Luca Caldirola

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Luca Caldirola
Luca Caldirola.jpg
Caldirola with Internazionale in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-02-01) 1 February 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Desio, Italy
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen
Number 3
Youth career
1995–1999 Base 96
1999–2010 Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Internazionale 0 (0)
2010–2011 Vitesse Arnhem (loan) 11 (0)
2012 Brescia (loan) 19 (0)
2012–2013 Cesena 18 (0)
2013 Brescia (loan) 18 (0)
2013– Werder Bremen 40 (1)
2015–2016 SV Darmstadt 98 (loan) 34 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Italy U-16 14 (1)
2007–2008 Italy U-17 9 (0)
2009 Italy U-18 3 (0)
2009–2010 Italy U-19 7 (0)
2010 Italy U-20 1 (1)
2010–2013 Italy U-21 31 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:57, 1 July 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2013

Luca Caldirola (born 1 February 1991) is an Italian footballer who currently plays as a defender for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen. Mainly a centre back, he can also play as a left back.

Club career[edit]

2009–10 season[edit]

Caldirola started his career at Internazionale, where he was the team captain at under-20 level (Primavera) and was occasionally called up to join the first team during the 2009–10 season, without making any appearances, however, on the pitch.[1] Caldirola also played for various youth teams in Lombardy as goalkeeper and midfielder before joined Internazionale[2] at the age of eight.[3] He played in a friendly match for the Inter first team in 2009.[4]

2010–11 season[edit]

On 29 June 2010, Internazionale loaned out Caldirola to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem of the Eredivisie for the entire 2010–11 season; he is the second Italian player to be part of the Arnhem club, after Marco De Marchi.[5] Inter also reduced the age limit of its Primavera team to under-19 in 2010, keeping only three players born in 1991 in the 2010–11 season as back-ups for the first team.

Half of the registration rights of Caldirola — and Luca Garritano — were sold to Cesena as part of the deal that brought defender Yuto Nagatomo to the San Siro in June 2011, after a successful loan.[6] Half of the registration rights of Caldirola was valued €2.5 million; Caldirola signed a four-year contract.[7] Both Caldirola and Garritano returned to Internazionale in a temporary deal for the 2011–12 season.

2011–12 season[edit]

On 7 December 2011, Caldirola made his first team debut for Internazionale in a UEFA Champions League Group Stage match against CSKA Moscow.

On 4 January 2012, Internazionale confirmed that Caldirola signed a loan deal until the end of the season with the Serie B outfit Brescia.[8]

2012–13 season[edit]

In June 2012, the co-ownership deal was renewed and Caldirola reported to Cesena in pre-season on 10 July 2012, where he played the first half of the season for the Romagna club before again being loaned to Brescia in January 2013, where he finished the campaign with 15 league appearances.

In June 2013 Inter bought back Caldirola for €2.5 million, with Riccardo Melgrati and Thomas Pedrabissi moved to Cesena outright for €750,000 and €1 million respectively; Cesena also signed Yago Del Piero in co-ownership deal for €250,000, thus the deals only involves €500,000 cash to Cesena.[9]

Werder Bremen[edit]

On 26 June 2013, SV Werder Bremen confirmed the signing of Luca Caldirola from Internazionale on a four-year contract,[10] for a €2.5 million transfer fee.[11] Upon signing for the Bundesliga club, Caldirola stated: "Werder is a great opportunity for me, I immediately said that I would like to switch to Werder. The club has a great tradition."

SV Darmstadt 98 (loan)[edit]

On 15 July 2015, Caldirola was loaned out for a season to SV Darmstadt 98.[12]

International career[edit]

Caldirola has represented his native country of Italy at all youth levels, from under-16 to under-20.[13]

On 17 November 2010, he made his debut with the Italy under-21 team in a friendly match against Turkey in a 2–1 victory played in Fermo.

In 2009, he participated at the UEFA Under-19 Championship with the Italians.

In May 2011, he was called-on by Ciro Ferrara to play the games of the 2011 Toulon Tournament. Under the management of Devis Mangia, in 2012, Caldirola was named captain of the under-21 side, where he led the Azzurini in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.


  1. ^ "Luca Caldirola joins SBV Vitesse". FC Internazionale Milano. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "NAMES FOR THE FUTURE: LUCA CALDIROLA". FC Internazionale Milano. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Three youngsters with first team for TIM Trophy". FC Internazionale Milano. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "TIM Trophy: Inter 1–0 AC Milan". FC Internazionale Milano. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Vitesse huurt Caldirola van Internazionale" (in Dutch). Vitesse. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Transfer market: Nagatomo belongs to Inter now". FC Internazionale Milano. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  7. ^ A.C. Cesena SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2012 (Italian)
  8. ^ "Mercato: Caldirola, prestito al Brescia". FC Internazionale Milano (in Italian). 4 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  9. ^ AC Cesena SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013 (Italian)
  10. ^ "Transfer fix! Vier-Jahresvertrag für Luca Caldirola" (in German). Werder Bremen. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  11. ^ FC Internazionale Milano SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013 (Italian)
  12. ^ "Lilien leihen Luca Caldirola von Werder Bremen aus" (in German). SV Darmstadt 98. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "NOME: CALDIROLA LUCA" (in Italian). Retrieved 16 August 2010. 

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