Michele Pazienza

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Michele Pazienza
Michele Pazienza - SSC Neapel (2).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-08-05) 5 August 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth San Severo, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Foggia 88 (6)
2003–2007 Udinese 52 (0)
2005–2007 Fiorentina (loan) 44 (0)
2007–2008 Fiorentina 8 (0)
2008–2011 Napoli 106 (4)
2011–2012 Juventus 8 (0)
2012 Udinese (loan) 15 (1)
2012–2015 Bologna
2015– Vicenza

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michele Pazienza (Italian pronunciation: [miˈkɛle patˈtsjɛntsa]; born 5 August 1982) is an Italian footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Italian club Reggiana in Lega Pro.


Pazienza was born in San Severo (Foggia province) and grew up in A.C.D. Foggia's youth team. He made his debut with the first team in Serie C2 in 2000. Pazienza played with Foggia until 2003, scoring 6 goals in 88 appearances, and helping the team reach the promotion play-offs in 2002, and promotion to Serie C1 in 2003.[1]

The following season he then transferred to Udinese, also making his Serie A debut with the club.[1] After making 52 appearances in his two seasons with the club, he left on loan to Fiorentina for the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons,[2] and was then purchased outright by the club in June 2007;[3] in total, he made 52 appearances for the team.[1] During the 2008 winter transfer window, he was purchased by Napoli for a fee of €4.8 million.[4] In total, he made 106 appearances for the club, scoring 4 goals.[1]

On 9 June 2011 Pazienza signed a 3-year contract with Juventus on a free transfer.[3][5] After only making 8 appearances under Antonio Conte, he moved on loan from Juventus back to Udinese on 31 January 2012, where he played the remainder of the season, making 15 appearances and scoring a goal, for a total of 23 Serie A appearances that season. On 30 August 2012 he was purchased by Bologna.[1]

On 14 July 2015 Pazienza was signed by Vicenza Calcio on a free transfer;[6] he was awarded the number 4 shirt.[7]

In 2016, he transferred to Lega Pro side Reggiana.[8]

Style of play[edit]

Although Pazienza primarily excels as a ball winner, and at breaking down opposition attacks, he is also capable of aiding his team offensively, due to his stamina, work-rate, dynamism, finesse, and ability to make attacking runs into the area; he is also able to aid his team creatively and is an effective assist provider.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Michele Pazienza: la carriera" (in Italian). Bologna F.C. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Alessio Calfapietra (25 August 2005). "UFFICIALE: Pazienza alla Fiorentina" (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Pazienza set for Juve". Sky Sports. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Pazienza waits for Napoli". Football Italia. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Official: Juventus complete signing of Michele Pazienza from Napoli". Goal.com. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Michele Pazienza in biancorosso" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Numerazione maglie Prima Squadra s.s. 2015-2016" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Pazienza verso la Reggiana" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Pazienza, quantità e qualità per la Juve" (in Italian). Juventus.com. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "UFFICIALE: PAZIENZA ALLA JUVE FINO AL 2014!" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 

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