Vincenzo Camilleri

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Vincenzo Camilleri
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-03-06) 6 March 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Gela, Italy
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Barletta (loan)
Youth career
2006–2007 Reggina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Reggina 0 (0)
2008–2009 Chelsea 0 (0)
2009– Reggina 2 (0)
2010–2011 Juventus (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2012 FeralpiSalò (loan) 23 (0)
2012–2013 Cagliari (loan) 0 (0)
2013-2014 Barletta (loan) 39 (0)
National team
2007 Italy U–16[2] 1 (0)
2009 Italy U–17[2] 6 (0)
2010 Italy U–18[2] 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 March 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:51, 16 April 2009 (UTC)

Vincenzo Camilleri (born 6 March 1992) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Barletta, on loan from Reggina.


Born in Gela, Sicily, Camilleri began his career with the youth team of Reggina, and made his first team debut on 19 December 2007 as a half-time substitute in a Coppa Italia 2007–08 home game against Inter, which ended in a 4–1 loss for Camilleri's side.[3][4] Later on February 2008 he became the subject of a controversial approach from English club Chelsea.[5][6][7] On March 2008, after his 16th birthday, he left Reggina to move to England and join the Chelsea club academy; he consequently received a two-month ban by the Italian Federation due to breach of transfer rules, caused by Camilleri's parents not having asked permission to Reggina before entering talks with Chelsea; the ban applied only on Italian domestic games.[8] The Italian Federation also agreed to suspend indefinitely Camilleri from playing at youth international level with Italy; he was playing at Under-16 level at the time of his move to Chelsea.[9] However, the youngster ultimately failed to settle in England and was allowed to return to Reggina later on January 2009.[10]

On 19 April 2009 Camilleri made his Serie A debut for Reggina as a substitute for Luca Vigiani in an away win to Atalanta.[11] Later on 31 May 2009 he also marked his first appearance as a starter, playing 64 minutes in the final game of the season, ended in a 1–1 home draw to Siena.[12] He was later confirmed as part of the Reggina roster for their 2009–10 Serie B campaign.

On 29 August 2010 Camilleri moved to Juventus in a loan deal, for €170,000,[13] with an option for the Turin giants to acquire 50% of the player's transfer rights at the end of the season.[14] His no.5 shirt of Reggina was stripped (given to Burzigotti) and took Gleison Santos's no.33 shirt at the start of season.[15]

A injury crisis involving the first team gave Camilleri the opportunity to make his senior debut with the bianconeri on 1 December 2010, playing the whole 90 minutes of a 2010–11 UEFA Europa League game against Polish side Lech Poznań.[16] His second appearance for Juventus came as a second half substitute in the following UEFA Europa League game, this time at home against Manchester City.[17] Since then, Camilleri did not play any other first team games, and he left Juventus at the end of the season after the club opted not to sign the player.

After returning to Reggina, Camilleri was once again excluded from the first team squad and sent on loan to Lega Pro Prima Divisione minnows FeralpiSalò for the 2011–12 season.[18] Camilleri also changed to wear no.92 shirt at the start of season (his year of birth).[19]

In July 2012 Cagliari signed him in temporary deal,[20] however he was injured.[21]


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  2. ^ a b c "Convocazioni e presenze in campo CAMILLERI VINCENZO" (in Italian). Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Luca Taidelli (20 December 2007). "Non fa sconti neanche l' Inter di Balotelli" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Carlo Laudisa (18 February 2008). "L' offerta dell' Inter per Rakitic" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Reggina issue Chelsea complaint". BBC Sport. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Jeremy Wilson (21 February 2008). "Chelsea avoid Fifa sanction over Camilleri". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Paolo Rossi (19 February 2008). "Il Chelsea saccheggia il vivaio della Reggina" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  8. ^ Nadia Carminati (15 October 2008). "Ban for Chelsea starlet". SKY Sports. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  9. ^ Corrado Zunino (11 March 2009). "Da Camilleri a Capua I tempi degli scippi sembrano finiti" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  10. ^ Thomas Zocher & Nadia Carminati (31 January 2009). "Chelsea land Turkish starlet". SKY Sports. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Partita Atalanta-Reggina" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport – Stadio. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "Reggina 1 – 1 Siena". Yahoo! Eurosport. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "Annual Financial Report at 30 June 2011". Juventus FC. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Camilleri alla Juventus" (in Italian). Reggina Calcio. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "Definiti i numeri di maglia" (in Italian). Reggina Calcio. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "JUVE: CHIELLINI SI FA SORPRENDERE" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  17. ^ "Da Sorensen a Giannetti fate largo ai ragazzi" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  18. ^ "UFFICIALE: Reggina, prestato Camilleri al FeralpiSalò" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Ecco i numeri di maglia, tra conferme e novita'". Reggina Calcio (in Italian). 4 August 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Vincenzo Camilleri è del Cagliari" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "Vincenzo Camilleri operato al menisco" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 

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