Simone Pepe

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Simone Pepe
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Pepe in 2010
Personal information
Full name Simone Pepe[1]
Date of birth (1983-08-30) 30 August 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Albano Laziale, Italy
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 7
Youth career
Roma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Roma 0 (0)
2002 Lecco (loan) 5 (0)
2002–2003 Teramo (loan) 31 (11)
2003–2006 Palermo 22 (1)
2004–2005 Piacenza (loan) 30 (12)
2006–2010 Udinese 104 (16)
2006–2007 Cagliari (loan) 36 (3)
2010– Juventus 64 (11)
National team
2001 Italy U17 1 (1)
2001 Italy U19 9 (6)
2002–2003 Italy U20 13 (6)
2004–2006 Italy U21 12 (2)
2008–2011 Italy 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Simone Pepe (Italian pronunciation: [siˈmone ˈpepe]; born 30 August 1983) is an Italian footballer who plays for Juventus F.C. as a winger, on either side of the pitch.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early years / Palermo[edit]

Pepe was born in Albano Laziale, a comune not far from Rome. He started his career at A.S. Roma but never represented the team officially, being loaned to amateurs Calcio Lecco 1912 and Teramo Calcio for the duration of his contract.

In summer 2003, Serie B side U.S. Città di Palermo signed Pepe in a co-ownership deal, for a nominal fee of just 1,000,[3] and he scored one goal in 19 appearances to help his team promote to Serie A for the first time ever, as champions.

Pepe was loaned to Piacenza Calcio also in the second level in July 2004, in order to gain match experience. On 31 August Roma sold rest of his registration rights to Palermo, for an undisclosed amount.[4] It was reported that Roma chairman Franco Sensi owed his Palermo counterpart Maurizio Zamparini money, and both Pepe and Cesare Bovo were sold to Palermo at an un-economic price to settle the debt,[5] but Roma denied this, stating the transfers were totally transparent.[6]

In June 2005 Pepe returned to Palermo, as the Sicilians' striker Luca Toni left for ACF Fiorentina. In the following winter transfer window, however, he was on the move again.[7]

Udinese[edit]

Pepe joined Udinese Calcio midway through the 2005–06 campaign in a co-ownership deal, for €500,000, along with Salvatore Masiello and Nicola Santoni[8] (as part of the David Di Michele deal for €5.35M[9]).[10] As the club was again intent on signing youngsters he featured sparingly, being loaned to Cagliari Calcio in July[11] as the Udine club had just recalled Gyan Asamoah who shined at that year's FIFA World Cup.

Pepe netted his first goal in the top flight on 18 November 2006 in his 23rd appearance in the competition, grabbing the game's only at home against former club Palermo in the last-minute,[12] and he helped the Sardinians finally narrowly avoid relegation. Subsequently, although Cagliari bought another half of his registration rights from Palermo for €1.5 million,[9] Udinese acquired the former's half by winning the blind bidding between the two clubs on 22 June 2007.[13] In October Andrea Dossena, Roman Eremenko, Pepe and Cristián Zapata were awarded a new contract until June 2012;[14][15] after Ghanaian Asamoah suffered an injury, eventually leaving the team, Pepe became an undisputed first-choice.

Juventus[edit]

On 9 June 2010, Juventus F.C. announced they had signed Pepe on loan for €2.6 million, with the option to sign him permanently for €7.5 million on 1 July.[16] He scored five times in 30 matches in his first season in Turin.

In 2011–12 Pepe formed an efficient right-wing partnership with newly-signed Stephan Lichtsteiner, contributing with four of his six league goals and two assists after the first ten rounds. On 29 November 2011 he netted a vital equaliser against S.S.C. Napoli (3–3, at the San Paolo Stadium) to keep his team's unbeaten run going, this goal also marking the first time he found the net in three consecutive games;[17] the Bianconeri eventually won the national championship, after a nine-year drought.

In spite of his inconsistent displays, Pepe endeared himself to the Juventus faithful for his work rate and pace, earning the nickname of "Speedy Pepe" while being compared with former club great Angelo Di Livio.[18] Starting in December 2012, however, he spent nearly two years on the sidelines, due to several physical problems.[19][20]

International career[edit]

In spite of a first poor year in the Serie A, Pepe was selected by the Italian under-21 team to the 2006 UEFA European Football Championship, but he did not play in any games in Portugal in an eventual group stage exit. He made his debut with the senior side on 11 October 2008, in a 0–0 draw in Bulgaria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Pepe was part of the squads at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup, both in South Africa. He totalled five appearances in the tournaments, starting in all matches in the latter as the Azzurri were again sent home after the first stage.[21][22][23]

Honours[edit]

Palermo
Juventus

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 12 December 2012[24]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2001–02 Roma Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Lecco Serie C1 5 0 0 0 5 0
2002–03 Teramo 31 11 0 0 331 11
2003–04 Palermo Serie B 19 1 5 2 24 3
2004–05 Piacenza 30 12 2 1 32 13
2005–06 Palermo Serie A 3 0 0 0 3 0 6 0
Udinese 6 0 3 0 9 0
2006–07 Cagliari 36 3 3 0 39 3
2007–08 Udinese 33 3 5 2 38 5
2008–09 33 4 1 0 11 2 45 6
2009–10 32 7 5 0 37 7
2010–11 Juventus 30 5 2 1 10 0 37 6
2011–12 31 6 2 0 33 6
2012–13 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 290 52 29 6 24 2 3411 58

1Includes two matches in playoffs

International[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 – List of players" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Versatile Pepe attacks Italy's critics". Reuters. 12 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Relazione Amministratori al 30 settembre" [Administrative balance at 30 September] (in Italian). A.S. Roma. 8 November 2003. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Quadriennale per Adriano, Ceduti i Filippini e Vannucchi, riscattato Pepe" [Four years for Adriano, Filippinis and Vannucchi loaned, rescued Pepe] (in Italian). Palermo's official website. 31 August 2004. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Quattro giovani ceduti al Palermo" [Four youth players loaned to Palermo] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 1 September 2004. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Precisazioni in merito alle operazioni di trasferimento con l’U.S. Città di Palermo" (in Italian). A.S. Roma. 2 September 2004. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Udinese winger Simone Pepe confirms he is set to join Juventus". Goal.com. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  8. ^ US Città di Palermo report and accounts on 30 June 2006 (Italian)
  9. ^ a b US Città di Palermo report and accounts on 30 June 2007 (Italian)
  10. ^ "Di Michele heads south to Palermo". UEFA.com. 16 January 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
  11. ^ "Arrivano Pepe e D'Agostino" [Pepe and D'Agostino arrive] (in Italian). Cagliari's official website. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  12. ^ "Il Cagliari aggiunge Pepe nel finale – Palermo sconfitto all'ultimo minuto" [Cagliari brings Pepe in at the end – Palermo defeated in the last minute] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 18 November 2006. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Pepe all'Udinese" [Pepe to Udinese] (in Italian). Cagliari's official website. 22 June 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "Udinese prolunga 4 contratti a 2012" [Udinese extends 4 contracts to 2012] (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. 12 October 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2009. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Calcio, Udinese: In quattro rinnovano fino al 2012" [Football, Udinese: Four renew until 2012] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 12 October 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  16. ^ "Agreement with Udinese Calcio for the temporary acquisition of the registration rights of the player Simone Pepe" (in Italian). Juventus' official website. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "Napoli-Juventus 3–3: Festa del goal al San Paolo, Pepe timbra la grande rimonta bianconera" [Napoli-Juventus 3–3: Goal party at the San Paolo, Pepe seals great white-and-black comeback] (in Italian). Goal.com. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Pepe: “Orgoglioso del paragone con Di Livio”" [Pepe: “Proud of comparison with Di Livio”] (in Italian). Juve Mania. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Simone Pepe, sfortuna nera: ecco quanto dovrà stare fuori dai campi" [Simone Pepe, dark fortunes: here's how long he will remain away from pitches] (in Italian). Juve Live. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Juventus, altro stop per Pepe" [Juventus, another stop for Pepe] (in Italian). Data Sport. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Italy 1–1 Paraguay". BBC Sport. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Italy 1–1 New Zealand". BBC Sport. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "Slovakia 3–2 Italy". BBC Sport. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "S. Pepe". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 

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