Davide Astori

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Davide Astori
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Astori playing for Roma in August 2014.
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth San Giovanni Bianco, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current team
Fiorentina
Number 13
Youth career
Pontisola
2001–2006 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Milan 0 (0)
2006–2007 Pizzighettone (loan) 25 (1)
2007–2008 Cremonese (loan) 31 (0)
2008–2016 Cagliari 174 (3)
2014–2015 Roma (loan) 24 (1)
2015–2016 Fiorentina (loan) 33 (0)
2016– Fiorentina 0 (0)
National team
2004–2005 Italy U18 4 (0)
2011– Italy 11 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:55, 20 April 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2016

Davide Astori (born 7 January 1987) is an Italian professional footballer who plays for Fiorentina, 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.

He made his international debut for Italy in 2011 and represented his country at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, scoring a goal in Italy's victorious bronze-medal match.

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.[2] 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.[3][4]

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,[5] for €1 million.[6] 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.[7]

In June 2009, the club renewed their ownership with AC Milan to keep Astori at Cagliari for another year.[8] Astori replaced Diego López and made 34 appearance 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 AC Milan in the summer.[9]

The club renewed their ownership with AC Milan to keep Astori at Cagliari for another year in June 2010.[10]

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)[11][12] After making 8 appearance 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 him out for 3 months.[13]

On 9 July 2012, Astori revealed he turned down a move to Russian side Spartak Moscow worth 15 million euro (£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.[14]

Roma[edit]

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 holds the option to make it permanent at the end of the season for another €5 million.[15][16] Astori renewed his contract with Cagliari a day before the Roma transfer.[17]

Fiorentina[edit]

On 4 August 2015, Astori signed on loan for Fiorentina until the end of the season with an obligation to buy.[18][19]

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.[20]

Astori got 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,[21] however, he was left as an unused substitute.[22] He made his full debut for Italy on 29 March 2011,[23] in a 2–0 friendly won against Ukraine in Kiev. He came on as a 17th-minute substitute for the injured Georgio Chiellini but was sent off with 15 minutes remaining in the second half after receiving two yellow cards.[24] Astori was a member of the Italy squad that took part at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, reaching the semi-finals, only to suffer a penalty shoot-out defeat to Spain; he scored a goal against Uruguay in the third place match, as Italy prevailed on penalties to win the bronze-medal, following a 2–2 draw after extra time.[25]

Style of play[edit]

Astori is a tall, consistent, and physically strong left-footed central defender, with good aerial ability and reliable technique,[26] who is comfortable in both a three-man or a four-man defence.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 20 April 2016[28]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pergolettese (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 0 0 10 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 4 0 178 3
Roma (loan) 2014–15 24 1 2 0 4 0 30 1
Fiorentina (loan) 2015–16 29 0 1 0 8 0 38 0
Career Total 283 5 7 0 12 0 4 0 306 5

International[edit]

As of on 24 March 2016. [29]
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 1 0
2012 1 0
2013 5 1
2014 2 0
2015 1 0
2016 1 0
Total 11 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.[30]
# 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile". Sky Sports. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Allievi Nazionali 2003/2004". acmilan.com (in Italian). Associazione Calcio Milan. Archived from the original on 13 April 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Christian Seu (30 August 2006). "Ufficiale: Pizzighettone, dal Milan ecco Astori". tuttomercatoweb.com (in Italian). Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Andrea Zalamena (9 June 2008). "Cagliari, arriva il giovane Astori". tuttomercatoweb.com (in Italian). Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Giuseppe Calvi; Filippo Di Chiara (30 May 2008). "Palermo su Sereni e punta Fornaroli Rinaudo al Napoli". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). p. 14. Retrieved 11 September 2008. 
  6. ^ page 52 Immobilizzazioni finanziarie Compartecipazioni ex art. 102 bis N.O.I.F. and page 77, AC Milan 2008 annual report
  7. ^ "Calaiò e Ghezzal a segno Il Siena affonda il Cagliari". la Repubblica (in Italian). 14 September 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Astori resta al Cagliari" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Astori seeks Milan return". Sky Sports. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Astori resta al Cagliari" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  11. ^ page 129, AC Milan bilancio 2011 (in Italian)
  12. ^ "Davide Astori è tutto del Cagliari" [Davide Astori is totally for Cagliari]. Cagliari Calcio (in Italian). 22 June 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Brutta botta la frattura del perone, Astori, però, la prende con filosofia: "Non me lo aspettavo, ma fa parte del gioco..."" (in Italian). Goal.com. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Astori rejects Spartak switch". Sky Sports. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Roma complete deal for Astori". Goal.com. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Operazioni di mercato: Davide Astori" (PDF) (in Italian). AS Roma. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Astori rinnova per tre anni" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Official: Astori joins Fiorentina". Football Italia. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "ASTORI E' UN NUOVO CALCIATORE VIOLA". Viola Channel (in Italian). ACF Fiorentina. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  20. ^ "Davide Astori". figc.it (in Italian). Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  21. ^ "L'Italia di Prandelli: 8 novità, tra cui Balotelli e Amauri. Torna Cassano". figc.it (in Italian). Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  22. ^ "Italy v Ivory Coast". eurosport.yahoo.com. Eurosport. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  23. ^ Davide Astori at National-Football-Teams.com
  24. ^ "Ten-man Italy leave it late". FIFA.com. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  25. ^ "Buffon stars as Italy win shootout & bronze". FIFA.com. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  26. ^ "Galliani incorona "I ragazzi sono in giro"" (in Italian). Milan News.it. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  27. ^ "Astori: "Non ho preferenze tra difesa a tre o quattro, Firenze mi è sempre piaciuta: il pubblico è fantastico"" (in Italian). Fiorentina News.com. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  28. ^ Davide Astori profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  29. ^ Davide Astori at National-Football-Teams.com
  30. ^ Davide Astori at National-Football-Teams.com

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