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 11 December 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.
Foggia and Pescara
A member of the Napoli Youth Academy, in 2010, Insigne was sold to Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Foggia in a co-ownership deal with Napoli; during his time with Foggia, he scored 19 goals under the tenure of Czech coach Zdeněk Zeman.
On 8 July 2011, Insigne agreed to re-join Zeman, accepting a one-year loan to Serie B club Pescara. Insigne formed a notable offensive partnership with teammate Ciro Immobile, who was the Serie B top goalscorer with 28 goals as Pescara topped Serie B that season, scoring 27 more goals than any other team in the competition; Insigne managed 18 goals in the league himself as the club's second highest scorer, also providing 14 assists that season, heavily contributing to the team's success. Due to their victory in Serie B, Pescara were promoted to Serie A with Zeman's ultra-attacking style of football. At the 2012 AIC Gran Gala del Calcio, Insigne was named the "Best Player" of the previous Serie B season, along with his former Pescara team-mates Immobile, and Marco Verratti.
Insigne's performances at Pescara enticed parent club Napoli to bring him back to his hometown club for the 2012–13 Serie A season. Insigne had originally made his Serie A debut with the club on 24 January 2010, under manager Roberto Donadoni, in a 2-0 win over Livorno; he scored his first Serie A goal with Napoli on 16 September 2012, in a 3-1 home win over Parma. 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 that season. Throughout the duration of the season, he made 43 appearances and scored five goals, providing 7 assists. 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.
The following season, Insigne made his UEFA Champions League debut in 2-1 home win over the previous season's finalists Borussia Dortmund, on 18 September 2013; Insigne marked his debut in the competition with a goal from a free-kick. In the final of the Coppa Italia on 3 May 2014, Insigne scored twice in the first half, as his side won 3—1 against Fiorentina.
A regular member of the Italian under-21 squad, Insigne made 15 appearances for the "Azzurrini", scoring 7 goals. He made his debut with the under-21 side on 6 October 2011, in a European qualifying match against Liechtenstein, scoring two goals and providing 2 assists in a 7-2 victory. With the Italian under-21 team, he took part at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, under manager Devis Mangia, playing an important role in Italy's tournament run. On 5 June 2013, he made his tournament debut against England, scoring a goal from a free-kick in Italy's 1-0 opening victory. On 9 June, in Italy's second match against hosts Israel, Insigne began the play which led to Italy's first goal of the match in the 18th minute, which was scored by Riccardo Saponara. He injured himself later during the match, and was forced to come off, although Italy won the match 4-0. Insigne was able to recuperate in time for the semi-final match against the Netherlands, and he came on to set up Fabio Borini's winner which sent the Italians into the final. On 18 June, Italy were defeated 4-2 against Spain in the final, although Insigne was able to set up Italy's second goal of the match, which was scored by Borini once again.
Italy senior team
Insigne was called up for the first time for the Italian senior National team on September 2012, at the age of 21, by coach Cesare Prandelli, for Italy's 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Malta. He made his senior international debut on 11 September 2012, in a World Cup qualifier match against Malta in Modena coming on as a replacement for Alessandro Diamanti.
On 14 August 2013, Insigne scored his first goal for the senior national team in a friendly match against Argentina with 15 minutes remaining Insigne opened his account for the Azzurri with an excellent curling shot from the edge of the box which ended in a 2–1 loss at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to the South Americans.
He was named in Cesare Prandelli's 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on 13 May of that year and on the 1st of June 2014 was picked in the final 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup hosted in Brazil.
Insigne started things off great in Italy's last warm up match against Fluminense in Brazil ahead of their World Cup opener against England starting the game with fellow Napolitan and former Pescara and Italy U21 team mate Ciro Immobile the pair went on to score 5 goals together with Insigne netting 2.
On June 20 he made his debut in the 2014 World Cup in Italy's second group match against Costa Rica, replacing Antonio Candreva in the second half; this was his only appearance throughout the tournament, as Italy were eliminated in the group stage.
|1||14 August 2013||Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy||Argentina||1–2||1–2||Friendly|
Style of play
Insigne is a right footed winger, who is usually deployed on the left in a 4-3-3 or in a 4-2-3-1 formation; although his preferred role is on the left flank, he is capable of playing on either side of the pitch, or even through the centre, in a more creative role, as an attacking midfielder or supporting forward, due to his passing, ball control, and dribbling ability. A hardworking player, he is known for his creativity, agility, balance, vision, flair, speed, and technical ability. He is also an accurate set-piece taker. 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||38||20|
- "Ufficiale, colpi Pescara: presi Insigne e Romagnoli" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport – Stadio. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- "Pescara, ecco i gioielli forgiati a Zemanlandia". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Oscar del Calcio per Maggio, Insigne e Cavani. Le dichiarazioni dei protagonisti". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "CALCIOMERCATO/ Napoli, Zeman 'raccomanda' Insigne". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Napoli a tutto attacco Il Parma cede il passo 3-1". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Napoli-Borussia Dortmund 2-1. Gol di Higuain ed Insigne, è notte magica". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Insigne brace seals Coppa". ESPNFC. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- "Insigne, intervento perfettamente riuscito". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Azzurrini, pioggia di gol dopo la grande paura". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Europei under 21, Italia-Inghilterra 1-0: decide una magia di Insigne". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Europei under 21: Italia-Israele 4-0, azzurrini già in semifinale ma Insigne va ko". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Europei Under 21, Italia-Olanda 1-0: Borini porta gli azzurrini in finale". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Under 21, Spagna-Italia 4-2. Gli azzurri si inchinano a Thiago Alcantara". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Insigne called up for game against Malta". Times of Malta. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 11 December 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.
- "Immobile & Insigne Impress in Fluminense Win". BBC Sport. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- "Costa Rica produced their second stunning upset in a week to beat a poor Italy side and confirm England's exit from the 2014 World Cup". BBC Sport. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- "Lorenzo Insigne: 1991 – Italia". Retrieved 21 December 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.
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