Cristiano Piccini

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Cristiano Piccini
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Piccini with Betis in 2015
Personal information
Full name Cristiano Piccini
Date of birth (1992-09-26) 26 September 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Florence, Italy
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)[1]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Sporting CP
Number 92
Youth career
1997–2002 Sporting Arno
2002–2011 Fiorentina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Fiorentina 1 (0)
2011–2012 Carrarese (loan) 32 (1)
2012–2013 Spezia (loan) 30 (0)
2013–2014 Livorno (loan) 20 (0)
2014–2015 Betis (loan) 12 (0)
2015–2017 Betis 39 (2)
2017– Sporting CP 17 (0)
National team
2011 Italy U19 5 (1)
2011–2012 Italy U20 7 (0)
2013 Italy U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:09, 1 February 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 August 2013

Cristiano Piccini (born 26 September 1992) is an Italian footballer who plays for Portuguese club Sporting CP as a right back.

Club career[edit]

Fiorentina[edit]

Born in Florence, Piccini joined Fiorentina's youth setup in 2002, aged ten, after starting it out at Sporting Arno. On 5 December 2010 he made his first team – and Serie A – debut, coming on as a substitute for Manuel Pasqual in a 1–0 home win against Cagliari.[2]

On 30 August 2011 Piccini was loaned to third division club Carrarese, in a season-long deal.[3] He scored his first professional goal on 4 April of the following year, netting the first in a 1–3 home loss against Virtus Lanciano.[4]

The following season, Piccini joined Spezia of Serie B on loan until the end of the season.[5] After being an undisputed starter, he was loaned to the top level's Livorno, with a buyout clause.[6]

Betis[edit]

On 27 August 2014 Piccini moved to Spanish Segunda División side Real Betis.[7] He made his debut on 7 September, starting in a 1–4 away loss against SD Ponferradina in which he played a part in Jorge Molina's goal,[8] and made 11 more appearances as they won the title.

Piccini signed a permanent four-year deal with the Verdiblancos on 9 July 2015, with Fiorentina holding a buyback option.[9] He made his La Liga debut on 23 August, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal CF.[10]

On 8 January 2017, Piccini scored his first top-flight goal to conclude a 2–0 win over CD Leganés at the Estadio Benito Villamarín,[11] and followed it two months later to open a 1–1 draw at Deportivo de La Coruña.[12] He was also sent off twice over the course of the season, the first coming after 16 minutes of a 3–1 loss at SD Eibar for a foul on Takashi Inui.[13]

Sporting CP[edit]

On 18 May 2017, Piccini signed a five-year contract with Sporting CP.[14] He made his debut for the club on 6 August, as the Primeira Liga season began with a 2–0 away win against C.D. Aves.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 January 2018[16]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fiorentina 2010–11 Serie A 1 0 0 0 1 0
Carrarese (loan) 2011–12 Lega Pro Prima Divisione 32 1 0 0 32 1
Spezia (loan) 2012–13 Serie B 30 0 0 0 30 0
Livorno (loan) 2013–14 Serie A 20 0 1 0 21 0
Real Betis (loan) 2014–15 Segunda División 12 0 3 0 15 0
Real Betis 2015–16 La Liga 16 0 2 0 18 0
2016–17 23 2 2 1 25 3
Real Betis total 39 2 4 1 43 3
Sporting CP 2017–18 Primeira Liga 14 0 0 0 1 0 5[a] 0 20 0
Career total 148 3 8 1 1 0 5 0 162 4
  1. ^ Appearances in the Champions League

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sporting.pt/pt/futebol/equipa-principal/plantel/cristiano-piccini
  2. ^ "Fiorentina 1–0 Cagliari" (in Italian). Lega Serie A. 5 December 2010. Archived from the original on 9 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ufficiale, Piccini e Rosaia in prestito alla Carrarese" [Official, Piccini and Rosaia on loan to Carrarese] (in Italian). Firenze Viola. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Carrarese–Lanciano 1–3: Pavoletti stende i toscani" [Carrarese–Lanciano 1–3: Pavoletti extends Tuscans run] (in Italian). TuttoSport 24 Ore. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ufficiale, Spezia: dalla Fiorentina arriva in prestito Piccini" [Official, Spezia: from Fiorentina arrives on loan Piccini] (in Italian). Calcio News 24. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Livorno, presi Bardi, Benassi e Piccini" [Livorno, takes Bardi, Benassi and Piccini] (in Italian). Tuttosport. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Piccini, un refuerzo llegado de Italia" [Piccini, an addition arriving from Italy] (in Spanish). Betis' official website. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Chaparrón en El Toralín" [Showers in El Toralín]. Estadio Deportivo (in Spanish). 7 September 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "El Betis hace oficial el fichaje del lateral italiano Cristiano Piccini" [Betis turns official the signing of Italian full back Cristiano Piccini] (in Spanish). Marca. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Rubén Castro llega justo a tiempo" [Rubén Castro arrives just in time] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "El Betis descorcha a un Leganés sin gas" [Betis uncork a flat Leganés]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 January 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  12. ^ "Un punto de polémica" [A controversial point]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 March 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  13. ^ "La expulsión de Piccini hunde al Betis" [Piccini's expulsion sinks Betis]. ABC (in Spanish). 25 December 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  14. ^ "Cristiano Piccini assina pelo Sporting CP" [Cristiano Piccini signs for Sporting CP] (in Portuguese). Sporting CP. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  15. ^ "Gelson bisa na estreia vitoriosa do Sporting no Campeonato Português" [Gelson scores a brace in Sporting's victorious start to the Portuguese Championship] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  16. ^ Cristiano Piccini at Soccerway. Retrieved 28 October 2017.

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