Salvatore Sirigu

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Salvatore Sirigu
Salvatore Sirigu au Camp des Loges (02082011) cropped.jpg
Sirigu training with PSG in 2011.
Personal information
Full name Salvatore Sirigu
Date of birth (1987-01-12) 12 January 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Nuoro, Italy
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Paris Saint-Germain
Number 30
Youth career
Venezia
Palermo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Palermo 69 (0)
2007–2008 Cremonese (loan) 19 (0)
2008–2009 Ancona (loan) 15 (0)
2011– Paris Saint-Germain 101 (0)
National team
2005 Italy U18 3 (0)
2005 Italy U19 2 (0)
2007–2009 Italy U21 3 (0)
2010– Italy 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2013

Salvatore Sirigu (Italian pronunciation: [salvaˈtore ˈsiriɡu]; born 12 January 1987) is an Italian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Italian national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy, Sirigu started his football career in Venezia's youth system. In 2005 he joined Palermo and made his debut for the club as a regular in a 2006–07 Coppa Italia match against Sampdoria and a UEFA Cup match against Fenerbahçe.

Palermo loaned him to Serie C1 club Cremonese on 12 July 2007 in order to let him achieve some first team experience.[1]

He spent the 2008–09 season on loan to Serie B side Ancona,[2] but only played 15 games with his club, as Ancona managers Francesco Monaco, and later Sandro Salvioni, preferred Brazilian teammate Da Costa over him.

Sirigu successively returned to Palermo as a second-choice keeper, behind new signing Rubinho, for the 2009–10 season. Following a string of unimpressive performances by Rubinho, Palermo coach Walter Zenga, himself a former goalkeeper who was noted for his ability, moved Sirigu in the starting role for the Week 6 game, an away match against Davide Ballardini's Lazio on 27 September 2009. The game, which also represented Sirigu's official debut in the Italian Serie A, ended in a 1–1 draw, with the young goalkeeper being nominated Man of the Match due to his numerous saves throughout the match.[3] He was subsequently confirmed for the following game, where Sirigu managed to keep a clean sheet in a 2–0 win against Serie A giants Juventus. Since then, Sirigu was regularly featured in the starting line-up and permanently confirmed as first-choice goaleeper, leading the club to send Rubinho out on loan to Livorno later in January.

On 21 October 2009, Palermo announced to have agreed a contract extension with Sirigu, the new contract would have expired in June 2014.[4]

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

On 28 July 2011, Sirigu signed a four-year contract with French club Paris Saint-Germain[5][6] for a transfer fee of €3.5 million. In August, his first month at the Parisian club, the shot stopper was named by the club supporters as their third best player of the month after Javier Pastore and Kévin Gameiro, indicating a swift adaptation to his new surroundings. He has quickly seen off competition from fellow new signing Nicolas Douchez to become the number 1 goalkeeper for the ambitious Parisian club, as well as a fan favourite. His name is often chanted during home games by the notoriously demanding Paris Saint-Germain supporters. On 27 January 2013, Sirigu broke Bernard Lama's clean-sheet record for a PSG goalkeeper in Ligue 1 (697 minutes).[7]

International career[edit]

Gianluigi Buffon and Sirigu in a press conference during Euro 2012

On 21 August 2007 he made his debut with the Italy U-21 squad in a friendly match against France. Before making his debut with the Azzurrini, Sirigu had already had international experience at the youth level with the Under-18 and Under-19 teams.[8]

On 28 February 2010 he received his first call-up for the Italian national team for a friendly game versus Cameroon to be played at Stade Louis II, Monaco, but did not play. He was in Lippi's 28-man provisional 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, but was not included in the 23-man final squad.

Upon Cesare Prandelli taking the helm as national coach, Sirigu was named in his first squad list for the friendly against Côte d'Ivoire.[9] He made his international debut in that game losing 1–0, on 10 August 2010.[10]

He was selected to go to UEFA Euro 2012 as the third choice keeper of the Italian team, behind Gianluigi Buffon and Morgan De Sanctis.

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 18 May 2013)
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Palermo 2006–07 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Cremonese (loan) 2007–08 22 0 2 0 0 0 24 0
Ancona (loan) 2008–09 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Palermo 2009–10 32 0 1 0 0 0 33 0
2010–11 37 0 5 0 3 0 45 0
Total 69 0 7 0 4 0 80 0
Paris Saint-Germain 2011–12 38 0 2 0 1 0 41 0
2012–13 33 0 0 0 10 0 43 0
Total 71 0 2 0 11 0 84 0
Career total 177 0 11 0 15 0 203 0

Honours[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain
Individual
  • Ligue 1 Team of the Year (1): 2012–13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sirigu in prestito alla Cremonese" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  2. ^ "CALCIOMERCATO. IL PORTIERE SIRIGU E' DELL'ANCONA" (in Italian). AC Ancona. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  3. ^ "Palermo, Sirigu: "Contento della mia prestazione e della prova del gruppo"" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 27 September 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Palermo, Sirigu rinnova fino al 2014" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport – Stadio. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "SIRIGU CEDUTO AL PSG" [SIRIGU SOLD TO PSG] (in Italian). ilpalermocalcio.it. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sissoko et Sirigu s’engagent avec le PSG" [Sissoko and Sirigu join PSG] (in French). PSG.fr. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Record-setting Sirigu". PSG.fr. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "SIRIGU SALVATORE – Convocazioni e presenze in campo" (in Italian). FIGC.it. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  9. ^ "Pronta la squadra azzurra: ecco la lista dei 23 per il Mondiale". FIGC (in Italian). 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  10. ^ http://www.goal.com/en/match/49703/ivory-coast-vs-italy/report

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