Francesco Bolzoni

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Francesco Bolzoni
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-05-07) 7 May 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Lodi, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Internazionale 1 (0)
2009–2010 Genoa 0 (0)
2009–2010Frosinone (loan) 25 (0)
2010–2013 Siena 67 (4)
2013–2016 Palermo 60 (4)
2016–2017 Novara 15 (0)
2017– Spezia 16 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Italy U17 8 (0)
2007 Italy U20 1 (0)
2007–2010 Italy U21 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 January 2018

Francesco Bolzoni (born 7 May 1989) is an Italian footballer who plays for Serie B club Spezia as a midfielder. He is a former Italy U21 international.

Club career[edit]


Bolzoni started out at San Colombano al Lambro before joining Inter's academy.[1] Bolzoni has played for every academy team from the Esordienti (under-13) to the Primavera (under-20).

During the season 2006–2007, Bolzoni was part of the winning side, when the reserve won the Campionato Nazionale Primavera (under-20 Italian Championship).

He made his first-team debut on 1 February 2007, playing 26 minutes of 2006–07 Coppa Italia) semi-final return leg against U.C. Sampdoria at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

On 19 September 2007, Bolzoni, along with Esposito and Puccio, was selected for the first time in the 20-men squad for the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League match against Fenerbahçe. However, he failed to make his debut in the UEFA Champions League, on that day. In the following match against PSV Eindhoven he came on as a substitute for Santiago Solari in the 70th minute, making his first UEFA Champions League appearance.

On 12 December, during an away match against PSV Eindhoven, Bolzoni started his first UEFA Champions League match, and also played the whole 90 minutes. The game ended in 1–0 win for Internazionale.[2]

Bolzoni renewed his contract with the club until 30 June 2012 in 2008.[1]

On 24 May 2009, in a match against Cagliari he made his Serie A debut for Inter coming in as substitute for Cristian Chivu.


In July 2009, it was announced that Bolzoni had signed for Genoa along with Leonardo Bonucci for €3M each as part of the deal that saw Thiago Motta sign for Internazionale for €10 million.[3]

In August 2009, he was loaned to Frosinone for €200,000.[3][4][5]


In July 2010, Siena signed Bolzoni on loan for €400,000[6] with an option to acquire 50% of his economic rights,[7] fact that occurred on 22 June 2011,[8] for €1,050,000.[6] On 23 June 2012 Siena bought him outright for another €425,000.[9]


On 31 July 2013, Bolzoni left Siena's pre-season camp[10] and completed the transfer to U.S. Città di Palermo on the next day, for €1 million in a 4-year contract.[11]


On 1 February 2016, he was signed by Novara on a free transfer.[12][13]


On 31 August 2017 Bolzoni joined fellow Serie B club Spezia, with Daniele Sciaudone moved to opposite direction.[14][15][16] Bolzoni was assigned number 7 shirt.[17]

International career[edit]

On 5 October 2007, Pierluigi Casiraghi called up Bolzoni, although still 18 years old, to form part of the Italy U-21 national team for the matches against Croatia and Greece.[18]

On 21 November 2007, he made his debut for the Italy U-21 national team, in a qualification match against Faroe Islands but did not make the final 23-man squad for the tournament.


Inter Youth team


  1. ^ a b "Bolzoni extends Inter stay". 15 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "PSV Eindhoven vs. F.C. Internazionale Match Report". 12 December 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 31 December 2009 (in Italian)
  4. ^ "L'UNDER 21 BOLZONI VA AL FROSINONE". (in Italian). 17 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 31 December 2010 (in Italian)
  6. ^ a b AC Siena Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (in Italian)
  7. ^ "Bolzoni in prestito al Siena". (in Italian). 7 August 2010. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bolzoni resta all'A.C.Siena Riscattata la metà del cartellino". (in Italian). 22 June 2011. 
  9. ^ AC Siena SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (in Italian)
  10. ^ "Bolzoni ha lasciato il ritiro" (in Italian). AC Siena. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  11. ^ U.S. Città di Palermo S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  12. ^ "RISOLUZIONE CONSENSUALE PER BOLZONI" (Press release) (in Italian). Palermo: U.S. Città di Palermo. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "UFFICIALE, BOLZONI E' UN NUOVO CALCIATORE DEL NOVARA" (Press release) (in Italian). Novara: Novara Calcio. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Calciomercato Novara, con lo Spezia scambio Bolzoni-Sciaudone" [Football market Novara, with Spezia exchange Bolzoni–Sciaudone]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). Novara. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  15. ^ "Mercato: Francesco Bolzoni per la mediana spezzina" [Market: Francesco Bolzoni for the midfield] (Press release) (in Italian). La Spezia: Spezia Calcio. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "Ufficiale: Francesco Bolzoni si trasferisce allo Spezia" [Official: Francesco Bolzoni is transferred to Spezia] (Press release) (in Italian). Novara: Novara Calcio. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017. 
  17. ^ "Serie B '17-'18: assegnati i numeri ai nuovi acquisti" [Serie B 17–18: assigns numbers to new signings] (Press release) (in Italian). La Spezia: Spezia Calcio. 2 September 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017. 
  18. ^ "Italy U21 call-ups for Alfonso, Bolzoni". 5 October 2007. 

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