Gaetano Caridi

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Gaetano Caridi
Personal information
Full name Gaetano Caridi
Date of birth (1980-07-22) 22 July 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Reggio Calabria, Italy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1996–1998 Reggina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Chiasso 0 (0)
1999–2000 Pontedera 22 (4)
2000–2002 AlzanoCene 30 (1)
2001 Avellino (loan) 10 (3)
2002–2010 Mantova 266 (50)
2010–2012 Grosseto 64 (17)
2012–2013 Pro Vercelli 18 (1)
2013–2014 Cremonese 38 (4)
2014– Mantova 69 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 September 2012.

Gaetano Caridi, born on 22 July 1980 in Reggio Calabria, is an Italian footballer currently playing for Mantova.


Caridi began his career playing for minor Tuscan club Pontedera. He made his debut with the then-Serie C2 club in 1999, aged 19, playing 22 matches and scoring four goals. He then earned a move to promotion chasing Serie C1 side Alzano Virescit, where he made 15 appearances before being loaned to Avellino in January 2001. With the biancoverdi, he played 10 matches scoring three goals before returning at Alzano.

After 15 league matches played for Alzano in the first half of the 2001-02 season, he was signed by Serie C2 side Mantova in January 2002 after suggestion by then-head coach Roberto Boninsegna.[citation needed]

The 2002-03 season proved to be a turning point for the 22-year-old Caridi. He agreed to sign for free with Mantova and proved instrumental to make telling passes as Mantova came close to promotion. In 2003-04 Caridi made 32 appearances, scoring 8 goals as Mantova earned promotion to Serie C1.

In 2004-05 Mantova earned promotion to Serie B at their first attempt, with Caridi helping to create many of the goals with his technique and vision, as well as scoring 10 goals. In their first season in Serie B Caridi was moved up as a deep lying striker, a role more similar to the likes of Gianfranco Zola.[citation needed] Mantova finish fourth, losing a third consecutive promotion on playoffs to Torino, and Caridi scored 14 league goals in the process. In 2006-07 Caridi confirmed his qualities, scoring an impressive 11 goals in 35 matches, many of them coming from direct free kicks. He was nicknamed "Don Tano" by Mantova fans due to his Southern Italy origins.[citation needed]

In July 2010 he completed his move to Tuscan Serie B team U.S. Grosseto F.C..[1] Caridi played his first match in pre-season friendly on 22 July.[2] On 13 July 2012, Caridi joined newly promoted Serie B club F.C. Pro Vercelli 1892 on a free transfer.

In January 2013 signed a 18-month contract with Cremonese; since the summer of 2014 returned to the military in the Mantova.


  1. ^ "Grosseto: Caridi Il bis del Livorno". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 10 July 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Castello 2000- U.S. Grosseto 0-5" (in Italian). US Grosseto FC. 22 July 2010. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 

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