Giuseppe Biava

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Giuseppe Biava
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Personal information
Date of birth (1977-05-08) 8 May 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Seriate, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 20
Youth career
1992–1995 Leffe
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Albinese 69 (0)
1998–2004 AlbinoLeffe 131 (6)
2000–2001 Biellese (loan) 23 (0)
2004–2008 Palermo 112 (5)
2008–2010 Genoa 48 (3)
2010–2014 Lazio 125 (6)
2014– Atalanta 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Giuseppe Biava (born 8 May 1977) is an Italian footballer, who plays as a centre back for Serie A side Atalanta.

Club career[edit]


A centre back, Biava started his career with the Leffe youth team, before moving to newly promoted Serie D team Albinese in 1995. During his time with Albinese before the 1998 merger with the Leffe to found AlbinoLeffe, Biava achieved a promotion to Serie C2 in 1997. In 1998–99, Biava helped AlbinoLeffe to ensure promotion to Serie C1. After a one-year loan at Serie C2 side Biellese, Biava returned to AlbinoLeffe in 2001, and was part of the team that won the promotion playoffs in 2003, thus ensuring them a Serie B place.

In 2003–04, Biava marked his Serie B debut, and scored the goal which ensured the first AlbinoLeffe victory in the league, a 1–0 win to Fiorentina.


His impressive performances in the league provoked interest from ambitious Serie B club Palermo, which signed him during the January 2004 transfer window. Biava immediately gained a stable place in the regular lineup, forming a tough defensive line together with Pietro Accardi and leading the rosanero back to Serie A after over 30 years.

Biava was confirmed by head coach Francesco Guidolin as a key player during the 2004–05 season, coincidentally his first season in the top flight, which ended with a historical first qualification for Palermo in the UEFA Cup. However he did not confirm his impressive performances in the following season, where he was mostly featured as backup player. With Guidolin back at the helm of Palermo in 2006–07, Biava regained a more important role in the Palermo squad, returning to play at his usual levels.

During the summer 2007, Biava refused an offer from his childhood team Atalanta, preferring instead to stay at Palermo despite the club management could not ensure him a place as a regular. He successively agreed a contract extension, meaning he will play with the rosanero until June 2009.[citation needed]


Nonetheless, in June 2008 he was sold to Genoa for €500,000,[1] as part of Cesare Bovo deal.[2] where he quickly established himself as a regular for the rossoblu in their impressive 2008–09 Serie A campaign ended in fifth place, partnered with Salvatore Bocchetti and/or Matteo Ferrari. He often partnered with Bocchetti for the first half of 2009–10 season but in January faced competition with new signing Dario Dainelli, in although the coach preferred 3–5–2 formation with 3 centre defenders and 2 wing-backs.


On 1 February 2010, Biava joined to Lazio for €0.8 million[3] (but including other cost, made Lazio paid €1.04M).[4][5] and along with new signing André Dias, became the backbone of Lazio that survived in relegation battle (he played 11 starts for Lazio in 2009–10 season). The next season he made 36 appearances, even managing goals against Inter, Udinese and Genoa, guiding Lazio to a strong 5th place finish. Some muscle issues meant Biava made 31 appearances the next season.

He made a career high 43 appearances in all competitions in the 2012–13 season, leading Lazio to the quarter finals of 2012–13 UEFA Europa League where they were knocked out by Fenerbahçe S.K., and helped Lazio defeat traditional rivals A.S. Roma to win 2012–13 Coppa Italia. Biava missed large portions of the first half of the 2013–14 season, but finished the season strongly, making 24 appearances in all competitions.


On 17 July 2014 he was signed by home province club Atalanta B.C. as free agent.[6]




  1. ^ "DICHIARAZIONE DI ZAMPARINI". (in Italian). 2 September 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "GENOA MOLTO ATTIVO AL CALCIO MERCATO". Genoa CFC (in Italian). 20 June 2008. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 31 December 2010 (Italian)
  4. ^ "Bilancio separato e consolidato al 30.06.2010" [2009–10 Annual Report] (PDF). SS Lazio (in Italian). 28 October 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Calciomercato: Giuseppe Biava all'Atalanta" (in Italian). Atalanta BC. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 

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