Matri in 2013
|Full name||Alessandro Matri|
|Date of birth||19 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Prato (loan)||32||(5)|
|2005–2006||→ Lumezzane (loan)||32||(13)|
|2006–2007||→ Rimini (loan)||28||(4)|
|2014||→ Fiorentina (loan)||15||(4)|
|2014–2015||→ Genoa (loan)||16||(7)|
|2015||→ Juventus (loan)||5||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2015.
Born in Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Lombardy, a comune 30 km away from Milan, Matri started his career at Milan and made his debut on 24 May 2003 against Piacenza Calcio as a starter, due to Milan resting most of their starting eleven in view of the Champions League final won against Juventus 4 days later. Matri partnered with Michele Piccolo and was replaced by Roberto Bortolotto in the 71st minute but he did not score. In the next season, he played all the time at Primavera (U20) Team and has not played in the first team. In the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons, he left on loan to Prato (along with Piccolo) and Lumezzane, played 64 Serie C1 matches.
In 2006–07 season, Matri was loaned to Rimini, Serie B team. Here he partnered with the more experienced Ricchiuti, Jeda and Moscardelli (all destined for playing in Serie A) therefore he sometimes started from the bench. During his stay in Rimini, Matri scored 4 goals in Serie B, all of them between March and April 2007: a double in Brescia, a goal against Treviso and the goal that decided a home derby against the rivals of A.C. Cesena. He also scored a goal in Coppa Italia.
In June 2007, as part of David Suazo's deal to Milan, he left for Cagliari in co-ownership deal, for €2 million. (Suazo eventually joined city rival Internazionale.) He partnered with Robert Acquafresca, which Internazionale sent him to the Sardinia as part of Suazo's deal. The young strikers scored 16 goals for the team, ahead of midfielders Pasquale Foggia and Daniele Conti (both five goals). Their replacement, Jeda and Joaquín Larrivey, scored three goals in half season and one goal in the full season, respectively. In June 2008, Cagliari bought the another half of the player's registration rights for another €2 million.
In the next season, Matri became the third choice striker, as Jeda and Acquafresca were in better form throughout the season. He did score, however, six goals in 31 matches, but only 11 of them as a starter.
After the exit of Acquafresca, Matri became the other half of a starting pair along with Jeda, with new signing Nenê, the 2008–09 Portuguese Liga top-scorer, played as a substitute. He was the team's top scorer, having scored 12 league goals, ahead Nenê (seven goals) and Jeda (six goals). At the start of the 2010–11 Serie A season, he was re-united with Acquafresca as he re-joined Cagliari. Matri, Acquafresca, and Nenê scored 11 goals in 22 games, three goals in 21 games (only 11 starts), and four times in 20 games (14 starts) in the league, respectively, before Matri's departure.
On 31 January 2011, in the final hours of the January transfer window, Matri moved to Juventus until the end of the season in loan deal that saw the remaining half of Lorenzo Ariaudo's registration rights, worth €2.5 million, being acquired to Cagliari; Juventus would also have an option to permanently acquire the player at the end of the season for an additional €15.5 million, made him worth €18 million in total. The acquisition was a consequence of Juventus' striking vacancies caused by an out-of-season injury to fellow on-loan striker Fabio Quagliarella and the loan of Amauri to Parma.
Matri made his Juventus debut only two days later, playing in a league game against Palermo, ended in a 2–1 win for the Sicilian opponents. On 5 February, Matri scored his first two goals for Juventus on his return to Cagliari, when he latched onto a Miloš Krasić pass and drove into the near corner for the first, and volleyed again for the second, choosing not to celebrate on both occasions. Matri scored his third goal for Juventus in the classic Derby d'Italia, scoring a header and defeating Internazionale 1–0. He wasn't able to score in the three upcoming matches against Lecce, Bologna, and Milan. In the next match, he scored another brace, although Juventus managed to secure only one point on a 2-2 away draw match against newly promoted Cesena. On 4 April, Matri scored his sixth goal for Juventus against Roma, which ended in a 2–0 victory for Juventus. The next match, he again scored one goal, helping the Bianconeri obtain the full three points against Genoa. In addition to his 11 goals with Cagliari during the first half of the season, Matri scored 9 goals for Juventus during the second half of the 2010-11 season, finishing the league campaign with 20 goals in total, finishing the season as the fourth highest goalscorer in Serie A. On 2 June Matri officially signed for Juventus on a permanent deal which will see the player sign for pre-agreed €15.5 million. Matri signed the contract which would tie him to Juventus until 30 June 2015.
On 2 April 2012 Juventus announced that Matri had added 2 more years to his current contract to 30 June 2017. During his second season with the club, he won the 2011-12 Serie A title under new manager Antonio Conte, scoring 10 goals in Serie A that season, finishing the season as Juventus's joint top goal-scorer in the league, also reaching the 2012 Coppa Italia final with the club. He notably scored Juventus's equaliser against title rivals Milan on 25 February 2012, in a 1-1 draw at the San Siro stadium.
Matri began the following season by winning the 2012 Supercoppa Italiana; he would go on to make his European debut that season, also scoring his first ever UEFA Champions League goal in a 3-0 away win over Celtic in the round of 16; he scored another goal in the competition as Juventus reached the quarter-finals, only to be eliminated by eventual champions Bayern Munich. Matri finished his third season with the club by winning his second consecutive Serie A title. He won his second Supercoppa Italiana with Juventus at the beginning of the next season, on 18 August 2013, as Juventus defeated Lazio 4-0, before leaving the club later that month.
Return to Milan
On 30 August 2013, Milan bought back Matri from Juventus for €11 million. He was handed the number 9 shirt, and he made his season debut on 1 September 2013, in a 3-1 win over his former team, Cagliari. He scored his only goal with the club on 27 October 2013, in a 3-2 away defeat to Parma.
Serie A side Fiorentina moved to resolve an injury crisis affecting their strikers by signing Italian international striker Alessandro Matri on loan from rivals Milan. Matri was acquired with the intention of fill the hole left by injuries to forwards Giuseppe Rossi, the leading scorer in Serie A at the time, with 14 goals, and German international Mario Gomez. "There are some minor details to eke out and tinghen I will be available for the coach," Matri told ViolaChannel.tv. "I am hungry to play and to score a lot of goals," added the 29-year-old, who played just six times for Milan this term, scoring once, becoming the target of abuse from the fans. Matri signed a six-month contract with no option for Fiorentina to buy him. Fiorentina had been searching for a striker since Rossi was injured on 5 January, while Gomez had been out of action since virtually the start of the season. He made his Fiorentina debut on 19 January 2014, scoring a brace in a 3-0 away win over Catania. On 21 February, he made his debut in the Europa League, in the round of 16 match against Esbjerg, scoring Fiorentina's first goal in a 3-1 away win. He finished the Serie A season with Fiorentina with 21 appearances and 5 goals, as Fiorentina reached the 2014 Coppa Italia Final; at the end of the season, he returned to Milan.
On 11 July 2014, Genoa confirmed the season-long loan signing of Alessandro Matri from Milan. He made his Serie A, seasonal debut with the club against his former team Fiorentina on 14 September 2014, coming on for Mauricio Pinilla as a substitute, and he scored his first two goals with the club in a 2-2 away draw to Hellas Verona, on 24 September 2014. He scored his 100th career goal on 5 October, in a 2-1 away win over Parma, and he scored Genoa's 1600th historical Serie A goal on 26 October, in a 2-1 win over Chievo Verona, which was his fourth goal of the season. In total, he managed 17 appearances and 7 goals during the first half of the season with Genoa.
Return to Juventus
On 2 February 2015, Juventus confirmed the loan signing of Alessandro Matri from Milan until the end of the season; half of his 2.5 million Euro annual salary will be paid by Milan. On 20 May 2015, Matri scored the winning goal in extra time to give Juventus a 2–1 victory over Lazio in the 2015 Coppa Italia Final.
Another return to Milan
Matri will be heading back to Milan on 30 June 2015 after his loan expired at Juventus. On 28 August 2015 in a friendly vs Real Madrid he made one of football's shortest and perhaps most pointless substitution, coming on for only 15 seconds for Phillipe Mexes. The match ended before he could get a touch of the ball.
Matri earned his first call up for the Italian national team for a friendly match against Germany that took place on 9 February 2011. On 29 March 2011, he made his debut in the friendly game against Ukraine played in Kiev, under manager Cesare Prandelli, coming on as a substitute for Giuseppe Rossi in the 61st minute, and subsequently scoring his first goal for Italy in the 81st minute, from a Giovinco assist, in a match which Italy won 2–0.
Style of play
Matri is a dynamic, mobile, hardworking, and opportunistic right-footed forward, with a good positional sense. Although he is primarily deployed as a centre-forward, he is also capable of playing on the wing, or even off another striker, in a more creative role, on occasion. He is primarily known for his ability to time his attacking runs, and to play with his back to goal, as well as his defensive contribution. He also possesses reliable technique, and an accurate shot, whilst his physical attributes enable him to be effective in the air.
Statistics accurate as of match played 20 May 2015
- Serie A (3): 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15
- Supercoppa Italiana (2): 2012, 2013
- Coppa Italia (1): 2014–15
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