Luca Castiglia

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Luca Castiglia
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Personal information
Full name Luca Castiglia
Date of birth (1989-03-17) March 17, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Ceva, Piedmont, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number
Youth career
0000–1998 Carcarese
1998–2005 Torino
2005–2008 Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Juventus 2 (0)
2009–2010 Cesena (loan) 1 (0)
2010 Reggiana (loan) 8 (0)
2010–2011 Viareggio (loan) 31 (2)
2011–2012 SPAL 22 (2)
2012–2013 Vicenza 33 (5)
2013– Juventus 0 (0)
2013–2014 Empoli (loan) 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 July 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luca Castiglia (born 17 March 1989) is an Italian footballer who currently plays for three-time defending Serie A champions Juventus.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Ceva, Italy, Castiglia began his youth career with local team, Carcarese, before being scouted by the youth academy of Serie A outfit, Torino Calcio, with whom he joined in 1998. After seven years within the youth setup of the Piedmont-based club, Castiglia transferred to city rivals, Juventus Football Club in 2005. Torino bankrupted in 2005 despite winning the promotion back to Serie A; their players were allowed to leave the club for free, although some players were remained for the newly formed entity "Torino FC SpA" for 2005–06 Serie B.

Juventus[edit]

After joining Juventus, Castiglia registered with the club's youth sector at the start of the 2005–06 season, having spent some of his formative years in the under-17 team in 2005–06 season, under-18 team in 2006–07 season and the under-20 team for the last 2 seasons of his youth career (2007–08 & 2008–09). He also played once in Campionato Primavera for the under-20 team (the reserve) in 2006–07 season.[1]

Castiglia began to earn first-team call-ups during the 2007–08 Serie A campaign, by then coach, Claudio Ranieri. His senior debut came on 27 January 2008, when he came on as a substitute in a 1-3 away victory over Livorno in Serie A league match.[2] He made one other senior appearance in Serie A for the club, coming on as an 89th minute substitiute in a 3-3 draw at Sampdoria on the final matchday of the 2007-08 Serie A season. He also made his debut in the UEFA Champions League during the 2008–09 edition, coming on a substitute in a 0-0 draw with BATE Borisov. In February 2009, he helped guide the Juventus Primavera team to win the Viareggio Cup.

In July 2009, Castiglia was sent out on loan to Serie B club, A.C. Cesena,[3] but he was limited to just two first team appearances.[4] Re-called by Juventus in January 2010, he was immediately loaned to Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Reggiana,[5] making 8 league appearances. He made a return to Juventus once more on 30 June 2010, following the expiration of the loan deal, though he was again sent out on loan to the Lega Pro Prima Divisione with F.C. Esperia Viareggio thereafter.[6]

With Viareggio, Castiglia made 30 league appearances and 4 appearances in the 2010–11 Coppa Italia Lega Pro,[7][8][9][10] and on 30 June 2011, he returned to Juventus. Castiglia represented the reserve team during the 2011 pre-season as overage player, along with fellow first team players Albin Ekdal and Oussama Essabr.[11]

Co-ownership[edit]

On 29 August 2011, he was sold to SPAL 1907 in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione in a co-ownership deal. He made his debut for the club on 11 September 2011 in a 1-0 away loss to Taranto. He went on to score 2 goals in 22 league matches for the club during the 2011–12 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season. On 20 June 2012, however, he returned to Juventus after the co-ownership deal was not renewed.

On 3 August 2012, Juventus sold Castiiglia to Serie B side, Vicenza Calcio on another co-ownership deal for a nominal fee of €500.[12] Castiglia was a regular performer for the club during the 2012–13 Serie B, making 33 league appearances and scoring 5 goals,[13] though his efforts were not enough to save the club from being relegated to the Lega Pro Prima Divisione for the 2013–14 Lega Pro Prima Divisione.

Juventus return[edit]

Despite the co-ownership deal being renewed in June 2013, Juventus bought back Castiglia on 21 August 2013 in order to finalize another transfer for Castiiglia. On 2 September 2013 he joined Serie B outfit Empoli on a season-long loan agreement.[14] With 19 appearances in the league, Castiglia helped the club gain promotion back to Serie A for the first time since 2008 after their 2nd place finish in the 2013–14 Serie B campaign. He returned to Juventus on 30 June 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fullsoccer (Italian)
  2. ^ La Gazzetta profile (2007–08) (Italian)
  3. ^ "Ingaggiati Pedrelli e Castiglia". AC Cesena (in Italian). 10 July 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2011. [dead link]
  4. ^ La Gazzetta profile (2009–10) (Italian)
  5. ^ "Perfezionato l'acquisto di Luca Castiglia". AC Reggiana 1919 (in Italian). 29 January 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2011. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Castiglia in prestito al Viareggio". FC Esperia Viareggio (in Italian). 21 July 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2011. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Coppa Italia: Esperia Viareggio - Sanremese 2-0.". FC Esperia Viareggio (in Italian). 15 August 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2011. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Coppa Italia: Esperia Viareggio - Savona 1-1 (1-0)". FC Esperia Viareggio (in Italian). 25 August 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2011. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Coppa Italia: Entella Chiavari - Esperia Viareggio 1- 3". FC Esperia Viareggio (in Italian). 1 September 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2011. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Coppa Italia: Viareggio - Pisa 0-1". FC Esperia Viareggio (in Italian). 27 October 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2011. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Juventus passed the test with Del Piero and Vucinic". Juventus FC. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Vicenza Calcio SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013 (Italian), CCIAA
  13. ^ La Gazzetta profile (2012–13) (Italian)
  14. ^ "Luca Castiglia è un giocatore dell´Empoli, verrà presentato domani allo stadio Castellani" (in Italian). Empoli FC. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 

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