Luca Cigarini

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Luca Cigarini
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Personal information
Date of birth (1986-06-20) 20 June 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Montecchio Emilia, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atalanta
Number 21
Youth career
1997–2004 Parma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Parma 70 (4)
2004–2005 Sambenedettese (loan) 33 (4)
2008–2009 Atalanta 23 (3)
2009–2013 Napoli 28 (2)
2010–2011 Sevilla (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2013 Atalanta (loan) 58 (3)
2013– Atalanta 7 (1)
National team
2004 Italy U18 1 (0)
2005 Italy U19 1 (0)
2005–2007 Italy U20 5 (0)
2005–2009 Italy U21 20 (1)
2008 Italy Olympic Team 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:26, 29 August 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, 12 October 2011 (UTC).

Luca Cigarini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈluka tʃiɡaˈrini]; born 20 June 1986 in Montecchio Emilia) is an Italian football midfielder who currently plays for Atalanta B.C. in Serie A. He is nicknamed Il Professore (The Professor) due to his intelligent reading of the game. The Italian Media "Gazzetta dello Sport" has also stated that Cigarini has a similar vision of the game to that of Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo.

Club career[edit]

He was one of the notable youth products in 2005 Parma squad, alongside Daniele Dessena. After Parma was relegated to Serie B in June 2008, he was sold to Atalanta in join-ownership bid.[1]

On 3 July 2009 Napoli signed the talented and hard-working playmaker from Atalanta on a five-year deal[2] for €10.5 million.[3]

On 2 August 2010, Napoli sent Cigarini to Sevilla FC on a loan deal for the 2010-2011 season, upon conclusion of the season, Sevilla will have the option to purchase the midfielder for €7 million.[citation needed]

On 5 July 2013, after spending two seasons on loan with Atalanta, a co-ownership deal was agreed to with S.S.C. Napoli. Cigarini will continue to play for Atalanta for the upcoming 2013-14 Serie A season.[4] Cigarini scored his first goal of the season against S.S. Lazio on October 20th. Many people refer to Cigarini as being 'A poor man's Andrea Pirlo,' while others find this label disrespectful to a player who is very much superb in his own right.

International career[edit]

On 7 September 2007, Cigarini scored his first ever goal (which was also the winning goal) with the Italy U-21 squad in a 2–1 victory over the Faroe Islands in a UEFA U-21 Qualifying match. He was also part of Pierluigi Casiraghi's Olympic team which won the 2008 Toulon Tournament. He also played for Italy in the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Cigarini received his first call-up to the senior team on 30 August 2010. New coach Cesare Prandelli named him in the squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers as an injury replacement for Claudio Marchisio.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29 August 2012[6]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2005–06 Parma Serie A 17 0 4 0 –– 21 0
2006–07 21 1 4 1 6 0 31 2
2007–08 32 3 0 0 –– 32 3
2008–09 Atalanta 23 3 1 0 –– 24 3
2009–10 Napoli 28 2 1 0 –– 29 2
2011–12 Atalanta 32 1 0 0 –– 32 1
2012–13 26 2 2 0 –– 28 2
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2010–11 Sevilla La Liga 6 0 4 1 6 2 16 3
Total Italy 179 12 16 2 6 0 201 14
Spain 6 0 4 1 6 2 16 3
Career total 185 12 20 3 12 2 217 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cigarini all'Atalanta" (in Italian). Atalanta BC. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  2. ^ "Comunicato ufficiale SSC Napoli: acquistato Cigarini" (in Italian). SSC Napoli. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  3. ^ "SSC Napoli 2009–10 Annual Report (page 21 to 40)". SSC Napoli (C.C.I.A.A. Archive) (in Italian). Re-Published by direttanapoli.it. ca. January 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Atalanta Invest in Cigarini". Football Italia. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Cigarini replaces Marchisio in Italy squad". Yahoo! News via Reuters. 30 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Luca Cigarini Statistics". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 

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