Manuel Pasqual

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Not to be confused with Manuel Pascali.
Manuel Pasqual
Manuel Pasqual.jpg
Pasqual playing for Fiorentina in 2007
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-03-13) 13 March 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth San Donà di Piave, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Empoli
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Derthona 15 (3)
2000–2001 Pordenone 30 (1)
2001–2002 Treviso 2 (0)
2002–2005 Arezzo 108 (13)
2005–2016 Fiorentina 302 (15)
2016– Empoli 14 (0)
National team
2006– Italy 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 June 2015

Manuel Pasqual (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmaːnwel paˈskwal]; born 13 March 1982) is an Italian professional footballer who currently plays for Empoli and the Italy national football team. He is an offensive left-back, who is well known for his crossing ability;[1][2] he is also capable of playing as a wide midfielder or as wing-back on the left in a 3–5–2 formation.[1][3] Pasqual is a dead ball specialist and often took free-kicks as well as corners for the Viola, providing several assists from his curling set pieces and crosses.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After a couple of seasons playing for lowly-placed Serie D teams such as Derthona and Pordenone, Pasqual joined Serie C1's A.C. Arezzo in January 2002, having previously played for Treviso, at that point also a team in Serie C1. Pasqual became a key player at Arezzo, and one of the main catalysts for promotion into Serie B. Pasqual played one more remarkable season for Arezzo.

Fiorentina[edit]

Pasqual joined Fiorentina on 4 July 2005 in joint-ownership. He made his Serie A debut on 18 September 2005 against Udinese, a game which finished 4–2. His good form in his first Serie A season made him earned a call up from Marcello Lippi. Fiorentina making a full bid for his services in June 2006.[4]

At Fiorentina, Pasqual became known for his powerful left foot and foraging runs. After a disappointing dip in form during the 2007–2008 season, Pasqual was highly linked with the likes of Juventus and Napoli, and was almost certain to leave with the arrival of Juan Vargas. However Vargas' disappointing form in defense allowed him to move forward, and Pasqual made a grand return in the 2008–2009 season silencing many of his critics with his performances and even scoring his first goal in over two years.

In July 2009, Pasqual signed a new 3-year contract with Fiorentina.[5] He extended his contract again in November 2011.[6]

Since the 2012–13 season, Pasqual has been Fiorentina's team captain.[7]

Empoli[edit]

On 31 May 2016, Pasqual signed with Empoli[8] in a 2-year contract.[9]

International career[edit]

Pasqual's performances earned him a national team call up by then Italy coach Marcello Lippi, who capped him for a friendly match against Germany, played at his club's home stadium in Florence, the Stadio Artemio Franchi, on 1 March 2006. Italy sensationally won the match by 4–1, with Pasqual coming on in the last minute as a substitute for Mauro Camoranesi.[10] He has also attracted the attention of Italy's new coach after the 2006 World Cup triumph, Roberto Donadoni, who succeeded Marcello Lippi, called him up for Italy's Euro 2008 qualification matches against Lithuania and France in September and matches against Ukraine and Georgia in October. On 10 September 2013, he was capped by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic. He was named in Prandelli's 30-man provisional squad for the tournament on 13 May 2014,[11] but was cut from the final 23-man squad named on 1 June.[12]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 8 May 2016[13]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Derthona 1999–00 15 0 0 0 15 0
Total 15 0 0 0 15 0
Pordenone 2000–01 30 1 0 0 30 1
Total 30 1 0 0 30 1
Treviso 2001–02 2 0 2 0 4 0
Total 2 0 2 0 4 0
Arezzo 2001–02 10 0 0 0 10 0
2002–03 31 1 1 0 32 1
2003–04 28 2 1 0 2 1 31 3
2004–05 39 0 3 0 42 0
Total 108 3 5 0 115 4
Fiorentina 2005–06 35 1 4 0 39 1
2006–07 34 0 2 0 36 0
2007–08 29 0 2 0 9[a] 0 40 0
2008–09 19 1 1 0 2[b] 0 22 1
2009–10 21 0 3 0 5[c] 0 29 0
2010–11 34 1 0 0 34 1
2011–12 32 0 2 0 34 0
2012–13 35 2 3 1 38 3
2013–14 26 0 4 1 5[b] 0 35 1
2014–15 20 2 1 0 7[b] 1 28 3
2015–16 17 0 1 0 3[b] 0 21 0
Total 302 7 23 2 31 1 356 10
Career totals 457 11 30 2 31 1 520 15
  1. ^ All appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b c d All appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ All appearances in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

As of match played on 16 June 2015. [14]
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 2 0
2013 3 0
2014 4 0
2015 1 0
Total 10 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ESCLUSIVA TMW - Fiorentina, ag.Pasqual: "Ripensamenti sul contratto"" (in Italian). tuttomercatoweb.com. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Manuel Pasqual un esempio per tutti". tutto-viola.it (in Italian). Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Giovanni Galli: "Pasqual devastante in attacco, ma Montella…"" (in Italian). fiorentinanews.com. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Fiorentina get all of Pasqual". UEFA.com. 2006-06-16. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Pasqual rinnova per tre anni" (in Italian). ACF Fiorentina. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  6. ^ "Manuel Pasqual rinnova fino al 2014". Viola Channel (in Italian). ACF Fiorentina. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Serie A: Fiorentina without captain Manuel Pasqual for four weeks". skysports.com. SKY. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Official: Empoli sign Pasqual". Football Italia. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Preso Manuel Pasqual" (in Italian). Empoli F.C. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Italy vs. Germany". Soccerway. 1 March 2006. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "World Cup 2014: Striker Giuseppe Rossi in Italy's provisional squad". BBC Sport. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "World Cup 2014: Italy omit Giuseppe Rossi from final squad". BBC Sport. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Manuel Pasqual at Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  14. ^ Manuel Pasqual at National-Football-Teams.com

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