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Full Name : Fabio Borini Date Of Birth: 29 March 1991 Place of Birth: Bentivoglio, Italy Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Position: Striker Current Club: Roma National Debut: 2012 Caps: 1 (0) Club Career Bologna Borini first started playing football at the age of nine, he and his father were avid Bologna supporters. He joined Bologna side in 2001, as a youth player. Chelsea Borini joined Chelsea in the summer of 2007 from Bologna. During the 2008–09 season, Borini was made first choice striker for reserves. He was the top scorer for the reserves with 10 goals from 11 appearances. Borini scored against Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup. On 1 September 2009, he was added to Carlo Ancelotti's Champions League squad and he made the bench against Porto. He made the substitutes bench again a few days later on 20 September, replacing Nicolas Anelka as a substitute in the 89th minute to make his first team debut for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur. His full debut came against Queens Park Rangers in the League Cup third round. He scored twice in a reserve game for Chelsea against West Ham United. He made his second appearance against Wolverhampton…
Full Name : Federico Balzaretti Date Of Birth: 6 December 1981 Place of Birth: Turin, Italy Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Position: Left Back Current Club: Palermo National Debut: 2010 Caps: 7 (0) Club career Known as 'Balzac' by most fans, he grew up since the age of 6 in the Torino youth system, debuting for the granata in season 2002–03. After a couple of seasons on loan to Varese and Siena, 'Balzac' was heavily involved in the 2004–05 Serie B campaign of Torino, which brought the team to a Serie A promotion. However, as Torino disbanded right after that promotion, 'Balzac' was released in a free transfer, and was signed by city arch-rivals Juventus. In 2005–06 he was part of the first team for the bianconeri, often playing as regular under orders of coach Fabio Capello, and finally winning the Serie A league. 'Balzac's' first ever senior goal game on 17 February 2007, in Serie B, as Juventus beat Crotone 5–0. He was sold to Fiorentina on July 2007, but failed to impress with the viola as he made only six appearances in the first half of the Serie A 2007-08, and was subsequently signed by Palermo…
Full Name : Gianluigi Buffon Date Of Birth: January 28, 1978 Place of Birth: Carrara, Italy Height: 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Position: Goalkeeper Current Club: Juventus National Debut: 1997 Caps: 113 (0) www.gianluigibuffon.it Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon, (born January 28, 1978 in Carrara) is an Italian FIFA World Cup-winning goalkeeper who currently plays for Italian Serie A club Juventus F.C. and the Italian national team. Early life and family Gianluigi Buffon was born into a sporting family. His mother, Maria Stella, was a discus thrower, his father, Adriano, a weightlifter, his two sisters Veronica and Guendalina played volleyball and his uncle, Angelo Masocco, played basketball. He is also a nephew of goalkeeping legend Lorenzo Buffon (a cousin of Gianluigi's grandfather). Buffon is engaged to Czech model Alena Šeredova; Šeredova gave birth to son Louis Thomas on December 28, 2007. Club career At the age of just 17, Buffon made his Serie A debut for Parma A.C. in a 0-0 home draw against A.C. Milan on November 19, 1995. In his fourth season with the club, he won the UEFA Cup. He transferred from Parma to Juventus in 2001, for a world-record goalkeeper's fee of €52 million. Buffon nearly signed…
Full Name: Giorgio Chiellini Date Of Birth: August 14, 1984 Place of Birth: Pisa, Italy Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Position: Defender Current Club: Juventus National Debut: 2004 Caps: 50 (2)www.giorgiochiellini.com Giorgio Chiellini (born August 14, 1984 in Pisa) is an Italian footballer who plays for Serie A club Juventus. He is a centre back who started his career playing as a left-back. Club career Early years Giorgio's parents are called Fabio and Lucia, he is one of three siblings, his twin brother Claudio and a brother & sister Giulio and Silvia. He started playing at 6 years of age for Livorno and at first was used as a central midfielder. As he grew up, he was switched on the wing and finally he found his position as a lateral defender. These days, thanks to his flexibility, he can be employed as a central defender too. Juventus He was signed by Juventus in summer 2004, for €6.5 million, but immediately sold on co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for €3.5 million, where he played for 2004–05 season. After an excellent first season in Serie A, Chiellini was recalled by Juventus for the 2005–06 season, where Juventus paid €4.3 million for…
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) Early years Abate was born in Sant'Agata de' Goti, the son of former Italian goalkeeper Beniamino Abate. Club career Early career 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…
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) Club career Internazionale 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…
Full Name : Mario Barwuah Balotelli Date Of Birth: 12 August 1990 Place of Birth: Palermo, Italy Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Position: Striker Current Club: Manchester City National Debut: 2010 Caps: 7(1) Early Life Mario Balotelli was born in Palermo, Sicily, to Ghanaian immigrants Thomas and Rose Barwuah. The family moved to Bagnolo Mella in the province of Brescia, Lombardy, shortly after he was born. As an infant, he had life-threatening complications with his intestines which led to a series of operations, although his condition had improved by 1992. Mario's health problems and the family's cramped living conditions meant the Barwuahs decided to ask for the help of social services who recommended that he be fostered. In 1993, the Barwuah family agreed to entrust the three-year-old boy to Francesco and Silvia Balotelli, with the legal move formalized by the Court of Brescia. When Mario Balotelli became famous, his biological parents asked for his return. He later accused them of "glory hunting", stating that they only wanted him back because of the prominence he had gained. According to Law 91 of 5 February 1992, Balotelli had to wait until his 18th birthday to request Italian citizenship, as the…
Full Name : Morgan De Sanctis Date Of Birth: March 26, 1977 Place of Birth: Guardiagrele, Italy Height: 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Position: Goalkeeper Current Club: Napoli National Debut: 2005 Caps: 4 (0) Club Career After a 3-year stint playing for Serie B team Pescara, De Sanctis became a reserve player for the Serie A giants Juventus, playing only three times in two seasons before joining Udinese in 1999 in co-ownership deal along with Marco Zamboni, for 2.5 billion Lire (€1,291,142.25) each. In May 2000, he deal became permanent, for 8 billion lire (€4,131,655), as part of the deal that Juventus signed Marco Zanchi. Udinese After three seasons also as a back-up for Luigi Turci, he finally managed to start in 2002–03 season, eventually being capped for the Italian national team.[citation needed] His contract was renewed on 10 November 2000, 18 October 2003 and 20 September 2005, which his annual gross salary increased from €569,000 (€310,000 net) in 2003 to €623,000 (€350,000 net) in 2005, plus other bonuses, including a loyalty bonus since 2005, for €350,878 a season (€200,000 net). He played all 6 group stage matches of 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, and reached round of 16 of…
Full Name: Riccardo Montolivo Date Of Birth: January 18, 1985 Place of Birth: Caravaggio, Italy Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11+1⁄2 in) Position: Midfielder Current Club: Fiorentina National Debut: 2007 Caps: 32(1) Riccardo Montolivo (born 18 January 1985 in Caravaggio, Bergamo) is an Italian footballer. He currently plays for ACF Fiorentina in Italy's Serie A league. He is an elegant and skilled midfielder with a perceptive eye for a pass, a powerful right-footed shot and clever technique. Club career Montolivo started his career in Serie B with Atalanta. At the age of 18, he made his debut in the 2003–04 season. He played 41 matches and scored four goals during the season and helped Atalanta to gain promotion to Serie A. In his first season in Serie A, he played 32 times and scored three goals. However, his efforts were in vain as Atalanta were relegated back down to Serie B. However, his performances had caught the eye of several higher-profile clubs. Montolivo moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 2005. Initially Atalanta retained part-ownership of the player but the following summer they relinquished that option as Fiorentina took full ownership. During the 2006/2007 season Montolivo's first-team chances were limited,…
Full Name : Salvatore Sirigu Date Of Birth: 12 January 1987 Place of Birth: Nuoro, Italy Height: 1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in) Position: Goalkeeper Current Club: Paris Saint-Germain National Debut: 2010 Caps: 2 (0) Club Career Sirigu started his football career with Venezia youth system. On 2005 he joined Palermo and made his debut for the club as a regular in a 2006-07 Coppa Italia match against Sampdoria and a UEFA Cup match against Fenerbahçe. Palermo loaned him to Serie C1 club Cremonese on July 12, 2007 in order to let him achieve some first team experience. He spent the 2008–09 season on loan to Serie B side Ancona, but only played 15 games with his club, as Ancona managers Francesco Monaco, and later Sandro Salvioni, preferred Brazilian teammate Da Costa over him. Sirigu successively returned to Palermo as a second-choice keeper, behind new signing Rubinho, for the 2009–10 season. Following a string of unimpressive performances by Rubinho, Palermo coach Walter Zenga, himself a former goalkeeper who was noted for his ability, moved Sirigu in the starting role for the Week 6 game, an away match against Davide Ballardini's Lazio on September 27, 2009. The game, which also…
Full Name: Sebastian Giovinco Date Of Birth: 26 January 1987 Place of Birth: Turin, Italy Height: 1.64 m (5 ft 4 1⁄2 in) Position: Second striker Current Club: Parma National Debut: 2011 Caps: 7(0) Early life Giovinco was born in Turin to a Sicilian father and a Calabrian mother who were immigrants from southern Italy.[4] He grew up in Beinasco, a comune southwest of Turin, in a family of Milan fans and joined the Juventus youth system when he was nine. He then rose through the ranks of the club and impressed especially during the 2005–06 season, winning the Campionato Primavera and reaching the final at the Viareggio Tournament. His younger brother Giuseppe was also part of the Juventus youth team until 2010, and is now playing for Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Carrarese Club career Giovinco was promoted to the first team during the 2006–07 season and also played his last season in the Primavera squad. His debut came on May 12, 2007 in the Serie B match against Bologna, entering in as a substitute in place of Raffaele Palladino. He marked his debut with a splendid assist for David Trezeguet's tap-in. Since then, he had been tipped to…
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