Insigne in 2013
|Full name||Lorenzo Insigne|
|Date of birth||4 June 1991|
|Place of birth||Naples, Italy|
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|2010||→ Cavese (loan)||10||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Foggia (loan)||33||(19)|
|2011–2012||→ Pescara (loan)||37||(18)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Lorenzo Insigne (Italian pronunciation: [loˈrɛntso inˈsiɲɲe]; born 4 June 1991) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian football club Napoli and the Italy national football team. Insigne is capable of playing as either a left or right winger. He is known for his creativity, speed, and technical ability, as well as his free-kicks.
On 8 July 2011, Insigne agreed to re-join Zeman, accepting a one-year loan to Serie B club Pescara. Teammate Ciro Immobile was top goalscorer with 28 goals and Pescara topped Serie B that season, scoring 27 more goals than any other team in the competition and were promoted with Zeman's ultra-attacking style of football.
His performances at Pescara enticed parent club Napoli to bring him back to his hometown club for the 2012–13 Serie A season. He struggled to get a run of consecutive games at many points in the season but participated in a large successful season at Napoli, who finished in second place in Serie A. Throughout the duration of the season, he made 43 appearances and scored five goals. The competition for places with players like Edinson Cavani, Goran Pandev, Eduardo Vargas and Omar El Kaddouri meant that Insigne started often on the substitutes' bench.
He made his senior international debut on 11 September 2012, in a friendly match against Malta. He scored his first goal with the national team on 14 August 2013, in a friendly match against Argentina, the consolation in a 2–1 loss at the Stadio Olimpico.
|1||14 August 2013||Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy||Argentina||1–2||1–2||Friendly|
Style of play
Insigne is a winger who is capable of playing in a 4-3-3 or in a 4-2-3-1 on either side of the pitch. He is known for his creativity, speed, and technical ability. His former Napoli teammate and Macedonian captain Goran Pandev has referred to him as the "Italian Messi", in reference to the Barcelona star.
- As of 9 March 2014
|Cavese (loan)||2009–10||Serie B||10||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
|Foggia (loan)||2010–11||Serie B||33||19||0||0||0||0||33||19|
|Pescara (loan)||2011–12||Serie B||37||18||1||2||0||0||37||20|
- "Ufficiale, colpi Pescara: presi Insigne e Romagnoli" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport – Stadio. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- "Insigne brace seals Coppa". ESPNFC. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- "International friendly: Argentina claim 2-1 win over Italy". Sky Sports News. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
- "World Cup 2014: Striker Giuseppe Rossi in Italy's provisional squad". BBC Sport. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
- "Pandev incorona Insigne: «Mi ricorda Messi» [Pandev praises Insigne: "He reminds me of Messi"]" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport – Stadio. 31 July 2012.
- "Lorenzo Insigne". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- "Lorenzo e i suoi fratelli: alla scoperta della prole Insigne, famiglia di calcio [Lorenzo and his brothers: on the hunt of the Insigne offspring, football family]" (in Italian). SoccerMagazine. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2013.