Nicola Leali

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Nicola Leali
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Personal information
Full name Nicola Leali
Date of birth (1993-02-17) 17 February 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Olympiacos
(on loan from Juventus)
Number 31
Youth career
Brescia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Brescia 19 (0)
2012– Juventus 0 (0)
2012–2013 Lanciano (loan) 37 (0)
2013–2014 Spezia (loan) 42 (0)
2014–2015 Cesena (loan) 29 (0)
2015–2016 Frosinone (loan) 34 (0)
2016– Olympiacos (loan) 13 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Italy U16 6 (0)
2009 Italy U17 3 (0)
2010–2011 Italy U18 2 (0)
2010–2012 Italy U19 12 (0)
2012–2013 Italy U20 4 (0)
2013–2015 Italy U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 July 2014

Nicola Leali (born 17 February 1993) is an Italian professional footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Olympiacos on loan from Juventus.

Club career[edit]

Brescia[edit]

Born in Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy, Leali began his youth career with Brescia Calcio and played for the Brescia Primavera from 2009 to 2011. During the 2009–10 Serie B season, Sergio Viotti trained with first team instead and did not played for the reserve, but in the 2010–11 season, it was Leali who earned promotion to the first team. Michal Hrivňák was the first choice of the reserve (12 games) while Leali played 9 games. He also began his professional career with Brescia, after being called up to the first team for the first time in 2010. Initially, Leali was the club's third-choice goalkeeper for the 2010–11 Serie A season, behind veterans Matteo Sereni, and Michele Arcari, and was called up to the bench 17 times following an injury to Sereni, who terminated his contract with Bresica after failing to regain his place in the team following his return from injury. Leali made his Serie A debut for the club on 15 May 2011 in a 1–0 loss versus A.C. Cesena. He officially was promoted to the first team in July 2011, ahead of the 2011–12 Serie B campaign after the club's relegation from Serie A in 2011. He began the new season as the club's first choice goalkeeper, ahead of the aforementioned Arcari and fellow Brescia youth product Andrea Caroppo, although he eventually lost his place. In the second half of season Michele Arcari became the first choice after Leali was heavily linked with a transfer to other Italian teams.

Juventus and loans[edit]

In June 2012 Leali traveled to Turin to have a medical in Clinica Fornaca di Sessant and Istituto di Medicina dello Sport in order to formalize a possible transfer to Juventus. The deal was officially completed on 3 July 2012, for a fee of €3.8 million.[1]

On 30 August 2012, Leali was sent out on loan to Serie B side, Lanciano on a one-year loan agreement. During his loan stint at the second tier club, Leali appeared in 37 league matches. Leali returned to Juventus on 30 June 2013.

Upon his Juventus return, he was once again loaned out, to Serie B side Spezia Calcio on 30 July 2013. He joined the second-tier outfit on a one-season loan deal with an option to purchase half of the player's contract at the conclusion of the 2013–14 Serie B season.[2] He made his debut for Spezia on 25 August 2013 in a 0–0 home draw against Cittadella, and finished the season with 39 league appearances. He returned to Juventus on 30 June 2014 upon the expiration of the loan agreement.

On 7 July 2014, Leali officially joined newly promoted Serie A side Cesena on a season-long loan deal that expired on 30 June 2015.[3] Leali also signed a new 5-year contract with Juve in 2014.[4]

On 13 July 2015, Leali officially joined newly promoted Serie A side Frosinone on a season-long loan deal that expires on 30 June 2016.[5] Leali was the first choice, ahead Francesco Bardi.

On 7 July 2016, Leali officially joined 2016–17 season, Superleague Olympiakos on a season-long loan deal that expires on 30 June 2017, with a reported €3 million buying clause at the end of the season.[6] Οn 22 September 2016, according to Sergio Battistini manager of the Olympiakos goalie, has been decided that Leali will play in the UEFA games, as well as the Greek Cup, and Greek Stefanos Kapino will be Paulo Bento's first choice for the League. [7] [8]

On 9 and 16 March 2017, Leali was the starting goalkeeper in both UEFA Europa League last 16 legs against Besiktas, but was largely held responsible for his team's elimination due to at least three serious goalkeeping errors, one in the home game and two on the road; the respective matches ended 1-1 and 4-1 to the Turkish side.[9]

International career[edit]

Leali has represented Italy at the U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20, and U-21 levels. He also notably represented Italy at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in Israel.

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