Paolo Castellini

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Paolo Castellini
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Personal information
Full name Paolo Castellini
Date of birth (1979-03-25) 25 March 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Brescia, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Cremonese 64 (0)
2000–2004 Torino 114 (1)
2004 Brescia (loan) 16 (0)
2004–2006 Betis 13 (0)
2006–2012 Parma 136 (1)
2010–2011 Roma (loan) 8 (0)
2011–2012 Sampdoria (loan) 20 (0)
2012–2014 Sampdoria 8 (0)
2014– Livorno 8 (0)
National team
1998–2000 Italy U20 8 (0)
2001–2002 Italy U21 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paolo Castellini (born 25 March 1979) is an Italian professional footballer who plays for A.S. Livorno as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Born in Brescia, Lombardy, Castellini joined made his professional debuts at U.S. Cremonese at only 17, going on to appear for the club in both the Serie B and Serie C1. In the 2000 summer he moved to Torino FC, achieving promotion to Serie A in his debut season whilst appearing in 33 games.

From January 2004, Castellini served a loan at hometown's Brescia Calcio in the top division – Torino had been again relegated – after which he was released by Toro. In the ensuing summer he moved abroad and signed with Real Betis of Spain, on a five-year contract;[1] however, his spell in Andalusia would be disastrous, as he never dislodged veteran Luis Fernández from his starting position, also suffering with injuries (torn ligaments and cartilage in his right knee).

After cancelling his link to Betis, Castellini returned to his country in the summer of 2006, joining Parma F.C. and being an automatic first-choice from the beginning. In his third season he played in 41 out of 42 matches, helping the club return to Serie A after only one year.

In the 2009–10 campaign, Castellini often played as wingback in a 3–5–2 or 5–3–2 formation, with Cristian Zaccardo in the other flank. He helped Parma to a final eighth position, narrowly missing out on qualification to the UEFA Europa League.

On 26 August 2010 Castellini was loaned to A.S. Roma, as cover for John Arne Riise.[2] On 24 June 2011, in the same predicament, he signed for U.C. Sampdoria in the second division.

Castellini moved to the Genoa outfit on a permanent basis on 9 July 2012, with Jonathan Biabiany heading in the opposite direction.[3]

International career[edit]

Castellini never gained one full cap for Italy, but appeared with the under-21s at the 2002 UEFA European Football Championship, helping the national side to the semifinals.




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