Daniele Rugani

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Daniele Rugani
Personal information
Full name Daniele Rugani
Date of birth (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Lucca, Italy
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 24
Youth career
2000–2013 Empoli
2012–2013Juventus (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Juventus 55 (4)
2013–2015Empoli (loan) 78 (5)
National team
2010–2011 Italy U17 13 (3)
2011–2012 Italy U18 9 (0)
2012–2013 Italy U19 11 (0)
2013 Italy U20 2 (0)
2014–2017 Italy U21 19 (2)
2016– Italy 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2018

Daniele Rugani (Italian pronunciation: [daˈnjɛːle ru:gani]; born 29 July 1994) is an Italian footballer who plays as a centre back for Serie A club Juventus and the Italy national team. He began his professional club career with Empoli in Serie B in 2013, where he immediately helped the club achieve Serie A promotion, and was named the 2014 Serie B Footballer of the Year. His defensive performances the following season saw him named to the 2015 Serie A Team of the Year, and earned him a transfer to Juventus, where he immediately won the Serie A title during his first season with the club. At international level, he has represented the Italy U21 team at the 2015 and 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championships, and made his senior debut for Italy in 2016.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Lucca, Italy, Rugani began his footballing career with Tuscan side Empoli in 2000, at the age of 6.[2] He remained within the club's youth academy for twelve full seasons, before being transferred to Serie A giants Juventus on loan in August 2012, for €150,000 fee.[3] After joining Juventus, Rugani was registered with the club's Primavera (under-20) youth squad where he was a regular starter within the side during the 2012–13 season,[4] winning the Coppa Italia Primavera.[5]

After his successes during his first season with Juventus, Rugani was purchased by the club on 31 July 2013 in a co-ownership deal for €500,000[3][6] and then sent back to Empoli on a season-long loan deal ahead of their 2013–14 Serie B campaign.

At age 20, Rugani was Empoli's star defender during their successful campaign, as he finished the season having made 40 appearances and scoring 2 goals for the club. He scored his first career goal from a header off of a corner on 22 March 2014, in a 4–0 home win over Reggina.[7] The club finished the season in 2nd place, thus achieving automatic promotion to Serie A, alongside champions Palermo.[8]

On 18 June 2014, it was confirmed that the co-ownership agreement between the two clubs would be renewed, with the player remaining with newly promoted Empoli for the 2014–15 Serie A campaign on loan from Juventus.[9] Rugani made his Serie A debut on 31 August 2014, at the age of 20, in a 2–0 away defeat to Udinese,[10] later scoring his first goal in Serie A on 20 September, in a 2–2 away draw against Cesena.[11] On 2 February 2015, Juventus bought out the remaining half of Daniele Rugani’s registration rights from Empoli, for an additional €3.5 million.[12] Rugani was a key player for Empoli that season, appearing in all 38 of Empoli's league matches that season without being substituted or booked, in addition to scoring 3 goals, as the club finished the league in 15th place.[13][14][15]

Juventus[edit]

2015–16 season[edit]

In the summer of 2015, Rugani officially returned to Juventus.[16] He made his debut with the club on 30 September 2015, coming on as a substitute in a 2–0 home win over Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League group stage, also making his European debut in the process.[17] He made his first start with the club on 16 December, in a 4–0 win over cross-city rivals Torino in the Derby della Mole in the round of 16 of the Coppa Italia.[18] His league debut with the club came four days later, as he came on for veteran defender Andrea Barzagli in the 56th minute of a 3–2 away win over Carpi.[19] He made his first league start for the club in a 2–1 away win over Sampdoria in Serie A, on 10 January 2016.[20] On 24 April, Rugani was booked for the first time in his entire Serie A career in his 53rd Serie A appearance. He received a yellow card in the 72nd minute of a 2–1 away win over Fiorentina; he had last been carded at club level with Empoli, on 1 March 2014, in an away Serie B fixture against Siena.[21] Following Napoli's loss to Roma the following day, Juventus clinched the league title with three games to spare.[22]

2016–17 season[edit]

On 21 September 2016, Rugani made his first appearance of the season and scored his first goal for Juventus, in a 4–0 home win over Cagliari.[23] On 25 September 2016, it was confirmed that Rugani would be sidelined for six weeks after limping off the pitch a day before away to Palermo with a sprained right knee; tests at the J-Medical centre revealed he suffered a strained collateral lateral ligament.[24] He returned to training early on 20 October.[25] On 7 December, Rugani scored his first ever UEFA Champions League goal on his third appearance in the competition, in a 2–0 home win over Dinamo Zagreb.[26] On 14 December, Rugani extended his stay at Juventus, signing a new contract that will run until 2021.[27]

International career[edit]

Rugani has represented Italy at various youth levels since 2010. His first cap for the under-21 team came on 5 March 2014 in a European qualifier against Northern Ireland, in which he scored the first goal for the azzurini in a 2–0 victory.[28]

On 9 November 2014, he was called up by Antonio Conte to the senior Italy squad ahead of a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Croatia and a friendly against Albania.[29]

With the Italy U-21 he took part at the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship under manager Luigi Di Biagio.[30]

On 31 May 2016, Rugani was named one of three reserves for Antonio Conte's senior side for Euro 2016.[31]

Rugani made his senior international debut on 1 September 2016, with newly appointed coach Gian Piero Ventura, coming on as a substitute in a 3–1 friendly defeat to France.[32][33]

In June 2017, he was included in the Italy under-21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship by manager Di Biagio.[34]

Style of play[edit]

Rugani is a tall, tactically versatile, and physically strong centre-back, who is good in the air, both defensively and offensively. He is known in particular for his anticipation, intelligence, and marking ability, despite his lack of notable pace or mobility.[35][36][37] He is also considered to be a correct player,[36][38] who often avoids committing to challenges, preferring to restrict his opponents through his positioning.[39] Due to his confidence in possession, he is capable of playing the ball out from the back-line.[36][37][40] Regarded as one of the most promising young Italian players of his generation,[41] in 2015, he was named one of the best players in the world born after 1994, by Don Balón.[42]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 September 2018[8]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Empoli
2013–14 40 2 2 0 42 2
2014–15 38 3 1 0 39 3
Total 78 5 3 0 81 5
Juventus
2015–16 17 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
2016–17 15 2 2 0 2 1 1 0 20 3
2017–18 22 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 26 2
2018–19 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Total 55 4 7 0 6 1 1 0 69 5
Career total 133 9 10 0 6 1 1 0 150 10

International[edit]

As of 4 June 2018[8]
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2016 2 0
2017 2 0
2018 3 0
Total 7 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Juventus[8]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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