Nocerino playing for Milan in 2012
|Full name||Antonio Nocerino|
|Date of birth||9 April 1985|
|Place of birth||Naples, Italy|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2003–2004||→ Avellino (loan)||34||(0)|
|2004–2005||→ Genoa (loan)||5||(0)|
|2005||→ Catanzaro (loan)||21||(0)|
|2005||→ Crotone (loan)||15||(0)|
|2006||→ Messina (loan)||11||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Antonio Nocerino (Italian pronunciation: [anˈtɔːnjo notʃeˈriːno]; born 9 April 1985) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Milan and the Italian national team.
The early beginnings
Born on 9 April 1985, he started playing at the age of five years in a small club in his neighborhood, coached by his father. When he was 13, he joined the Juventus youth academy. During his career, he also played with Avellino, Genoa, Catanzaro, Crotone, Messina, and Piacenza.
He made his professional debut with Avellino in Serie B on 11 September 2003, drawing Parma 0–0. His first match in the Serie A came on 12 February 2006 for Messina, beating Sampdoria 4–2. His first goal in Serie A for Messina shirt was scored on 7 May 2006 against Empoli; the goal was then stricken off because the game was eventually forfeited.
Piacenza and Juventus
In the 2006–07 season, at Piacenza, he started regularly, playing 37 games and scoring six goals.
In the summer of 2007, Juventus, still possessing half the player, bought the other half from Piacenza for €3.7 million.
He made his official debut with Juventus playing in the starting XI on the opening day of Serie A against Livorno, which Juventus won 5–1; after that, coach Claudio Ranieri played him regularly. In the second half of the season, however, with the arrival of Mohamed Sissoko at Juve, he was not used regularly, but he still managed 32 league appearances and four in the Coppa Italia.
On 30 May 2008, he moved permanently to Palermo as part of the transfer that took Amauri to Juventus. Nocerino was priced at €7.5 million. He made his debut in the Rosanero shirt in a 3–1 victory against Roma on 13 September. Starting all games for the entire season, he ended as the initial reserve, being sometimes criticized by coach Davide Ballardini and used primarily in the role of coverage. He made 33 appearances (all in the league) without ever scoring. Playing next to teammate Mark Bresciano, who is more offensive, he had to do the defensive duties.
In the 2009–10 season, with Walter Zenga as coach, he started again regularly in the first XI. On 23 September 2009, in the home game against Roma, he scored his first goal in Serie A for Palermo. His only other goal that season was scored against Lazio on 21 February 2010.
With the arrival of manager Delio Rossi, he was assigned the task of maneuver of the attack, in addition to the usual cutoff, leaving the defensive midfield work to Giulio Migliaccio, also considering that Mark Bresciano had not been playing regularly in the formation. At times, he was also used in coverage of the left wing when full-back Federico Balzaretti pushed forward. He closed his second season with Palermo with 35 appearances and two goals in the league, plus three appearances in Coppa Italia.
For the 2010–11 season, he chose the No. 23 shirt, leaving the No. 9 to Abel Hernández, because he is devoted to Pio of Pietrelcina and the 23rd is the day of the saint's death. Playing the quarter-finals in the Coppa Italia, which Palermo won on penalties against Parma, marked his 100th appearance for Palermo. He closed this excellent season with 49 appearances in all competitions, being the most used player in the team and scoring four goals, all in the league.
In the beginning of the 2011–12 season, after playing two matches in the Europa League’s third qualifying round against Swiss side FC Thun, he left Palermo, making a total of 122 appearances and scoring six goals during his tenure.
Nocerino made his Milan debut in the first 2011–12 game of the season coming on as a late substitute for fellow debutante Alberto Aquilani. He made his UEFA Champions League debut in the next game on 12 September, when Milan drew 2–2 against FC Barcelona.
On 15 October, he scored his first goal in the 3–0 home victory against former club Palermo, completing a great team move lead by Antonio Cassano and Robinho. Due to the injury crisis, he played regularly until picking up his fourth caution of the season on 6 November, resulting in a suspension. On 26 October, Nocerino notched a hat-trick for Milan in a 4–1 win against Parma. It was the first hat-trick of his career. Since his move from Palermo, Nocerino has established himself as a regular goalscorer with Milan.
On 25 February 2012, Nocerino scored against title chaser Juventus in the 1–1 draw, putting his goal tally to 8 of the season.
Nocerino scored in Milan's Second-Leg Champions League Quarter-Final tie against Barcelona just after the half hour mark to level the match at 1–1 after Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a penalty. The game ended 3–1 on the night and also on aggregate to Barcelona.
Nocerino said it was 'an honour' to receive the number 8 shirt and believes he is worthy to become Gattuso's successor.
On Sunday, December 16, 2012, Nocerino scored a goal 35 seconds into the game in which Milan defeated Pescara. After the game, Nocerino told the press that he would like to dedicate his goal to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Nocerino stated, "... everything I did today was only for them." 
Nocerino played for Italy's under-20 in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and with their under-21 in the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. He captained the Italian under-21's triumphing over Chile to win the Toulon tournament for the first time for the Azzurrini. He also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as captain of Italy's Olympic squad. He received his first call up to Italy's national team by Roberto Donadoni on 17 October 2007 in a friendly against South Africa. Nocerino was selected to Italy's final squad at the 2012 Euro Championships. He played in the quarter finals against England, where he scored in the penalty shootout as the Italian team got to the final where they lost to Spain.
On 18 September 2007, It was reported that Nocerino was hit by a car after leaving a restaurant in Turin and was hospitalised for scans where he suffered a minor concussion and bruising. The following day, Nocerino was discharged from the hospital and monitored for a few days.
- As of 19 May 2013
- "A.C. Milan Comunicato Ufficiale". AC Milan (in Italian). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- UN PALERMO CHE INVESTE Archived 12 September 2011 at WebCite
- "Barcelona 3–1 AC Milan (agg 3–1)". rte.ie (RTÉ). 3 April 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
- "Nocerino proud to wear Gattuso's No.8 jersey". Goal.com. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "Nocerino pays Tribute to Newton Victims". Goal.com. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
- "Juve starlet hit by car". Sky Sports. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
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