Andrea Belotti

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Andrea Belotti
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Personal information
Full name Andrea Belotti
Date of birth (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Calcinate, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Torino
Number 9
Youth career
2003–2006 Grumellese
2006–2012 AlbinoLeffe
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 AlbinoLeffe 39 (14)
2013–2015 Palermo 62 (16)
2015– Torino 110 (50)
National team
2011–2012 Italy U19 6 (2)
2012–2013 Italy U20 9 (4)
2013–2015 Italy U21 18 (9)
2016– Italy 20 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2018

Andrea Belotti (born 20 December 1993) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Torino, for which he is captain, and the Italy national team.

Nicknamed Il Gallo (The Rooster), Belotti started his career with AlbinoLeffe. He was later signed by Palermo, where he won a Serie B title in the 2013–14 season, before being signed by Torino in 2015.

He is a former Italy under-19, under-20 and under-21 international, and took part in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2015. He was given his senior national team debut in 2016.

Early life[edit]

Belotti is nicknamed Il Gallo (The Rooster).[2][3] The nickname comes from the surname of his close childhood friend, who jokingly suggested he celebrate his goals by mimicking a rooster's comb with an open hand to his forehead.[4][5]

Club career[edit]

AlbinoLeffe[edit]

He took his first steps as a footballer in the oratory school of Gorlago,[6] and with Grumellese.[6] After an unsuccessful trial with Atalanta,[7] he was signed by AlbinoLeffe and went through their youth system. He made his debut for the first team in the 2011–12 season, when he played eight matches in Serie B and scored two goals.[8] He also scored 13 goals as team top-scorer for the youth team throughout the 2011–12 season, winning a youth title, the Trofeo Dossena, in June 2012.[9]

The following season, he was fully promoted to the first team, and made 31 appearances in Lega Pro Prima Divisione, scoring 12 goals. He also made an appearance during the 2012–13 Coppa Italia.[10] Given the presence in the squad of the defender Mauro Belotti, Andrea was nicknamed Belottino.[11]

Palermo[edit]

On 2 September 2013, he was loaned for a fee of €500,000 (with a buyout clause set at €2.5 million) to Palermo in Serie B.[12] He made his debut with the Sicilians on 24 September 2013, as a substitute for Davide Di Gennaro in a game against Bari, and provided an assist to Kyle Lafferty in a 1–2 loss. He scored his first goal for the Rosaneri on 5 October against Brescia. On 3 May 2014, he was promoted to Serie A after a 1–0 win away to Novara. He closed the season with 10 goals scored in the league. On 18 June 2014, Palermo exercised the right to redeem half of his contract in co-ownership,[13][14] with an option to redeem the other half for €3.5 million.

He made his debut in Serie A on 31 August 2014, at age 20, as a substitute for Paulo Dybala in a 1–1 draw at home to Sampdoria.[15] On 12 September, Palermo announced they had redeemed the remainder of his contract.[16] On 24 September, he scored his first two career goals in Serie A, playing as a starter in a 3–3 draw away to Napoli. On 13 December, he scored the winning goal in injury time against Sassuolo, securing a 2–1 win for Palermo and their seventh consecutive useful result (equalling the record of the 2009–10 season under the coach Delio Rossi). He played in 38 games throughout the season, largely as a substitute, in which he scored six goals.

Torino[edit]

On 18 August 2015, he was officially signed by Torino for a reported fee of €7.5 million.[17][18] He scored his first goal for Torino in a 2–0 win against Bologna. On 16 January 2016, he scored his first brace for the club in a 4–2 win over Frosinone.[19] On 20 March, he scored from the penalty spot in the 48th minute to halt Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's record of longest consecutive minutes not conceded in a 4–1 home defeat.[20] He concluded the 2015–16 season with 12 goals in 35 appearances.

He began the 2016–17 season scoring a header against Milan at the San Siro, but had a penalty saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma in a 3–2 defeat. The following round, on 28 August, he scored his first career hat-trick in a 5–1 home win against Bologna.[21] On 4 December, he extended his contract with Torino until 2021,[22] with a €100 million release clause valid only to foreign clubs.[23] On 5 March 2017, he wore the captain's armband for the first time against Palermo,[24] in which he scored the fastest hat-trick in Serie A since 30 January 2000 (seven minutes and 15 seconds), surpassing the previous record belonging to the Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko.[25][26][27] The following month, he became the first player under the age of 24 to score 24 goals in a single Serie A season since Shevchenko in 1999–00.[28] He ended the season with 26 goals in 35 appearances, and as the third top-scorer in the league behind Edin Džeko of Roma (29) and Dries Mertens of Napoli. (28).

In the 2017–18 season, Belotti was appointed captain on a permanent basis.[29] He scored his first goal of the season with a scissor-kick in a 3–0 win against Sassuolo.[30] Often injured, he was unable to repeat his performance of the previous season, scoring 10 league goals.[31]

International career[edit]

Belotti received his first call-up to the Italy under-19 side in December 2011 against the Lega Pro representative squad; he scored a goal in the match, which the under-19 side won 4–2.[32][33] In the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship elite qualification round he featured as Italy's centre-forward in the team's 4–2–3–1 formation,[34] scoring once in three appearances.[35]

Belotti made nine appearance for the under-20 (scoring four goals), before making his debut for the under-21 team on 14 August 2013 in a 4–1 friendly victory against Slovakia. On 5 September he featured in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification 3–1 loss at home to Belgium, later scoring his first goal in the group on 14 November, in a 3–0 win against Northern Ireland. On 5 September 2014 he scored his first brace for the team in a European Championship qualifier against Serbia, which ended in a 3–2 victory for Italy.

Under manager Luigi Di Biagio, Belotti took part in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic, scoring the opening goal in a 3–1 defeat of England in Italy's final group match, although the result was not enough to see the Italian under-21 side progress to the semi-finals, as the azzurrini finished third in their group, behind the two eventual finalists Portugal and Sweden.[36]

On 27 August 2016, Belotti was called up to the senior squad for the first time by Gian Piero Ventura for a friendly against France on 1 September and a 2018 World Cup qualification match on 5 September against Israel.[37] He made his senior international debut in the friendly against France, coming on as a substitute in a 3–1 home loss.[38] Belotti scored his first senior goal on 9 October, the opening goal of their third World Cup qualification match, a 3–2 away victory over Macedonia.[39]

Style of play[edit]

"He's an example because God didn't bless him with huge talent, but with greater values like generosity, enthusiasm and passion."

Arrigo Sacchi.[40]

He began his career as a midfielder and winger,[41] but under the guidance of Albinoleffe's youth coach Alessio Pala, he was converted to a forward.[42] Compared to Gianluca Vialli for his athleticism and style of play,[43][44][45] Belotti is a prolific striker,[46][47] and has a strong shot with both feet.[48][49][50] He is strong in aerial duels,[51][52][53] and stands out for his acceleration,[54] tactical intelligence,[44] work-rate[55] and eye for goal.[56][57][58]

Personal life[edit]

Belotti married Giorgia Duro on 15 June 2017.[59]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 September 2018.[60][61]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AlbinoLeffe 2011–12 Serie B 8 2 0 0 8 2
2012–13 Lega Pro Prima Divisione 31 12 1 0 32 12
2013–14 Lega Pro Prima Divisione 1 0 1 0
Total 39 14 2 0 41 14
Palermo 2013–14 Serie B 24 10 0 0 24 10
2014–15 Serie A 38 6 1 0 39 6
2015–16 Serie A 1 0 1 0
Total 62 16 2 0 64 16
Torino 2015–16 Serie A 35 12 1 0 36 12
2016–17 Serie A 35 26 3 2 38 28
2017–18 Serie A 32 10 3 3 35 13
2018–19 Serie A 5 2 1 2 6 4
Total 107 50 8 7 116 57
Career total 207 80 12 7 220 87

International[edit]

As of 10 September 2018[62]
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy
2016 5 3
2017 8 1
2018 7 1
Total 20 5

International goals[edit]

As of match played on 7 September 2018. Italy score listed first, score column indicates score after each Belotti goal.[62]
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 October 2016 Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia  Macedonia 1–0 3–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 12 November 2016 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 1–0 4–0
3 4–0
4 11 June 2017 Stadio Friuli, Udine, Italy 2–0 5–0
5 28 May 2018 kybunpark, St. Gallen, Switzerland  Saudi Arabia 2–0 2–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Palermo[60]

Individual[edit]

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