Daniele Bonera

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Daniele Bonera
Daniele Bonera – A.C. Milan.jpg
Personal information
Full name Daniele Bonera
Date of birth (1981-05-31) 31 May 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Brescia, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Villarreal
Number 23
Youth career
1995–1999 Brescia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Brescia 60 (0)
2002–2006 Parma 114 (1)
2006–2015 Milan 152 (0)
2015– Villarreal 16 (0)
National team
2001–2004 Italy U21 29 (0)
2004 Italy U23 5 (0)
2001–2008 Italy 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 February 2017.

Daniele Bonera, Ufficiale OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [daˈnjɛːle boˈnɛːra]; born 31 May 1981) is an Italian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Villarreal CF as a central defender.

Prior to joining Villareal in 2015, he had previously played for Italian clubs Brescia, Parma, and in particular Milan, where he won several titles, including the 2010–11 Serie A and the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League; in his prime, he was known for his pace and versatility as a defender, and was also capable of playing as a full-back on either side of the pitch.[1]

At international level, he represented the Italy national football team on 16 occasions; he also won the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship with the Italy national under-21 football team, as well as a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Brescia[edit]

Bonera signed for Brescia in 1995 and played at the youth teams of Brescia until the end of 1998–99 season, where he made his first team debut for Brescia in 1999–2000. He played a total of 72 games in his three seasons with Brescia.[2]

Parma[edit]

Bonera signed for Parma in July 2002. He played 32 Serie A games and scored a goal during his first season at Parma in 2002–03. In his following three seasons with Parma, he played 98 games of which 82 were in the Serie A. On 28 July 2006, Bonera moved to Milan[2] in a 3.3 million transfer deal.[3]

Milan[edit]

Bonera in action for Milan and chasing down the striker Roberto Muzzi of Torino

Bonera's UEFA Champions League came against Belgian side Anderlecht on 17 October 2006, in which he received a red card after receiving a second yellow in the 47th minute for what, in the referee's view, was petulantly kicking the ball away as Anderlecht waited to take a free kick. After struggling at right back, Bonera was moved to centre back after several defenders were injured, and after the acquisition of Massimo Oddo from Lazio in January, a natural right back. Bonera slotted in well at centre back, becoming one of Milan's better players. However, he struggled with a niggling injury in the second half of the 2008–09 season, joining Alessandro Nesta and Kakha Kaladze on the treatment table. In September 2009, he signed a contract extension which will last until 2013.[4]

Mesut Özil and Daniele Bonera during the match between Real Madrid and Milan

After a ten-month injury lay-off, Bonera made a successful 45-minute comeback against Novara in the Coppa Italia on 13 January 2010. Because of Milan's great central defensive partnership of Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva, Bonera was deployed at his former position, right back. He slotted in well, playing much better in that position than when he first joined Milan. Because of this, Bonera became Milan's starting right back, but when Gianluca Zambrotta, Luca Antonini and Massimo Oddo all returned from injury, he lost his starting place in the position. When Nesta once again found himself on the treatment table, however, coach Leonardo chose Bonera to fill in for him in central defence.

On 23 May 2013, amid speculation of a move to Juventus, Bonera signed a new contract with Milan until 30 June 2015. During these two years, he mainly played as a backup player to first-choice centre-backs Philippe Mexès and Alex.

Villarreal[edit]

At the end of his deal with Milan, Bonera was released and was linked with a move to newly promoted Carpi,[5] though he instead joined Spanish La Liga club Villarreal.

International career[edit]

At youth level, Bonera was capped for both the 2002 and 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championships. He also played at the 2000 Toulon Tournament. He was capped 34 times at U-21 international level.[6]

Bonera has been capped 16 times for the Italian senior team between 2001 and 2008.[6] After he made his senior debut under Giovanni Trapattoni on 5 September 2001, in a 1–0 win against Morocco,[7] he made his non-friendly debut under Marcello Lippi in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier.[6]

He was called up to 2006 FIFA World Cup squad as one of the four emergency reserve players,[8] but after Gianluca Zambrotta was confirmed to be fit, Bonera was excluded from the final 23-man squad and sent home.[9]

After the 2006 World Cup, he was re-called for the first time under new manager Roberto Donadoni, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Scotland, a match scheduled for 28 March 2007.[10] However, he had to withdraw due to injury.[11] In October and November 2007, he was called up again.[12][13] He played against future 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa with an experimental Italy squad, coming on as a substitute for Fabio Cannavaro against the Faroe Islands. He was not selected for Euro 2008.[14]

After Marcello Lippi became Italy coach for the second time, Bonera was re-called in Lippi's first few matches.[15][16] After the injury, Bonera was called up to the last friendly before the formal announcement of Italy's 2010 World Cup squad, against Cameroon.[17][18] He failed to enter the preliminary squad on 11 May and the training camp on 4–5 May.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 19 March 2015[20][21]
Bonera in action for Milan
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brescia 1999–2000 Serie B 5 0 0 0 5 0
2000–01 Serie A 26 0 4 0 30 0
2001–02 29 0 4 0 4[a] 0 37 0
Total 60 0 8 0 4 0 72 0
Parma 2002–03 Serie A 32 1 2 0 4[a] 0 38 1
2003–04 24 0 0 0 5[a] 0 29 0
2004–05 35 0 1 0 10[a] 0 46 0
2005–06 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
Total 114 1 3 0 19 0 136 1
Milan 2006–07 Serie A 25 0 5 0 6[b] 0 36 0
2007–08 21 0 1 0 6[b] 0 1[c] 0 29 0
2008–09 18 0 0 0 4[a] 0 22 0
2009–10 7 0 2 0 2[b] 0 11 0
2010–11 16 0 1 0 3[b] 0 20 0
2011–12 20 0 3 0 6[b] 0 0 0 29 0
2012–13 13 0 0 0 4[b] 0 17 0
2013–14 16 0 0 0 4[b] 0 20 0
2014–15 16 0 1 0 17 0
Total 152 0 13 0 35 0 1 0 201 0
Villarreal 2015–16 La Liga 14 0 0 0 2[a] 0 16 0
2016–17 2 0 1 0 2[a] 0 5 0
Total 16 0 1 0 4 0 21 0
Career total 342 1 25 0 62 0 1 0 430 1
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearances in Italian Supercup

International statistics[edit]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Milan

International[edit]

Italy

Orders[edit]

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4th Class / Officer: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: (2004)

Personal life[edit]

Daniele Bonera is married to Paola Bonera.[22] Bonera has one child with his wife, a daughter, Talita Bonera.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ May, John (22 May 2007). "AC Milan Pen Pics". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Carminati, Nadia (28 July 2006). "Milan bag Bonera". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "AC Milan 2006 Annual Report" (PDF). AC Milan (in Italian). April 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bonera boost for Milan". PA. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Carpi to swoop for Bonera". PA. 26 August 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Bonera, Daniele" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "L'Italia stenta con il Marocco" (in Italian). RaiSport. 5 September 2001. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Lippi ha fiducia, nonostante tutto Convocato Buffon: "E' sereno"" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 15 May 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Fudge, Simon (11 June 2006). "Azzurri release Bonera". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Menicucci, Paolo (18 March 2007). "Uncapped duo handed Italy chance". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Buckingham, Mark (23 March 2007). "Italy drop four from squad". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  12. ^ Menicucci, Paolo (7 October 2007). "Montolivo earns Italy call-up". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  13. ^ Menicucci, Paolo (11 November 2007). "Palladino in, Del Piero out for Italy". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Italy squad for Euro 2008". The Guardian. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Radaelli, Roberta (16 August 2008). "Gilardino leads list of Lippi recalls". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "Lippi welcomes back Buffon and Pirlo". AFP. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  17. ^ "Amichevole Italia-Camerun. Tre le novità di Lippi: Sirigu, Bonucci e Cossu". FIGC (in Italian). 28 February 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  18. ^ "Italy: Borriello and three newcomers". Football Italia. 28 February 2010. Archived from the original on 3 March 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  19. ^ "Verso il Mondiale. Ventinove Azzurri convocati per lo stage di Roma". FIGC (in Italian). 2 May 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  20. ^ "Italy – D. Bonera". soccerway.com. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "Bonera, Daniele". AC Milan. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "Bonera: 6' Compleanno Rossonero". acmilan.com (in Italian). A.C. Milan. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "Bonera, Milan: "Sono sicuro che andremo in Champions, e voglio esserci anch'io"". gazzetta.it (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. [permanent dead link]

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