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|Full name||Daniele Bonera|
|Date of birth||31 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Brescia, Italy|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 May 2015.
Bonera signed for Brescia in 1995 and played at the youth teams of Brescia until the end of 1998–99 season, where he made his first team debut for Brescia in 1999–00 season. Bonera played a total of 72 games in his three seasons with Brescia.
Bonera signed for Parma in July of 2002 from Brescia, and he played 32 games and scored a goal during his first season at Parma in the 2002–2003 Serie A season, and in his following three seasons in the Serie A, with Parma Bonera played 98 games of which 82 were in the Serie A. On 28 July 2006, Bonera moved to A.C. Milan for €3.3 million.
Bonera's UEFA Champions League debut was against Anderlecht, 17 October 2006, in which he received a red card after receiving a second yellow in the 47th minute for what, in the referees view, was petulantly kicking the ball away as Anderlecht waited to take a free kick. After struggling at right back, Bonera was moved to centre back after several defenders were injured and the acquisition of Massimo Oddo from S.S. Lazio in January, a natural right back. Bonera slotted in well at centre back, becoming one of Milan's better players. Bonera struggled with a niggling injury in the second half of the 2008–09 season, joining Alessandro Nesta and Kakha Kaladze on the treatment table. In September 2009, he signed a contract extension which will last until 2013.
After a 10-month lay-off, Bonera made a successful 45minute comeback against Novara in the Coppa Italia on 13 January 2010. Because of Milan's great central defensive partnership of Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva, Bonera was deployed at his former position, right back. Bonera slotted in well at right back, playing much better in that position than when he first joined Milan. Because of this Bonera became Milan's starting right back but when Gianluca Zambrotta, Luca Antonini and Massimo Oddo all returned from injury, he lost his place as starting right back. However when Alessandro Nesta once again found himself on the treatment table, coach Leonardo chose Bonera to fill in for him.
On 23 May 2013, amid speculation of a move to Juventus, Bonera signed a new contract with Milan until 30 June 2015.
At youth level he was capped for both 2002 and 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. He also played at the 2000 Toulon Tournament. He has been capped 34 times at U-21 international level.
After 2006 World Cup, he was re-called for the first time under Roberto Donadoni, for Euro 2008 Qualifier against Scotland, a match scheduled for 28 March 2007, but had to withdraw due to injury. In October and November 2007 he was called up again. Which he played against the 2010 FIFA World Cup host South Africa with an experimental Italy squad and came on for substituted Fabio Cannavaro against Faroe Islands. He was not selected to UEFA Euro 2008.
After Lippi became Italy coach for the second time, he was re-called in the first few matches. After the injury, he was call up to the last friendly before the formal announcement of 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, against Cameroon. He failed to enter the preliminary squad on 11 May and the training camp on 4–5 May.
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