Davide Astori

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Davide Astori
Personal information
Full name Davide Astori
Date of birth (1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth San Giovanni Bianco, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 13
Youth career
2001–2006 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Milan 0 (0)
2006–2007 Pizzighettone (loan) 25 (1)
2007–2008 Cremonese (loan) 31 (0)
2008– Cagliari 140 (3)
National team
2004–2005 Italy U-18 4 (0)
2011– Italy 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 December 2013

Davide Astori (born 7 January 1987) is an Italian footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Cagliari and the Italian national football team.

He started his career with Milan twice going on loan to Pizzighettone in 2006 and Cremonese in 2007. In 2008 Cagliari signed him in a co-ownership deal, before signing him fully from Milan, for whom he never made a first team appearance, in 2011.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born and raised in the province of Bergamo, Astori started playing football with local team Pontisola before joining Milan in 2001.[2] He spent five years in the club's youth system, after which time he was sent on two consecutive loan spells to Serie C1 clubs Pizzighettone and Cremonese for the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons respectively.[3][4]


At the beginning of the 2008–09 season, Astori was signed by Serie A club Cagliari in a co-ownership deal with Milan,[5] for €1 million.[6] He made his official debut in the top-flight during an away game against Siena on 14 September 2008, coming on as a substitute in the second half.[7] After being on the substitute bench in the last 14 games but finally on 30 November 2008, Astori made his first start in a 1–0 win over Sampdoria. In his first season, Astori made 10 appearance.

In the summer transfer window 2009, the club renewed their ownership with AC Milan to keep Astori at Cagliari for another year.[8] Astori replaced Luis Diego López and made 34 appearance and would scored his first goal for the club in a 2–2 draw against Fiorentina on 31 January 2010. On 28 February 2010, Astori scored his second goal in a 2–1 loss against Chievo. On 3 April 2010, Astori scored an own goal against A.C. Milan to allow Milan scored the third goal in the match which Cagliari lose 3–2. During his second season at Cagliari, Rumours spread when A.C. Milan was keen to sign Astori but nothing happened. Despite the Rumours, Astori was keen to rejoin AC Milan in the summer.[9]

The club renewed their ownership with AC Milan to keep Astori at Cagliari for another year in June 2010 [10] and was a starter at Cagliari as he made 36 appearance.

On 22 June 2011 the club bought the residual 50% registration rights from Milan for another €3.5 million. (pre-agreed €1 million tagged in 2008 + additional €2.5 million)[11][12] After making 8 appearance at the start of the season, Astori suffered a Fractured Foot in a match against Napoli on 23 October 2011 following an intervention by Ezequiel Lavezzi and have to come off on the 21 minutes in a 0–0 draw. His injury resulted him out for 3 months.[13] On 7 April 2012, Astori scored his first of the season in a 2–2 draw against Inter Milan.

On 9 July 2012, Astori revealed he turned down a move to Russian side Spartak Moscow for worth 15million euro (£11.9m) fee after agreement between two clubs. Astori explained turning down a move to Spartak Moscow because he wants to stay at Cagliari and achieve his goals with the club.[14]

International career[edit]

Astori played 4 games for Italy U-18, being first capped in 2004. However, he did not receive any further call-up at higher levels of youth international football.[15]

Astori got his first call-up for the senior team under newly appointed coach Cesare Prandelli who named him in the squad for a friendly against Côte d'Ivoire, to be played on 10 August 2010,[16] however, he was left as an unused substitute.[17] He made his full debut fot Italy on 29 March 2011,[18] in a 2–0 friendly won against Ukraine in Kiev. He came on as a first half minute substitute for Georgio Chiellini but was later sent off in the second half after receiving two yellow cards.[19]


  1. ^ "Profile". Sky Sports. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Allievi Nazionali 2003/2004". acmilan.com (in Italian). Associazione Calcio Milan. Archived from the original on 13 April 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Christian Seu (30 August 2006). "Ufficiale: Pizzighettone, dal Milan ecco Astori". tuttomercatoweb.com (in Italian). Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Andrea Zalamena (9 June 2008). "Cagliari, arriva il giovane Astori". tuttomercatoweb.com (in Italian). Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Giuseppe Calvi; Filippo Di Chiara (30 May 2008). "Palermo su Sereni e punta Fornaroli Rinaudo al Napoli". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). p. 14. Retrieved 11 September 2008. 
  6. ^ page 52 Immobilizzazioni finanziarie Compartecipazioni ex art. 102 bis N.O.I.F. and page 77, AC Milan 2008 annual report
  7. ^ "Calaiò e Ghezzal a segno Il Siena affonda il Cagliari". la Repubblica (in Italian). 14 September 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Astori resta al Cagliari" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio Homepage. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Astori seeks Milan return". Sky Sports. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Astori resta al Cagliari" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio Homepage. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  11. ^ page 129, AC Milan bilancio 2011
  12. ^ "Davide Astori è tutto del Cagliari" [Davide Astori is totally for Cagliari]. Cagliari Calcio (in Italian). 22 June 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Brutta botta la frattura del perone, Astori, però, la prende con filosofia: "Non me lo aspettavo, ma fa parte del gioco..."" (in Italian). Goal.com. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Astori rejects Spartak switch". Sky Sports. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Davide Astori". figc.it (in Italian). Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "L’Italia di Prandelli: 8 novità, tra cui Balotelli e Amauri. Torna Cassano". figc.it (in Italian) (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio). 6 August 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  17. ^ "Italy v Ivory Coast". eurosport.yahoo.com. Eurosport. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  18. ^ Davide Astori at National-Football-Teams.com
  19. ^ "Ten-man Italy leave it late". FIFA.com. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 

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