Balzaretti playing for Italy at the UEFA Euro 2012
|Full name||Federico Balzaretti|
|Date of birth||6 December 1981|
|Place of birth||Turin, Piedmont, Italy|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|1999–2001||→ Varese (loan)||44||(0)|
|2001–2002||→ Siena (loan)||16||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Federico Balzaretti (Italian pronunciation: [fedeˈriko baldzaˈretti]; born 6 December 1981 in Turin, Piedmont) is an Italian footballer who currently plays as a left back for Italian Serie A club Roma and the Italy national football team.
Federico Balzaretti's playing career started at the age of 6 in the Torino youth system, debuting for the granata in season 2002–03. After a couple of seasons on loan to Varese and Siena, he was heavily involved in Torino's 2004–05 Serie B campaign for promotion, which brought the team to the Serie A.
However, as Torino disbanded right after that promotion, Balzaretti was released in a free transfer, and was signed by city arch-rivals Juventus. In 2005–06 he was part of the first team for the bianconeri, often playing as regular under orders of coach Fabio Capello, and finally winning the Serie A league. His first ever senior goal game on 17 February 2007, in Serie B, as Juventus beat Crotone 5–0.
Fiorentina and Palermo
Balzaretti was sold to Fiorentina on July 2007, but failed to adjust with the viola as he made only six appearances in the first half of the Serie A 2007-08, and was subsequently signed by Palermo in a permanent move during the January transfer market.
At Palermo, Balzaretti took the #42 jersey as a homage to his father, who was born in 1942; in his tenure with the Sicilian side, he immediately established himself as a mainstay, playing regularly for the rosanero also in the following seasons and establishing as one of the most praised Italian left backs.
On 1 August 2012, Balzaretti signed a three-year contract with Roma, for a fee of € 4.5 million. He made his debut in a 2–2 draw against Catania. He scored his first goal for Roma in Derby della capitale on 22 September 2013. Roma won the game 2-0.
After playing with a number of youth selections between 2000 and 2002, Balzaretti made his debut with the Italian national team under coach Cesare Prandelli on 17 November 2010, in a friendly match against Romania.
He has been selected in the Italian team for UEFA Euro 2012, becoming the starting left-back in the third match at the group stage as Italy moved from 3–5–2 to 4–4–2. He also played the entire match against Germany as a right-back due to absences of Christian Maggio who was suspended and Ignazio Abate who was injured but stayed on the bench, conceding a penalty during stoppage time but also helping his team to reach the tournament final.
Balzaretti is married to renowned Italian ballerina Eleonora Abbagnato; their wedding took place in summer of 2011 in Palermo. Their first child, a daughter named Julia, was born on January 2012. He had also two more daughters from a previous relationship.
- As of July 2011
- "Player Profile". uefa.com. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- Doyle, Mark (1 August 2012). "Palermo confirm Balzaretti move to Roma". Goal.com. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- "Acquistato Balzaretti" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2008.
- "FEDERICO BALZARETTI Operazioni di mercato" (in Italian). AS Roma Official Website. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- "Balotelli sends Italy past Germany". UEFA.com. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
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- Career profile at US Palermo official website