Mattia Cassani

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Mattia Cassani
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-08-26) 26 August 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Borgomanero, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Parma
Number 2
Youth career
Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Juventus 0 (0)
2003 Sampdoria (loan) 2 (0)
2003–2006 Verona 118 (0)
2006–2011 Palermo 161 (2)
2011– Fiorentina 34 (1)
2013 Genoa (loan) 5 (0)
2013–2014 Parma (loan) 36 (0)
National team
2003 Italy U-20[1] 6 (0)
2004 Italy U-21 Serie B 1 (0)
2009–2012 Italy[1] 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 13–14 season.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2012

Mattia Cassani (born 26 August 1983) is an Italian footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Fiorentina.

Cassani was a member of Italian national team, however he did not receive any call-up since September 2012.

Club career[edit]

Juventus[edit]

Cassani started his career at Juventus and then left for Sampdoria on loan in January 2003.

Verona[edit]

In June 2003 he left for Hellas Verona on loan with option to buy him outright for €800,000,[2][3] Cassani was awarded no.83 shirt.[4] Despite Verona did not bought him in June 2004, the loan was extended for 1 more year in the same month.[5] In June 2005, Verona bought him in co-ownership deal for €400,000.[6] With Juventus facing the 2006 Italian football scandal they terminated all co-ownership deals, either selling or buying back, Verona bought Cassani outright in June 2006 for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around €1.43M.[7]

Palermo[edit]

Cassani, who can play at either left or right back left for Palermo on 1 July[8] for €2.5 million[9] in 5-year contract[9] along with teammate Gianni Munari (who joined the club in co-ownership deal[8] for €1 million[9] in 4-year contract[9]). That season Palermo also sold Fabio Grosso.

On 6 April 2008 Cassani scored his first professional goal, a late 28 yard shot which gave Palermo a 3–2 home win against his former club Juventus ending a string of four consecutive defeats.[10]

In October 2008, his contract was renewed until 30 June 2013.[11] Cassani extended his contract again during 2010-11 season, to 30 June 2015. Cassani also served as team captain during the first period of the 2010–11 season due to the absence of both Fabrizio Miccoli and Fabio Liverani.

On 2 February 2011 Cassani made his 151st appearance with Palermo, thus becoming the most capped player in Serie A history for the rosanero.[12]

Fiorentina[edit]

On 24 August 2011 he moved to Fiorentina on loan, for €2 million,[13] with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season, for another €2.75 million.[13][14] On 2 July 2012 he moved permanently to Fiorentina for the pre-agreed price in 3-year contract.[13][15][16]

On 30 January 2013 he moved to Genoa in temporary deal with option to purchase, rejoining Rubén Olivera.[17] In June 2013 Genoa did not excise it option to buy Cassani nor Olivera as well as sold Nenad Tomović to Fiorentina in a forced auction, as both clubs failed to form an agreement before deadline. On 7 July 2013, Cassani and Olivera were received call-up from La Viola for a pre-season friendly.[18] Both players were not in the starting line-up.[19] On 8 August 2013 Cassani was signed by Parma.[20]r

International career[edit]

Cassani capped for Italy U20 team, a development team to fill the gap between U19 team and the U21.

He also played for U21 B team which compose of Serie B players, against Belgium U21 on 30 March 2004.[21] On the same day Italy U21 team also scheduled a match against Portugal U21.

In May 2009, Cassani got his first senior national call-up to play for Italy against Northern Ireland, but did not make his debut on that occasion. On 18 November 2009 he made his debut in a friendly against Sweden.

He was in Lippi's 28-men provisional 2010 World Cup squad, but was not included in the 23-men final squad.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of July 2011
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03 Juventus Serie A 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2002–03 Sampdoria Serie B 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2003–04 Verona 37 0 1 0 0 0 38 0
2004–05 40 0 3 0 0 0 43 0
2005–06 41 0 2 0 0 0 43 0
Total Verona 118 0 6 0 0 0 124 0
2006–07 Palermo Serie A 30 0 2 0 5 0 37 0
2007–08 26 1 2 0 1 0 29 1
2008–09 36 1 0 0 0 0 36 1
2009–10 37 0 3 0 0 0 40 0
2010–11 32 0 5 0 7 0 44 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total Palermo 161 2 12 0 15 0 188 2
2011–12 Fiorentina Serie A 26 1 1 0 0 0 27 1
2012–13 8 0 2 0 0 0 10 0
Total Fiorentina 34 1 3 0 0 0 37 1
Career total 315 3 21 0 16 0 352 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FIGC Archive (Italian)
  2. ^ "CALCIOMERCATO, ARRIVA IN PRESTITO DALLA JUVENTUS IL PROMETTENTE DIFENSORE MATTIA CASSANI" (in Italian). Hellas Verona FC. 25 June 2003. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Six-Monthly Report at 31 December 2003". Juventus FC. 29 March 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "STAGIONE 2003/2004, LA NUMERAZIONE UFFICIALE DELL'HELLAS VERONA F.C." (in Italian). Hellas Verona FC. 31 July 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "CALCIOMERCATO: MATTIA CASSANI E CRISTIAN AGNELLI IN GIALLOBLU' ANCHE NEL 2004/2005" (in Italian). Hellas Verona FC. 23 June 2004. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Six-Monthly Report at 31 December 2005". Juventus FC. 24 March 2006. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Reports and Financial Statements at 30 June 2007". Juventus FC. 26 October 2007. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Acquistati Cassani e il 50% di Munari" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d US Città di Palermo Report and Accounts on 30 June 2007 (Italian)
  10. ^ "PALERMO GRAB LATE WIN". Sporting Life. 6 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  11. ^ "Cassani prolunga il contratto" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Palermo-Juventus, le curiosità" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c US Città di Palermo SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (Italian)
  14. ^ "Cassani in viola. Domani alle 11:30 la presentazione ufficiale" [Cassani is a Viola. Official press conference scheduled for tomorrow 11.30 am] (in Italian). ACF Fiorentina. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "fiorentina riscattato Mattia Cassani dal palermo" (in Italian). violachannel.it. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  16. ^ ACF Fiorentina SpA Report and Accounts on 31 December 2012 (Italian)
  17. ^ "Cassani joins Genoa". Viola Channel (ACF Fiorentina). 30 January 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Viola squad for Montecatini". Viola Channel (in Italian) (ACF Fiorentina). 7 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Fiorentina - Montecatini: le formazioni ufficiali". Viola Channel (in Italian) (ACF Fiorentina). 13 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Official: arrival of Mattia Cassani from Fiorentina". Parma FC. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Grieco in extremis in Belgio è vittoria". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 31 March 2004. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  22. ^ "Pronta la squadra azzurra: ecco la lista dei 23 per il Mondiale". FIGC (in Italian). 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 

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