Paolo Cannavaro

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Paolo Cannavaro
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Paolo Cannavaro
Personal information
Full name Paolo Cannavaro
Date of birth (1981-06-26) 26 June 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Sassuolo
Number 28
Youth career
1995–1998 Napoli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Napoli 2 (0)
1999–2006 Parma 92 (4)
2001–2002 Verona (loan) 24 (1)
2006–2014 Napoli 236 (8)
2014– Sassuolo 41 (0)
National team
1996 Italy U15 2 (0)
1996 Italy U16 3 (0)
1999–2000 Italy U18 6 (0)
2001 Italy U20 1 (0)
2002–2004 Italy U21 18 (0)
2007 Italy 0 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 August 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 April 2015

Paolo Cannavaro (born 26 June 1981) is an Italian footballer who plays for Sassuolo as a defender.

Early life[edit]

Cannavaro was born in Naples on 26 June 1981.[1] He is the younger brother of the retired football defender Fabio Cannavaro.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Cannavaro made his professional debut for his hometown side S.S.C. Napoli during the 1998–99 season in Serie B, while he was 17 years old. The following season he was signed by Parma, playing alongside his older brother Fabio Cannavaro in his first season at the club. Paolo's debut for Parma came when he replaced his brother as a substitute in Parma's 4–1 victory against Lecce.

Cannavaro in 2009

Parma and Verona[edit]

Verona took the player on loan during the 2001–02 season, Cannavaro turned out 25 times for the club, scoring his first professional goal. The successive year he returned to Parma where he spent much of the time as a substitute for the following two seasons (2002–2003, 2003–2004). During the 2004–2005 season, Cannavaro became more active in the first team at Parma, making 24 appearances scoring 4 goals from defence, also helping the club to reach the 2004-05 UEFA Cup semi-final.

Napoli[edit]

As Napoli were promoted back into Serie A, and were building a squad with potential, Cannavaro was brought back to his first club.[3] After helping to re-establish the club in the top flight of Italian football, Cannavaro was installed as captain and lifted the club's first major trophy in more than 20 years when Napoli defeated Juventus 2-0 in the Coppa Italia final on 20 May 2012.[4] Napoli were defeated 4-2 in extra time in the 2012 Supercoppa Italiana by Juventus, in Rome.

In December 2012 Cannavaro was handed a 6-month ban for failing to report an attempt of match fixing by then Napoli goalkeeper Matteo Gianello.[5] On 17 January 2013, the ban was revoked by the FIGC after appeal and Napoli's two-point deduction was reversed.[6][7]

Sassuolo[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Cannavaro joined Sassuolo on loan for the remainder of the season, helping the newly promoted club to avoid relegation. He was sent back to Sassuolo for the 2014-15 Serie A season.

International career[edit]

As a youngster, Cannavaro played for Italy under-21 national football team on 18 occasions between 2002 and 2004, notably representing the Italy under-21 side at the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, where they reached the semi-finals. He has since followed in the footsteps of his older brother by earning his first call up for the Italian national senior team, under manager Roberto Donadoni, on 13 October 2007, for a friendly match against South Africa on 17 October, although he did not make an appearance during the match.[8][9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Up to and including the 19 October 2013

Season Team League Italian Cup Europe Total
Comp Games Goals Games Goals Comp Games Goals Games Goals
1998–1999 Napoli B 2 0 0 0 2 0
1999–2000 Parma A 1 0 0 0 1 0
2000–2001 A 4 0 1 0 UC 3 0 8 0
2001–2002 Verona A 24 1 2 0 26 1
2002–2003 Parma A 14 0 2 0 16 0
2003–2004 A 16 0 4 0 UC 6 0 26 0
2004–2005 A 28 1 1 0 UC 12 0 41 1
2005–2006 A 29 3 2 0 31 3
Parma total 92 4 10 0 21 0 123 4
2006–2007 Napoli B 39 2 4 1 43 3
2007–2008 A 34 0 5 0 39 0
2008–2009 A 30 0 1 0 I+UC 2+4 0+0 37 0
2009–2010 A 33 1 1 0 34 1
2010–2011 A 32 2 1 0 UEL 7 0 40 2
2011–2012 A 32 2 5 0 UCL 7 0 44 2
2012–2013 A 32 1 1 0 UEL 2 0 35 1
2013–2014 A 4 0 0 0 UEL 0 0 4 0
Napoli total 236 9 16 1 21 0 278 9
Career total 328 13 26 1 42 0 427 14

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Napoli

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paolo Cannavaro". UEFA. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Captain Cannavaro paving his own way". FIFA. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cannavaro Paolo" (in Italian). SSC Napoli. Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Juventus 0-2 Napoli: Cavani and Hamsik clinch Coppa Italia and dash double dreams of Turin giants". Goal.com. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Fabio Cannavaro defends brother Paolo over match-fixing ban". Goal.com. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Emotional Cannavaro has six-month ban revoked". RTÉ. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Napoli's 2-point penalty rescinded on appeal". Sports Illustrated. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Cannavaro Jr thanks Napoli". Channel4.com. 15 October 2007. 
  9. ^ http://www.tuttonapoli.net/notizie/paolo-cannavaro-convocato-in-nazionale-23084

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gennaro Iezzo
Napoli captain
2007-2014
Succeeded by
Marek Hamšík