Andrea Barzagli

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Andrea Barzagli
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Personal information
Full nameAndrea Barzagli
Date of birth(1981-05-08) 8 May 1981 (age 31)
Place of birthFiesole, Italy
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current clubJuventus
Number15
Youth career
Rondinella
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1998–2000Rondinella51(3)
2000Pistoiese5(0)
2001Rondinella13(1)
2001–2003Piacenza0(0)
2001–2003Ascoli (loan)46(3)
2003–2004Chievo29(3)
2004–2008Palermo142(4)
2008–2011VfL Wolfsburg75(1)
2011–Juventus78(1)
National team
2003–2004Italy U-2115(0)
2004–Italy39(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 March 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 February 2013
 
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Andrea Barzagli
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus).jpg
Personal information
Full nameAndrea Barzagli
Date of birth(1981-05-08) 8 May 1981 (age 31)
Place of birthFiesole, Italy
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current clubJuventus
Number15
Youth career
Rondinella
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1998–2000Rondinella51(3)
2000Pistoiese5(0)
2001Rondinella13(1)
2001–2003Piacenza0(0)
2001–2003Ascoli (loan)46(3)
2003–2004Chievo29(3)
2004–2008Palermo142(4)
2008–2011VfL Wolfsburg75(1)
2011–Juventus78(1)
National team
2003–2004Italy U-2115(0)
2004–Italy39(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 March 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 February 2013

Andrea Barzagli, Ufficiale OMRI[1][2] (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛa barˈdzaʎʎi]; born 8 May 1981 in Fiesole) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Juventus.[3]

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Club career

In the 1998–99 season, Barzagli made his first professional football appearance with semi-professional Rondinella Calcio[4] before moving to Serie B side A.C. Pistoiese in 2000–01,[4] in a co-ownership deal.[5] A year later he rejoined Rondinella Calcio in Serie C2. He then signed for Ascoli Calcio 1898 for the 2001–02 season[4] (from Piacenza, a Serie A from 2001 to 2003) and helped them gain promotion to Serie B. He remained in Ascoli for another year without further success. In July 2003 he was sold by Piacenza in another co-ownership deal.[6] His first Serie A cap was won with ChievoVerona in the 1–1 draw at Brescia on August 2003.[4] A year later the defender was signed by Serie A outfit Palermo. Barzagli was bestowed with the captain's armband after Eugenio Corini controversially left the Sicilian club in the summer of 2007–08.[7]

Wolfsburg

In 2008, Barzagli was in contract negotiations with ACF Fiorentina and was widely expected to sign. To everyone's surprise the deal fell through as Barzagli, a native Florentine, had already stated his eagerness to join.[8] Barzagli's agent spoke to media saying: "The difference between what we were asking and what they offered was minimal – it amounted to £100,000. Andrea was willing to give up a lot of money to play for Fiorentina, but they didn’t take our requests into consideration".[9] Instead Barzagli choose to join VfL Wolfsburg and the Bundesliga following fellow Italian and team-mate Cristian Zaccardo. He was given the number 43. It was later reported that the Italian international snubbed Fiorentina's five years £1.2 million contract for VfL Wolfsburg's offer of 3 years £2.5 million offer.[10] The transfer fee was 12.95 million Euro.[11] Barzagli played every minute of the 2008–09 Bundesliga championship winning season for Wolfsburg. He scored his first goal for Wolfsburg in a 4–0 win over TSG Hoffenheim on 4 April 2010.

Juventus

On 26 January 2011, Barzagli left Wolfsburg to return to Italy, joining Serie A giants Juventus for a contract of €300,000 fixed and €300,000 variable.[3] Barzagli's contract with Wolfsburg was due to expire on 30 June 2011.

Since the arrival of Antonio Conte as coach of the Bianconeri, Barzagli has gone on to become an integral part of the Juve backline and is one of the club's most consistent performers, culminating in a recall to the national team. Juventus finished the season with the best defence in Italy and in Europe, only conceding 20 goals, and won the League undefeated. Barzagli scored his first goal for Juventus on 13 May 2012, scoring a penalty against Atalanta in the last league match of the season, in a 3–1 home win. He has helped Juventus win the 2011–12 scudetto and the 2012 Supercoppa Italiana. Juventus also made the final of the Coppa Italia that season. Barzagli was elected to be part of the 2012 Serie A Team of the Year and won the 2012 Serie A Defender of the Year award.[12]

International career

Barzagli won his first international cap on November 2004 against Finland under Italian coach Lippi. He was called up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and, while not expecting to play at all, was deployed as a substitute in the second round match against Australia and again for a full 90 minutes in the quarter-final against Ukraine due to the suspension of Marco Materazzi.[13] Italy went on to win the World Cup that year.

Barzagli was deployed six times in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying matches and appeared in the crucial 2–1 victory over Scotland.[14] He was recalled to Italy's UEFA Euro 2008 squad and partnered Materazzi in the heavy 0–3 defeat against the Netherlands after Italian skipper Fabio Cannavaro on 2 June suffered an injury in training.[15] Barzagli has since then only appeared for the Azzurri one time in the 1–2 World Cup qualifier win against Cyprus after Alessandro Gamberini fell injured after 60 seconds.[16]

On 7 October 2011, after three years of absence, he came back to the national team playing as a starter in the Euro 2012 qualifier away match against Serbia.

On 1 June 2012, in a preparation match for Euro 2012, he captained the team for the first time after Gianluigi Buffon was taken off to be replaced by Morgan De Sanctis.

On 18 June 2012, after recovering from injury, Barzagli was picked over Leonardo Bonucci to play against Ireland in the Last Group Stage match for Italy in the Euro 2012 tournament. He aided the team in a 2–0 win over Ireland which allowed Italy to qualify. On 24 June 2012 Barzagli started the Euro 2012 quarter final game against England which also resulted in an Italian victory on penalties, after the match had finished 0–0 after extra time. On 28 June 2012, Barzagli continued his success in Euro 2012 by aiding Italy in a 2–1 victory against Germany. Italy were eventually defeated by defending European and World Champions Spain in the Final, although their place in the final automatically qualified them for the 2013 Confederations Cup.

Career statistics

Club

As of 3 March 2013
Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeagueCoppa ItaliaLeague CupEuropeTotal
1998–99RondinellaSerie D281281
1999–2000Serie C2232?23+2+
2000–01PistoieseSerie B50?5+0+
2000–01RondinellaSerie C2131?13+1+
2001–02AscoliSerie C1281?28+1+
2002–03Serie B182?18+2+
2003–04ChievoSerie A29310303
2004–05Palermo37030400
2005–063524080472
2006–073611050421
2007–083400020360
GermanyLeagueDFB-PokalOtherEuropeTotal
2008–09VfL WolfsburgBundesliga3403080450
2009–10241201050321
2010–1117010180
ItalyLeagueCoppa ItaliaLeague CupEuropeTotal
2010–11JuventusSerie A15000150
2011–1235140391
2012–13280401060370
TotalItaly361141701020039914
Germany7516010130951
Career total436152302033050215

International

As of 14 November 2012
Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
200410
200560
200660
200760
200860
201120
2012110
Total380

Honours

Club

Wolfsburg
Juventus

International

Italy

Individual

References

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  3. ^ a b "Barzagli wechselt zu Juventus Turin [Barzagli transfers to Juventus Turin]" (in German). DFL. 26 January 2011. http://www.bundesliga.de/de/liga/news/2010/index.php?f=0000173919.php. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
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