Emanuele Giaccherini

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Emanuele Giaccherini
Emanuele Giaccherini BGR-ITA 2012.jpg
Giaccherini with Italy in 2012
Personal information
Full name Emanuele Giaccherini
Date of birth (1985-05-05) 5 May 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Bibbiena, Italy
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in) [1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Sunderland)
Number 17
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2011 Cesena 97 (20)
2004–2005 Forlì (loan) 22 (1)
2005–2007 Bellaria Igea (loan) 37 (3)
2007–2008 Pavia (loan) 28 (9)
2011–2013 Juventus 40 (4)
2013– Sunderland 32 (4)
2015– Bologna (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2012– Italy 21 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2014

Emanuele Giaccherini (Italian pronunciation: [emanuˈɛle d͡ʒakkeˈrini]; born 5 May 1985) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a attacking midfielder for Italian Serie A club Bologna, on loan from English club Sunderland, and the Italy national football team.

He began his career at Cesena, and after loans at three lower-league clubs, helped them to consecutive promotions to reach Serie A. He then left to Juventus, where he won the league title in both of his seasons, before joining Sunderland on a four-year deal in 2013.

Giaccherini has earned over 20 caps for the Italy national football team, helping the nation to the final of UEFA Euro 2012 and third place at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Style of play[edit]

Giaccherini is a consistent, energetic, quick, hard-working and versatile player. He is capable of aiding his team defensively,[2] but also offensively, due to his ability to make attacking runs,[2] contributing with goals, and assists, due to his reliable distribution.[3] He was initially deployed as a winger on either flank early in his career, due to his technical dribbling ability, agility, acceleration, and balance, which aid him in beating players in one on one situations.[3] He is capable of playing anywhere in midfield, however, and has more recently been deployed as a central midfielder or as an attacking midfielder.[2]

Club career[edit]


Born in Bibbiena, Tuscany, Giaccherini started his professional career at Romagna team Cesena. He scored 15 goals in the group stages of the Campionato Nazionale Primavera in the 2003–04 season.[4] He was then sent out on loan to Lega Pro clubs Forli, Bellaria Igea and Pavia for 4 seasons.

Cesena was relegated to the Lega Pro Prima Divisione in 2008, when Giaccherini returned and was partnered with Simone Motta in attack. Cesena came top of the Prima Divisione in June 2009. Due to their good defensive record Cesena finished as runner-up in the 2009–10 Serie B season and was therefore promoted to Serie A, where Giaccherini was partnered with Guilherme do Prado, Dominique Malonga, Ezequiel Schelotto and Cristian Bucchi in attack, none of whom managed to hit double figures.

In August 2010 Cesena offered a new contract to Giaccherini as his current contract was due to expire in 2012.[5]

In the 2010–11 Serie A season Giaccherini remained a first-choice starter and was partnered with wing-forward Schelotto and Erjon Bogdani. The club once again reached the top of the table but went on a winless run after the third match as a result of which Luis Jiménez replaced Schelotto as Giaccherini's new attacking partner. Giaccherini managed to score in 7 matches that season, including a goal in a 2–0 win against Milan and once in a 2–3 lose to Inter. He also scored a brace on 6 March as Cesena beat Sampdoria 3–2, and managed 3 more goals in the last 7 matches of the season.

He made 4 assists in his maiden Serie A season which was one short of Luca Ceccarelli.


On 25 August 2011, Giaccherini officially transferred to Juventus on a €3 million co-ownership with Cesena retaining 50% of his contract.[6] He made his competitive debut for Juventus against Parma. On 8 December 2011, he scored his first goal for the Bianconeri, an angled solo effort in a 2–1 win over Bologna in the Coppa Italia.[7] He scored his first Serie A goal for the club on 21 January 2012, scoring the second in a 2–0 victory over Atalanta on a volley from Luca Marrone. Three days later he scored the first goal in Juventus' 3–0 Coppa Italia victory against Roma. Due to injuries and suspensions to first choice centre midfielders Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal, Conte has played him in a more central role. Juventus won the Serie A title unbeaten that season and reached the final of the Coppa Italia, losing to Napoli.

In June 2012 Juve bought him outright for €4.25 million that will keep him until June 2015.[8] Juventus won the Supercoppa Italiana against Napoli and retained the Serie A title during the 2012–13 season. They also reached the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia and the Quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, losing, in both competitions, to the respective winners, Lazio and Bayern Munich.

On 11 July 2013, Juventus manager Antonio Conte confirmed the sale of Giaccherini to English Premier League side Sunderland, in order to raise funds.[9]


Giaccherini (front) playing for Sunderland in 2013

Sunderland confirmed the signing of Giaccherini on 16 July 2013, on a four-year contract[10] after joining up with his new team during their pre-season training camp near Lake Garda.[11]

He made his debut on 17 August, in a 1–0 defeat at home to Fulham.[12] In his second match of the campaign, he scored a headed goal as Sunderland drew 1–1 away to Southampton on 24 August.[13] His first cup goal came on 24 September 2013 in a 2–0 League Cup win against Peterborough.[14] His second league goal, came in the following game at home to Liverpool, on 29 September 2013. He was the first to react as Simon Mignolet spilled a Ki Sung-Yueng shot, and finished from six yards.[15] On 22 February 2014 Giaccherini scored his fourth goal from a 25-yard shot in a 4–1 loss against Arsenal.[16]

Giaccherini appeared as a 77th-minute substitute for Lee Cattermole in the League Cup Final on 2 March, but was unable to prevent Sunderland losing 3–1 to Manchester City.[17] On 17 April, Giaccherini came on as a substitute with Sunderland trailing 1–0 in the league at Manchester City, and assisted both of Connor Wickham's goals as Sunderland went on to draw 2–2. He scored his fifth goal of the season, and fourth in the league, on 27 April 2014, when he scored the third goal in Sunderland's 4–0 win against Cardiff City, a result which saw Sunderland move out of the relegation zone.[18]

Giaccherini chose to remain at Sunderland for the 2014–15 season, despite missing out on a place in Italy's squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, he suffered an injury in a pre-season match with Real Betis which ruled him out of the start of the season.[19] He then suffered an ankle injury in a 0–0 dray at Burnley F.C. in September, ruling him out for several more weeks.[20] After suffering another ankle injury in Fevruary in a 3–1 FA Cup win at Fulham F.C. Giaccherini was ruled out for the rest of the season.[21] On 24 May 2015, Giaccherini made his comeback on the last day of the season when he came off the bench for the last fifteen minutes in a 1–3 away defeat to Chelsea.[22]

Bologna (loan)[edit]

On 31 August 2015 Giaccherini returned to Italy, joining newly promoted Serie A side Bologna on a season long loan.[23] He suffered yet another injury on 14 September, in a 2–0 away league defeat to Sampdoria, on his debut with the club.[24]

International career[edit]

Giaccherini lining up at Euro 2012

Giaccherini was included in Cesare Prandelli's 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2012. He won his first cap for Italy starting as a left wing-back in a 3–5–2 formation against World Cup champions and defending European Champions Spain on 10 June.[25] Italy eventually reached the final of the tournament, facing Spain once again, and suffering a 4–0 defeat.

Giaccherini opened the scoring after only 19 seconds of Italy's friendly against Haiti in Rio de Janeiro on 11 June 2013, played to raise funds for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The goal was the fastest in Azzurri history, one second quicker than Salvatore Bagni's goal against Mexico in 1984.[26]

2013 Confederations Cup[edit]

Giaccherini was included in the 23-man Italy squad for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil. Giaccherini played in every match of the tournament and was one Italy's most important players throughout the competition;[27] in the opening game against Mexico on 16 June, he assisted Mario Balotelli's match-winning goal.[28][29] In Italy's second match against Japan, a pass across goal by Giaccherini was deflected by Atsuto Uchida, who scored an own goal;[30] the match ended 4–3 to Italy, qualifying them for the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in their history.[31] Giaccherini scored Italy's temporary equaliser against hosts Brazil in the final group match, although they eventually lost the match 4–2.[32]

He started in the semifinal against Spain, which ended in a 0–0 draw, although Giaccherini hit the post in extra time. Spain went through to the final after winning the resulting shootout 7–6.[33] Italy managed to win the bronze medal match 3–2 on penalties against Uruguay, after a 2–2 draw following extra time, with Giaccherini netting Italy's last penalty before Gianluigi Buffon won the match for Italy by saving Walter Gargano's spot kick.[34] Due to his exploits throughout the tournament, the Brazilian fans gave him the nickname Giaccherinho.[27]


Club statistics[edit]

As of 3 June 2015.
Team League Season League Cup1 Europe2 Other Cups3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Forlì (loan) Serie C2 2004–05 22 1 0 0 22 1
Bellaria Igea Marina (loan) 2005–06 30 1 0 0 30 1
2006–07 7 2 0 0 7 2
Bellaria Igea Marina Total 37 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 3
Pavia (loan) Serie C2 2007–08 28 9 2 1 30 10
Cesena Lega Pro Prima Divisione 2008–09 29 5 4 2 33 7
Serie B 2009–10 32 8 2 1 34 9
Serie A 2010–11 36 7 0 0 36 7
Cesena Total 97 20 6 3 103 23
Juventus Serie A 2011–12 23 1 4 2 27 3
2012–13 17 3 3 0 4 0 1 0 25 3
Juventus Total 40 4 7 2 4 0 1 0 52 6
Sunderland Premier League 2013–14[35] 24 4 8 1 32 5
2014–15[36] 8 0 3 0 11 0
Sunderland Total 32 4 11 1 0 0 0 0 43 5
Career Total 256 41 26 7 4 0 1 0 287 48

1Includes Coppa Italia, Coppa Italia Serie C, Coppa Italia Lega Pro, Football League Cup and FA Cup.

2Includes UEFA Champions League.

3Includes Supercoppa Italiana.


Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 6 0
2013 12 3
2014 3 0
Total 21 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 June 2013 Estádio São Januário, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Haiti 1–0 2–2 Friendly
2. 22 June 2013 Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil  Brazil 1–1 2–4 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
3. 18 November 2013 Craven Cottage, London, England  Nigeria 2–2 2–2 Friendly






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