Cesare Bovo in action during CSKA Moscow - Palermo, 4 November 2010
|Date of birth||14 January 1983|
|Place of birth||Rome, Italy|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Parma (loan)||31||(2)|
|2007||→ Torino (loan)||7||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Bovo grew up playing in the AS Roma youth system, where he was part of the senior team in the 2000–01 season, while in the 2001–02 season he only played a game of Coppa Italia: Brescia-Roma (3–0) of 8 January 2002.
In 2002 he was sold in co-ownership to Lecce, where he remained for two years and made his debut in Serie A on 5 October 2003 in Lecce-Brescia (1–4). On 2 May 2, 2004 he scored the 2-1 at home against Inter Milan, contributing to the salvation of Lecce from relegation. With 2 goals in the league, he achieved his personal record of goals in a season. In June 2004, he was redeemed by Roma for a nominal fee of €10,000.
In the summer of 2005 Bovo returned his hometown club, Roma. His presence on the field was often limited by competition from Cristian Chivu, Philippe Mexès and Samuel Kuffour, such that the coach Luciano Spalletti often deployed him as a full-back.
After the insistence of the president of Palermo, Maurizio Zamparini, who had declared his intention to redeem at all costs the remaining contract of Bovo, the transfer of the defender in rosanero materialised in June 2006 for €2.1 million, a figure €200,000 higher than that offered by Roma.
Return to Palermo
He made his debut with Palermo in the second game of the third round of Coppa Italia against Ravenna (1–2), while his first goal for Palermo came in the third day of the championship against Genoa, with a great shot from outside the box. Along with Simon Kjær and Andrea Raggi, his task was to replace the vacancies left by departures of Andrea Barzagli, Cristian Zaccardo and Leandro Rinaudo. He finished the season with only 28 appearances due to the amount of cards received. He was Palermo's vice-captain along with Fabrizio Miccoli.
In the 2009-10 season, one of the best in his career, he marked his first goal 25 October 2009 in a home victory against the Udinese, on the ninth day of the season, with a deflected volley from the edge of the area. At the end of the season he suffered from metatarsalgia which required operation on 12 April 2010. Back on 24 April, he scored the first goal in a 3–1 win against A.C. Milan. He closed the season with a total of 29 appearances in the league (and 2 goals, a record equaled again) plus 3 appearances in Coppa Italia.
In the 2010-11 season, on 11 December 2010, he wore the captain's armband for the first time at home against Parma. On 22 January 2011, in Palermo-Brescia (1–0) of the 21st round, he scored the winning goal from a free kick in the 86th minute, equaling once again the personal record of goals scored in a season.
On 10 May, in the second leg of the Coppa Italia against Milan, he scored the 2–0 on a penalty kick, that ended 2–1. In the final, lost 3–1 to Inter, Bovo was disqualified due to his expulsion after the prior goal. He closed the season with 43 appearances and 5 goals between the league, Coppa Italia and Europa League.
Return to Genoa
He returned to the field 7 April 2012, the 31st round, replacing Emiliano Moretti in Novara-Genoa (1–1). In a match against Siena he sprained his right knee, tearing his outer meniscus, which prematurely closed his season with 8 appearances.
During the 2013–14 season, he played in 20 league games for Torino and on 2 June 2014 he renewed his contract until 2016.
Bovo was on the squad of Italy U-21 team that won 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and 2004 Summer Olympics football tournament. He was also part of the Italian squad for the UEFA U-21 Championship 2006. On 28 August 2010 gets the first call in the national team by new coach Cesare Prandelli.
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