Emiliano Moretti

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Emiliano Moretti
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-06-11) 11 June 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Torino
Number 24
Youth career
1991–1998 Lodigiani
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 Lodigiani 5 (0)
1998–2002 Fiorentina 36 (0)
2002–2003 Juventus 8 (0)
2003 Modena (loan) 9 (0)
2003–2004 Parma 0 (0)
2003–2004 Bologna (loan) 32 (0)
2004–2009 Valencia 135 (4)
2009–2013 Genoa 107 (2)
2013– Torino 36 (1)
National team
1997–1998 Italy U-16 4 (0)
2001 Italy U-20 1 (0)
2001–2004 Italy U-21 / Olympic 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Emiliano Moretti (born 11 June 1981 in Rome) is an Italian professional footballer who currently plays as a central defender for Serie A side Torino.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Moretti started his career with local club Lodigiani, and in 2000 transferred to AC Fiorentina. He made his Serie A debut in March 2001, and was a member of the team that won the 2001 Coppa Italia. In the 2001–02 season, he played in 27 matches. Right before the Fiorentina bankruptcy, Moretti moved to Juventus in June 2002, and was loaned to Modena F.C. to help them avoid relegation.[1] In 2003, Parma signed Moretti for €1.8M (part of Stephen Appiah's €2M loan[2]), loaning him to Serie A team Bologna. In 2004, with Parma facing financial problems and Claudio Ranieri becoming head coach of Valencia CF, the left defender was traded to Valencia CF. In July 2009 he was bought by the Italian club Genoa C.F.C..

Valencia[edit]

In the summer of 2004 he was transferred outright to Spanish club Valencia, who had already purchased fellow Italians Bernardo Corradi, Marco Di Vaio and Stefano Fiore. On 27 August, while remaining on the bench, he was part of the team that won the UEFA Super Cup, beating Porto 2–1. Claudio Ranieri would use Moretti predominantly at left-back, and, despite a difficult start due to competition with Fábio Aurélio and compatriot Amedeo Carboni, would soon earn the starting spot. He scored his first goal for Valencia on 28 November 2004 in the Primera División in a 2–0 home win against Mallorca. In the Champions League he played 4 games against Inter Milan, Werder Bremen and Anderlecht, with 29 appearances during the season.

The following season he was a starter, making 33 appearances and a decisive contribution to the achievement of a third-place finish. At the beginning of the following season, on 6 November 2006, in the match against Espanyol, Moretti was seriously injured, damaging his lateral ligament of the knee, forcing him to the sidelines for more than three months. Despite the injury, the season remained one of the most important on a personal level and as a team, which reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, defeated only by Chelsea. Moretti ended the year with 34 total appearances.

The 2007–08 season was not as positive, which concluded with Valencia tenth. Moretti remained a protagonist of the side, leading to Valencia's victory on 16 April 2008 in the 2008 Copa del Rey Final, playing all the matches from the initial stage to the final.

The following season, he was still a starter in the Spanish side, which reached the first knockout round of the UEFA Cup, which concludes the year sixth place in the Primera División. Moretti disputed 32 games.

Genoa[edit]

After 172 appearances and 4 goals with the Spanish club, he returned to Italy to play for Genoa, engaged in the Europa League. The transfer fee was €3.5 million.[3]

He made his debut for Genoa on 23 August 2009, a 3–2 victory at home against Roma. A week later he scored his first goal in red and blue colours against Atalanta. His first season with the Grifoni finished with 37 appearances and 1 goal in total. The following year, he only made 18 appearances under Gian Piero Gasperini, while the team finished the season in tenth place. The 2011–12 season is even more difficult for the team, and despite 27 appearances and a goal (against Inter Milan), Genoa finished in fourth last position. He was confirmed part of the Genoa defence for the 2012-2013 season, contributing 33 total appearances.

On 5 May 2013, he celebrated his hundredth appearances in Serie A with the shirt of Genoa, on the occasion of a match ending 4–1 against Pescara.

Torino[edit]

After being close to a contract renewal with Genoa, he was officially purchased outright by Torino.[4][5] On 17 August 2013 he made his official debut for Torino in the game of Coppa Italia Torino-Pescara (1–2).

He injured his left knee (medial meniscus) on 23 February 2014 on Turin Derby.[6] He was expected to rest 2 to 3 weeks,[7] which he returned on 9 March against Internazionale.

International career[edit]

Internationally, Moretti was never capped for the senior team. He was however part of the Italy U-21 team that won the 2004 European Under-21 Football Championship and the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics football tournament. He was also in Italy's squad in the 1998 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship, (now U-17 event) which the azzurri lost to Republic of Ireland in the final.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

National competitions[edit]

Fiorentina: 2000–01
Juventus: 2002
Juventus: 2002–03
Valencia: 2007–08

International competitions[edit]

Valencia: 2004

Italy[edit]

Germany 2004
Athens 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Modena draft Moretti". UEFA.com. 29 January 2003. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Agreements with Parma A.C. SpA". Juventus FC. 30 June 2002. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Genoa CFC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2009, PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  4. ^ "MORETTI PASSA AL TORINO" (in Italian). Genoa CFC. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Moretti al Toro!" (in Italian). Torino FC. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Moretti, menisco rotto" (in Italian). Torino FC. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Moretti, operazione ok" (in Italian). Torino FC. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 

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