Ogbonna with Italy in 2012
|Date of birth||23 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Cassino, Italy|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2007–2008||→ Crotone (loan)||22||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2015.
Angelo Ogbonna (born 23 May 1988) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Juventus and the Italian national team. A strong and powerful defender, he is primarily known for his outstanding physical attributes. Ogbonna is also capable of playing as a left-back on occasion, due to his pace, technique, ball skills, vision, and distribution with his left foot.
He began his football career in a youth team of Cassino, where he played as central defender. In 2002 he was noticed by Torino, which, on the recommendation of Antonio Comi, bought him for €3,000 and aggregated him to their youth team. In the 2006–07 season he regularly featured in the first team and on 11 February 2007 he made his debut in Serie A at age 18, against Reggina (1–2), as a starter under the coach Alberto Zaccheroni.
Ogbonna returned to Torino ahead of the 2008–09 Serie A season, playing mostly as a backup to regulars Cesare Natali and Marco Di Loreto, although he still managed 19 league appearances for the Granata. Torino, however, were relegated to Serie B at the end of the season.
Starting from 2009, after the relegation of the club to Serie B, Ogbonna earned his place as a starter, making 31 league appearances and scoring one goal for the Piedmont-based club during the 2009–10 season. In three Serie B seasons with Torino, Ogbonna made 105 appearances, helping the club return to Serie A after finishing second to Pescara during the 2011–12 season. On 2 February 2012, he renewed his contract with Torino until 30 June 2016.
On 11 July 2013, Ogbonna officially underwent medical examimations at Turin's Fornaca, Isokinetic and the Istituto di Medicina dello Sport ahead of his proposed cross-town move to incumbent league champions Juventus. After passing the medical testings, Ogbonna officially signed for Juventus for a transfer fee of €13 million, with an additional €2 million to be paid in future bonuses. He made his Champions League/Europa League debut in September 2013, against F.C. Copenhagen. In his first season, despite being behind Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini in the pecking order at centre back, Ogbonna managed 25 appearances in all competitions, mostly starting in matches in the latter half of the season as Juve heavily rotated the squad for league, Coppa Italia and Champions League/Europa League matches.
Ogbonna was born to Nigerian parents who emigrated to Italy from Nigeria in 1983, settling in the city of Cassino in the central part of the country, but managed to obtain Italian citizenship only after his 18th birthday.
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