Calabria with Milan in 2016
|Full name||Davide Calabria|
|Date of birth||6 December 1996|
|Place of birth||Brescia, Italy|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 March 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2018
Calabria has been with A.C. Milan since 2006, playing for the club's youth teams of different age groups up until Primavera (U-19). He received his first ever call-up to the senior team ahead of the away game against S.S. Lazio played on 25 January 2015; he, however, remained an unnused substitute. He made his Serie A debut on 30 May 2015 against Atalanta, replacing Mattia De Sciglio at the 84th minute in a 1–3 away win. On 15 July 2015 Calabria was officially promoted to the first team. He made his first start in a 3–2 win over Palermo on 22 September, playing 49 minutes, and was highly praised for his performance. He scored his first professional goal for AC Milan against AS Roma on matchday 26 of the 2017/18 Serie A season.
In June 2017, he was included in the Italy under-21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship by manager Luigi Di Biagio. Italy were eliminated by Spain in the semi-finals on 27 June, following a 3–1 defeat. Italy were eliminated in the semi-finals following a 3–1 defeat to Spain on 27 June.
Style of play
Calabria is a quick and modern full-back who likes to get forward and support his team's attacking moves. His strong overlapping offensive runs, crossing ability, and solid technique caused problems for Juventus in the 2016 Coppa Italia Final although it was him who did not chase Alvaro Morata down his flank properly to prevent a creation of scoring opportunity. Regarded as a promising young player, defensively, his positioning, decision-making, and tackling are commendable, and he has also drawn praise from pundits and former footballers for his maturity and personality in spite of his youth. Although he is not physically dominant, he is gifted with good pace and stamina, and can also recover to his defensive position quickly, which enables him to cover the flank effectively. A former midfielder in his youth, while he is mainly deployed as a right-back, he is a highly versatile player who is capable of playing in several positions, and is equally adept at left-back due to his ability with both feet, despite being naturally right-footed.
- As of match played 17 March 2019.
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