|Full Name: Antonio Nocerino
Date Of Birth: April 9, 1985
Place of Birth: Naples, Italy
Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Current Club: Milan
National Debut: 2007
Caps: 11 (0)
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.
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 on 12 February 2006 for Messina, beating Sampdoria 4–2. His first goal in Serie A for Messina shirt was scored on 7 May 2006 against Empoli; the goal was then stricken off because the game was eventually forfeited.
Piacenza and Juventus
In the 2006–07 season, at Piacenza, he started regularly, playing 37 games and scoring six goals.
In the summer of 2007, Juventus, still possessing half the player, bought the other half from Piacenza for €3.7 million.
He made his official debut with Juventus playing in the starting XI on the opening day of Serie A against Livorno, which Juventus won 5–1; after that, coach Claudio Ranieri played him regularly. In the second half of the season, however, with the arrival of Mohamed Sissoko at Juve, he was not used regularly, but he still managed 32 league appearances and four in the Coppa Italia.
On 30 May 2008, he moved permanently to Palermo as part of the transfer that took Amauri to Juventus. Nocerino was priced at €7.5 million. He made his debut in the Rosanero shirt in a 3–1 victory against Roma on 13 September. Starting all games for the entire season, he ended as the initial reserve, being sometimes criticized by coach Davide Ballardini and used primarily in the role of coverage. He made 33 appearances (all in the league) without ever scoring. Playing next to teammate Mark Bresciano, who is more offensive, he had to do the defensive duties.
In the 2009–10 season, with Walter Zenga as coach, he started again regularly in the first XI. On 23 September 2009, in the home game against Roma, he scored his first goal in Serie A for Palermo. His only other goal that season was scored against Lazio on 21 February 2010.
With the arrival of manager Delio Rossi, he was assigned the task of maneuver of the attack, in addition to the usual cutoff, leaving the defensive midfield work to Giulio Migliaccio, also considering that Mark Bresciano had not been playing regularly in the formation. At times, he was also used in coverage of the left wing when full-back Federico Balzaretti pushed forward. He closed his second season with Palermo with 35 appearances and two goals in the league, plus three appearances in Coppa Italia.
For the 2010–11 season, he chose the #23 shirt, leaving the #9 to Abel Hernández, because he is devoted to Pio of Pietrelcina and the 23rd is the day of the saint's death. Playing the quarter-finals in the Coppa Italia, which Palermo won on penalties against Parma, marked his 100th appearance for Palermo. He closed this excellent season with 49 appearances in all competitions, being the most used player in the team and scoring four goals, all in the league.
In the 2011–12 season, after playing two matches in the Champions League's third qualifying round against Swiss side FC Thun, he left Palermo, making a total of 122 appearances and scoring six goals during his tenure. Milan
On 31 August 2011, the last day of the Italian transfer window and only an hour before the window ended, Nocerino joined Milan on a five-year contract, for €500,000. He made his Milan debut in the first 2011–12 game of the season coming on as a late substitute for fellow debutante Alberto Aquilani. He made his UEFA Champions League debut in the next game on 12 September, when Milan drew 2–2 against FC Barcelona. On 15 October, he scored his first goal in the 3–0 home victory against former club Palermo, completing a great team move lead by Antonio Cassano and Robinho. Due to the injury crisis, he played regularly until picking up his fourth caution of the season on 6 November, resulting in a suspension. On 26 October, Nocerino notched a hat-trick for Milan in a 4–1 win against Parma. It was the first hat-trick of his career. Since his move from Palermo, Nocerino has established himself as a regular goalscorer with Milan.
Nocerino scored in Milan's Second-Leg Champions League Quarter-Final tie against Barcelona just after the half hour mark to level the match at 1-1 after Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a penalty. The game finished 3-1 on the night and also on aggregate to Barcelona.
Nocerino played for Italy's under-20 in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and with their under-21 in the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. He captained the Italian under-21's triumphing over Chile to win the Toulon tournament for the first time for the Azzurrini. He also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as captain of Italy's Olympic squad. He received his first call up to Italy's national team by Roberto Donadoni on 17 October 2007 in a friendly against South Africa.
On 3 July 2010, Nocerino married Federica, his girlfirend of which he had been engaged for eight years. They had a son, Francis, born 6 May 2009. On 5 October, his second child was born, namd Cecilia.
He has a diploma in accounting.