Andrea Lussardi

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Andrea Lussardi
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Lodi, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Wing Forward
Youth career
2010–2011 Internazionale (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Piacenza 5 (0)
2012–2013 Pavia 27 (0)
National team
2010 Italy U18 1 (0)
2010–2011 Italy U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2012–13 season.

Andrea Lussardi (born 20 January 1992) is a former Italian footballer.


Youth career[edit]

Born in Lodi, Lombardy, Lussardi started his career at Emilia–Romagna club Piacenza. Lussardi got scholarship for his good academic result as a football trainee.[2] A month after his national U18 debut, Piacenza decided to capture his potential value early, [nb 1] On 30 June 2010, the last day of 2009–10 financial year, Lussardi along with Italy U16 internationals Matteo Colombi were sold to F.C. Internazionale Milano in co-ownership deal for a total fee of €1.5 million, in 5-year contract. In exchange, former youth internationals Andrea Mei and Luca Tremolada (who play same position and just 2 months older than Lussardi) was signed by Piacenza first team also in co-ownership deal for €1.5 million.[3] The deal made both clubs had a short-terms mutual benefit but long terms risky investment. [nb 2] Lussardi had already played for Inter in 2010 Trofeo Dossena,[5][6] losing to Lega Pro U20 representative team in the semi-finals on 16 June 2010.[7]

Lussardi made 14 starts for the reserve in the reserve league without a goal. The team had Simone Dell'Agnello as centre forward and Denis Alibec and Mame Baba Thiam as forward in 4–3–3 formation. Coach Fulvio Pea had also tested several players to partner with Dell'Agnello.

Lussardi won 2011 Torneo di Viareggio as unused bench in the final.[8] In the playoffs round of the league, Pea and the coaching team rested two of the three senior players of the reserve, Alibec and Davide Faraoni in order to train the younger players. Lussardi played both first round and second round as starting wing forward in 4–3–3 and 4–4–2 formation, losing to Milan after penalty shootout.[9][10]

In June 2011 Piacenza decided not to renew Mei and Tremolada's co-ownership, as they were not the regular in 2010–11 Serie B as well as the relegation of the club, thus not economical to give chance to the two players to play as a process of player development Co-currently, Internazionale sold back Lussardi and Colombi but renewed the loan of the latter, as part of compensation and youth plan.[nb 3] The four players were priced for the original estimate, which the 50% registration rights were: Mei €750,000, Tremolada €750,000, Lussardi €900,000, Colombi €600,000, thus again did not involved cash. After the deal, Inter and Piacenza now had to pay back the 2009–10 selling profit on its own youth product instead of others.[nb 4]


Lussardi returned to Piacenza and was a member of the first team and a overage player of the reserve in Berretti League.[11] Lussardi played twice in 2011–12 Coppa Italia. Lussardi was one of the attacking midfielder in 4–2–3–1 formation. However he was injured by a foul of Davide Moro and missed a few months. Lussardi made his debut in 2011–12 Lega Pro Prima Divisione on 4 April 2012, after the club was declared bankruptcy by the court, with Lussardi and Colombi became a financial burden for the club with impaired performance, or the club was too small to afford that future investment. [nb 5] Lussardi substituted Francesco Lisi in that match.[12] Lussardi made his first start on 25 April (re-scheduled week 31),[13] after the last match of the reserve league on 21 April.[14][15]

In June 2012 no investor wished to takeover the shares of Piacenza for just €50,000[16] (as the new shareholder still had to recapitalization and the club was heavily penalized in 2011–12 Italian football scandal), thus Piacenza did not apply to enter professional league and folded. As FIGC did not forced players to have any obligation to sign a new contract with the new club formed in the same city, thus Lussardi would become a free agent and the indebtedness of the club would further damaged by the write-off of the high accounting value of Lussardi and Colombi (ca. €2.25M).


On 7 July 2012 Serie B club Reggina Calcio signed Lussardi[17] while Colombi joined Internazionale definitively. On 9 August 2012, he moved to A.C. Pavia on a loan deal. In June 2013 the club excised the option to sign him in co-ownership deal.[18] In November 2013 he retired from professional football.[19]

International career[edit]

Lussardi received a call-up from Italy national under-17 football team in 2008.[20] However Lussardi did not enter the squad to the elite qualification. In February 2010 Lussardi received a call-up from Italy national under-18 football team for a training camp,[21] but did not go to 2010 Slovakia Cup either in April. In May 2010 Lussardi made his debut against Belarus. He substituted Francesco Finocchio (midfielder) at half time. Lussardi played twice for Italy national under-19 football team in 2010–11 season, replacing Simone Verdi, in two of the six friendlies between the qualification and the elite qualification.


  1. ^ Piacenza 2008–09 accounts already boosted by the sale of Daniele Cacia and needed fresh profit for 2009–10 accounts in order to register in 2010–11 Serie B.
  2. ^ It made both clubs had a player profit of about €3 million in accounting, which zero sum as co-ownership net credit (€1.5 million total co-ownership credit but counter-weight by €1.5million co-ownership debt), cash increased (sell) and decreased €3 million (buy) and finally €3 million player asset (intangible asset).[4]
  3. ^ Inter had sold, released or loaned out all born 1991 and 1992 players of the reserve except recalled Samuele Longo as centre forward and keeping defender Marek Kysela.
  4. ^ Despite both club spending on amortization was similar for involved players (2010–11 Inter for Lussardi and Colombi about €600,000; Piacenza for Mei and Tremolada about €600,000; 2011–12 Inter for Mei and Tremolada for around €750,000 and Piacenza for Lussardi and Colombi for around €750,000, the cost wasn't exist before the swap deal but created after receiving selling profit, thus de facto borrowing future money to 2009–10 accounts, as the true selling value was speculative, both club may received nothing for transferring the 4 players eventually nor becoming part of the team, plus the VAT and wage paid. Moreover the amortization of 2010–11 season was offset by selling profit in June 2010, which was calculated by revenue minus weathered value. Both club had to amortization in 2011–12 season
  5. ^ The club did not had much player profit in 2010–11 season except Davide Moscardelli and further damaged by the discount of Cacia for Lecce in June 2011, thus 2010–11 financial result was unsatisfactory. Moreover, the club had started to amortize Lussardi and Colombi's transfer fee in 2011–12 accounts, which would cost €600,000 a year if 5-year contract were signed could potentially became €1million a year if only 3-year deal were signed, which was a considerable sum for a third division club (In 2010–11 accounts Mei and Tremolada did not had effect in accounts except wage and VAT because the selling profit in June 2011 counter-weight the amortization of the whole year in exact amount, moreover, Mei and Tremolada were first team ready).


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  3. ^ "Three players out, two in". FC Internazionale Milano. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  4. ^ FC Internazionale Milano Report and Accounts on 30 June 2010 (Italian)
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  7. ^ "DOSSENA: UNDER 20 LEGA PRO IN FINALE" (in Italian). Lega Pro. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Viareggio: Dell'Agnello's brace, Inter champions". FC Internazionale Milano. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Primavera: Bardi's heroics, Torino beaten". FC Internazionale Milano. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Primavera: Inter beaten on penalties". FC Internazionale Milano. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
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  13. ^ "Triestina – Piacenza 1–3" (in Italian). US Triestina Calcio. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
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  17. ^ "Lussardi alla Reggina" (in Italian). Reggina Calcio. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Ufficiale" (Google Cache) (in Italian). AC Pavia. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. Il Pavia comunica di aver acquistato a titolo definitivo con accordo di partecipazione dalla Reggina Calcio, Andrea Lussardi, classe 1992, con cui è stato firmato un contratto triennale. Contestualmente, la Società comunica di aver ceduto, a titolo definitivo con accordo di partecipazione, il calciatore Andrea Migliavacca, classe 1995. [dead link]
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  20. ^ "Under 17 in raduno a Roma: ventidue azzurrini convocati" (in Italian). FIGC. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  21. ^ "Under 18: per 25 azzurrini tre giorni di stage a Coverciano" (in Italian). FIGC. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 

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