Nicola Sansone

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Nicola Sansone
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Sansone playing with Italy in 2015
Personal information
Full name Nicola Domenico Sansone
Date of birth (1991-09-10) 10 September 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Munich, Germany[1]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Villarreal
Number 18
Youth career
0000–2002 SV Neuperlach
2002–2010 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Bayern Munich II 32 (2)
2011–2014 Parma 43 (8)
2011–2012 Crotone (loan) 35 (5)
2014–2016 Sassuolo 84 (17)
2016– Villarreal 32 (8)
National team
2007 Italy U17 1 (0)
2009 Italy U18 1 (1)
2009–2010 Italy U19 6 (1)
2012 Italy U20 1 (0)
2012–2013 Italy U21 7 (0)
2015– Italy 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2016

Nicola Domenico Sansone (born 10 September 1991) is an Italian footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Villarreal CF and the Italian national team.

Club career[edit]

Sansone was born in Munich in Germany[1] and his first club was SV Neuperlach. At the age of 10, he transferred to Bayern Munich, where he progressed through the Junior Team. He made his debut for Bayern's reserve team in January 2010, in a 3. Liga match against Dynamo Dresden.[2] He made three more appearances in the 2009–10 season, and was a regular in the team during the 2010–11 season. In October 2010, he was named on the substitutes bench for the first-team in a Bundesliga match against SC Freiburg. He was released in June 2011 after Bayern's reserves were relegated from the 3. Liga.

Sassuolo[edit]

On 21 January 2014, Sansone along with teammates Pedro Mendes and Aleandro Rosi joined Sassuolo from fellow Serie A club Parma. Sansone and Mendes both signed co-ownership deals, for €2.5 million and €500,000 respectively.[3][4] Rosi however made a loan switch from Parma to Sassuolo, as part of the swap with Jonathan Rossini also in temporary deal.[5]

In June 2014 Raman Chibsah and Sansone joined Sassuolo outright for an additional €5.75 million from Parma,[4] as well as Parma bought back Mendes for €2.5 million.[3][6]

Villarreal[edit]

On 7 August 2016, Sansone signed with Villarreal on a five-year contract reported to be in the region of €13 million.[7] He made his club debut in a 1–1 away draw against Granada in La Liga, on 20 August,[8] and scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 away win over Málaga in La Liga, on 10 September.[9]

International career[edit]

Sansone made his U17 debut in November 2007 along with Bayern teammate Roberto Soriano. Both players also called up to 2008 Minsk under-17 International Tournament[10] He scored a goal in the second match, a 3–0 won against Belarus.[11] However, he was not called up to 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship elite round in March.

He played for Italy U19 team on 11 March 2009, the second match of season 2009–10 (for player born on or after 1991), he also called up to the next friendly match against Ukraine (born 1990 team), as Ukraine was preparing for the 2009 final tournament. He scored a goal in that match, a 2–2 draw.[12] He then dropped from the team, as he did not receive a call-up to U18 team (born 1991 class) for a friendly tournament in Slovakia.[13] In November 2009, he was recalled to the U19 team for 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship qualification. He replaced captain Jacopo Sala in the first match, then started in the next two matches as wing forward, partnered with forward Mattia Destro and Nicolao Dumitru against San Marino, ahead Marco D'Alessandro who started in the first match. In the last match against Republic of Ireland, Sansone partnered with Destro in a 442 formation. Sansone then selected in 1[14] of the 3 friendly matches before the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship elite qualification, but never received call-up again, as some of the players were recovered from injury and some players returned from U21 team (Fabio Borini and midfielder Soriano, etc.).

Sansone made his U20 debut in February 2012. He also played an unofficial friendly against Italy under-21 Serie B representative team in December 2011.[15]

On 31 May 2015 Sansone received his first senior national team call-up from Antonio Conte.[16]

On 16 June 2015, Sansone debuted for the senior team after being substituted on for Stephan El Shaarawy in the 68th minute in a friendly to a 1–0 defeat to Portugal.[17]

Style of play[edit]

Sansone is a fast and agile forward with a slender physique and an eye for goal. He possesses good technique and dribbling skills, which enable him to take on opponents in one on one situations. He is capable of playing as a second striker, but his preferred position is as a left winger, a position which allows him to cut into the centre to strike on goal with his favoured right foot or make attacking runs into the area in order to create space for teammates.[18][19][20][21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 22 May 2017[22]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayern Munich II 2009–10 4 0 4 0
2010–11 28 2 28 2
Total 32 2 32 2
Crotone (Loan) 2011–12 35 5 1 1 36 6
Total 35 5 1 1 36 6
Parma 2012–13 26 6 0 0 26 6
2013–14 17 2 2 0 19 2
Total 43 8 2 0 45 8
Sassuolo 2013–14 12 5 12 5
2014–15 35 5 2 3 37 8
2015–16 37 7 1 0 38 7
2016–17 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total 84 17 3 3 2 0 89 20
Villarreal 2016–17 32 8 4 0 8 1 44 9
Total 32 8 4 0 8 1 44 9
Career Total 222 40 10 4 10 1 242 44

International[edit]

As of match played on 15 November 2016.[23]
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2015 1 0
2016 2 0
Total 3 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Nicola Sansone". Parma F.C. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dynamo Dresden gegen FC Bayern München II 2:0 (1:0) - Die 3. Liga". Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. 
  3. ^ a b Parma FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2014 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  4. ^ a b U.S. Sassuolo Calcio S.r.l. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2014 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  5. ^ "Transfer market operations and presentation of newly signed players". Parma FC. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Accordi di compartecipazione con l’US Sassuolo" (in Italian). Parma FC. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Official: Villarreal sign Sansone". Football Italia. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Edoardo Testoni (21 August 2016). "Liga, la prima del Villarreal made in Italy: Soriano e Sansone subito titolari" (in Italian). FoxSports.it. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Sansone: Better with every game". Football España. 11 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "International tournament: team plays against Moldova, Belarus and Russia". FIGC. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Torneo di Minsk: battuta la Bielorussia. Oggi Russia-Italia". FIGC (in Italian). 9 January 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "taccuino". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 9 April 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Under 18: convocati 18 Azzurrini per la "Slovacchia Cup"". FIGC (in Italian). 23 April 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "Match report: Italy 1-1 Germany". DFB (in German). 17 March 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  15. ^ "Nocera, Obiettivo Raggiunto" (in Italian). legaserieb.it. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Stage a Coverciano dal 2 al 4 giugno: trentaquattro Azzurri convocati da Conte" (in Italian). FIGC. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "Sansone: 'A bitter debut'". Football Italia. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "Febbre da '90: i talenti italiani" (in Italian). Sport Mediaset. 29 December 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  19. ^ Andrea Tabacco. "Nicola Sansone, "tedesco" ma con il cuore italiano" (in Italian). Eurosport.com. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  20. ^ Guglielmo Longhi (5 May 2012). "Una sfida da mito tra piccoli Sansone" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "Nicola Sansone" (in Italian). Sky.it. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  22. ^ Nicola Sansone at Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  23. ^ Nicola Sansone at National-Football-Teams.com

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