Andrea Barzagli

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Andrea Barzagli
Real Madrid vs Juventus, 24 October 2013 Champions League A 14.JPG
Barzagli playing for Juventus in 2013
Personal information
Full name Andrea Barzagli
Date of birth (1981-05-08) 8 May 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Fiesole, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 15
Youth career
Rondinella
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Rondinella 51 (3)
2000 Pistoiese 5 (0)
2001 Rondinella 13 (1)
2001–2003 Piacenza 0 (0)
2001–2003 Ascoli (loan) 46 (3)
2003–2004 Chievo 29 (3)
2004–2008 Palermo 142 (4)
2008–2011 VfL Wolfsburg 75 (1)
2011– Juventus 110 (1)
National team
2003–2004 Italy U21 15 (0)
2004– Italy 50 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2014

Andrea Barzagli, Ufficiale OMRI[1][2] (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛa barˈdzaʎʎi]; born 8 May 1981) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Serie A club Juventus.[3] He has also represented the Italian national team, and was most notably a member of the Italian 2006 World Cup winning squad, as well as a starting member of the Italian squad that reached the Euro 2012 final.

Barzagli is known for his powerful physical build, and for being "strong in terms of anticipation, concentration and positional sense."[4] He has stood out in Italy in recent years, due to his marking and tackling ability, as well as due to his capacity to read the game, and his adeptness in one on one situations, attributes which have enabled him to be voted the 2012 Serie A Defender of the Year.[5][6][7] His calm composure, tactical awareness, pace, consistency and ball playing ability have recently enabled him to be regarded as one of the best and most complete defenders in the world.[8][9]

Club career[edit]

In the 1998–99 season, Barzagli made his first professional football appearance with semi-professional Rondinella Calcio[10] before moving to Serie B side A.C. Pistoiese in 2000–01,[10] in a co-ownership deal.[11] A year later he rejoined Rondinella Calcio in Serie C2. He then signed for Ascoli Calcio 1898 for the 2001–02 season[10] (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.[12] His first Serie A cap was won with ChievoVerona in the 1–1 draw at Brescia on August 2003.[10] 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.[13]

Wolfsburg[edit]

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.[14] 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".[15] 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.[16] The transfer fee was 12.95 million Euro.[17] 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. He later credited his Wolfsburg coach of 2008–09 Felix Magath for having helped him to improve as a footballer. Closed the second season at Wolfsburg with two appearances in the Champions League and Europa League and 3 in 24 league appearances with a net asset. In the third season in Germany collects 17 league appearances before moving to Juventus in January.

Juventus[edit]

Barzagli playing for Juventus in 2012

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. His first six months with the Bianconeri coincided with the second half of a terribly disappointing 2010–11 campaign under Luigi Delneri, which saw the club finish only seventh in Serie A.

Since the arrival of Antonio Conte as the new coach, 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 2011–12 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. His stellar season earned him a place in the Serie A Team of the Year as well as the 2012 Serie A Defender of the Year award.[18]

In 2012–13, Barzagli made a total of 45 appearances in all competitions for Juventus, his highest personal tally since his first season at Wolfsburg. Most of these were made alongside Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini in Antonio Conte's now typical three-man backline and 3–5–2 formation, as the club again prevailed in Serie A and made their way to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia. Barzagli did not score during the season, however he impressed in the home fixture against A.S. Roma in September 2012, when he won the ball in his own half, ran past an opponent and made a lung-bursting run that culminated in a through-ball assist for Sebastian Giovinco.

In the 2013–14 season, Barzagli's consistent performances continued for Juventus, despite having dealt with injury problems throughout the season. Juventus won their third consecutive Serie A title, and their thirtieth overall, with a record 102 points, finishing once again with the best defence in the League. Juventus disappointed in Europe, however, and were eliminated in the group stage of the Champion's League, although they managed to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League that season.

International career[edit]

Barzagli was a member of the Italian side that conquered the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship under the guidance of Claudio Gentile, and he also appeared at the Summer Olympics in Athens that year, winning a bronze medal. He won his first international cap in 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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] Because of the fallout from that heavy loss, Barzagli then appeared for the Azzurri only one time during the following three years. That was in the 1–2 World Cup qualifier win against Cyprus after Alessandro Gamberini fell injured after 60 seconds.[22] In spite of winning the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in 2009, he was not picked by Marcello Lippi for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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. Barzagli retained his place in the starting lineup throughout the 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign, as Italy qualified for the tournament undefeated, with two matches to spare, and Barzagli was called up for the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil, a tournament in which Italy finished in third place. Barzagli was also called up as one of Italy's starting centrebacks for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where Italy were knocked out in the first round.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 1 September 2014
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Rondinella Serie D 28 1 28 1
1999–2000 Serie C2 23 2 ? 23+ 2+
2000–01 Pistoiese Serie B 5 0 ? 5+ 0+
2000–01 Rondinella Serie C2 13 1 ? 13+ 1+
2001–02 Ascoli Serie C1 28 1 ? 28+ 1+
2002–03 Serie B 18 2 ? 18+ 2+
2003–04 Chievo Serie A 29 3 1 0 30 3
2004–05 Palermo 37 0 3 0 40 0
2005–06 35 2 4 0 8 0 47 2
2006–07 36 1 1 0 5 0 42 1
2007–08 34 0 0 0 2 0 36 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2008–09 VfL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 34 0 3 0 8 0 45 0
2009–10 24 1 2 0 1 0 5 0 32 1
2010–11 17 0 1 0 18 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Juventus Serie A 15 0 0 0 15 0
2011–12 35 1 4 0 39 1
2012–13 34 0 4 0 1 0 6 0 45 0
2013–14 26 0 1 0 5 0 1 0 33 0
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Italy 370 14 17 0 1 0 21 0 409 14
Germany 75 1 6 0 1 0 13 0 95 1
Career total 471 15 30 0 3 0 42 0 544 15

International[edit]

As of 24 June 2014
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2004 1 0
2005 6 0
2006 6 0
2007 6 0
2008 6 0
2009 - -
2010 - -
2011 2 0
2012 11 0
2013 8 0
2014 4 0
Total 50 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ascoli
Wolfsburg
Juventus

International[edit]

Italy

Individual[edit]

Personal Life[edit]

Barzagli and his wife Maddalena were married in July 2013 and have a son Mattia and a daughter Camilla.[23]

References[edit]

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