Quagliarella playing for Torino in 2015
|Full name||Fabio Quagliarella|
|Date of birth||31 January 1983|
|Place of birth||Castellammare di Stabia, Italy|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2002–2003||→ Fiorentina (loan)||12||(1)|
|2003–2004||→ Chieti (loan)||43||(19)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2015.
He represented Italy from under-18 to under-21 youth levels before his debut for the senior national team in 2007. He was part of the UEFA Euro 2008 and 2010 FIFA World Cup squads. He wears the number 27 in honour of Niccolò Galli, a former friend and youth academy team-mate of his who used to wear this number; Galli died in a road accident in 2001.
In 2002, given the limited opportunity to play, he was sent on loan to Fiorentina, at that time in Serie C2; in Florence he scored just one goal in 12 games. In January, the coach Alberto Cavasin decided to cease the loan. Torino then sent him on loan to Chieti in Serie C1. In Abruzzo also the following season, 2003–04, when again in Serie C1, he scored 17 goals in 32 games. His time in Chieti ended with a total of 19 goals in 43 games and at the end of the season he returned to Torino, in view of the 2004–05 season in Serie B.
At Torino he was partially a starter, and, with 7 goals in 34 games, contributed to the promotion to Serie A: However, as a result of the bankruptcy of Torino Calcio, in August 2005, he was released on a free transfer and accepted a contract with Ascoli. With Ascoli, he was ensured a starting spot in the lineup in 2005–06; scoring his first goal in Serie A on 21 December 2005 in Ascoli-Treviso (won 1–0).
Udinese, Ascoli, Sampdoria
Quagliarella signed with Udinese in summer 2005. However, Udinese immediately sold half of his registration rights to newly promoted Ascoli as part of a co-ownership deal. Quagliarella stayed at Ascoli for just one season, scoring just 3 times in 33 Serie A appearances, and his rights were bought back in full by Udinese in June 2006 for undisclosed fee.
On 7 July 2006 Udinese sold co-ownership of Quagliarella, along with Mirko Pieri, to Sampdoria in exchange for the transfer of Salvatore Foti. Quagliarella's half was tagged for €1.5 million and Pieri for €0.5 million, while Foti tagged for €2 million, made the deal not involve money. During the 2006–2007 season with the blucerchiati, Quagliarella scored 13 goals in league play and earned attention worldwide due to the spectacular nature of many of his goals. His breakout season at Sampdoria led to a call-up to the Italian national team and numerous rumors of a high-profile transfer abroad.
Following his breakout 2006–07 season, Quagliarella was wanted by both Udinese and Sampdoria. The two clubs were unable to comes to terms on his co-ownership deal and went to a blind auction on 21 June 2007. In the auction, Sampdoria bid €6.5 million, but were outbid by Udinese who paid €7.15 million to reclaim full ownership of Quagliarella. That window also formed a 4-club 4-way swap, which Udinese acquired Quagliarella from the fund of selling Vincenzo Iaquinta (€11.3M); Sampdoria while acquired Andrea Caracciolo as replacement (€4.25M in co-ownership) and lastly Fabrizio Miccoli replaced Caracciolo at Palermo (€4.3M).
At Udinese, Quagliarella started the 2007–08 season slowly, scoring just once in the season's first 11 games. However, he soon found his footing at the club, forming a dangerous strike partnership with Antonio Di Natale and scoring a total of 12 goals in the 2007–08 season. This led to Quagliarella securing a place in the Italian squad for the Euro 2008 competition. Fabio continued his goal scoring at Udinese in the 2008–09 season, reaching 21 goals in all competitions, including 8 goals in the UEFA Cup where Udinese reached the quarter-finals.
On 1 June 2009, Quagliarella moved to his hometown club Napoli for a transfer fee of €18 million, where he signed a 5-year deal. At Napoli, he was partnered with Ezequiel Lavezzi and attacking midfielder Marek Hamšík, and managed to score 11 goals in Serie A to help Napoli qualify for the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League with a 6th-place finish in the league. He played his last match for Napoli in Europa League, in a 1–0 win over IF Elfsborg. He was an unused bench in the second leg, which Walter Mazzarri used new signing Edinson Cavani partnered with Lavezzi, who the former scored a brace to help the team qualify.
On 27 August 2010, Quagliarella signed for Juventus on loan for a fee of €4.5 million with the Bianconeri having the option to sign him permanently for €10.5m. Before the winter break, he was the team's top scorer with 9 league goals in 17 appearances. However, he was injured on 6 January 2011 (right knee anterior cruciate ligament), in the first match after the winter break, losing to Parma 1–4. He would miss the rest of season. He was unable to play for Juventus in the Europa League, as he had already appeared against IF Elfsborg for Napoli earlier in the competition.
On 22 June 2011 Quagliarella signed a three-year deal to stay with Juventus for €10.5 million which will keep him until 2014. On 1 April 2012, He scored his third goal of the season against his former club Napoli and refused to celebrate due to his Neapolitan roots. On 30 April 2012, Quagliarella signed a 12-month extension that will keep him until the summer of 2015.
On 22 September 2012, Quagliarella scored two goals in Serie A match against Chievo Verona. On 10 November 2012, Quagliarella scored his first hat-trick against Delfino Pescara 1936 in a match that Juventus won 6–1. In the Champions League, he scored his first goal in the 2–2 against Chelsea.
Return to Torino
On 17 July 2014 Torino purchased Quagliarella outright for €3.5 million, payable over three years. This signalled his return to Torino after nine years, signing a three-year contract. Upon his return, Quagliarella scored the 3–0 on 7 August 2014 from a penalty kick in the third round of the 2014–15 Europa League against Brommapojkarna.
In his first Serie A match back at the club, he won a penalty after being fouled by Nemanja Vidić of Inter Milan, but Marcelo Larrondo missed it and the game finished goalless. The following round, Quagliarella scored his first goal in Serie A for Torino against Cagliari on 24 September 2014 to secure a 2–1 win. He then scored his first goal in Europe with Torino on 2 October 2014 against Copenhagen, with a penalty in the 93rd minute to secure a 1–0 win for the Granata. On 1 February 2015 he scored his first hat-trick for Torino in Serie A against Sampdoria, ending 5–1. On 26 April 2015, he scored the decisive goal against Juventus, 2–1, which handed a victory to Torino in the Turin derby after exactly 20 years.
Quagliarella played for the Azzurrini from 2000–01 to the 2004–05 season. He made his debut for U17 team (equivalent to now Italy U18) on 5 September 2000 against Slovakia. In the next season he was the member of Italy U19 team at 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying, the first edition since the name change. (Refer to the age of the participant at the final stage of the tournament instead of at the beginning of qualification.)
Following his impressive performances with Sampdoria in 2006–07, Quagliarella was called up to the Azzurri squad for a friendly against Romania in February. However, it was delayed by the match cancellation due to fan riots in Serie A that weekend.
Later he played for the Azzurri in March for a Euro 2008 qualifier against Scotland, and made his debut as a substitute, replacing Luca Toni in the final minutes. In Kaunas on 6 June 2007, on his first start for Italy, he scored his first two goals for them in a 2–0 win over Lithuania in a vital Euro 2008 qualifier. On 6 February, he scored Italy's third goal in their 3–1 triumph over Portugal in an international friendly in Zurich. In June 2010 he scored a header against Switzerland in Italy's final friendly before the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
He was included in the Italian Euro 2008 squad and the Italian 2010 World Cup squad. During the second half of the 3–2 defeat to Slovakia in a Group F game at South Africa World Cup 2010, he executed a beautiful 25-yard chip to bring the score to 3–2. Coach Marcello Lippi had only given him 45 minutes in one of Italy's most shameful world cup knockouts, in which Fabio managed to give teammate Antonio Di Natale a rebound goal, have a volley cleared off the line by Slovak defender Martin Škrtel, have an equalizing goal controversially ruled offside, and score the aforementioned wonder goal. This match was also incidentally his 21st cap for Italy, having scored 7 goals for them since making his national team debut back in 2007.
On 2 September 2014, Quagliarella was recalled to the national team for a friendly match against the Netherlands and a Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway.
Style of play
Quagliarella is primarily known for his accurate and powerful striking ability from distance, as well as his ability in the air, and his penchant for scoring spectacular goals. He is capable of playing anywhere along the front line, and has previously been deployed as a winger, a second striker, and even as an attacking midfielder, due to his reliable technique and his tendency to provide assists for team-mates earlier on in his career.
- As of 26 April 2015.
3Includes Supercoppa Italiana.
- Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.
|1.||6 June 2007||Kaunas, Lithuania||Lithuania||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification|
|3.||6 February 2008||Zürich, Switzerland||Portugal||3–1||3–1||Friendly|
|4.||5 June 2010||Geneva, Switzerland||Switzerland||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|5.||24 June 2010||Johannesbourg, South Africa||Slovakia||2–3||2–3||2010 World Cup|
|6.||7 September 2010||Florence, Italy||Faroe Islands||4–0||5–0||Euro 2012 qualifier|
|7.||17 November 2010||Klagenfurt, Austria||Romania||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
- Serie A (3): 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
- Supercoppa Italiana (2): 2012, 2013
- Coppa Italia Runner-up (1): 2011–12
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