Fabio Sciacca

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Fabio Sciacca
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Personal information
Full name Francesco Fabio Sciacca[1]
Date of birth (1989-05-16) May 16, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Catania, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vicenza
Number 18
Youth career
?–2004 Paternò[2]
2004–2009 Catania
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2014 Catania 26 (0)
2012 Grosseto (loan) 16 (1)
2013–2014 Ternana (loan) 2 (0)
2014– Vicenza 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 December 2014.

Francesco Fabio Sciacca (born May 16, 1989 in Catania),[3] known as Fabio Sciacca, is an Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Vicenza.

Club career[edit]

AC Paternò[edit]

Sciacca started his career in the youth ranks of A.C. Paternò 2004 and remained with the club until July 2004, when the club folded leaving the player without a team.[2] He was successively signed by hometown club, Calcio Catania, where he later served as captain for the Primavera under-19 team.[4]

Calcio Catania[edit]

Sciacca remained in Catania's youth system until 2009, but was called up to the first team squad for much of the 2008–2009 Serie A season, by then coach, Walter Zenga. He made his Serie A debut on April 26, 2009 as a half-time substitute for Cristian Llama versus relegation battlers U.S. Lecce, along with fellow youth teammate Vito Falconieri.[5] With Catania in a safe position in the league table, head coach Walter Zenga often used a number of young players in the latter part of the season in order to let them gain top level experience. In a total of 5 substitute appearances since April 26, 2009, Sciacca has provided a string of impressive performances, which also ensured himself a place in the starting lineup against A.S. Roma on May 16. In that game Catania wound up losing 4–3 thanks to a 92nd-minute goal from Cristian Panucci. Sciacca assisted Catania's first goal and set up the second goal in that fixture. He remained in the first team squad for the 2009–2010 Serie A campaign, however injuries have limited the youngster to just 6 appearances in all competitions. He returned to full fitness in December 2010, and finally re-joined the first team and began to play regularly under new coach, Diego Simeone.

On 7 January 2012, along with team mate Keko, Sciacca joined U.S. Grosseto F.C. on a 6-month loan. Both players returned to Catania on June 30, 2012[6] Following his return to the Sicilian club, Sciacca's campaign was hampered by injuries.

On 23 July 2013, Sciacca transferred to Serie B side Ternana on a season-long loan deal.[7]

International career[edit]

Sciacca's good performances at senior level with Catania also ensured him a first call-up from the Italian Under-20 team for a May 19 game against Germany.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). p. 12. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 143 DEL 28 SETTEMBRE 2004" (PDF) (in Italian). Lega Calcio Serie C. September 28, 2004. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Lo specchietto dell'ottimista" (in Italian). CalcioCatania.com. May 15, 2009. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Calcio, Catania; Zenga: L'Udinese sta facendo un gran lavoro" (in Italian). KataWeb News. March 14, 2009. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Il Catania perde a Lecce. Buona la prima dei giovani" (in Italian). CataniaOggi. April 26, 2009. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  6. ^ http://www.calciomercato.com/mercato/catania-keko-e-sciacca-a-grosseto-898703
  7. ^ http://www.ilcalciocatania.it/article.php?id=29057
  8. ^ "Fabio Sciacca in Nazionale Under 20" (in Italian). CalcioCatania.com. May 13, 2009. Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved May 16, 2009.