Lorenzo Insigne

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Lorenzo Insigne
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Insigne in 2013
Personal information
Full name Lorenzo Insigne
Date of birth (1991-06-04) 4 June 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Napoli
Number 24
Youth career
2006–2009 Napoli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Napoli 74 (8)
2010 Cavese (loan) 10 (0)
2010–2011 Foggia (loan) 33 (19)
2011–2012 Pescara (loan) 37 (18)
National team
2010–2011 Italy U20 5 (1)
2011–2013 Italy U21 15 (7)
2012– Italy 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 June 2014

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.

Insigne has represented the Italy national under-21 football team and made his debut for the senior national team in September 2012.

Club career[edit]

Insigne on the ball in a friendly match against FC Barcelona in August 2014

In 2010, Insigne was sold to Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Foggia in co-ownership deal, where 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.[1] 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.

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.[2]

International career[edit]

He took part at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship with the Italian team.

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.[3]

He was named in Cesare Prandelli's 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on 13 May of that year.[4]


International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 August 2013 Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy  Argentina 1–2 1–2 Friendly

Style of play[edit]

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.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 March 2014[6]
Club Season League Cups Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Napoli 2009–10 Serie A 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
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
Napoli 2012–13 Serie A 37 5 1 0 5 0 43 5
2013–14 Serie A 26 2 5 3 8 3 37 8
Total 64 7 6 3 13 3 81 13
Career totals 144 44 14 12 13 3 170 57

Honours[edit]

Napoli

Personal life[edit]

He has three brothers, all of whom are footballers: his Napoli teammate Roberto, Marco and Antonio.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ufficiale, colpi Pescara: presi Insigne e Romagnoli" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport – Stadio. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Insigne brace seals Coppa". ESPNFC. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "International friendly: Argentina claim 2-1 win over Italy". Sky Sports News. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "World Cup 2014: Striker Giuseppe Rossi in Italy's provisional squad". BBC Sport. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Pandev incorona Insigne: «Mi ricorda Messi» [Pandev praises Insigne: "He reminds me of Messi"]" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport – Stadio. 31 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lorenzo Insigne". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "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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