Mirko Ranieri

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Mirko Ranieri
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Assisi, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[citation needed]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Perugia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Perugia 0 (0)
2008–2012 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2009–2010 Ipswich (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Basingstoke Town (loan) 2 (0)
2011–2012 Viareggio (loan) 18 (0)
2013–2014 Gubbio 0 (0)
National team
2008 Italy U16 4 (0)
2008 Italy U17 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 November 2014.

Mirko Ranieri (born 8 February 1992) is an Italian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. He is without a club after being released by Tottenham Hotspur.

Club career[edit]

Perugia[edit]

Born Assisi, Italy, Ranieri was brought up in Perugia where at school he won medals in football, athletics and chess. He began his career with Perugia, making 18 appearances for Perugia's Under-18s, plus 12 games for the first team in friendlies.

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

On 30 June 2008, English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur announced they had signed Ranieri following his appearances for Italy at Under-16 level and he would join up the Academy group of players.[1] Spurs' sporting director Damien Comolli described Ranieri as '6 ft 2in and an excellent shot-stopper. His distribution and decision-making is improving all the time. He is a highly-intelligent individual and another very good young goalkeeper we have attracted to the club'.[2]

Loan to Ipswich Town[edit]

On 9 November 2009, English Championship side Ipswich announced that Ranieri would join on loan until the end of the season as cover for regular youth goalkeeper Ian McLoughlin who was unavailable to play in the FA Youth Cup because of age restrictions for that competition,[3] unfortunately Ranieri suffered a broken leg that ended his season early.[4]

Loan to Basingstoke Town[edit]

On 18 February 2011, English Conference South side Basingstoke Town signed Ranieri on a one-month loan,[5] during which time he made 2 appearances.

Loan to Viareggio[edit]

On 8 August 2011, Italian third division club Viareggio signed Ranieri on loan until the end of the season.[6] Ranieri made a promising start to his time at Viareggio, establishing himself as the club's first choice goalkeeper. Later however, his form dropped badly. He made several match deciding errors and misjudgements and in January 2012 Viareggio signed Massimo Gazzoli as his replacement. In the remaining games of the season he became the club's third choice goalkeeper, behind both Gazzoli and Giorgio Merlano - who he had originally displaced as first choice.[7]

International career[edit]

Ranieri played once in 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship qualification.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ranieri to join academy". Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Comolli coup Spurs secure Ranieri". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ranieri joins from Spurs". Ipswich Town. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mirko Ranieri". Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ranieri loan to Basingstoke". Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ranieri loan to Esperia". Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mirko Ranieri 2011-12". glory-glory.co.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  8. ^ http://en.archive.uefa.com/competitions/under17/history/season=2009/round=15211/group=701138.html

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