D'Ambrosio playing for Inter Milan in 2014
|Full name||Danilo D'Ambrosio|
|Date of birth||9 September 1988|
|Place of birth||Naples, Italy|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Full back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 January 2015.
Danilo D'Ambrosio (born 9 September 1988) is an Italian footballer who plays as a full back for Serie A club Internazionale. D'Ambrosio is a quick, energetic, offensive fullback, who is physically strong, and who also possesses stamina, and reliable technical ability. He primarily plays on the right, but is also capable of playing on the left due to his tactical versatility. He has also been used as a wide midfielder in a 3-5-2 formation.
Born in Naples, D'Ambrosio began playing for local Campania side Salernitana. However, the club went bankrupt and he, along with his brother Dario, joined the Fiorentina youth team in 2005. He was part of the Fiorentina primavera until 2007, but on 8 January 2008 he was sold to Serie C1 side Potenza in a co-ownership agreement. He made his professional debut on 20 January 2008 in Potenza-Juve Stabia 2-1, collecting 10 appearances during the season. In June 2008 Fiorentina bought back D'Ambrosio.
On 11 July 2008 he joined Lega Pro Prima Divisione side S.S. Juve Stabia in another co-ownership deal, for €30,000, making his debut for Le vespe on 31 August 2008 against Taranto. He became a starter for Juve Stabia in his first season, who decided to purchase his remaining contract from Fiorentina for another €75,500. He spent the next season mostly playing as a right midfielder, even scoring his first goal in Juve Stabia-Barletta 4-1.[unreliable source?]
On 12 January 2010 he was signed by Torino in a co-ownership agreement. He made his Serie B debut on 16 January 2010 during Torino-Grosseto (4-1). He was a regular for Torino during the season, scoring his first goal for the granata on 20 March 2010 in Modena-Torino (0-2). Torino purchased his remaining half from Juve Stabia in June 2010.
The following season he was also a starter for new coach Franco Lerda. He scored the first brace of his career in Torino-Modena (3-2), his only goals of the season. On 15 December 2010 he renewed his contract with Torino until 2014. However, his season characterised by negative performances and Torino's failure to reach the playoffs made him the object of much criticism.
New head coach Giampiero Ventura decided to focus on Danilo for the 2011–12 season, playing him as right back with Matteo Darmian. On 2 November 2011, he scored the winning goal against Reggina. He repeated this on 11 February 2012, scoring against Nocerina 3-1. Throughout the season he contributed 26 appearances and 3 goals with Torino being promoted.
He made his Serie A debut on 26 August 2012 against Siena 0-0, but did not start until 26 September against Udinese (0-0). He scored his first goal in Serie A during a 5-1 win away to Atalanta. In December 2012 he became Torino's vice-captain after Angelo Ogbonna suffered an injury. He was voted Torino's revelation of the year by the readers of Toro.it.
D'Ambrosio covered as a left back in the 2013-14 season, scoring against Milan (2-2) on 14 September 2013. He scored again the following week away to Bologna, won 2-1 by Torino. On 13 December 2013, Torino chairman Urbano Cairo confirmed that D'Ambrosio would be leaving the club after turning down a contract extension. The former vice-captain concluded his experience at Torino with 119 appearances and 10 goals.
On 28 January 2014 Sky Sports reported that D'Ambrosio would join Inter Milan plus the loan of youngster Matteo Colombi. Two days later, Inter confirmed the deal for €3.79 million transfer fee. Three days after that, he made his debut for Nerazzurri in Derby d'Italia against Juventus in Juventus Stadium where Inter lost the match 3–1. On 15 March 2014, D'Ambrosio started his first match with Inter, defating Hellas Verona 2–0 at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi. Following that result, he secure a place at starting lineup. D'Ambrosio was an unused substitute in Javier Zanetti's last competitive match at the San Siro, in which Inter defeated Lazio 4–1 to secure a place in Europa League play-off for next season. D'Ambrosio finished his first season with Inter having played eleven matches, three of which in their entirety.
D'Ambrosio scored his first competitive goal for the club on his European debut, in a 3–0 away win over Stjarnan in the first leg of Europa League play-off. With a 6–0 victory in the second leg, Inter advanced to the group stage 9–0 on aggregate.
On 18 September, in the first Europa League group match against Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, he scored the only goal of the match. D'Ambrosio described his goal as "the most important of his career". He scored again in the second group match on 2 October, opening a 2–0 home victory over Azerbaijani side FK Qarabag.
In April 2014, D'Ambrosio joined Twitter and with his first post claimed that for every follower he received, he would make a donation of €0.50 to the "Aiutare I Bambini" charity which gives aid to needy children in his home region of Campania. He eventually donated €11,500.
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- Danilo D'Ambrosio profile at Soccerway
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