Cesare Natali

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Cesare Natali
Cesare Natali Fiorentina.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-04-05) 5 April 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Bergamo, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Central Defender
Youth career
1997–1998 Atalanta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2005 Atalanta 69 (2)
1998–1999 Lecco (loan) 22 (1)
2001 Monza (loan) 11 (1)
2003–2004 Bologna (loan) 31 (0)
2005–2007 Udinese 51 (1)
2007–2009 Torino 50 (3)
2009–2012 Fiorentina 56 (2)
2012–2014 Bologna 37 (1)
2015 Sassuolo 3 (0)
National team
2002 Italy U-21 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 May 2007

Cesare Natali (born 5 April 1979) is an Italian footballer who plays as a defender.

Career[edit]

Atalanta[edit]

Natali started his career at Atalanta. He scored the opening goal in the relegation playoffs second legs in June 2003, but Atalanta eventually lost 1–2 and relegated to Serie B.[2] On 30 August 2003, Natali and Fausto Rossini were sold to Bologna[3] in co-ownership deal. In June 2004, Natali and Rossini were re-signed by Atalanta. He was the regular of the team, partnered again with Gianpaolo Bellini and Luigi Sala.

Atalanta relegated again in June 2005.

Udinese[edit]

On 29 June 2005, he was signed by Udinese in a 5-year contact,[4] to rejoin team mate Piermario Morosini (50% for undisclosed fee), Massimo Gotti (undisclosed fee), Marco Motta (50% for €2.05 million), Fausto Rossini (50% for €450,000).[5] However, Atalanta also signed Thomas Manfredini and Antonino D'Agostino from Udinese for a total of €2 million.[6][7][8]

He was the regular of the team but suffered from fractured left ankle in September.[9]

He made 32 starts during the 2006–07 season.[10]

Torino[edit]

Since the signing of Aleksandar Luković, In July 2007, he was sold to Torino, signed a 4-year contract.[11] He was the regular until injured in March 2008.[12]

Fiorentina[edit]

On 4 July 2009, he was signed by ACF Fiorentina from relegated Torino, for €2.8 million,[13][14] concurrentlly Torino signed Simone Loria as replacement. He signed a 3-year contract.

On 20 October 2009, he played his first game for Fiorentina, at UEFA Champions League 2009–10 versus Debreceni VSC, replacing Dario Dainelli at half time. After the departure of Dainelli to Genoa in January, and the fitness problems of Alessandro Gamberini, Per Krøldrup and new signing Felipe, along with tactical rotation, he earned more chances to play, including the Champions league match against FC Bayern Munich.[15]

Natali scored his first goal for Fiorentina on 29 January 2012, netting the second in a 2–1 victory over derby rivals Siena.[16]

He scored his second soon after on 25 March against Genoa in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. His header put Fiorentina 2–1 in front, however the match ended in a 2–2 draw.

Bologna[edit]

On 26 July 2012, Natali returned to Bologna for a second spell on a two-year contract.

Sassuolo[edit]

On 3 March 2015 he was signed by Sassuolo as a free agent.[17]

International career[edit]

Along with Gianpaolo Bellini, team-mate at Atalanta, they were call-up to 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. They partnered all 3 group matches (including 1 substitute appearance) at the tournament.

In March 2004, he received his only call-up to national team, to replace injured Marcello Castellini.[18]

Club[edit]

As of 25 March 2012
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1998–99 Lecco Serie C1 22 1 22 1
1999–00 Atalanta Serie B 1 0 1 0 2 0
2000–01 Serie A 0 0 1 0 1 0
2000–01 Monza Serie B 11 1 11 1
2001–02 Atalanta Serie A 7 0 2 0 9 0
2002–03 27 1 1 0 301 21
2003–04 Bologna 31 0 0 0 31 0
2004–05 Atalanta 34 1 5 0 39 1
2005–06 Udinese 19 1 3 0 5 1 27 2
2006–07 32 0 3 1 35 1
2007–08 Torino 24 1 3 0 27 1
2008–09 26 2 3 1 29 3
2009–10 Fiorentina 14 0 4 0 3 0 21 0
2010–11 16 0 16 0
2011–12 26 2 2 0 28 2
Career total 290 10 27 2 8 1 3281 141

1Include 2 matches and 1 goal at Relegation Play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cesare Natali". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2009. 
  2. ^ "Reggina recovery stuns Atalanta". UEFA.com. 2 June 2003. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Cruz completes Inter move". UEFA.com. 30 August 2003. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Udinese chance for Natali". UEFA.com. 29 June 2005. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Udinese sign Atalanta quartet". UEFA.com. 27 June 2005. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Atalanta B.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2006 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  7. ^ Atalanta B.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2007 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  8. ^ Atalanta B.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2008 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  9. ^ "Natali nightmare for Udinese". UEFA.com. 29 September 2005. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  10. ^ 2006–07 La Gazzetta dello Sport
  11. ^ "Il Torino acquista Natali" (in Italian). Torino FC. 4 July 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2009. Il Torino Football Club S.p.A. è lieto di comunicare di aver acquisito a titolo definitivo dall'Udinese Calcio S.p.A. il diritto alle prestazioni sportive del calciatore Cesare Natali fino al 30 giugno 2011. 
  12. ^ "Natali, frattura del quinto metatarso del piede destro" (in Italian). Torino FC. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  13. ^ ACF Fiorentina Report and Accounts on 31 December 2009 (Italian)
  14. ^ "Acquisito Natali" (in Italian). violachannel.tv/. 4 July 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  15. ^ "Line-ups: Felipe doesn't make it". football-italia.net. 17 February 2010. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  16. ^ "Fiorentina win Tuscan derby". 
  17. ^ "Ingaggiato Cesare Natali" (in Italian). U.S. Sassuolo Calcio. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "Zidane misses Rotterdam trip". UEFA.com. 29 March 2004. Retrieved 22 October 2009. [dead link]

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