 50% of the registration rights for fellow Primavera Team team-mate Daniel Maa Boumsong. Bonucci subsequently remained at Inter until June 30th while Maa Boumsong returned from Treviso where he spent the first half of the season on loan. During Bonucci's last season with Inter's U-20 Youth Team, he won the Italian "Primavera" U20 Youth League.
Treviso & Pisa
On 1 July 2007, along with Maa Boumsong they officially became Treviso player. To compensate Treviso that sold Robert Acquafresca back to Inter in June, Inter sold Federico Piovaccari in co-ownership deal, made there were 3 players joined Treviso from Inter that season. At Treviso, Bonucci played 20 starts in 27 Serie B appearances as one of the regular starter.
In June 2008, Bonucci was the only player that bought back by Inter from Treviso but he was remained at Treviso on loan. To compensate Treviso (for Bonucci and mid-season signing Riccardo Bocalon and Jacopo Fortunato) and to give a chance to youth players, Treviso hired Gianluca Litteri and Daniele Pedrelli in co-ownership deal.
Bonucci played 13 Serie B matches for Treviso before left for another Serie B struggler Pisa Calcio on loan.
On June 8, 2009, Bonucci underwent a medical examination at Genoa. On July 1, Inter officially announced Bonucci, along with Robert Acquafresca, Francesco Bolzoni and Riccardo Meggiorini, transferred to Genoa, as part of the deal that sent Thiago Motta and Diego Milito to Inter. Moreover, Ivan Fatić who co-owned between Chievo and Inter, became co-owned between Chievo and Genoa.
But on 2 July he was transferred to Bari from Genoa, on a co-ownership deal, along with Meggiorini (co-ownership deal), Matteo Paro (co-ownership deal), Andrea Ranocchia (loan) and Giuseppe Greco (loan).
At Bari he has become first choice in central defence under head coach Giampiero Ventura, showing a composed yet strong and effective defensive style. He has formed an extremely strong partnership with Andrea Ranocchia which has been so effective that, as of the midway point in the 2009–10 season, Bari have the second best defensive record in Serie A. The strong partnership ended after Ranocchia injured in mid-season and ruled out from rest of the fixture.
On the same day that Italy were eliminated from the World Cup, Bari bought the remaining half of Bonucci's registration rights from Genoa for €8M. Co-currently, Bari signed Sergio Bernardo Almirón in co-ownership deal for €2.5M, who already went on loan for the 2009–10 season from Juventus and Genoa bought the remaining 50% rights of Domenico Criscito from Juve for €6M on the next day. Bonucci then went to Turin for a medical, and the 3-way swap was completed on 1 July, which Bonucci cost Juve €15.5M (but in cash plus player deals) and he signed a 5-year deal. Partnered with Azzurri teammate Chiellini, Bonucci was immediately drafted into the starting line-up for the first matches of the season. He scored his first goal for Juventus in the Europa League play-off match against Sturm Graz.
On 2 April 2012 Juventus announced that Bonucci had signed a new 5-year contract effective on 1 July 2012.
At youth level, he played for Under-21 Serie B representative team. He was call-up to the friendly against Renate on 6 November 2007, and against Under-20 Serie C representative team on 4 December 2007. He also capped for the team in an internal friendly, which split the Under-21 Serie B team into two on 9 October 2007, on 21 October 2008, on 25 November, and on 24 March 2009 as blue team captain.
He also received a call–up from Italy U20 team on 31 May 2007. He was an unused bench in the match that 0–1 lost to Serie D Best XI.
Bonucci made his debut with Italy senior team on 3 March 2010, in a friendly match against Cameroon which took place in Monaco. He was included by Marcello Lippi in the starting line-up along with national team regulars Fabio Cannavaro and Giorgio Chiellini to form the defense line in a 3–4–3 formation.
Then he was included in the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He scored his first goal on 3 June 2010, in a 1–2 friendly loss against Mexico. In the World Cup, he appeared as unused substitutes for all three matches played by Italy.