Adrián Ricchiuti

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Adrián Ricchiuti
Adrián Ricchiuti Rimini-Juventus 2006.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-06-30) 30 June 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Lanús, Argentina
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Ternana 24 (1)
1996–1998 Genoa 10 (0)
1998 Carpi 18 (1)
1998–2000 Pistoiese 42 (3)
2000 Livorno 12 (0)
2000–2002 Arezzo 47 (10)
2002–2009 Rimini 278 (55)
2009–2013 Catania 86 (4)
2013–2014 Virtus Entella 10 (2)
2014–2016 Rimini 39 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 January 2016.

Adrián Ricchiuti (born 30 June 1978) is an Argentine-Italian[1] football midfielder, who last played for A.C. Rimini 1912 in the Italian Serie D.

Club career[edit]

Ternana Calcio[edit]

Ricchiuti was born in Argentina but moved to Italy in his teens to join Ternana Calcio, in 1994, and the team was then playing in Serie D.[1] His professional career started with the club, where he made 24 first team appearances and scored 1 goal over the course of two full seasons.

Genoa C.F.C.[edit]

Following two seasons with Ternana Calcio, Ricchiuti transferred to Genoa CFC in the summer of 1996. He would again spend two seasons, before transferring again. In his two-year spell with the Ligurian club, Ricchiuti mad just 10 league appearances and hence, was sold to then-Serie C side Carpi F.C. 1909, in 1998.

Carpi F.C. 1909[edit]

After two unsuccessful seasons at Genoa, Ricchiuti joined Carpi F.C. 1909 in 1998, and went on to make 18 appearances as a regular starter for the club, in just 6 months. The player also notched a goal. Following this short lived success with Carpi, the young Argentine was linked to a host of Argentine clubs, amongst several Serie B teams.

A.C. Pistoiese[edit]

Ricchiuti officially transferred to A.C. Pistoiese in 1998, and soon became a key part of the club's starting formation. In just one and half seasons, the young midfielder managed an impressive 42 league starts and also 3 goals. His impressive displays lead to his eventual transfer to Serie B side A.S. Livorno Calcio.

A.S. Livorno Calcio[edit]

A new Serie B adventure came about in 2000, after Ricchiuti transferred to A.S. Livorno Calcio. His adventure with the club was a short one, however, as he transferred to A.C. Arezzo, after making just 12 league appearances for the Amaranto.

A.C. Arezzo[edit]

Ricchiuti again transferred clubs in 2000, and went on to make 27 appearances, scoring 7 goals in his first season, and soon became a fan favorite within the squad. In his second season with the Tuscan club, Ricchiuti made an additional 21 appearances, scoring 3 goals. He was set for another transfer, however, in the winter of 2002, and he did indeed transfer to Serie C2 club, Rimini Calcio F.C., where his career really took off.

Rimini Calcio[edit]

In January 2002, the young attacker, transferred to Rimini Calcio F.C., who were then playing their football in the Serie C2. In his first half-season, Ricchiuti made 11 starts, and remained at the club, where he again thrived during the 2002–03 season, in which he made 32 league starts, scoring 4 goals, helping his team earn promotion to the Serie C1. The following season, the player made a hefty impact in the clubs return to the Italian third division, where he made 34 league appearances and also scored an additional 4 goals. During the 2004–05 season, he was undesputadly a starter yet again, and went on to score a career best 12 goals in 33 league matches. His impressive performances helped guide his team to another promotion, this time into the Serie B. In his first full Serie B season, Ricchiuti tallied 40 first team league matches, and scored 11 goals. On the opening day of the Serie B 2006–07 season, Ricchiuti scored the equalizer in a league match against Juventus, which is notable for being the first goal conceded by Juve during their one-year stay in the second tier of Italian football following the Calciopoli scandal.[2] He went on to score 7 more goals that season for his club in just over 40 appearances and was now the team captain.[2] He has played for the biancorossi since January 2002.[1] During the 2007–08 season, the Argentine made 40 more appearances in the biancorossi uniform and tallied an additional 11 goals. In late 2009, Rimini fell to relegation despite Ricchiuti's 5 goals in 40 appearances, and hence the player was set to be transferred. In July 2009, Rimini agreed with Frosinone to sell the player, subject to personal terms.[3] But in August 2009, he was transferred to Calcio Catania.[4]

Calcio Catania[edit]

On 6 August 2009 Ricchiuti transferred to Serie A side Calcio Catania, as the Sicilian giants aim to bolster their squad in order to compete for Europa League places for next season. He was used mostly as a so-called "super sub", in the first portion of the new season under Gianluca Atzori, but following the appointment of Siniša Mihajlović on 8 December 2009, the player broke into the starting line-up often, and managed 3 league goals and 27 league starts in his debut Serie A season. He has since made 86 league appearances for the Sicilians, and his efforts have helped the team to four consecutive (five total) record points totals in the Italian top flight.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Adrian RICCHIUTI" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Archived from the original on 19 April 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Il protagonista della settimana cadetta: Ricchiuti, un capitano, un solo capitano" (in Italian). Goal.com. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "L'operazione Ricchiuti" (in Italian). Rimini Calcio FC. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Adrian Ricchiuti al Catania" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 6 August 2009. Archived from the original on 30 August 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 

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