Pepe in 2010
|Full name||Simone Pepe|
|Date of birth||30 August 1983|
|Place of birth||Albano Laziale, Italy|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|2002||→ Lecco (loan)||5||(0)|
|2002–2003||→ Teramo (loan)||31||(11)|
|2004–2005||→ Piacenza (loan)||30||(12)|
|2006–2007||→ Cagliari (loan)||36||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early years / Palermo
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, 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. 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, but Roma denied this, stating the transfers were totally transparent.
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 (as part of the David Di Michele deal for €5.35M). As the club was again intent on signing youngsters he featured sparingly, being loaned to Cagliari Calcio in July 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, 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, Udinese acquired the former's half by winning the blind bidding between the two clubs on 22 June 2007. In October Andrea Dossena, Roman Eremenko, Pepe and Cristián Zapata were awarded a new contract until June 2012; after Ghanaian Asamoah suffered an injury, eventually leaving the team, Pepe became an undisputed first-choice.
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. 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; the Bianconeri eventually won the 2011-12 national championship, after a nine-year drought, also reaching the Coppa Italia final, and following up the victory with the 2012 Supercoppa Italiana.
In spite of some inconsistent displays, Pepe endeared himself to the Juventus faithful for his work rate, decisive goals, and pace, earning the nickname of "Speedy Pepe", while also being compared with former club great Angelo Di Livio, who also played on the wing for Juventus. Starting in December 2012, however, he spent nearly two years on the sidelines, due to several physical problems, only making one appearance for the club during the 2012-13 season on 17 November 2012, against Lazio, during which Juventus won their second consecutive Serie A title and Supercoppa Italiana. He was operated on 27 February 2013, and after a few matches with the youth squad, Pepe returned to the pitch on 18 December 2013, coming on as a substitute in the 81st minute in Juventus's 3-0 victory over Avellino in the 2013-14 Coppa Italia, after more than a year absence. He was injured again in mid-February 2014, and was finally called up again for Juventus's League match against Bologna on 19 April. He made his third appearance of the season on the final matchday in a 3-0 win over Cagliari, as Juventus celelbrated the victory of their third consecutive Serie A title. Pepe made his full recovery and returned to the Juventus starting line-up in the club's 6-1 victory over Verona in the round of 16 of the Coppa Italia, on 15 January 2015; this was his first cap since his substitute appearance in Juventus's 3-0 home win against Cesena on 24 September 2014.
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.
- As of 19 March 2015
1Includes two matches in playoffs
Style of play
Initially a forward at the beginning of his career, Pepe appeared in several offensive and midfield positions, being deployed as an attacking midfielder, a wide midfielder, a wingback or a supporting striker. A fast, strong, energetic, and hardworking player, his main attributes are his stamina, his defensive contribution and his crossing ability. He also possesses good technique and is effective on set pieces.
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- "Coppa Italia: Pepe, lungo applauso per lui. Lo Juve Stadium lo abbraccia". http://www.tuttosport.com (in Italian: (Coppa Italia: Pepe, a long applause for him. The Juventus Stadium embraces him)). Tuttosport. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
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- Stats at Tutto Calciatori (Italian)
- National team data (Italian)
- Simone Pepe at National-Football-Teams.com
- Simone Pepe – FIFA competition record
- Gazzetta dello Sport profile (2009–10) (Italian)