Alessandro Gazzi

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Alessandro Gazzi
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Gazzi playing for Torino in 2015
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Carlo Gazzi
Date of birth (1983-01-28) 28 January 1983 (age 32)
Place of birth Feltre, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 14
Youth career
1997–1999 Montebelluna
1999–2000 Treviso
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Treviso 2 (0)
2001–2003 Lazio (loan) 0 (0)
2003–2004 Viterbese 31 (1)
2004–2011 Bari 225 (6)
2007 Reggina (loan) 9 (0)
2011–2012 Siena 33 (1)
2012– Torino 66 (2)
National team
2000 Italy U16 0 (0)
2001 Italy U17 0 (0)
2003–2004 Italy U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 October 2014

Alessandro Gazzi (born 28 January 1983) is an Italian professional footballer who plays for Torino as a defensive midfielder.

He became an honorary citizen of the city of Reggio Calabria on 27 May 2007.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He began his footballing career at Plavis, the youth team of his region, Santa Giustina. He then transferred to Montebelluna and immediately after to Treviso, with whom he debuted in the Serie B season of 2000–01, at age 17.

In the summer of 2001 he officially joined Lazio on a two-year loan, and was given a place in the youth team. He played for the youth team for two seasons, but never played for the first team, and in 2003 returned to Treviso at the end of the loan.


In August 2003 he was sold outright to Viterbese, at the time led by former coach of Genoa Guido Carboni. He was a regular starter for the side, contesting 31 games scoring a goal. He played four games in the promotion play-offs to Serie B, which Viterbo lost in the final against Crotone.

At the end of the season the club was declared bankrupt, and Gazzi and all the players on the team were released on a free transfer.

Bari and Reggina[edit]

In July 2004 he moved definitively to Bari in Serie B, along with his coach and teammates Vincenzo Santoruvo and Lorenzo Sibilano. In his first season in Apulia, he played 34 games and scored 3 goals, contributing to the final placement of 10th in the league standing.

The following year he took to the field 35 times, scoring 1 goal. On 4 January, he signed an extension until 2009.[1] In the following season he played 11 games, but on the last day of the winter transfer market was sold to Reggina in co-ownership, where for the first time in his career he had the opportunity to play in Serie A.[2] He made his debut in the top flight on 11 February 2007 in a win against Torino, and played 9 games until the end of the season. Thanks to his contribution, the team, then led by Walter Mazzarri, attains salvation in spite of an 11-point deduction due to the 2006 Italian football scandal. Gazzi was awarded, together with his companions, the title of honorary citizen of Reggio Calabria.

Return to Bari[edit]

On 22 June 2007 the co-ownership agreement was resolved in favor of Bari, and the player returned to Apulia. On 22 September, during a game against Ravenna, he suffered an eye injury which forced him into hospital and resulted in two weeks on the sideline. On 21 November, he extended his contract with Bari until 2011.

In the 2008–09 season, with 39 appearances, Gazzi was one of the most active players in the promotion of Bari into Serie A, coached by Antonio Conte. The following year he was a fixture of the team led by Giampiero Ventura, playing 32 games in the top flight. On 7 April 2010 he signed a further contract extension until 2013, and during 2011–2012, despite relegation, he was again an impressive player, with 31 games played. On 10 April 2011 he scored his first goal in Serie A against Catania.


After the relegation of Bari in Serie B, there were rumours of a possible transfer to Chievo Verona and especially Torino, but on 11 August 2011 a transfer was formalised to Sienna, newly promoted to Serie A.

The anchor of the midfield, made his debut under Giuseppe Sannino on 11 September against Catania and scored his first goal for the bianconeri 20 November, in a home game against Atalanta. He played 33 games for the club, scoring 1 goal.[3]


On 13 July 2012 Gazzi was sold to Torino for €2.5 million, plus Matteo Rubin to Sienna in co-ownership.[4][5] He officially debuted for Torino on 18 August 2012, in a Coppa Italia fixture against Lecce;[6] his league debut for the Granata was on 26 August, against his former club, Siena.[7] He scored his first goal for Torino on 30 September in a 1–5 win away against Atalanta.[8] He concluded the 2012–13 season with 34 appearances and 2 goals - plus an appearance in Coppa Italia.[3]

On 28 August 2014 he made his debut in European competition in a 1–0 defeat of HNK Hajduk Split.[9]

2011–12 Italian football scandal[edit]

In the month of August 2012, he was investigated by prosecutors in Bari for sporting fraud, along with his other former teammates at A.S. Bari, in regard to match-fixing in the past.[10]

On 6 June 2013, he was suspended for 3 months and 10 days, plus a fine of €40,000.[11]

Style of play[edit]

Gazzi is a defensive midfielder of great physicality, great determination and a possesses a good right foot.



Bari: 2008–2009

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Ufficiale: Gazzi rinnova con il Bari". Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ufficiale: Reggina, preso Gazzi". 31 January 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "A. Gazzi". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
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  6. ^ "TORINO VS. LECCE 4 – 2". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "SIENA VS. TORINO 0 – 0". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "ATALANTA VS. TORINO 1 – 5". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
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  10. ^ Bonetto, Marco (17 August 2012). "Servono 4 titolari e un altro portiere in". Tuttosport. p. 10. 
  11. ^ "Calcioscommesse: Palazzi chiede 4 anni per Gillet. Gazzi patteggia: 3 mesi. Bari da −1 in B". Retrieved 3 April 2014.