Leandro Rinaudo

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Leandro Rinaudo
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Personal information
Full name Leandro Rinaudo
Date of birth (1983-05-09) 9 May 1983 (age 32)
Place of birth Palermo, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Virtus Entella)
Number 8
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Palermo 31 (2)
2002–2003 Varese (loan) 7 (0)
2003–2004 Salernitana (loan) 23 (0)
2004–2005 Cesena (loan) 36 (1)
2006–2007 Siena (loan) 27 (1)
2008–2013 Napoli 37 (1)
2010–2011 Juventus (loan) 1 (0)
2012 Novara (loan) 5 (0)
2013–2014 Livorno 21 (1)
2014– Virtus Entella 8 (0)
2015– Bari (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2005 Italy U21 B 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 February 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

Leandro Rinaudo (born 9 May 1983) is an Italian footballer who currently plays as a defender for Serie B club Bari on loan from Virtus Entella.



A youth product of Palermo, he was loaned to Serie C1 club Varese in the first year of Zamparini's era. The loan was pre-matured in January 2003. However he failed to enter the first team as Zamparini bought a couple of players from his former club A.C. Venezia.

On 30 August 2003, he was loaned to Serie B club Salernitana. He also played for Salernitana youth team at Coppa Italia Primavera as overage player.[1]

After Palermo won promotion to Serie A in 2004 as Serie B champion, Rinaudo was excluded from the club's Serie A plan, and was loaned to another Serie B club Cesena, where he started to play as one of the regular starters.

Rinaudo returned to Palermo on 1 July 2005. That season he was the backup for Christian Terlizzi, Giuseppe Biava, Cristian Zaccardo (right back or centre back) and Andrea Barzagli, only made 7 starts in the league, but he also made 3 starts in 2005–06 UEFA Cup.

In the 2006–07 Serie A season, near the end of summer transfer window, he left for fellow Serie A club Siena[2] along with Paul Codrea. Rinaudo partnered with Daniele Portanova as centre back and the team improved in goal conceded which made Rinaudo earn a third return to Palermo. He made 21 starts in Serie A that season, which he mainly competed with Biava for the central back position to partner with Barzagli, and Zaccardo usually as right back and Mattia Cassani sometimes as right winger or left back.


On 4 June 2008, he was sold to fellow Serie A club Napoli for €5.5 million[3] and signed a five-year contract.[4] He was not a regular in his first season at Napoli. Leandro was mainly used as a backup defender behind Fabiano Santacroce, Paolo Cannavaro and Matteo Contini

In 2009–10 season, he made 13 starts with Napoli in Serie A. As Napoli preferred 3–5–2 formation, Salvatore Aronica, Paolo Cannavaro, Gianluca Grava, Hugo Campagnaro and Matteo Contini were usually starters, made Rinaudo the backup centre back.

Rinaudo did not receive a call-up for the Napoli's first official match of the 2010–11 season, against Elfsborg in 2010–11 UEFA Europa League.[5] The coach used Cannavaro, Aronica, Campagnaro and Grava in the first 3 matches and reduced Rinaudo to 6th choice centre back behind Santacroce (who played as unused substitute).


As a result[according to whom?] of not being called up to the opening game for Napoli in Serie A,[6] he opted for and completed a loan move to fellow Serie A Side Juventus on 31 August for a fee of €600,000, with an option to make the transfer permanent for €5M,[7] thus re-joining former Napoli team-mate Fabio Quagliarella, Palermo team-mate Amauri and former Palermo coach Luigi Delneri. Napoli also signed centre back Emílson Cribari on the same day.[8] Rinaudo would be the backup centre back along with Nicola Legrottaglie to cover first choice defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. Rinaudo also set to join Bari but never completed.[9] He made his club debut on 26 September 2010, but unusually as right back. Coach rested right back Marco Motta and moved Zdenek Grygera to left back to replace injured Paolo De Ceglie. That match Juve won Cagliari 4–2. However, before the start of the next match, a group stage match of 2010–11 UEFA Europa League, against Manchester City, he was injured and had an operation on the Lumbosacral joint.[10]


On 1 July 2011 Rinaudo returned to Napoli. He was excluded from 2011–12 UEFA Champions League 25-men senior squad.

On 11 January 2012 he was loaned to Serie A struggler Novara (18th at that time).

International career[edit]

Rinaudo never received any call-up from Italy youth teams. But in 2004–05 season he received several call-up from Italy under-21 Serie B representative team.[11][12][13][14] He was capped once in international games (also the only game of the team that season) against Bosnia and Herzegovina U21. He replaced Marco Pomante in the second half. U21 Serie B won the eastern neighbor 3–2.[15]


  1. ^ "INTER THROUGH TO CUP FINAL". FC Internazionale Milano (inter.it). 28 January 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rinaudo in prestito al Siena, preso Amauri, Godeas al Chievo". US Città di Palermo (in Italian) (ilpalermocalcio.it). 31 August 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "DICHIARAZIONE DI ZAMPARINI". US Città di Palermo (in Italian) (ilpalermocalcio.it). 2 September 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ufficiale: Rinaudo al Napoli". SSC Napoli (in Italian). 4 June 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Gli azzurri verso il match con l'Elfsborg". SSC Napoli (in Italian). 19 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Gli azzurri verso il match di Firenze, prima giornata di Serie A". SSC Napoli (in Italian). 28 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Rinaudo is a Juventus player". Juventus FC. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Dumitru e Cribari al Napoli. Rinaudo alla Juve, Dalla Bona all'Atalanta, Pia' al Portogruaro, Ciano e Diana in prestito alla Cavese. Risoluzione contrattuale per De Zerbi". SSC Napoli (in Italian). 31 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Si chiude il mercato del Bari". AS Bari (in Italian). 31 August 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Rinaudo undergoes operation". Juventus FC. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale n. 99 (2004–05 season)" (PDF). Lega Calcio (in Italian). 14 October 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale n. 152 (2004–05 season)" (PDF). Lega Calcio (in Italian). 19 November 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale n. 174 (2004–05 season)" (PDF). Lega Calcio (in Italian). 13 December 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale n. 234 (2004–05 season)" (PDF). Lega Calcio (in Italian). 11 February 2005. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  15. ^ Di Ragogna, Dante (18 March 2005). "L' Italia si diverte Brilla Vantaggiato". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 1 September 2010. 

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