Francesco Bardi

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Francesco Bardi
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-01-18) 18 January 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Livorno, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Chievo Verona
Number 25
Youth career
1999–2003 Sorgenti Labrone
2003–2010 Livorno
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Livorno 1 (0)
2011– Internazionale 0 (0)
2011–2012 Livorno (loan) 34 (0)
2012–2013 Novara (loan) 35 (0)
2013–2014 Livorno (loan) 35 (0)
2014– Chievo (loan) 9 (0)
National team
2009 Italy U17 6 (0)
2009 Italy U18 2 (0)
2011– Italy U21 31 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2014

Francesco Bardi (born 18 January 1992) is an Italian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A club Chievo, on loan from Internazionale.

Club career[edit]

Bardi is a product of Livorno youth system. He made his professional and Serie A debut on 16 May 2010, aged 18 years old, starting the home game lost 1–4 against Parma, when Livorno was already relegated.[1]

In January 2011 he was signed by Internazionale, on loan with option to purchase half of the registration rights and he played for Inter U-20 youth team until the end of the 2010–11 season.[2] He replaced injured Raffaele Di Gennaro as first chocie, winning 2011 Torneo di Viareggio.

Inter excised the rights for €1.35 million (with part of transfer credit turned to the purchase of Simone Dell'Agnello for €500,000[3][4] and Luca Siligardi for €150,000[5]) but on 3 August 2011 returned Bardi on loan to Livorno for the 2011–12 season, in order to gain first team experience.[6] On 27 August 2011 he made his Serie B debut playing as the first choice goalkeeper in the away match won 2–1 against Crotone. In the whole season Bardi was ahead original starter Alfonso De Lucia.

In June 2012, Inter bought Bardi outright for another €4 million (€1.5 million cash plus Dell'Agnello and Siligardi to Livorno for €1.25 million each[7]) and on 14 July 2012, let him join Serie B team Novara Calcio on a loan deal.[8] At Novara he was the first choice goalkeeper for the duration of the season and generated significant hype around himself with his good performances, making 35 appearances.

After the expiration of the loan, Inter again loaned him out, this time back to newly promoted Serie A side Livorno Calcio.

On 27 June 2014, Bardi was loaned out to Serie A side Chievo Verona for the 2014-15 season.

International career[edit]

With the Italy U17 team he took part, as the backup goalkeeper, at both the 2009 European U17 Championship and the 2009 U17 World Cup.

On 24 March 2011 he made his debut with the Italy U21 squad in a friendly game against Sweden.

Bardi finished as the runner-up of 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. The coach also stated that the exclusion of Mattia Perin from the U21 squad was to avoid competition between first choice and backup keeper.[9] However, except Simone Colombi, Bardi another backup Nicola Leali also eligible to the 2015 edition, made the edition was the competition between Leali, Perin and Bardi.


  1. ^ Game report by ESPN
  2. ^ "Transfer news: Bardi and Mannini join the Primavera". FC Internazionale Milano ( 3 January 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  3. ^ FC Internazionale Milano SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (Italian) Require purchase in CCIAA
  4. ^ "Simone Dell'Agnello nuovo acquisto del Livorno Calcio". AS Livorno Calcio (in Italian). 3 July 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  5. ^ FC Internazionale Milano SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (Italian) Require purchase in CCIAA
  6. ^ "Transfer market: Francesco Bardi joins Livorno". FC Internazionale Milano ( 3 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  7. ^ AS Livorno Calcio SpA con Socio Unico bilancio (Report and Accounts) on 31 December 2012 (Italian)
  8. ^ "Transfers: Bardi and Alborno move to Novara". FC Internazionale Milano ( 14 July 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Mangia explains Perin snub". Football Italia. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 

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