Candreva celebrating with Lazio in 2015
|Date of birth||28 February 1987|
|Place of birth||Rome, Italy|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2008–2010||→ Livorno (loan)||52||(2)|
|2010||→ Juventus (loan)||16||(2)|
|2010–2011||→ Parma (loan)||31||(3)|
|2011–2012||→ Cesena (loan)||18||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2016.
Antonio Candreva (Italian pronunciation: [anˈtɔnjo kanˈdrɛva]; born 28 February 1987) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder or winger for Lazio and the Italian national team.
Candreva began his professional club career with Ternana in 2004, where he remained until 2007. He later moved to Udinese, remaining until 2012, but was sent on loan to Livorno, Juventus, Parma, and Cesena during his time with the club. He subsequently transferred to Lazio, where he won the Coppa Italia in his first season with the team. At international level he has represented Italy at the 2008 Summer Olympics, at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup (winning a bronze medal in the tournament), at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and at UEFA Euro 2016.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Style of play
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Candreva was born on 28 February 1987 in Rome. Candreva is of part Arbëreshe descent as his grandfather, on his father's side, is from the Arbëreshë village of Falconara Albanese in Cosenza.
Nicknamed Il Timido ("The shy one") for his cautious style of play, Candreva started playing for the youth teams at local club Lodigiani, then transferred to Serie C1 team Ternana in 2003 and played several games for the first team when they were promoted to Serie B for the 2004–05 season. After Ternana were relegated back to Serie C1 the following season, he became a regular in the side and attracted the interest of several Serie A clubs.
In June 2007, Candreva was then signed by Serie A club Udinese and played for their Primavera (U-20) team as overage player. He made his Serie A debut on 27 January 2008 and managed several appearances for the first team.
Loans to Livorno and Juventus
The 21-year-old was successively loaned out to Serie B outfit Livorno for the 2008–09 season. Together with Alessandro Diamanti, he helped the Tuscan side regain promotion to Serie A as playoff winners. After a successful first season, the loan deal between Udinese and Livorno was subsequently extended to one more year, thus giving Candreva the opportunity to play a full season as a regular in the Italian top flight.
On 20 January 2010, it was confirmed Serie A giants Juventus had signed Candreva on loan for the rest of the season, for €500,000, with Juventus having an option to buy half of his contract from Udinese at the end of the season. He scored his first Serie A goal, the winner against Bologna less than ten minutes after on as a substitute for Diego. A few days later, he made his debut in European competition in the Europa League round of 32 second leg against Ajax when he came on as a late substitute for captain Alessandro Del Piero.
Return to Udinese
After the end of the 2009–10 season, Juventus opted not to exercise their right to sign the player permanently and Candreva returned to Udinese in the summer.
Loan to Parma
Loan to Cesena
In the last day of the January 2012 transfer season he moved to Lazio on a free loan deal, in return Simone Del Nero from Lazio went for a free loan in Cesena. Candreva scored his first goal for Lazio against Napoli in the 2011–2012 season where he was finally praised by the Lazio supporters after an indifferent start.
With the hiring of Lazio's new coach Vladimir Petković in the 2012–13 season, Candreva has finally won over fans and coaching staff continuously being one of Lazio's best performers. On 2 September 2012, Candreva scored his first goal for Lazio in the 2012–2013 season when Lazio defeated Palermo in a 3–0 victory following Miroslav Klose's 2 goals.
In June 2013 Lazio excised the option to buy Candreva in co-ownership deal for €1.7 million in 4-year contract. In October 2013, Candreva added one more year to his current contract. On 14 June 2014 Lazio bought Candreva outright for another €4 million, so in total Lazio paid Udinese €5.7 million.
Candreva has played for Italy since the U-18 level, making his debut in October 2004. After taking part in his nation's victorious campaign in the 2008 Toulon Tournament, Candreva was named in reserve list for the upcoming Olympics; he was eventually called up as an injury replacement for Tommaso Rocchi. He made his U-21 debut on 9 September 2008 in the 2009 Under-21 European Championship qualifier against Croatia. In May, he was called up to the 23-man squad for 2009 Under-21 European Championships, initially as second choice, and made several substitute appearances as Italy reached the semi-finals of the tournament, in which he started, losing 1–0 to eventual champions Germany.
In early May, Candreva was called up for the training camp prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and included in the 30-man preliminary squad announced on 11 May 2010 but was dropped a week later.
In October 2012, Antonio Candreva was recalled by Cesare Prandelli to play in a double fixture for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. Candreva earned a spot in the national team after his top performances for Lazio playing in both qualifiers.
In June 2013, Candreva was selected by Prandelli to play in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. In the knockout stages of the tournament knockout stage, during the semi-final against Spain national football team the match had to be decided by a penalty shoot-out. Candreva stepped up to take the first penalty and scored past Iker Casillas by chipping the ball, in a way that recalled the famous penalty scored by Czech legend Antonín Panenka in the UEFA Euro 1976 Final. Italy finished third after defeating Uruguay on penalties in the bronze medal match.
On 1 June 2014, Candreva was selected in Italy's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In Italy's opening match of the tournament, he assisted Mario Balotelli's winning goal in a 2–1 defeat of England on 14 June. Italy lost their next two matches and finished in third place in their group, and were eliminated in the group stage for a second consecutive World Cup.
On 16 November 2014, Candreva scored his first international goal in a 1–1 Euro 2016 qualifier draw against Croatia. On 12 June 2015, he scored Italy's equalising goal from a penalty, Panenka style in the 36th minute of a 1–1 Euro 2016 qualifier away draw against Croatia in an empty Split stadium. On 10 October 2015, he assisted Stephan El Shaarawy's match-winning goal in Italy's 3–1 away win over Azerbaijan in a European qualifying match; the win guaranteed Italy a place at Euro 2016.
On 31 May 2016, he was named to Conte's 23-man Italy squad for Euro 2016. On 13 June he made his tournament debut and set up Graziano Pellè's goal in stoppage time in a 2–0 win over Belgium in the opening group match of Euro 2016. After being ruled out of Italy's final group match, a 1–0 defeat to Ireland, due to an injury sustained in Italy's 1–0 victory over Sweden, on 25 June, it was confirmed that Candreva would also miss out on the round of 16 match up with Spain on 27 June due to a thigh problem – and subsequently the 6–5 penalty shoot-out loss to Germany in the quarter final on 2 July.
Style of play
Despite being naturally right-footed, Candreva can be deployed in several midfield positions due to his tactical versatility, although he usually plays in a central role as an attacking midfielder or as a winger on the right side of the pitch; he is also capable of playing on the left, as a wing-back, or as a central or box-to-box midfielder, due to his defensive work-rate. A dynamic, tenacious, physical, and well-rounded player, he is well known for his pace, stamina, consistency and work-rate, as well as his eye for goal; he possesses a powerful, accurate long-range shot with both feet, and is an accurate set-piece and penalty kick taker. He is also gifted with vision and creativity, as well as precise passing and his excellent crossing ability, which enable him to provide several assists for team-mates. In addition to these attributes, he also has good technical ability, ball control and dribbling skills.
- As of 8 May 2016
- As of 17 June 2016. 
|Italy national team|
- Score and result list Italy's goal tally first.
- As of 13 November 2015
|1.||16 November 2014||San Siro, Milan||Croatia||1–0||1–1||Euro 2016 qualifier|||
|2.||12 June 2015||Stadion Poljud, Split||Croatia||1–1||1–1||Euro 2016 qualifier|||
|3.||13 November 2015||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels||Belgium||1–0||1–3||Friendly|||
|4.||6 June 2016||Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona||Finland||1–0||2–0||Friendly|||
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