|Date of birth||3 August 1993|
|Place of birth||Rome, Italy|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
(on loan from Sassuolo)
|2012–2013||→ Perugia (loan)||28||(8)|
|2018–||→ Internazionale (loan)||34||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2019
Matteo Politano (Italian pronunciation: [matˈtɛːo poliˈtaːno]; born 3 August 1993) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Serie A club Internazionale on loan from Sassuolo, and the Italy national team.
Of Calabrian origin from Fiumefreddo Bruzio, Politano is a youth product of A.S. Roma, with whom he won the 2010 "Allievi" U17 league, as well as the 2011 Campionato Nazionale Primavera and the 2012 Coppa Italia Primavera. He was the sixth highest scorer of Roma's youth squad in the 2011–12 season (7 goals), behind Junior Tallo, Nicolás López, Gianluca Leonardi, Federico Viviani and Giammario Piscitella. In July 2012, Politano was loaned to Perugia. He made his professional debut in the Coppa Italia. Politano was the starting forward in the 2012–13 Lega Pro Prima Divisione, with 3 goals in first 5 league matches in September.
On 30 June 2013, Pescara signed Politano (€500,000) and Piscitella (€1.5 million) as part of the deal that Caprari returned to Roma (€2 million) ; however, Caprari returned to Pescara again (€1.5 million) for Piscitella (€1.5 million) in January 2014.
On 30 June 2018, Politano signed for Inter on a season-long loan deal from Sassuolo, with an option to buy in June 2019. He played his 100th Serie A match on 16 September in a 1–0 shock loss to Parma at home.
Politano received his first Italy U19 call-up against the Italy U20 "C" side in December 2011. He then played two times during the team's 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship elite qualification campaign (featuring as a substitute for Elio De Silvestro) and appeared in two friendlies before the elite round of the competition.
On 5 November 2016, Politano was called up to the senior squad for the first time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Liechtenstein and a friendly match against Germany by manager Gian Piero Ventura. He later made his senior international debut for the national team on 28 May 2018, under manager Roberto Mancini, starting for Italy in a 2–1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia. On 20 November 2018, he scored his first goal for Italy on his second cap in the 94th minute of a 1–0 friendly match win over the United States, held in Genk.
Style of play
Politano is a quick and diminutive left-footed player, with en eye for goal, who is gifted with pace, vision, good technique, and dribbling ability at speed, as well as good close control and first-time passing ability in close spaces. A versatile player, he is usually deployed as a winger, and is capable of playing on either flank, as well as in numerous other attacking roles across the front line, including as a second striker. He also possesses a good shot from distance, and is a threat from set-pieces.
Updated 14 May 2019 
|Perugia (loan)||Lega Pro||2012–13||28||8||3||0||–||2||0||33||8|
|Inter (loan)||Serie A||2018–19||34||5||2||0||10||1||–||46||6|
- Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.
|1.||20 November 2018||Luminus Arena, Genk, Belgium||United States||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
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