|Full name||Alessandro Matri|
|Date of birth||19 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
(on loan from A.C. Milan)
|2004–2005||→ Prato (loan)||32||(5)|
|2005–2006||→ Lumezzane (loan)||32||(13)|
|2006–2007||→ Rimini (loan)||28||(4)|
|2014–||→ Fiorentina (loan)||7||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:37, 15 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Lombardy, a comune 30 km away from Milan, Matri started his career at Milan and made his debut on 24 May 2003 against Piacenza Calcio as a starter, due to Milan resting most of their starting eleven in view of the Champions League final won against Juventus 4 days later. Matri partnered with Michele Piccolo and was replaced by Roberto Bortolotto in the 71st minute but he did not score. In the next season, he played all the time at Primavera (U20) Team and has not played in the first team. In the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons, he left on loan to Prato (along with Piccolo) and Lumezzane, played 64 Serie C1 matches.
In 2006–07 season, Matri was loaned to Rimini, Serie B team. Here he partnered with the more experienced Ricchiuti, Jeda and Moscardelli (all destined for playing in Serie A) therefore he sometimes started from the bench. During his stay in Rimini, Matri scored 4 goals in Serie B, all of them between March and April 2007: a double in Brescia, a goal against Treviso and the goal that decided a home derby against the rivals of A.C. Cesena. He also scored a goal in Coppa Italia.
In June 2007, as part of David Suazo's deal to Milan, he left for Cagliari in co-ownership deal, for €2 million. (Suazo eventually joined city rival Internazionale.) He partnered with Robert Acquafresca, which Internazionale sent him to the Sardinia as part of Suazo's deal. The young strikers scored 16 goals for the team, ahead of midfielders Pasquale Foggia and Daniele Conti (both five goals). Their replacement, Jeda and Joaquín Larrivey, scored three goals in half season and one goal in the full season, respectively. In June 2008, Cagliari bought the another half of the player's registration rights for another €2 million.
In the next season, Matri became the third choice striker, as Jeda and Acquafresca were in better form throughout the season. He did score, however, six goals in 31 matches, but only 11 of them as a starter.
After the exit of Acquafresca, Matri became the other half of a starting pair along with Jeda, with new signing Nenê, the 2008–09 Portuguese Liga top-scorer, played as a substitute. He was the team's top scorer, having scored 12 league goals, ahead Nenê (seven goals) and Jeda (six goals). At the start of the 2010–11 Serie A season, he was re-united with Acquafresca as he re-joined Cagliari. Matri, Acquafresca, and Nenê scored 11 goals in 22 games, three goals in 21 games (only 11 starts), and four times in 20 games (14 starts) in the league, respectively, before Matri's departure.
On 31 January 2011, in the final hours of the January transfer window, Matri moved to Juventus until the end of the season in loan deal that saw the remaining half of Lorenzo Ariaudo's registration rights, worth €2.5 million, being acquired to Cagliari; Juventus would also have an option to permanently acquire the player at the end of the season for an additional €15.5 million, made him worth €18 million in total. The acquisition was a consequence of Juventus' striking vacancies caused by an out-of-season injury to fellow on-loan striker Fabio Quagliarella and the loan of Amauri to Parma.
Matri made his Juventus debut only two days later, playing in a league game against Palermo, ended in a 2–1 win for the Sicilian opponents. On 5 February, Matri scored his first two goals for Juventus on his return to Cagliari, when he latched onto a Miloš Krasić pass and drove into the near corner for the first, and volleyed again for the second, choosing not to celebrate on both occasions. Matri scored his third goal for Juventus in the classic Derby d'Italia, scoring a header and defeating Internazionale 1–0. He wasn't able to score in the three upcoming matches against Lecce, Bologna, and Milan. In the next match, he scored another brace, although Juventus managed to secure only one point on a 2-2 away draw match against newly promoted Cesena. On 4 April, Matri scored his sixth goal for Juventus against Roma, which ended in a 2–0 victory for Juventus. The next match, he again scored one goal, helping the Bianconeri obtain the full three points against Genoa. On 2 June Matri officially signed for Juventus on a permanent deal which will see the player sign for pre-agreed €15.5 million. Matri signed the contract which would tie him to Juventus until 30 June 2015.
On 2 April 2012 Juventus announced that Matri had added 2 more years to his current contract to 30 June 2017.
Return to Milan
On 30 August 2013, Milan bought back Matri from Juventus for €11 million.
Serie A side Fiorentina moved to resolve an injury crisis affecting their strikers by signing Italian international striker Alessandro Matri on loan from rivals AC Milan on Tuesday. Matri will fill the hole left by injuries to Giuseppe Rossi, leading scorer in Serie A with 14 goals, and German international Mario Gomez. "There are some minor details to eke out and then I will be available for the coach," Matri told ViolaChannel.tv. "I am hungry to play and to score a lot of goals," added the 29-year-old, who has played just six times for Milan this term, scoring once, and has become the target of abuse from the fans. Matri will sign a six month contract with no option for Fiorentina to buy him. Fiorentina have been searching for a striker since Rossi was injured on January 5 while Gomez has been out of action since virtually the start of the season.
Matri earned his first call up for the Italian national team for a friendly match against Germany that took place on 9 February 2011. On 29 March, he made his debut in the friendly game against Ukraine played in Kiev, where he scored his first goal for Italy in the 81st minute, in a match which Italy won 2–0.
|1.||29 March 2011||Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine||Ukraine||0–1||0–2||Friendly|
Statistics accurate as of match played 7 January 2014
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