Enrico Alfonso

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Enrico Alfonso
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-05-04) 4 May 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Padua, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Vicenza
Youth career
2003 Montecchio Maggiore
2003–2006 Chievo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Chievo 0 (0)
2006–2007 Pizzighettone (loan) 9 (0)
2007–2012 Internazionale 0 (0)
2008 Venezia (loan) 7 (0)
2008–2009 Pisa (loan) 10 (0)
2009–2011 Modena (loan) 39 (0)
2011–2012 Cremonese (loan) 28 (0)
2012–2013 Cremonese 12 (0)
2013– Vicenza 0 (0)
National team
2003 Italy U15 4 (0)
2003–2004 Italy U16 14 (0)
2004–2005 Italy U17 7 (0)
2006 Italy U19 1 (0)
2007–2008 Italy U20 3 (0)
2008 Italy U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2011/12 season.
† Appearances (Goals).

Enrico Alfonso (born 4 May 1988) is an Italian footballer who plays for Vicenza.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Aged only 6 years old, Alfonso began his playing career with Alte di Montecchio. He spent 4 years with the club, before moving for one season at Montecchio Maggiore at the age of 10.[1]

After that season, Alfonso joined Chievo's Giovanissimi. He was sent on loan to Pizzighettone of Serie C1 in summer 2006. He was competing with Alex Cordaz for first choice until Cordaz ended his loan.

Internazionale[edit]

On 27 August 2007, he joined Internazionale on co-ownership deal, for €1.9 million, signing a five-year deal with the club.[2] He replaced Fabián Carini, who left for Real Murcia, as fourth goalkeeper (but in UEFA Champions League the 4th keeper was Paolo Tornaghi). He took the 71 shirt, which was previously owned by Cordaz.

On 17 January 2008 Alfonso made his debut against Reggina in the Coppa Italia, in the match he was forced to make two good saves in the end Inter won 3–0, and 7–1 on aggregate.

In January 2008 Alfonso was loaned out to Venezia until the end of the 2007–08 season.[3]

Alfonso spent the 2008–09 season on loan to Serie B side Pisa.[4] After Pisa's relegation to Lega Pro Prima Divisione, and ultimately its financial collapse, Internazionale secured a loan move to Modena for Alfonso for the 2009-10 Serie B season. In the next season he became the starting goalkeeper of Modena, played 31 times.

In July 2011 he was transferred to Cremonese along with Michele Rigione and Riccardo Bocalon. He finished as the losing semi-finalists in the promotion playoffs.

On 21 June 2012 Inter bought Alfonso outright for €1.1 million, with Matteo Solini returned to Chievo also for €1.1 million.[5]

Lega Pro clubs[edit]

In late July 2013 Alfonso joined Vicenza as a trialist, which he played as one of the starting keeper in the pre-season game.[6][7][8][9] On 10 August 2013 Alfonso signed a 1-year contract with Vicenza and immediately submitted to the office of Lega Pro .[10] Alfonso immediately replaced Angelo Di Stasio as the starting keeper of Vicenza in competitive game, the second round of 2013–14 Coppa Italia.[11] He was the first choice in the match after, against Del Piero's Sydney FC.[12]

International career[edit]

Alfonso has always[according to whom?] been part of the minor Italy national football teams, from the under-15 till the under-21. He took part in 2005 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship (which he was sent off in the third match) and 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship. He was not played in any match of 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship elite qualification and rarely selected to U-19 team.

On 5 September 2007, the round 1 of 2007–08 Four Nations Tournament, Alfonso played the whole match of Italy under-20 national team against Switzerland. Alfonso managed to hold a clean sheet, as the match ended in a goalless draw.[13]

On 5 October 2007, Pierluigi Casiraghi called up Alfonso, alongside with teammate Francesco Bolzoni, to form part of the Italy national under-21 football team. The national side would be involved in the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification matches against Croatia and Greece.[1] However he did not play nor on the bench.[14][15] That season he only managed to play the third[16] and sixth round of the Four Nations Tournament.

He was called up to the 2008 Toulon Tournament from Italy Olympic[17] where he played 2 games keeping one clean sheet, during the group stages, after Italy already qualified for the next round with a win. He was not selected to 2008 Olympics in August. Despite still eligible to 2011 U-21, he did not received any call-up since May 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Italy U21 call-ups for Alfonso, Bolzoni". www.inter.it. 5 October 2007. 
  2. ^ "Alfonso signs for Inter". www.inter.it. 27 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "Alfonso joins Venezia". www.inter.it. 25 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "ENRICO ALFONSO È UN GIOCATORE DEL PISA" (in Italian). Pisa Calcio. 23 July 2008. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008. 
  5. ^ AC Chievo-Verona s.r.l. financial report and accounts (bilancio) on 30 June 2012 (Italian)
  6. ^ "Vicenza-Genoa International 7-0" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Al Bassano Virtus il "I° Trofeo Città di Asiago"" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Amichevole di allenamento Vicenza-Trapani 0-2" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Gara di allenamento Vicenza-San Paolo Padova: 5-0" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Alfonso Enrico in biancorosso" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tim Cup Varese-Vicenza 1-0: il tabellino" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Amichevole Sydney F.C.-Vicenza 3-1: il tabellino" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ninety minutes with Italy U20s for Alfonso". www.inter.it. 6 September 2007. 
  14. ^ http://en.archive.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300375/report=lu.html
  15. ^ http://en.archive.uefa.com/competitions/under21/fixturesresults/round=15084/match=300173/report=lu.html
  16. ^ "Italy U20 call-ups for Alfonso, Bolzoni". www.inter.it. 3 February 2007. 
  17. ^ "Ventidue Azzurrini a Tolone. Il 21 esordio contro la Costa d’Avorio". FIGC (in Italian). 16 May 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 

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