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) is an Italian professional footballer who plays for Atalanta as a midfielder.

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]

Parma[edit]

He was one of the notable youth products in 2005 Parma squad, alongside Daniele Dessena.

Atalanta[edit]

After Parma was relegated to Serie B in June 2008, he was sold to Atalanta in join-ownership bid, for €4.5 million on 11 July.[1][2]

Napoli[edit]

On 3 July 2009 Napoli signed the talented and hard-working playmaker from Atalanta on a five-year deal for €10.5 million.[3] Atalanta paid Parma €3.5 million plus half the registration rights of Manzoni to sign Cigarini outright.[4]

On 2 August 2010, Napoli sent Cigarini to Sevilla FC on a loan deal for the 2010-2011 season for €292,500,[5] upon conclusion of the season, Sevilla will have the option to purchase the midfielder for €7 million.[citation needed]

Return to Atalanta[edit]

Cigarini returned to Atalanta on loan in summer 2011 for free.[6] On 4 July 2012 the loan was renewed for €1.125 million loan fee.[7][8]

On 5 July 2013, after spending two seasons on loan with Atalanta, a co-ownership deal was agreed to with S.S.C. Napoli for €2.375 million.[9] Cigarini continued to play for Atalanta for the upcoming 2013-14 Serie A season.[10] Cigarini scored his first goal of the season against S.S. Lazio on October 20. In June 2014 Atalanta acquired Cigarini outright for €2.35 million.[9][11] Atlanta spent €5.875 million transfer fee in total to re-acquire Cigarini.

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.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 29 August 2012[13]
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. [dead link]
  2. ^ Parma FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2009 (Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  3. ^ SSC Napoli FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2010 (Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  4. ^ Parma FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2010 (Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  5. ^ SSC Napoli FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2011 (Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  6. ^ SSC Napoli FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2012 (Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  7. ^ SSC Napoli FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013 (Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  8. ^ "Cigarini ancora in nerazzurro" (in Italian). Atalanta BC. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  9. ^ a b SSC Napoli FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013 (Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  10. ^ "Atalanta Invest in Cigarini". Football Italia. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  11. ^ "Mercato Nerazzurro, le operazioni chiuse venerdì 20 giugno" (in Italian). Atlanta BC. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Cigarini replaces Marchisio in Italy squad". Yahoo! News via Reuters. 30 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Luca Cigarini Statistics". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 

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