Simone Verdi

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Simone Verdi
Personal information
Full name Simone Verdi
Date of birth (1992-07-12) 12 July 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Broni, Italy
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Winger, Second striker
Club information
Current team
Empoli
(on loan from Torino)
Number 18
Youth career
Audax Travacò
2003–2011 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Milan 0 (0)
2011– Torino 16 (0)
2013 Juve Stabia (loan) 20 (0)
2013– Empoli (loan) 40 (5)
National team
2010–2011 Italy U19 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 January 2011

Simone Verdi (born 12 July 1992) is an Italian footballer, who plays as a winger for Serie B club Empoli, on loan from Torino.

He is nicknamed Verdinho, as his playing style resembles that of a Brazilian.[1]

Club career[edit]

Milan[edit]

Verdi started playing football with amateur club Audax Travacò, before joining Milan at the age of 11.[2]

He made his professional debut for the club, aged 17, in a Coppa Italia game against Novara, on 13 January 2010.[3] He then made his second appearance two weeks later, in the quarter-final against Udinese, which Milan lost 0–1.[4] While playing for the under-20 squad, the young striker scored his first goal at the San Siro in the return leg of the Primavera TIM Cup final, on 14 April 2010. Milan went on to win the match 2–0, as Verdi also made an assist, and secured the trophy 3–1 on aggregate.[5][6]

In May 2010, Milan CEO Adriano Galliani announced that Verdi, along with three other teammates, was expected to join the senior team permanently for the 2010–11 season.[7] Subsequently, Verdi signed his first professional contract with the club.[8] However, he continued playing mainly in the youth team.[9]

Torino[edit]

At the beginning of the 2011–12 season, Verdi transferred to Serie B club Torino in a co-ownership deal (exchanged with Gianmario Comi).[10][11] He made his official debut for the club in the first league game of the season, a 2–1 away win against Ascoli on 27 August 2011.[12] He played 12 games in Serie B in the 2011–12 season with Torino, which finished in 2nd place and gained promotion to Serie A.[13]

In 2012–13, he played 4 games in Serie A, making his official debut on 30 September 2012 as a substitute against Atalanta.[14] However, on 23 January 2013 he was loaned to Juve Stabia of Serie B for the remainder of the season.[13]

In the summer of 2013 the co-ownership agreement between Milan and Torino was renewed for an additional year.[15]

Empoli[edit]

For 2013–14, he was loaned to Empoli, again in Serie B.[16]

He played his first match for the Azzurri during the second round of Coppa Italia, won 5–1 against Südtirol; also scoring his first goal as a professional player.[13] His first goal in the league would not come until 23 November 2013, when he scored the final goal in a 3–1 win away at Spezia.[17] He was decisive in a direct battle for promotion against Ternana, scoring the 1–0 on 12 April 2014.[18] In May, he scored a further three goals for Empoli, who successfully achieved promotion on 31 May, finishing 2nd.[19] Verdi made 40 appearances for Empoli, scoring 5 goals (plus one in Coppa Italia).[13]

On 18 June 2014, the co-ownership between Torino and Milan was renewed for a third year.[20]

International career[edit]

Verdi won his first international cap on 22 September 2010, being called up by Italy U-19 to play a game against Serbia U-19.[21] On 31 May 2014, he was called up to the Italy U-21 side[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 06 June 2014.[13]

Team Season Domestic
League
Domestic
Cup
European
Competition1
Other
Tournaments2
Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 2009–10 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Torino 2011–12 12 0 1 0 13 0
2012–13 4 0 1 0 5 0
Juve Stabia 2012–13 20 0 20 0
Empoli 2013–14 40 5 2 1 42 6
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 76 5 6 1 0 0 0 0 82 6

1European competitions include the UEFA Champions League.
2Other tournaments include none to date.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maurizio Ferrari (3 August 2010). "Largo ai giovani". milannews.it (in Italian). Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Esordienti Provinciali A 2003/2004". acmilan.com (in Italian). Associazione Calcio Milan. Archived from the original on 6 June 2004. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "First Pippo, then Mathieu". acmilan.com (Associazione Calcio Milan). 13 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Bitter elimination". acmilan.com (Associazione Calcio Milan). 27 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ This year the youth team are even better! (Web TV production). Associazione Calcio Milan. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Il Milan del futuro vola con Verdi e Zigoni". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 15 April 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Berlusconi non-molla, anche se Galliani capisce i tifosi: "Abituati a caviale e champagne"". goal.com (in Italian). 18 May 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Pietro Mazzara (13 July 2010). "Milan, Fossati ha firmato e Verdi passa al contratto professionistico". milannews.it (in Italian). Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  9. ^ Pietro Mazzara (7 July 2010). "Per Verdi si profila una stagione tra Primavera e prima squadra". milannews.it (in Italian). Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Official A.C. Milan press release". acmilan.com (Associazione Calcio Milan). 1 July 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Verdi al Toro, Comi al Milan". torinofc.it (in Italian) (Torino Football Club). 30 June 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Ascoli–Torino 1–2". torinofc.it (in Italian) (Torino Football Club). 27 August 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "S. Verdi". soccerway.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "ATALANTA VS. TORINO 1 - 5". soccerway.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "UFFICIALE: Torino, rinnovate le comproprietà di Barreto, Verdi e Comi". mondopallone.it (in Italian). Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "UFFICIALE: Verdi in prestito all'Empoli". europacalcio.it. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "SPEZIA VS. EMPOLI 1 - 3". soccerway.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "EMPOLI VS. TERNANA 1 - 0". soccerway.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Serie B 2013/14 Review – Week 42: Empoli Secure Serie A Return On Dramatic Last Day". forzaitalianfootball.com. Forzaitaliafootball. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Milan, rinnovate le comproprietà di Verdi e Comi con il Torino". gazzettagranata.com/ (in Italian). Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Simone Verdi". figc.it (in Italian). Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  22. ^ "Under 21, la novità è Simone Verdi". gazzettagranata.com. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 

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