Giuseppe Abruzzese

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Giuseppe Abruzzese
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Personal information
Date of birth (1981-05-17) 17 May 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Andria, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Central Defender, left back
Club information
Current team
Virtus Francavilla
Number 21
Youth career
000?–1999 Fidelis Andria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Fidelis Andria 44 (2)
1999–2000 Tricase (loan) 20 (1)
2002–2007 Lecce 64 (1)
2006 Avellino (loan) 20 (0)
2006–2007 Triestina (loan) 27 (1)
2007–2009 Grosseto 64 (2)
2009–2014 Crotone 152 (4)
2014–2016 Lecce 73 (4)
2016– Virtus Francavilla 8 (0)
National team
2003 Italy U21 Serie B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 October 2016.

Giuseppe Abruzzese (born 17 May 1981) is an Italian footballer who plays as a defender for Virtus Francavilla.



Born in Andria, the Province of Bari, Abruzzese started his career at hometown club Fidelis Andria. Abruzzese made his professional debut on 17 January 1999, started the match against Torino, which the team lost 0–2 in the away match of Serie B.[1] The team relegated at the end of season, and Abruzzese was loaned from Serie C1 to Serie C2 side Tricase. On 1 July 2000 Abruzzese returned to Andria but tasted relegation again, this time to Serie C2 at the end of 2000–01 Serie C1 season.


In July 2002, he left for Serie B side Lecce in co-ownership deal for undisclosed fee. Andria also signed Stefano Morello and Carmine Nuzzaci as part of the deal for undisclosed fees.[2] In the first season, he played 26 Serie B matches and was selected to Italy under-21 Serie B representative team and won Belgium U21 2–1.[3] Lecce finished as the third and promoted to Serie A.

Abruzzese made his Serie A debut on 31 August 2003 against Lazio, the opening match of 2003–04 Serie A. He made 26 league appearances that season.

In the next season he lost his place both in starting line-up and often as unused substitute, under new coach Zdeněk Zeman who replaced Delio Rossi. After playing 5 league matches for Lecce in 2005–06 Serie A season (all due to the absence of Erminio Rullo), he left for Serie B struggler Avellino in January 2006.[4]

In 2006–07 Serie B season, he left on loan to fellow Serie B team Triestina near the end of transfer window.[5] He started 24 times for the Serie B struggler.


In July 2007, he was signed by Serie B newcomer Grosseto,[citation needed] which he immediately secured a place in starting line-up. Grosseto finished in the mid-table that season and entered the promotion playoffs in next season, which lost to Livorno in the first round/semi-final. Livorno eventually the playoffs winner.


In August 2009, he was signed by Serie B newcomer Crotone.[6] The team made a break through which finished at the 8th (Deducted 1 point, if included, finished the 7th, ahead Grosseto by head to head), just few points away to qualify for the promotion playoffs (the 3rd to the 6th place).


  1. ^ "Match Report". Panini Digiatal (in Italian). (Published by Lega Calcio). 17 January 1999. Retrieved 18 August 2010. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Di Rosa, Angelo (10 July 2002). "Il Palermo a Zamparini". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Lulli, Sandro (13 February 2003). "Baù, Budel e Antonini, il trio Milan batte il Belgio". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Bertozzi, Giorgia; Binda, Nicola (24 December 2005). "Atalanta argentina: preso Osvaldo". La Gazzeeta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Calvi, Giuseppe; Grimaldi, Filippo (27 August 2006). "Croce ad Arezzo Viali al Vicenza Abruzzese a Trieste". La Gazzeeta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "ESCLUSIVA TMW – Crotone, è fatta per Abruzzese". Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 19 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 

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