2011–12 Udinese Calcio season

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Udinese
2011–12 season
President Franco Soldati
Manager Francesco Guidolin
Stadium Stadio Friuli
Serie A 3rd
Coppa Italia Round of 16
UEFA Champions League Play-off round
UEFA Europa League Round of 16
Top goalscorer League:
Antonio Di Natale (23)

All:
Antonio Di Natale (29)
Highest home attendance 28,588 vs Juventus
(21 December 2011, Serie A)
Lowest home attendance 5,200 vs Chievo
(11 January 2012, Coppa Italia)
Average home league attendance 18,595[1]
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2011–12 season was Udinese Calcio's 17th consecutive and 32nd Serie A season. The club had a successful league season, finishing third in Serie A, but disappointed in the three cup competitions in which it competed. Udinese were eliminated from the Coppa Italia in the round of 16, and also experienced disappointment in the UEFA Champions League, where it was eliminated in the play-off round and thus failed to make its first appearance in the group stage since the 2005–06 season. As a result, Udinese dropped down to the UEFA Europa League, where it successfully advanced from both the group stage and the round of 32, only to be eliminated in the round of 16. Club captain and legend Antonio Di Natale was once again the team's top scorer, with 23 goals in Serie A and 29 in total.

Season review[edit]

Serie A[edit]

Udinese were unbeaten in their first seven Serie A games, and only conceded one goal in that period, which was the best defensive record in top European leagues at the time.[2] They were also top of Serie A at the moment, and compared to much more expensive squad of Manchester City, which also top Premier League at the same time.[3]

Europe[edit]

Udinese were drawn against English side Arsenal for qualification into the UEFA Champions League. The first leg was played away at the Emirates Stadium, which resulted in a 1–0 defeat.[4] The second leg was a heavily contested match, with Udinese taking a 1–0 lead at half-time to level the aggregate score to 1–1 but Arsenal caught up in the second half and Udinese lost 2–1, and 3–1 on aggregate.[5] Udinese were then drawn into the Europa League.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

As of 31 August 2011[6] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Slovenia GK Samir Handanović
3 Chile MF Mauricio Isla
5 Brazil DF Danilo
6 Italy GK Emanuele Belardi
7 Ghana MF Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
8 Serbia MF Dušan Basta
9 Brazil FW Barreto
10 Italy FW Antonio Di Natale (captain)
11 Italy DF Maurizio Domizzi
13 Brazil DF Neuton
16 Italy DF Andrea Coda
17 Morocco DF Medhi Benatia
20 Ghana MF Kwadwo Asamoah
21 Italy GK Daniele Padelli (on loan from Sampdoria)
No. Position Player
22 France MF Abdoul Sissoko
23 Switzerland MF Almen Abdi
24 Sweden DF Joel Ekstrand
25 Romania MF Gabriel Torje
26 Italy DF Giovanni Pasquale
27 Colombia DF Pablo Armero
28 Venezuela GK Rafael Romo
30 Ivory Coast MF Thierry Doubai (left in January)
31 Italy FW Diego Fabbrini
32 Italy DF Damiano Ferronetti
37 Argentina MF Roberto Pereyra
66 Italy MF Giampiero Pinzi
83 Italy FW Antonio Floro Flores
92 Czech Republic FW Matěj Vydra (loan return c. January 2012)

Reserve squad[edit]

The following reserve players received first team shirt number: Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
18 Italy MF Cristian Battocchio

UEFA Champions League squad[edit]

As of 8 August 2011[7][8]

The squad consist of a maximum of 17 foreigners, and a minimum of 8 local trained players (must be a minimum of 4 club trained)[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Slovenia GK Samir Handanović
3 Chile MF Mauricio Isla
5 Brazil DF Danilo
6 Italy GK Emanuele Belardi
7 Ghana MF Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
8 Serbia MF Dušan Basta
10 Italy FW Antonio Di Natale (captain)
13 Brazil DF Neuton
14 Italy DF Daniel Bello (List A club product)
17 Morocco DF Medhi Benatia
19 Argentina FW Germán Denis
20 Ghana MF Kwadwo Asamoah
21 Czech Republic FW Matěj Vydra (*)
No. Position Player
23 Switzerland MF Almen Abdi
24 Sweden DF Joel Ekstrand
26 Italy DF Giovanni Pasquale
27 Colombia DF Pablo Armero
28 Venezuela GK Rafael Romo
30 Ivory Coast MF Thierry Doubai
31 Italy FW Diego Fabbrini
41 Italy DF Simone Sbardella (List A club product)
42 Italy MF Mattia Bedin (List A club product)
43 Italy FW Davide Marsura (List A club product)
66 Italy MF Giampiero Pinzi
83 Italy FW Antonio Floro Flores

List B[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
18 Italy MF Cristian Battocchio
44 Romania GK Alin Bucuroiu
45 Italy DF Simone Deana
46 Italy MF Gianluca Migliorini
No. Position Player
47 Italy DF Davide Nicoletti
48 Italy MF Luca Baldassin
49 Italy DF Luca Corrado
50 Italy MF Marco Piscopo

UEFA Europa League squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2012[10][11] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Slovenia GK Samir Handanović
3 Chile MF Mauricio Isla
4 Italy MF Michele Pazienza (*)
5 Brazil DF Danilo
7 Ghana MF Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
8 Serbia MF Dušan Basta
9 Brazil FW Barreto (**)
10 Italy FW Antonio Di Natale (captain)
11 Italy DF Maurizio Domizzi
13 Brazil DF Neuton
14 Italy DF Daniel Bello (List A club product)
17 Morocco DF Medhi Benatia
20 Ghana MF Kwadwo Asamoah
21 Italy GK Daniele Padelli (on loan from Sampdoria)
No. Position Player
23 Switzerland MF Almen Abdi
24 Sweden DF Joel Ekstrand
26 Italy DF Giovanni Pasquale (*)
27 Colombia DF Pablo Armero
28 Venezuela GK Rafael Romo
30 Ivory Coast MF Thierry Doubai (**)
31 Italy FW Diego Fabbrini
32 Italy DF Damiano Ferronetti (*)
37 Argentina MF Roberto Pereyra (**)
41 Italy DF Simone Sbardella (List A club product)
42 Italy MF Mattia Bedin (List A club product)
43 Italy FW Davide Marsura (List A club product)
66 Italy MF Giampiero Pinzi
83 Italy FW Antonio Floro Flores
  • Note:

Players marked * indicated that they were inserted the squad in January 2012 Players marked ** indicated that they left the squad in January 2012

List B[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
18 Italy MF Cristian Battocchio
45 Italy DF Simone Deana
46 Italy MF Gianluca Migliorini
48 Italy MF Luca Baldassin
No. Position Player
49 Italy DF Luca Corrado
50 Italy MF Marco Piscopo
51 Italy MF Riccardo Dimitrio

Transfers[edit]

Summer 2011[edit]

In[edit]

Player Position Old Club Details
{{{last}}}, Neuton[[Neuton {{{last}}}|Neuton {{{last}}}]] Defender Grêmio 3 million
Brkic, ZeljkoŽeljko Brkić Goalkeeper Vojvodina 1.5 million
Sissoko, AbdoulAbdoul Sissoko Midfielder Troyes 1.5 million
Doubai, ThierryThierry Doubai Midfielder Young Boys 2.5 million
Barreto, Barreto Forward Bari 3.5 million
Fabbrini, DiegoDiego Fabbrini Midfielder Empoli Co-ownership termination
Danilo, Danilo Defender Palmeiras 2 million
Torje, GabrielGabriel Torje Midfielder Dinamo București Undisclosed[12]
Pereyra, RobertoRoberto Pereyra Defender River Plate Undisclosed[13]

[14]

Total spending: Decrease 14 million

Out[edit]

Player Position New Club Details
Pepe, SimoneSimone Pepe Forward Juventus 7.5 million[15]
Motta, MarcoMarco Motta Defender Juventus 3.75 million[16]
Sanchez, AlexisAlexis Sánchez Forward Barcelona 26 million[17]
Inler, GokhanGökhan Inler Midfielder Napoli 13 million[18]
Zapata, CristianCristián Zapata Defender Villarreal 14 million[19]
Dagostino, GaetanoGaetano D'Agostino Midfielder Siena co-ownership 2.5 million[20]
Cuadrado, JuanJuan Cuadrado Defender Lecce loan
Orellana, FabianFabián Orellana Defender Granada undisclosed
Obodo, ChristianChristian Obodo Midfielder Lecce loan
Denis, GermanGermán Denis Forward Atalanta loan

Total sale: Increase 64.25 million

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

Competition Date Opponent team H/A Result Scorers
Friendly 14 July 2011 Anagenissi Arta/U.S. Cedarchis N 18-1 4' Asamoah, 8' Abdi, 11' Vydra, 12' Fabbrini, 14' Abdi, 17' Battocchio, 21' Vydra, 26' (o.g.) Nieddu, 47' Surraco, 51' Vydra (pen.), 55' Fabbrini, 64' Pinzi, 66' Surraco, 73' Fabbrini, 74' Surraco, 75' Pinzi, 81' Vydra, 83' Doubai, 90' Cescutti M
Friendly 18 July 2011 FVG Selected Team N 7–0 1' Fabbrini, 22' Di Natale (pen.), 27' Sissoko, 39' Danilo, 41' Fabbrini, 51' Floro Flores, 79' Candreva
Friendly 21 July 2011 Bordeaux N 3–1 37' Di Natale, 65' Doubai, 85' Vydra
Friendly 24 July 2011 Marseille N 2–0 32' Fabbrini, 69' Di Natale
Friendly 25 July 2011 Sacilese N 5–1 12' Floro Flores, 39' Pinzi, 50' Denis, 81' Denis, 85' Denis
Friendly 1 Aug 2011 Nice A 0–1
Friendly 5 Aug 2011 Cádiz A 0–0

Competitions[edit]

Serie A[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Juventus (C) 38 23 15 0 68 20 +48 84 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Milan 38 24 8 6 74 33 +41 80
3 Udinese 38 18 10 10 52 35 +17 64 2012–13 UEFA Champions League play-off round
4 Lazio 38 18 8 12 56 47 +9 62 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
5 Napoli 38 16 13 9 66 46 +20 61 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Group stage 2
6 Internazionale 38 17 7 14 58 55 +3 58 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 2
7 Roma 38 16 8 14 60 54 +6 56 ROM 1–0 PAR
PAR 0–1 ROM
8 Parma 38 15 11 12 54 53 +1 56
9 Bologna 38 13 12 13 41 43 −2 51
10 Chievo 38 12 13 13 35 45 −10 49
11 Catania 38 11 15 12 47 52 −5 48
12 Atalanta 38 13 13 12 41 43 −2 0461 ATA 2–0 FIO
FIO 2–2 ATA
13 Fiorentina 38 11 13 14 37 43 −6 46
14 Siena 38 11 11 16 45 45 0 44
15 Cagliari 38 10 13 15 37 46 −9 43 CAG 2–1 PAL
PAL 3–2 CAG
16 Palermo 38 11 10 17 52 62 −10 43
17 Genoa 38 11 9 18 50 69 −19 42
18 Lecce (R) 38 8 12 18 40 56 −16 36 Relegation to 2012–13 Lega Pro Prima Divisione 3
19 Novara (R) 38 7 11 20 35 65 −30 32 Relegation to 2012–13 Serie B
20 Cesena (R) 38 4 10 24 24 60 −36 22

Updated to games played on 13 May 2012.
Source: Lega Serie A
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th number of goals scored
1Atalanta were deducted 6 points due to involvement in the 2011–12 Italian football scandal.[21][22]
2Napoli qualified to the group stage of the Europa League as winner of the 2011–12 Coppa Italia. As they finished fifth, the sixth-placed team of the league also qualified for the Europa League.
3Lecce were originally relegated to Serie B, but further relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione due to involvement in the 2011–12 Italian football scandal.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 18 10 10 52 35  +17 64 13 4 2 33 13  +20 5 6 8 19 22  −3

Last updated: 13 May 2012.
Source: Competitive matches

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A A H A H A H H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A
Result D W W D D W D W L W W L W W W D W L W L W L L D W D L D D L W L L D W W W W
Position 4 3 3 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 4 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 4 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 6 4 4 3 3

Last updated: 13 May 2012.
Source: Competitive matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Coppa Italia[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Play-off round[edit]

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group I
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Atlético Madrid 6 4 1 1 11 4 +7 13
Italy Udinese 6 2 3 1 6 7 –1 9
Scotland Celtic 6 1 3 2 6 7 –1 6
France Rennes 6 0 3 3 5 10 –5 3

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 32[edit]
Round of 16[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos. Player Serie A Coppa Italia Champions League Europa League Total
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1 GK Slovenia Samir Handanović 38 -35 3 0 1 -2 0 0 2 -3 0 0 10 -10 0 0 51(51) -50 3 0
3 MF Chile Mauricio Isla 21 3 2 0 2 0 1 0 5 0 1 0 28(25) 3 3 0
4 MF Italy Michele Pazienza 23 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 2 0 28(18) 1 6 0
5 DF Brazil Danilo 37 1 6 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 1 3 0 49(49) 2 9 0
7 MF Ghana Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu 10 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 18(14) 0 4 0
8 MF Serbia Dušan Basta 31 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 39(35) 5 2 0
9 FW Brazil Barreto 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 8(2) 0 1 0
10 FW Italy Antonio Di Natale 36 23 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 43(41) 29 2 0
11 DF Italy Maurizio Domizzi 31 1 7 0 7 1 2 0 38(36) 2 9 0
13 DF Brazil Neuton 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 9(6) 0 1 0
16 DF Italy Andrea Coda 7 0 1 0 7(6) 0 1 0
17 DF Morocco Mehdi Benatia 27 1 9 0 2 0 1 0 9 1 1 0 38(37) 2 11 0
18 MF Argentina Cristian Battocchio 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 7(2) 0 0 0
19 FW Argentina Germán Denis1 1 0 0 0 1(0) 0 0 0
20 MF Ghana Kwadwo Asamoah 31 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 40(38) 3 3 0
23 MF Switzerland Almen Abdi 23 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 33(16) 1 3 0
24 DF Sweden Joel Ekstrand 11 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 5 0 1 0 19(13) 0 7 0
25 MF Romania Gabriel Torje 21 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 22(12) 2 1 0
26 DF Italy Giovanni Pasquale 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 27(17) 0 1 0
27 DF Colombia Pablo Armero 28 0 7 0 2 0 1 0 9 1 1 0 39(35) 1 9 0
30 MF Ivory Coast Thierry Doubai 1 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 7(5) 0 1 0
31 FW Italy Diego Fabbrini 15 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 3 0 25(14) 2 7 1
32 DF Italy Damiano Ferronetti 15 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 19(14) 1 1 1
37 MF Argentina Roberto Pereyra 11 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 15(11) 1 3 0
66 MF Italy Giampiero Pinzi 28 2 2 10 1 2 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 36(33) 2 11 1
83 FW Italy Antonio Floro Flores 26 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 7 2 0 0 34(19) 6 4 0
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Serie A Coppa Italia Champions League Europa League Total

Note:
1.^ Moved to Atalanta on-loan before Serie-A begins.

Goalscorers[edit]

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