Davide Astori

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Davide Astori
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Astori with Italy in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-01-07)7 January 1987
Place of birth San Giovanni Bianco, Italy
Date of death 4 March 2018(2018-03-04) (aged 31)
Place of death Udine, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Pontisola
2001–2006 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Milan 0 (0)
2006–2007Pizzighettone (loan) 25 (1)
2007–2008Cremonese (loan) 31 (0)
2008–2016 Cagliari 174 (3)
2014–2015Roma (loan) 24 (1)
2015–2016Fiorentina (loan) 33 (0)
2016–2018 Fiorentina 58 (3)
Total 345 (8)
National team
2004–2005 Italy U18 4 (0)
2011–2017 Italy 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Davide Astori (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdaːvide asˈtɔːri, -toː-];[3][4] 7 January 1987 – 4 March 2018) was an Italian professional footballer who played as a central defender.

After playing youth football for Pontisola, Astori started his senior career with Milan, spending loan spells with Pizzighettone and Cremonese. In 2008 Cagliari signed him in a co-ownership deal, before signing him fully from Milan, for whom he never made a first team appearance, in 2011. He later spent loan spells at Roma and Fiorentina, before signing with the latter club permanently in 2016; he was subsequently named the team's captain in 2017. He made his international debut for Italy in 2011 and represented his country 14 times, scoring one goal, which came at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, where he won a bronze medal.

On 4 March 2018, Astori was found dead in his hotel room prior to a league match. His autopsy revealed cardiac arrest as his cause of death.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born and raised in the province of Bergamo, Astori started playing football with local team Pontisola before joining Milan in 2001.[5] He spent five years in the club's youth system, after which time he was sent on two consecutive loan spells to Serie C1 clubs Pizzighettone and Cremonese for the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons, respectively.[6][7]

Cagliari[edit]

At the beginning of the 2008–09 season, Astori was signed by Serie A club Cagliari in a co-ownership deal with Milan,[8] for €1 million.[9] He made his official debut in the top-flight during an away game against Siena on 14 September 2008, coming on as a substitute in the second half.[10]

In June 2009, the club renewed their ownership with A.C. Milan to keep Astori at Cagliari for another year.[11] Astori replaced Diego López and made 34 appearances and scored his first goal for the club in a 2–2 draw against Fiorentina on 31 January 2010. On 28 February 2010, Astori scored his second goal in a 2–1 loss against Chievo. On 3 April 2010, Astori scored an own goal against A.C. Milan to allow Milan scored the third goal in the match which Cagliari lost 3–2. During his second season at Cagliari, rumours spread when A.C. Milan was keen to sign Astori but nothing happened. Despite the rumours, Astori was keen to rejoin A.C. Milan in the summer.[12]

The club renewed their ownership with A.C. Milan to keep Astori at Cagliari for another year in June 2010.[13]

On 22 June 2011, the club bought the residual 50% registration rights from Milan for another €3.5 million. (pre-agreed €1 million tagged in 2008 and additional €2.5 million)[14][15] After making 8 appearances at the start of the season, Astori suffered a fractured foot in a match against Napoli on 23 October 2011 following an intervention by Ezequiel Lavezzi and have to come off on the 21 minutes in a 0–0 draw. His injury resulted in his being out for 3 months.[16]

On 9 July 2012, Astori revealed he turned down a move to Russian side Spartak Moscow worth a €15 million (£11.9 million) fee after agreement between two clubs. Astori explained turning down a move to Spartak Moscow because he wanted to stay at Cagliari and achieve his goals with the club.[17]

Roma[edit]

Astori playing for Roma in August 2014

On 24 July 2014, Cagliari announced Astori's move to Roma on a season-long loan deal. The transfer was settled in €2 million and Roma held the option to make it permanent at the end of the season for another €5 million.[18][19] Astori renewed his contract with Cagliari a day before the Roma transfer.[20]

Astori made 30 total appearances during his time at the Stadio Olimpico, scoring once to decide the match at Udinese on 6 January 2015.[21]

Fiorentina[edit]

On 4 August 2015, Astori signed on loan for Fiorentina until the end of the season with an obligation to buy.[22][23][24][25] He made his Fiorentina debut on 23 August in the 2–0 victory against Milan, coming on as a substitute for Facundo Roncaglia in the 59th minute.[26]

At the beginning of 2017–18 season, Astori was appointed as the team captain following the departure of Gonzalo Rodríguez.[27]

International career[edit]

Astori played 4 games for Italy's under-18 team, beginning in 2004. He did not receive any further call-up at higher levels of youth international football.[28]

Astori received his first call-up for the senior team under newly appointed coach Cesare Prandelli who named him in the squad for a friendly against Côte d'Ivoire, to be played on 10 August 2010;[29] however, he was left on the bench as an unused substitute.[30] He made his full debut for Italy on 29 March 2011,[31] in a 2–0 friendly win against Ukraine in Kiev. He came on as a 17th-minute substitute for the injured Giorgio Chiellini but was sent off with 15 minutes remaining in the second half after receiving two yellow cards.[32]

Astori was a member of the 23-man Italy squad that took part at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup under Prandelli;[33] Italy reached the semi-finals, only to suffer a penalty shoot-out defeat to Spain following a 0–0 draw after extra time, on 27 June 2013.[34] On 30 June 2013, Astori scored the opener against Uruguay in the third place match after knocking in the rebound from Alessandro Diamanti's free kick, as Italy won 3–2 on penalties to win the bronze-medal, following a 2–2 draw after extra time;[2][28][35] this was his only international goal, and he became the first Cagliari player to score for Italy since Luigi Riva had done so 40 years earlier, in a 2–0 victory over Switzerland on 20 October 1973.[36][37] In total, Astori made 14 senior appearances for Italy between 2011 and 2017.[28]

Style of play[edit]

Astori was a tall, consistent, tenacious, attentive, and physically strong left-footed central defender, with good aerial ability and heading accuracy, which made him a goal threat on offensive set pieces; although he was not the quickest defender, he also possessed good leadership qualities, organisational skills, distribution, and technique, which enabled him to play the ball out or start attacking plays from the back.[38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46] A versatile defender, he was comfortable playing as left-sided centre-back in both a three-man or a four-man defensive line.[42][47][43][44][48][46]

Personal life[edit]

Astori and his partner Francesca Fioretti had a daughter, Vittoria, who was two years old at the time of his death.[49][50]

Death and legacy[edit]

A memorial wall dedicated to Davide Astori, Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence. "Ciao Capitano" became a farewell to Astori.

On 4 March 2018, Astori died in his sleep while staying in a hotel in Udine prior to Fiorentina's match against Udinese, proven to be caused by cardiac arrest determined from an autopsy conducted two days later.[51] A club statement said "Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died."[52][53] His former Cagliari team-mate and coach Diego López and former Fiorentina team-mate Carlos Sánchez collapsed to the ground after hearing the news of his death, however they both recovered shortly after.[54][55] All Serie A and Serie B matches scheduled for 4 March were postponed.[56] His death was said to have caused shock across the footballing world, and many coaches and players paid their respects.[36][57] UEFA later announced on Twitter that a minute's silence was to be observed before every European match scheduled for that week.[58] Cagliari and Fiorentina both retired the number 13 jersey worn by Astori in his honour.[59][60] Fiorentina's next home game against Benevento, on 11 March, was paused for 60 seconds at the 13 minute mark in his honour, while children from both teams entered wearing Astori's jersey to pay tribute to him; Fiorentina won the match 1–0, with the only goal coming from Vitor Hugo, who celebrated after scoring by saluting a t-shirt bearing Astori's image.[61] Later that month, Fiorentina announced that they would rename their training ground "Centro Sportivo Davide Astori" after Astori.[62] Also later that month, in Italy's friendly with Argentina on 23 March, as well as Italy's friendly against England on 27 March, the Italy squad shirts were embossed with, under the crest, "Davide sempre con noi", Italian for "Davide always with us", with the number 13 below.[63][64] Although Serie A introduced a new ruling during the 2018–19 Serie A season, which introduced a standardised armband for all club captains, Fiorentina's new captain, Germán Pezzella, was granted an exemption by the league, and was allowed to wear a personalised captain's armband in tribute to Astori.[65]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club[66] Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pizzighettone (loan) 2006–07 25 1 0 0 2 0 27 1
Cremonese (loan) 2007–08 31 0 0 0 2 0 33 0
Cagliari 2008–09 10 0 1[67] 0 11 0
2009–10 34 2 1 0 35 2
2010–11 36 0 0 0 36 0
2011–12 28 1 1 0 29 1
2012–13 32 0 1 0 33 0
2013–14 34 0 1 0 35 0
Total 174 3 5 0 179 3
Roma (loan) 2014–15 24 1 2 0 4 0 30 1
Fiorentina (loan) 2015–16 33 0 1 0 8 0 42 0
Fiorentina 2016–17 33 2 1 0 6 0 40 2
2017–18 25 1 2 0 27 1
Total 91 3 4 0 14 0 109 3
Career total 345 8 11 0 18 0 4 0 378 8

International[edit]

Italy[31]
Year Apps Goals
2011 1 0
2012 1 0
2013 5 1
2014 2 0
2015 1 0
2016 3 0
2017 1 0
Total 14 1

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 June 2013 Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil  Uruguay 1–0 2–2 (3–2 p) 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

Honours[edit]

Italy

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