Cristian Molinaro

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Cristian Molinaro
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Personal information
Full name Cristian Molinaro
Date of birth (1983-07-30) 30 July 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Vallo della Lucania, Italy
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Torino
Number 3
Youth career
Salernitana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Salernitana 77 (1)
2005–2007 Siena 56 (0)
2005–2010 Juventus 65 (0)
2010–2014 VfB Stuttgart 103 (0)
2014 Parma 16 (2)
2014– Torino 5 (0)
National team
2004–2005 Italy U-21 "B"[1][2] 2 (0)
2010 Italy[3] 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:22, 18 October 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 October 2014

Cristian Molinaro (born 30 July 1983) is an Italian footballer who plays for Serie A club Torino as a left-back.

Club career[edit]

Cristian training with Stuttgart

Beginning[edit]

He started playing at age 5 for Gelbison, in Vallo della Lucania, before growing up in the various Salernitana youth teams.

In 2002–03 he made his league debut in Serie B. This marked the beginning of the two competitive seasons he played as a starter in Salerno, that included his first professional goal in 2004–05 in a match against Bari. In 2005 he moved to Siena, a club that he played for two seasons.

Siena and Juventus[edit]

In 2005 he was noticed by the dense network of observers of Juventus and signed, who decided to sell him in co-ownership to Siena, in which Juventus already had several players on loan. He made his debut in Serie A on 18 September 2005 in Siena - Palermo 1–2 and his first season in the top flight was characterised by ups and downs; losing the role of starting left-back to the more experienced Gianluca Falsini.

For 2006–07, Juventus, relegated to Serie B by the 2006 Italian football scandal, allowed Molinaro to remain at Siena (who sold Falsini), relying on him to cover the role of left-back. He collected 36 appearances out of 38 league games and two appearances in 2 rounds of Coppa Italia.

On 20 June 2007, shortly before the transfer window deadline, Juventus redeemed him for a sum of €2.5 million. During 2007–08, at age 24, he carved out a starting spot on the left wing of the defence of Juventus, thanks to the movement of companion Giorgio Chiellini to central defence.

In his second season at Juventus he debuted 13 August 2008 in the first leg of the third qualifying round of the Champions League, won 4–0 against Petržalka, which also represented his debut in European competition.

On 28 November 2008 he extended his contract with Juventus until 2013. He finished the 2008–09 season prematurely because of a perirenal hematoma.

Stuttgart[edit]

With the arrival of Italy international Fabio Grosso and Uruguayan Martín Cáceres in the summer, Molinaro signed a loan deal with VfB Stuttgart on 5 January 2010 which initially saw him stay at the club until the end of the 2009–10 season.[4] On 1 June 2010, VfB Stuttgart took advantage of a contract option and signed Molinaro permanently until June 2014.[5] Juventus announced that on 14 June they received €3.9M transfer fees and the deal was completed.[6]

Parma[edit]

During the first round of the 2013–14 Bundesliga season, Molinaro only played once. Kicker and other media reported that VfB Stuttgart sought to offload him.[7] On 30 January, Parma announced that they had signed Cristian Molinaro.[8] On 16 February 2014, he scored his first goal with the shirt of Parma, as well as first in Serie A, against Atalanta for the momentary 0–1. Shortly afterwards, in his first game against his former team, Juventus, he scored his second goal in Serie A.

Torino[edit]

On 16 June 2014 Molinaro was signed by Torino on an annual contract.[9]

International career[edit]

Molinaro received his first international call-up on 6 August 2010 under new head coach Cesare Prandelli.[10] He made his debut on 10 August 2010, starting in the match against Côte d'Ivoire.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grieco in extremis In Belgio è vittoria". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 31 March 2004. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Di Ragogna, Dante (18 March 2005). "L' Italia si diverte Brilla Vantaggiato". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  3. ^ FIGC (Italian)
  4. ^ "VfB sign Cristian Molinaro". vfb.de. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cristian Molinaro – VfB Stuttgart". gfdb.com. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Agreement with VfB Stuttgart 1893 for the definitive transfer of the registration rights of the player Cristian Molinaro". Juventus FC official site. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Schneider setzt auch in Südafrika auf die Jugend". kicker.de (in German). 18 December 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dallo Stoccarda arriva Cristian Molinaro. Da oggi è un giocatore del Parma" (in Italian). fcparma.com. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Molinaro al Toro" (in Italian). Torino FC. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "L’Italia di Prandelli: 8 novità, tra cui Balotelli e Amauri. Torna Cassano". FIGC (in Italian). 6 August 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 

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