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 33)
Place of birth Palermo, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
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)
2014–2015 Virtus Entella 8 (0)
2015 Bari (loan) 11 (0)
2015–2016 Vicenza 4 (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.

Leandro Rinaudo (born 9 May 1983) is an Italian footballer who plays as a defender .



A youth product of Palermo, Rinaudo was loaned to Serie C1 club Varese in the first year of Maurizio 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 Venezia.

On 30 August 2003, Rinaudo was loaned to Serie B club Salernitana, also playing for the Salernitana youth team in the 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 served as backup for Christian Terlizzi, Giuseppe Biava, Cristian Zaccardo (right back or centre back) and Andrea Barzagli and therefore only made seven starts in the league, in addition to three starts in the 2005–06 UEFA Cup.

In the 2006–07 Serie A season, near the end of summer transfer window, Rinaudo 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, Rinaudo was sold to fellow Serie A club Napoli for €5.5 million,[3] signing a five-year contract.[4] He was not a regular in his first season at Napoli, however, mainly serving as a backup behind Fabiano Santacroce, Paolo Cannavaro and Matteo Contini

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

Rinaudo did not receive a call-up for the Napoli's first official match of the 2010–11 season, against Elfsborg in the UEFA Europea League.[5] The coach used Cannavaro, Aronica, Campagnaro and Grava in the first three matches and demoted Rinaudo to sixth-choice centre back behind Santacroce (who typically 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] Rinaudo opted for and completed a loan move to Juventus on 31 August for a fee of €600,000, with an option to make the transfer permanent for €5 million,[7] thus re-joining former Napoli teammate Fabio Quagliarella, Palermo teammate 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 a right back; the head coach rested right back Marco Motta and moved Zdeněk Grygera to left back to replace the injured Paolo De Ceglie. That match, Juve defeated Cagliari 4–2. Before the start of the next match, however, a group stage match in the Europa League against Manchester City, Rinaudo was injured and had an operation on the Lumbosacral joint.[10]


On 1 July 2011, Rinaudo returned to Napoli, though he was excluded from 2011–12 UEFA Champions League 25-men senior squad. He still earned a reported €850,000.[11] On 11 January 2012, he was loaned to Serie A strugglers Novara, who sat 18th in the league table at the time.


Rinaudo made several appearances for Livorno. Infamously, he made a nasty, from-behind tackle on Giuseppe Rossi that damaged Rossi's knee and kept him out of football for months. Rinaudo's tackle was so poor that he drew international condemnation.[12]

Serie B[edit]

In the summer of 2014, Rinaudo was signed by Virtus Entella. In January 2015, he was signed by Bari. On 20 September 2015, he was signed by Vicenza.[13] On 20 January 2016, however, he was released.[14]

International career[edit]

Rinaudo never received any call-up from Italy youth teams, though in 2004–05, he received several call-up from Italy under-21 Serie B representative team.[15][16][17][18] He was capped once in international games (also the only game of the team that season) against Bosnia and Herzegovina; he replaced Marco Pomante in the second half. U21 Serie B won 3–2.[19]


  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. ^ "Sfondato il miliardo I soldi delle tv in ingaggi". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 8 September 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Rinaudo deserves to be banned until Rossi returns". Goal.com. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Leandro Rinaudo in biancorosso" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Leandro Rinaudo: risoluzione consensuale" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale n. 99 (2004–05 season)" (PDF). Lega Calcio (in Italian). 14 October 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale n. 152 (2004–05 season)" (PDF). Lega Calcio (in Italian). 19 November 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  17. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale n. 174 (2004–05 season)" (PDF). Lega Calcio (in Italian). 13 December 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  18. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale n. 234 (2004–05 season)" (PDF). Lega Calcio (in Italian). 11 February 2005. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  19. ^ 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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