Camoranesi in 2010
|Full name||Mauro Germán Camoranesi|
|Date of birth||4 October 1976|
|Place of birth||Tandil, Argentina|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Right midfielder|
|Current club||Racing Club|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:06, 27 July 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Mauro Germán Camoranesi, Ufficiale OMRI (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmauɾo kamoɾaˈnesi], Italian pronunciation: [ˈmauro kamoraˈnezi]; born 4 October 1976 in Tandil, Argentina) is an Italian Argentine footballer who plays for Racing Club in the Argentine Primera División. He is a midfielder, usually on the right wing.
Camoranesi was part of Italy's winning squad at the 2006 World Cup.
Camoranesi had always been a big fan of the Argentinian club River Plate growing up, but as a youngster, he played in the squad of Club Atlético Aldosivi. Aldosivi is situated in Mar del Plata just 100 miles away from Camoranesi's birthplace of Tandil. However, he moved to Mexico to begin his professional playing career at Santos Laguna during the 1995–96 season and scored one goal in 13 games for the team; Santos Laguna fans nicknamed him "El Cholo".
More travels came for the young Argentine the following year, as he moved to Uruguayan club Montevideo Wanderers briefly, before returning to his homeland to play for Banfield, solidifying himself as an impressive attacking right midfielder, while playing 38 games with 16 goals.
The following season, Camoranesi moved once again, this time back to Mexico and club Cruz Azul, where he played from 1998 to 2000, making over 60 appearances and scoring 20 goals.
He caught the attention of Italian Serie A side Verona by scoring 21 goals in 79 games with Cruz Azul, an impressive achievement for a midfielder. He moved to Italy in 2000, signing with Verona where he played for two years.
In 2002, Camoranesi was signed on a co-ownership deal; initially Juventus agreed a price of €2,841,000 in cash plus player deal (which Max Vieri was sold for €517,000 (or 1 billion lire) plus €2.324 million cash (or 4.5 billion lire cash)) On 26 June 2003, he was signed outright by the Bianconeri on a permanent basis for an additional fee of €5 million; this was the same day Juventus signed Marco Di Vaio in similar deal.
Camoranesi won Serie A in 2002–03, and Italian Super Cups in 2002 and 2003. Camoranesi was also a Serie A champion with Juve in 2004–05 and 2005–06, but Juventus were stripped of both of those titles as another result of the 2006 Italian football scandal.
Despite his agent Sergio Fortunato linking the player to clubs such as Lyon, Valencia, and Liverpool over the summer of 2006, following Juventus's relegation, Camoranesi made an announcement himself in September, pledging loyalty to Juventus "In January, I will not ask to be sold; I'm happy to stay here.", he stated.
Camoranesi contributed to a number of notable goals when Juventus played in Serie B after the relegation. Against Lecce in April 2007, he performed an impressive piece of skill similar to a Cruyff turn, turning the ball through a defender's legs on the wing, before retrieving it to help set up Juventus's first goal of the match. Later in the match, he scored his side's third; Camoranesi took the ball past three Lecce defenders, before hitting the ball from the edge of the box, with his left foot into the top corner. Just days before he had scored a header in the 2–0 victory against close title contenders Napoli. His original shirt number was 16, but was changed to 8 for the 2007–08 season. He changed back to number 16 from 8 after just one season. Despite suffering several injuries during the 2007–08 season, he was a very important and influential player in Juventus' return season. He also won the award Guerin d'Oro in this Season.
Camoranesi had an impressive pre-season before the up-and-coming 2008–09 Serie A season. After struggling in the first few games in the start of Serie A season 2009–10, Camoranesi came back strongly and proved to be one of Juventus' most important players. He managed to get his name on ths scoresheet too, scoring the solitary goal against Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League, as well as a brace in a 5–2 win over Atalanta.
On 31 August 2010, Camoranesi signed a one-year contract with Stuttgart as a free agent. His contract with Juventus was mutually terminated on the same day. On 26 January 2011, his contract with Stuttgart was mutually terminated, with Camoranesi admitting that he "just didn't fit in the club sporting wise, although he liked the team, the people and the city." He expressed a desire to continue his career in Argentina.
On 2 February 2011, Camoranesi signed a two-year contract with Lanús with the option to coach youth players if he decides to retire. In October 2011, Camoranesi made headlines for kicking an opponent in the head. In a match against Racing Club, Camoranesi fouled Patricio Toranzo and was shown a red card by the referee. Instead of walking off, Camoranesi ran back and kicked Toranzo in the head while Toranzo was still lying on the ground. Toranzo later commented that Camoranesi is "not much of a man, just a coward" and suggested Camoranesi would need to see a psychiatrist for his violent behaviour. Camoranesi faces a long ban from football for this incident.
Camoranesi was eligible for Italian citizenship through a great-grandfather who in 1873 emigrated from Potenza Picena, in Italy's Marche region, to Argentina. His dual citizenship made him eligible to play for either Argentina or Italy, but the Azzurri showed interest in him first and, on 12 February 2003, he made his international debut in a friendly match against Portugal, which Italy won 1–0, under former coach Giovanni Trapattoni. Camoranesi played for Italy at UEFA Euro 2004 and was also part of Marcello Lippi's Italy team which won the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He has been capped 55 times by Italy and has scored five goals, the first of which came in Italy's 2006 World Cup qualifier away to Belarus on 7 September 2005, which the Italians won 4–1.
During the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany, he admitted the reason for not singing Italy's national anthem before their matches was because he did not know the words, although he could be seen singing (at least a part of) the anthem during the World Cup celebrations in Circus Maximus on 10 July 2006. Camoranesi was not the first Juventus player born in Argentina to play for Italy; Omar Sivori played for the azzurri as well.
At the end of the final match in Germany's World Cup, in which Italy defeated France on penalties, Camoranesi had teammate Massimo Oddo chop off a large chunk of his long hair as the rest of the squad danced around them in a circle. Camoranesi then went up to the camera and dedicated the triumph by saying in Spanish: "Para los pibes del barrio..."
Camoranesi commented in an interview in regards to the World Cup victory: "I feel Argentine but I have defended the colors of Italy, which is in my blood, with dignity. That is something nobody can take away."
He was successively called up to Italy's squads for UEFA Euro 2008 and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Then he took part also at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, his last experience with the Italian national team.
Club career statistics
|1994–95||Aldosivi||Primera B Nacional||31||0||31||0|
|1995–96||Santos Laguna||Primera División||13||1||13||1|
|1997||Montevideo Wanderers||Primera División||6||1||6||1|
|1997–98||Banfield||Primera B Nacional||38||16||38||16|
|1998–99||Cruz Azul||Primera División||39||11||39||11|
|2000–01||Hellas Verona||Serie A||22||4||1||0||-||23||4|
International career statistics
|Italy national team|
- Serie A: 2002–03
- Coppa Italia: Runner-up 2003–04
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2002, 2003; Runner-up 2005
- Serie B: 2006–07
- UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2002–03
- Racing Club
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