Gionatha Spinesi

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Gionatha Spinesi
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-03-09) March 9, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Pisa, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Center Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994-1995 Pisa 10 (4)
1995-1996 Internazionale 0 (0)
1997-1998 Castel di Sangro 52 (8)
1998-2004 Bari 125 (67)
2004-2005 Arezzo 39 (22)
2005-2009 Catania[1] 94 (47)
National team
Italy U-21 8 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 30, 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 2007

Gionatha Spinesi (born 9 March 1978 in Pisa) is an Italian former footballer.

Career[edit]

Spinesi started playing for Pisa Calcio. In November 1995 he signed for Inter Milan, however, he was not able to make appearance in the first team. Sold in January 1997 to Castel di Sangro, he played two unimpressive Serie B seasons for the small Serie B team. In June 1997 he joined A.S. Bari, where he made his Serie A debut and played six seasons. In February 2004, he was released for free by Bari following clashes with the board about his contract renewal.

In 2004–05, Spinesi played for newly promoted Serie B team Arezzo, where he scored 22 goals and won the league top scorer title. In 2005–06, Spinesi followed Siena coach Pasquale Marino in joining Catania, where he scored 23 goals and helped the team to promote to Serie A.

In 2006–07 Spinesi kept his excellent top flight record up by notching 17 goals and ensuring Catania remained in Serie A. During the 2007–08 season, however, Spinesi scored only 7 goals in the league, but was still an influential part of the first team, as Catania again managed to avoid relegation. However, from 2008 onwards he failed to get back into the first team due to recurrent injuries, and he was released on June 2009. Spinesi successively announced his retirement from football, thus turning down an agreement he had previously found with Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Valle del Giovenco.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ESPNsoccernet - Gionathan Spinesi Stats, News - Catania Calcio
  2. ^ "Spinesi cambia idea: "Smetto" Salta accordo con il Pescina" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2010.