Matteo Darmian

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Matteo Darmian
Matteo Darmian.jpg
Darmian playing for Palermo in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-12-02) 2 December 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Legnano, Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Full-back
Club information
Current team
Torino
Number 36
Youth career
2000–2009 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Milan 4 (0)
2009–2010 Padova (loan) 20 (1)
2010–2011 Palermo 11 (0)
2011– Torino 100 (1)
National team
2006 Italy U-17 7 (0)
2006 Italy U-18 5 (0)
2007–2008 Italy U-19 11 (0)
2008–2009 Italy U-20 7 (0)
2009 Italy U-21 1 (0)
2014– Italy 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2014

Matteo Darmian (Italian pronunciation: [matˈtɛo darˈmjan]; born 2 December 1989) is an Italian footballer, who plays for Serie A club Torino and the Italian national team. Although he started his career as a centre-back, he now primarily plays as a fullback that can operate on both sides of the pitch. He was born in the Northern Italian industrial town of Legnano and joined the A.C. Milan youth system in 2000. He spent one season on loan at Padova, before being sold to Sicilian side Palermo in 2010. In 2011, he transferred to Torino (initially on loan) before the move was made permanent in June 2012.

Internationally, he has represented Italy from U-17 to U-21 youth levels. On 31 May 2014, he was given his senior international debut in a pre-World Cup friendly against Ireland.[1]

Early life[edit]

Darmian got his first taste of the game like so many local youngsters: by wearing his shoes out and putting holes in his trousers on the main square in Rescaldina, where his father coached the local football team. His first real break came when he was spotted by Beniamino Abate, a former goalkeeper tasked with scouting Lombardy for young talent by AC Milan. Coincidentally, Abate is also the father of Rossoneri defender Ignazio Abate, Darmian's direct rival for a starting berth with La Nazionale.[2]

Club career[edit]

Milan[edit]

Darmian started playing football with Carcor, an amateur club based in Rescaldina, whose coach was his father Giovanni. In 2000, he joined A.C. Milan's youth system.[3][4]

He made his first-team debut for the Rossoneri on 28 November 2006, aged only 16, in a Coppa Italia game against Brescia, replacing Kakha Kaladze at half-time.[5] Six months later, on 19 May, he made also his Serie A debut in a match against Udinese, coming off the bench late in the second half.[5] During the 2007–08 season he became the leader and captain of the youth team, collecting another appearance for the first-team in Coppa Italia. The following season the 19-year-old defender collected an additional three league appearances.

Padova[edit]

On 17 July 2009 Darmian was loaned to Serie B club Padova until the end of the 2009–10 season.[6] He made his official debut for the club on 28 November, in a home loss against Vicenza.[7] He went on making 20 appearances and scoring one goal, as Padova finished the season in 19th place and subsequently won the relegation play–off against Triestina.

Palermo[edit]

On 11 July 2010 it was announced that Matteo Darmian would join Palermo's pre-season training camp in Austria, after Milan and the Sicilians agreed in principle about a transfer move involving him.[8] The move, unveiled as a co-ownership bid, was officially announced by Palermo the next day.[9] The fee was €800,000.[10]

He made his debut for the rosanero on 16 September 2010 in a Europa League game against Sparta Prague (2–3), which also earned him his absolute debut in European competitions. His Palermo debut in Serie A was during the fourth game of the league, substituting Javier Pastore in a 3–1 win against Juventus.[11] On 6 February 2011 he played his first game as a starter in the league away at Lecce (4–2), but was substituted at 33' due to injury.[12] He finished the season with 16 appearances among Serie A, Europa League and Coppa Italia.

Torino[edit]

After the co-ownership agreement between Milan and Palermo was extended on 23 June 2011,[13][14] he was loaned to Torino in Serie B on 12 July, along with Kamil Glik, the future granata captain.[15] Darmian's first appearance for Torino was on 13 August 2011 in Torino-Lumezzane (1–0) during the second round of Coppa Italia;[16] while his first goal for Torino was in the 12th game of the season in Torino-Empoli, giving his team the win 2–1.[17]

In Bari-Torino, disputed on 13 November 2011, he suffered a lesion of the acetabular labrum, causing him to miss five games.[18] At the end of the season Torino earned promotion to Serie A, with Darmian making 33 appearances in the league and one in Coppa Italia.[19] On 20 June 2012 Palermo redeemed his 50% from Milan for €500,000[20][21][22] and on 5 July his return to Torino was formulised under a new co-ownership agreement for a fee of €825,000.[23][24]

In 2012–13 he made 30 appearances for Torino, with two in Coppa Italia.[19] On 20 June 2013, the co-ownership agreement with Palermo was resolved in favour of Torino for another €1.5 million.[23][25] In 2013–14, he made 37 appearances for Torino (the most of any outfield player) plus one in Coppa Italia.[19] After Danilo D'Ambrosio's departure to Inter Milan,[26] Darmian substituted him on the left flank, also occasionally covering as an emergency central defender.[27][28]

On 18 May 2014, he made his 100th league appearance for Torino during a draw to Fiorentina, in the process qualifying Torino for the Europa League after the exclusion of Parma.[29]

International career[edit]

After playing in the Italy U-17 and Italy U-18, he was called up to the Italy U-19, led by Francesco Rocca. At the UEFA European U-19 Championship he was a starter, always playing the role of right fullback.

In 2009, he took part in the Mediterranean Games with the Italy U-20, playing seven games. On 25 March 2009, he made his debut with the Italy U-21 in a friendly match against Austria (2–2), played in Vienna.

From 10 to 12 March 2014, he was called up to the senior national team by coach Cesare Prandelli as part of an internship to evaluate young players ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup,[30] confirmed on the next meeting between 14 and 15 April.[31] On 13 May 2014, he was included in the list of 30 provisional players for the 2014 World Cup.[32] On 31 May, he made his debut in a 0-0 friendly draw against Ireland, playing 87 minutes.[33] The next day, he was included in the list of 23 players selected for the World Cup.[34]

On June 14 2014, on his second cap with Italy, he was a starter in their opening game against England at the World Cup, his competitive debut. Italy won 2–1.[35]

Style of play[edit]

Originally a centre back, in recent years Darmian has played as a dynamic fullback on either flank; although he prefers the right. His is known for his good quality of offensive and defensive play, his tactical awareness, his pace, and his stamina.[36][37][38][39] In 2012–13, Darmian made the most tackles per game (5.3) across Europe's top five leagues.[40]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Milan: 2006–07
Milan: 2007

Statistics[edit]

Updated 21 May 2014.[41]

Team Season Domestic
League
Domestic
Cup
European
Competition1
Other
Tournaments2
Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 2006–07 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2007–08 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Padova 2009–10 20 1 0 0 2 0 22 1
Palermo 2010–11 11 0 1 0 4 0 16 0
Torino 2011–12 33 1 1 0 0 0 34 1
2012–13 30 0 2 0 0 0 32 0
2013–14 37 0 1 0 0 0 38 0
Career Total 135 2 7 0 4 0 2 0 142 2

1European competitions include the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup
2Other tournaments include the FIFA Club World Cup and Serie B relegation play–offs

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