Perin with Italy U19 in 2010.
|Full name||Mattia Perin|
|Date of birth||10 November 1992|
|Place of birth||Latina, Italy|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2005–2006||A.S.D. Pro Cisterna|
|2011–2012||→ Padova (loan)||25||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Pescara (loan)||29||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014
He began his career with Genoa in 2010, and has remained at the club ever since, aside from two season-long loan spells with Padova in 2011–12, and Pescara in 2012–13. At international level, he was an unused member of the Italy national team that took part at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and made his senior debut later that year.
Born in Latina and a product of the Genoa youth system, Perin was promoted to first team squad on January 2010, as a third-choice goalkeeper, and received the 88 jersey. He appeared on the bench in the matches against Grosseto (20 October 2010), Vicenza (24 November), Inter (12 January 2011) and Lazio (14 May). He made his professional and Serie A debut on 22 May 2011, playing as a starter in the 3–2 home victory against Cesena.
In 2011–12 season Perin played once for Italy under-21 Serie B representative team and twice for Italy national under-20 football team, both feeder teams of U21. He received his first call up for the Italian senior team by head coach Cesare Prandelli, for the friendly match against England held on 15 August 2012 in Bern.
Perin was included in Prandelli's provisional 30-man squad ahead of 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and then confirmed in the 23-man squad as the third choice goalkeeper behind Gianluigi Buffon and Salvatore Sirigu. He became the youngest player of the squad and the only one who had no previous caps.
On 9 April 2016, Perin suffered an injury with Genoa in which he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and damaged his meniscus in his right knee, which would cause his absence as Italy's third goalkeeper at the UEFA Euro 2016.
Style of play
Considered one of the most promising young Italian players in his position, Perin is an agile and dynamic keeper, who is highly regarded for his excellent reactions, positional sense and consistency; possessing good technique, he is gifted with strong all-round fundamental goalkeeping skills, and is also known for his speed and ability to come off his line to collect the ball. Due to his attributes and playing style, he has been compared to Walter Zenga.
- As of 14 February 2016
- As of 2 July 2015
|Italy national team|
- Genoa vs. Cesena 3-2
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- GESSI ADAMOLI (23 September 2014). "Il volo di Perin vale venti milioni" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
- Giovanni Battista Terenziani (29 November 2012). "Serie A: Italia, che scuola di portieri" (in Italian). Calciomercato.com. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- Mattia Perin at Soccerway
- Mattia Perin at National-Football-Teams.com