Andrea Russotto

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Andrea Russotto
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Personal information
Date of birth (1988-05-25) 25 May 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Catania
Youth career
Lazio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2011 Bellinzona 17 (1)
2005 Cisco Roma (loan) 2 (0)
2005–2008 Treviso (loan) 67 (5)
2008–2009 Napoli (loan) 15 (0)
2010–2011 Crotone (loan) 45 (3)
2011–2012 Livorno 3 (0)
2012 Carrarese (loan) 11 (1)
2012–2015 Catanzaro 79 (15)
2015 Salernitana 0 (0)
2015– Catania
National team
2003 Italy U-15 4 (0)
2003–2004 Italy U-16 14 (6)
2003–2005 Italy U-17 11 (3)
2005 Italy U-18 2 (0)
2006 Italy U-19 1 (0)
2006–2007 Italy U-20 3 (0)
2006–2008 Italy U-21 9 (2)
2008 Italy U-23 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 August 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 August 2016

Andrea Russotto (born 25 May 1988) is an Italian footballer who plays for Catania as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Hailed as one of the most promising Italian youngsters, he started his career as part of the S.S. Lazio youth system.

Bellinzona and loans[edit]

In 2004, Russotto, already a regular in the national youth teams, was approached by football agency GEA World who wanted to represent the rising star. Russotto refused the pressure from GEA and, in order to get away from their continuing pressure, he moved to Switzerland, where he signed for AC Bellinzona, a team from the Italian part of Switzerland that were playing in Swiss Challenge League at the time.[1]

On 2005, newly promoted Serie A club Treviso acquired his services on loan but made him play with the Primavera side all season, where he formed a valid striking partnership with Italian youth international Robert Acquafresca. Russotto did later make his debut in Serie A that season, at the age of 17, and completed the season with 4 first team appearances. Famed magazine World Soccer even inserted Russotto on the list of the top 50 young players in the world, as one of only two Italians (the other being Lorenzo De Silvestri).[2]

The following season Treviso extended the loan (although they had been relegated to Serie B) and Russotto finally started to show signs of a potential explosion. He made his Italy U-21 debut at the age of 18 and racked up 32 appearances and 4 goals that season. Treviso extended his loan for one more year in 2007-2008 but even though he played 31 times and scoring 1 goal, Russotto failed to perform at a high level like the previous season and was used mainly as a sub.

In the summer of 2008, he finally returned to Bellinzona, and then left out again on loan, this time to join Napoli in the Serie A, with an option for the Southern Italian side to make the move permanent. However the young trequartista was used sparingly by head coach Edy Reja and his end-of-season substitute Roberto Donadoni, and Napoli then decided not to exercise the buy-out clause and therefore Russotto was sent back to Switzerland again.

He consequently returned in Switzerland, where he spent the first half of the season playing with AC Bellinzona's first team in the Swiss Super League. On January 2010, he was sent on loan (with a permanent move option) to Serie B club Crotone.[3]

Livorno[edit]

In summer 2011 Russotto was signed by Serie B club A.S. Livorno Calcio in a definitive deal. On 31 January 2012 he was signed by Carrarese Calcio.[4][5]

Catanzaro[edit]

In October 2012 Russotto was signed by Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Catanzaro as a free agent.[6] In January 2013 Serie A club Parma signed half of the registration rights of Russotto (by signing Russotto outright and sold back 50% registration rights of Russotto to Catanzaro for a peppercorn fee of €500.[7]). In June 2014 Parma gave up the 50% registration rights for free.

Salernitana[edit]

On 16 July 2015 Russotto was sold to Serie B club Salernitana.[8][9] He played twice for the team in 2015–16 Coppa Italia.

Catania[edit]

On 31 August 2015 Russotto and Caetano were signed by Lega Pro club Calcio Catania in definitive deals, with Alberto Frison moved to opposite direction in a definitive deal.[10][11]

International career[edit]

He made his U-21 team debut against Luxembourg U-21, 12 December 2006, replacing Valerio Virga at half-time and notching an assist.[12] He played once for the U-23 team in a friendly match.[13] He was then placed on reserve for the 2008 Olympics squad and was later called up to replace the injured Claudio Marchisio.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Russotto: "La Gea ha tentato di distruggermi la carriera"" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 7 October 2005. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  2. ^ "De Silvestri fra i 50 baby d'oro" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport - Stadio. 19 November 2007. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  3. ^ "UFFICIALE: Andrea Russotto al Crotone" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  4. ^ "Volpato e Russotto lasciano la maglia amaranto" (in Italian). A.S. Livorno Calcio. 31 January 2012. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "ULTIMI ACQUISTI E CESSIONI" (in Italian). Carrarese Calcio. 31 January 2012. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "RUSSOTTO IN GIALLOROSSO" [Russotto in "Yellow-Red"] (in Italian). U.S. Catanzaro 1929. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  7. ^ Parma F.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Andrea Russotto è un giocatore della Salernitana" (in Italian). U.S. Salernitana 1919. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "RUSSOTTO CEDUTO ALLA SALERNITANA" (in Italian). U.S. Catanzaro 1929. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Donnarumma, Odjer e Frison sono giocatori della Salernitana. Calil, Liverani e Russotto al Catania" (in Italian). U.S. Salernitana 1919. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Andrea Russotto, Caetano Calil e Luca Liverani dalla Salernitana al Catania" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  12. ^ FIGC (in Italian)
  13. ^ "Tie against Romania. Official list of 18+4 for Beijing". FIGC. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 

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