Manuele Blasi

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Manuele Blasi
Manuele Blasi - SSC Neapel (2).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-08-17) 17 August 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Civitavecchia, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chennaiyin FC
Number 6
Youth career
1996–1998 Roma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Roma 5 (0)
1998–1999Lecce (loan) 12 (0)
2000–2002 Perugia 46 (0)
2002–2007 Juventus 40 (0)
2002–2003Perugia (loan) 30 (0)
2003–2004Parma (loan) 12 (0)
2006–2007Fiorentina (loan) 31 (1)
2007–2011 Napoli 60 (0)
2009–2010Palermo (loan) 14 (0)
2011–2012 Parma 6 (0)
2012 Lecce 16 (0)
2012–2013 Pescara 12 (0)
2013–2015 Varese 34 (0)
2015– Chennaiyin FC 13 (0)
National team
1996 Italy U-15 10 (1)
1996–1997 Italy U-16 10 (0)
1998–1999 Italy U-18 10 (0)
2000 Italy U-20 4 (0)
2000–2002 Italy U-21 6 (0)
2004–2005 Italy 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 December 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2005

Manuele Blasi (born 17 August 1980) is an Italian football midfielder who currently plays for Indian Super League club Chennaiyin FC.

Club career[edit]

Primarily a central midfielder, Blasi made his Serie A debut for A.S. Roma in a match against Piacenza on 22 January 2000. he also played for Lecce at Serie B before returned to Roma. In mid-2000 he was signed by Perugia at (first in co-ownership deal for a peppercorn of 1 million Italian lire; €516). Which he played 46 Serie A matches. In June 2001, he was signed permanently for 18 billion lire (€9.296 million)),[1][2] however, in terms of the signing of Giuseppe Cattivera also for 18 billion lire.[3]

In July 2002, he was signed by Juventus for about €17.7 million,[4] and loaned back to Perugia in the first season.

In the second season he joined Parma.[5] He was suspended due to test positive for nandrolone[6] until March.[7]

Juventus[edit]

Blasi returned to Juventus F.C. in 2004, under Fabio Capello, his coach at Roma; he received his first Italy call-up in August.[8] In his first season with Juventus, he was often partnered with his former Roma teammate Emerson in the centre of the team's midfield, in Capello's 4–4–2 formation, fighting off competition from Stephen Appiah and Alessio Tacchinardi for a starting spot, and collecting 27 appearances as Juventus won the league title.[9][10][11][12][13]

The following season, due to the injuries of Jonathan Zebina and Gianluca Pessotto, he often played as a right-back. Due to the arrival of Patrick Vieira and the emergence of Giorgio Chiellini, however, he often found a lack of first team opportunities both in midfield and defence,[9][10][11][12][13] although he was awarded a new contract extension, which would keep him with the club until 2009.[14] He made six starts for the club throughout the season, as the team won a second consecutive league title.[12][13]

While waiting for the outcome of the 2006 Italian football scandal sentences, which ultimately saw Juventus relegated to Serie B and stripped of their previous two league titles due to their involvement in Calciopoli,[12][13] Blasi joined Fiorentina on a loan with an option to buy,[15] under Cesare Prandelli, who had previously also been his coach at Parma.

Napoli[edit]

Along with his former Juventus teammate Marcelo Zalayeta, Blasi was sold to newly promoted Serie A team Napoli for €1.4M and €2.45 million respectively in co-ownership deal in the summer of 2007.[16][17] He signed a 5-year contract with the club.[16] In June 2008, Napoli bought the remaining half of the player's registration rights from Juventus for €2.6 million.[18]

On 31 August 2009, Blasi was loaned to Palermo[19][20] after he had played the opening match of the season against Salernitana in the Coppa Italia on 16 August.[21] On 20 May 2010 he joined A.C. Milan on loan exclusively for a three-game friendly tournament in the United States.[22]

Lecce[edit]

On 27 January 2012, Blasi signed with Serie A side Lecce during the January transfer window.[23]

Pescara[edit]

On 7 August 2012, Blasi joined the newly promoted Serie A side Delfino Pescara 1936 on a one-year deal.

International career[edit]

At youth level, Blasi played for the Italy U-15 team, the Italy U-16 team in 1997 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship qualifying; the Italy U-18 team at the 1999 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship, where they lost out to the Portugal U-18 side in the final;[24][25] and the Italy U-20 team at the 2000 Toulon Tournament. He also played for the Italy U-21 side at the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, as a starter, due to the injury of Enzo Maresca;[26] he partnered Matteo Brighi, Andrea Pirlo and Marco Marchionni in midfield, as they reached the semi-finals.[27]

Manuele Blasi has also played for the Italian senior national team, for which he debuted on 18 August 2004 in a 2–0 friendly away loss against Iceland, at the age of 24, which was also manager Marcello Lippi's first match in charge of the national side.[28] In total he made eight appearances for Italy between 2004 and 2005.[29]

Style of play[edit]

A dynamic, tenacious, combative, and hard-working box-to-box midfielder, with notable stamina, a powerful shot from distance, and good ball-winning abilities, Blasi is a tactically versatile player, who is capable of playing as a right-sided or central midfielder, or even as a defensive midfielder in the centre of a three-man midfield, where his main function is to break down opposition plays and distribute the ball to his teamamtes. He is also known for his leadership and team spirit, although he has also drawn criticism at times from his managers for committing too many rash fouls and for having a tendency to pick up cards.[9][10][11][12][13][30][31][32] Primarily a midfielder, throughout his career, he has also played as a right-back on occasion. Due to his technical characteristics and wide range of skills, he has also been deployed as a deep-lying playmaker in midfield, in front of the back-line, courtesy of his good feet, distribution, and ability to switch the play.[12][13][32][33][34]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1998–99 Lecce Serie B 12 0 6 0 18 0
1999–2000 Roma Serie A 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
2000–01 Perugia 20 0 1 0 21 0
2001–02 26 0 4 0 30 0
2002–03 30 0 5 0 2 0 37 0
2003–04 Parma 12 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
2004–05 Juventus 27 0 1 0 8 0 36 0
2005–06[35] 13 0 3 0 5 0 21 0
2006–07[36] Fiorentina 31 1 2 0 33 1
2007–08[37] Napoli 27 0 3 0 30 0
2008–09 32 0 0 0 5 0 37 0
2009–10 0 0 1 0 1 0
Palermo 9 0 9 0
Career total 235 1 28 0 21 0 284 1

International[edit]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Chennaiyin FC[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "CAMPAGNA TRASFERIMENTI" (PDF). AS Roma (in Italian). 28 June 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2001. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  3. ^ AS Roma SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2001 (in Italian)
  4. ^ A.C. Perugia S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2003 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
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  6. ^ "Drugs duo face ban". BBC. 10 December 2003. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
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  8. ^ "Lippi looks for fresh approach". UEFA.com. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c Ben Lyttleton (16 December 2007). "Five football teams built by Fabio Capello". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c Paolo Bandini; Sid Lowe (14 December 2007). "How Capello won his nine league titles". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c "Capello, qualità al centro con Vieira-Emerson" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 26 July 2005. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f Stefano Bedeschi (16 August 2016). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Manuele BLASI" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Il pallone racconta: Manuele Blasi" (in Italian). Il pallone racconta. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "Blasi nets new Juve deal". UEFA.com. 16 September 2005. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "Ufficiale l'arrivo di Manuele Blasi". ACF Fiorentina (in Italian). 21 June 2006. Archived from the original on 30 June 2006. Retrieved 30 June 2006. La Fiorentina comunica di aver acquisito a titolo temporaneo con diritto di riscatto le prestazioni sportive del centrocampista Manuele Blasi, classe 1980, dalla Juventus FC. 
  16. ^ a b "Blasi e Zalayeta al Napoli" (in Italian). SSC Napoli. 21 August 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  17. ^ "Six-Monthly Report at 31 December 2007" (PDF). Juventus FC. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  18. ^ "Agreements with S.S.C. Napoli S.p.A." (PDF). Juventus FC. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  19. ^ "Preso Blasi dal Napoli" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  20. ^ "Blasi in prestito al Palermo, Montervino ceduto alla Salernitana" (in Italian). SSC Napoli. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  21. ^ "Napoli-Salernitana 3–0". SSC Napoli (in Italian). 16 August 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  22. ^ http://sport.repubblica.it/news/sport/calcio-milan-aggregati-7-giocatori-per-tournee-usa/3781923
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  24. ^ Manlio Gasparotto (26 July 1999). "L' Italia a un passo dall' Europa" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  25. ^ Erik Garin (3 February 2004). "European U-18 Championship 1999". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  26. ^ "Holders' high expectations". UEFA.com. 14 May 2002. Archived from the original on 8 December 2005. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  27. ^ GIANLUCA MORESCO (26 May 2002). "Piccola Italia, maledetto golden gol" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  28. ^ "Pessimo esordio per Lippi Italia sconfitta in Islanda" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  29. ^ "Blasi, Manuele" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
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  34. ^ Reja: "Blasi può essere vice-Liverani"[permanent dead link] Stadionews.it (in Italian)
  35. ^ "2005–06 Profile" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  36. ^ "2006–07 Profile" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  37. ^ "2007–08 Profile" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 

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