Mattia De Sciglio
De Sciglio with Milan in August 2012
|Full name||Mattia De Sciglio|
|Date of birth||20 October 1992|
|Place of birth||Milan, Italy|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Full back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2015.
Mattia De Sciglio (Italian pronunciation: [matˈtiːa de ˈʃʃiʎʎo]; born 20 October 1992) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Milan in Serie A and the Italian national team. De Sciglio joined Milan as a youngster and went on to make his professional debut in 2011. By the end of following season, he had become a regular in the line-up, being able to play on both sides of the field. De Sciglio has represented the Italy national team and Italy U21 national team, and also played for the Italy U19 national team. He made his senior international debut in March 2013, in a friendly match against Brazil. He was part of the Italian squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup.
A native of Milan, De Sciglio started playing football as a child at the Santa Chiara e San Francesco parish recreation centre in the nearby municipality of Rozzano, before moving to local amateur team Cimiano in 2001.
The following year, aged ten, he joined A.C. Milan's youth system, where he spent nine seasons. In 2010, he was a member of the under-20 squad who won the Coppa Italia Primavera, 25 years after the team's last success in the competition.
At the start of the 2011–12 season De Sciglio was officially included in the first team squad by manager Massimiliano Allegri. He made his professional debut on 28 September 2011, coming on as a substitute in a UEFA Champions League group stage home game against Viktoria Plzeň, which Milan won 2–0. He was given his first start (and second overall appearance) in a 2–2 away draw against the same team on 6 December. Four months later, on 10 April, De Sciglio also made his league debut, playing as a starter in a 1–0 away win over Chievo. The following month, on 6 May, he played in his first Milan derby against city rivals Inter, replacing an injured Daniele Bonera midway through the first half of a 4–2 loss.
As from the 2012–13 season De Sciglio was assigned the number 2 shirt, which he called "very important" as in the past it was worn "by great players like Mauro Tassotti and Cafu", adding that he hoped to "live up to their standards". Throughout the season, De Sciglio became a regular in the starting line-up thanks to a series of convincing performances. He made 33 appearances in the 2012-13 season, managing three assists in the process. He played as both a left back and right back, showing competence on either flank.
The 2013-14 season was a frustrating one for De Sciglio. He missed 20 matches in total due to various injuries which limited him to making just 21 appearances for the season in all competitions. On May 18, De Sciglio was sent off in Milan's game against Sassuolo .De Sciglio healed in time to participate with his national side Italy in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
De Sciglio won eight caps for Italy under-19 between 2010 and 2011, including two appearances and one goal in the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship qualifying round. Subsequently, he represented Italy under-20, winning five caps between 2011 and 2012. On 25 April 2012, he made his debut for Italy under-21, coming on as a substitute midway through the second half of a friendly match against Scotland, which Italy won 4–1. For the under-21 side, he went on to make four further appearances, all in 2012.
Less than four months after making his debut for the under-21 side, De Sciglio received his first call-up to the Italy senior team, as manager Cesare Prandelli named him to the squad for a friendly match against England to be played on 15 August 2012. However, he was left as an unused substitute in the 2–1 defeat. He went on to make his debut for the senior team on 21 March 2013, in a friendly match against Brazil that ended in a 2–2 draw.
After appearing in Italy's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, De Sciglio was chosen under Prandelli to take part at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made his World Cup debut during the tournament, although Italy were eliminated in the first round.
Style of play
De Sciglio is primarily a right-sided full-back, who can play comfortably also on the left side due to his ability with his left foot. Former Milan player Alberigo Evani, who coached him during the 2007–08 season, described De Sciglio as "a fast runner, with good technique", and also as "a versatile footballer". Along with fellow Italian fullback Davide Santon, De Sciglio's precocious displays for Milan and the Italian National side have caused players, managers and pundits to describe him as the heir apparent of Paolo Maldini; he has also been compared to former Milan right-back Mauro Tassotti. His managers have also praised him for his maturity, tenacity and composure, both when attacking or defending.
- As of 30 May 2015
- All appearances in UEFA Champions League
- As of 16 June 2015 
|Italy national team|
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- Mattia De Sciglio career statistics at Soccerbase
- Mattia De Sciglio at National-Football-Teams.com
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