Paolo De Ceglie

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Paolo De Ceglie
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Personal information
Full name Paolo De Ceglie
Date of birth (1986-09-17) 17 September 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Aosta, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Left back, Left wing-back
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number
Youth career
Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Juventus 8 (1)
2007–2008 Siena 29 (2)
2008– Juventus 90 (1)
2014 Genoa 12 (1)
National team
2006–2009 Italy U-21 15 (0)
2008 Olympic Italy 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 July 2014

Paolo De Ceglie (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpaolo deˈtʃɛʎʎe]; born 17 September 1986 in Aosta) is an Italian footballer who plays for three-time defending Serie A champions Juventus.

Club career[edit]

Paolo De Ceglie joined Juventus' youth set-up as a youngster and idolized Pavel Nedvěd.[1][2] He played in various youth competitions for Juve, including the Campionato Primavera and Coppa Italia Primavera. He scored a hat-trick in Juventus' 5–1 defeat of bitter rivals Inter Milan in the 2006 Super Coppa Primavera.[3]

When Juventus were relegated for the 2006–07 season due to the Calciopoli scandal, De Ceglie and fellow youngsters Claudio Marchisio and Sebastian Giovinco were all promoted to the first team. He made his senior team debut on 6 November 2006 for Juventus against Napoli, coming on as a substitute for Nicola Legrottaglie after 55 minutes, with the game eventually ending 1–1. His first ever senior goal came in his second game, as Juventus beat Lecce 4–1. In June 2007 he was loaned out to Serie A side Siena on a co-ownership agreement. He had a successful time there, starting nearly every match when fit and also scored twice and tallied several assists.

De Ceglie was sold back to Juventus on 9 June 2008 after his first season in Serie A with Siena.[4] Juve paid €3.5m for the other half of his contract, which was paid in installments during the 2008–09 season. He put in some good performances, most notably in the 4–2 win over Milan in December.[5] He came on as a substitute for the injured Pavel Nedvěd and made an immediate impact, setting up Amauri's goal to put Juve 3–1 up and forcing a professional foul from Milan right back Gianluca Zambrotta which resulted in a free kick.[6][7] That same month, he extended his contract until 2013.[8] In the summer of 2009, he became the subject of transfer rumours but no move ever materialized as he did not want to leave Turin.[9] He was a bit-part player during Ciro Ferrara's time as coach. Due to various injury problems, new manager Alberto Zaccheroni named him in the starting line-up more regularly in the latter half of the 2009–10 season.[10] He has been played as a left winger to great effect in Zaccheroni's experimental 3–5–2 formation. In February, he set up Amauri to score the equalizer in the Europa League Round of 32 first leg match against Ajax and Juventus went on to win 2–1 on aggregate after a 0–0 draw in the second leg. He made his 50th league appearance for Juve on 25 April and played a part in their 3–0 win over Bari.

De Ceglie was not expected to be a starter under new manager Luigi Delneri, who was appointed prior to the 2010–11 season. He took his chances and his improved performances earned him a place in the starting eleven. Unfortunately his season was interrupted with a ligament injury that required surgery in October. He made a comeback as a second-half substitute on the last matchday of the season against SSC Napoli.[11]

With the arrival of Antonio Conte, De Ceglie was given the number 11 shirt and a starting place at left back in the opening game of the 2011–12 season against Parma. His first competitive start in nearly a year was soured by a straight red card for a foul on his former Primavera teammate Sebastian Giovinco which resulted in a penalty. However, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Stephan Lichtsteiner became the first choice back four thus relegating him to the bench. He returned to the starting line-up for the Coppa Italia match as a stand-in for Chiellini and the league win against Novara when Bonucci was suspended and set up Simone Pepe's goal just 4 minutes after kick-off.

On 3 March 2012, De Ceglie scored his first goal since returning from Siena in a 1–1 draw against Chievo. After some good performances he was offered a contract extension and signed a new 5-year deal several weeks later.[12]

International career[edit]

He made his Italy U-21 debut against Luxembourg, 12 December 2006, replacing Arturo Lupoli in the 62nd minute. Since making his U-21 debut, De Ceglie had been a regular in the Azzurrini squad, initially at left back.

De Ceglie was called up for the 2008 Toulon Tournament but had to return home due to an injury.[13] He was a regular at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the summer of 2009, he was called up for the U-21 European Championships held in Sweden, playing as in left midfield as Domenico Criscito was preferred at left back. He missed the semifinal loss to Germany due to an injury he picked up in the last group match against Belarus.[14]

Honours[edit]

Juventus

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 12 February 2013

Team League Season League Cup1 Europe2 Other Cups3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Juventus Serie B 2006-07 8 1 0 0 - - 8 1
Siena Serie A 2007-08 29 2 0 0 - - 29 2
Juventus 2008–09 19 0 3 0 4 0 26 0
2009–10 25 0 2 0 4 0 26 0
2010–11 7 0 0 0 7 0 14 0
2011–12 21 1 2 0 - - 23 1
2012–13 14 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Juventus Total 93 2 10 0 16 0 0 0 118 2
Career Total 121 4 10 0 16 0 0 0 147 4

1Includes Coppa Italia.

2Includes UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League.

3Includes Supercoppa Italiana.

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