|Date of birth||20 June 1986|
|Place of birth||Montecchio Emilia, Italy|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Sambenedettese (loan)||33||(4)|
|2010–2011||→ Sevilla (loan)||6||(0)|
|2011–2013||→ Atalanta (loan)||58||(3)|
|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).
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
- As of 29 August 2012
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