Paolo Zanetti

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Paolo Zanetti
Paolo Zanetti (right) against Alessandro Rosina
Personal information
Full name Paolo Zanetti
Date of birth (1982-12-16) 16 December 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Valdagno, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Vicenza 45 (1)
2003–2006 Empoli 52 (2)
2006–2007 Ascoli 29 (1)
2007–2011 Torino 72 (1)
2010 Atalanta (loan) 2 (0)
2011–2012 Grosseto 14 (0)
2012–2013 Sorrento 13 (1)
2013–2014 Reggiana 27 (1)
National team
2000 Italy U19[1] 2 (0)
2000–2001 Italy U20 B[1] 2 (0)
2001–2002 Italy U20[1] 13 (2)
2002–2003 Italy U21[1] 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paolo Zanetti (born 16 December 1982) is a former Italian footballer who played as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Zanetti started his career at native club Vicenza.


Zanetti was sold to Empoli in a co-ownership deal in July 2003,[2][3] for 671,400 fee (about 13 billion lire).[4]

In his first season with Empoli, he just made 13 appearances in Serie A. However, Empoli was relegated to Serie B at the end of the season and Zanetti followed the club.

Zanetti played 30 games in the 2004–05 Serie B season, helping the club to win promotion back to Serie A. However, he just made nine appearances for the club in Serie A in the following season. In June 2006 Empoli signed him outright from Vicenza,[5] for an additional €125,000 fee,[4] making Empoli had paid Vicenza €796,400 in total.


After acquiring the remain 50% registration rights from Vicenza in June 2006 for an additional €125,000 transfer fee,[4] Empoli sold Zanetti to Ascoli in another co-ownership deal for €400,000 transfer fee in July.[6][7]


In May 2007, Zanetti said he would stay on at Ascoli, despite them being relegated to the Serie B.[8] Ascoli bought the full registration rights of the player for an additional €750,000 fee, (making Ascoli had paid €1.15 million transfer fee in total)[6] but sent Zanetti, along with Saša Bjelanović, to Torino in another co-ownership deals for €1 million fee each, in a 5-year and 3-year contract respectively.[9] In the mid of same season Torino bought him outright for an additional €500,000 (making Torino had paid Ascoli €1.5 million transfer fee for Zanetti in total)[10] and Bjelanović was also bought by Torino for an additional €60,000 in June 2008.[10]

During 2009–10 season, Ultras of Torino attacked the players during David Di Michele's birthday party.[11][12] After the incident the players involved: Di Michele, Massimo Loviso, Riccardo Colombo, Aimo Diana, Marco Pisano, Francesco Pratali, Zanetti were transferred to other clubs and only Rolando Bianchi, Matteo Rubin and Angelo Ogbonna were remained.

On 19 January 2010 Atalanta B.C. signed him on loan from Serie B club Torino F.C. until the end of the season.[13]


After inactive from football for a season, Zanetti joined U.S. Grosseto F.C. on 8 August 2011 in a 1-year deal.[14] Torino and Zanetti terminated the contract between the two parties in a mutual consent.[15]


In January 2012 he was signed by Sorrento Calcio.[16] In May 2012 he signed a new 2-year contract with Sorrento.[17]


On 23 January 2013 he was signed by Reggiana.[18] On 26 August 2013 he signed a new 2-year contract.[19] On 18 November 2014 Zanetti retired and became a backroom staff of the first team (Italian: collaboratore tecnico di Prima Squadra).[20]

International career[edit]

Zanetti was a player of Azzurrini in 2001 UEFA European Under-18 Championship qualification[nb 1] He played twice.[1] After the elimination of Italy from the competition, he also played for the U-19 team (de facto U-20 B) in two friendlies,[1] against Netherlands (who still in the Euro U-19 competition)[21] and Germany respectively in March and May 2001. In 2001–02 season he played 13 times for the U-20 team, including matches in a four nations tournament. In the following season, he played once for the U-21 team in 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification as well as 3 friendlies.[1] In his only competitive appearance in the U-21 Euro, he was a substitute of Samuele Dalla Bona.[22] He played his final appearance in national team against Austria on 19 August 2003, another friendly match.[1]


  1. ^ the event was renamed to U-19 from 2001 onward, to reflect the age limit at the end of season instead of the start of season. i.e. age limit unchanged


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h FIGC archive (in Italian)
  2. ^ "E' Paolo Zanetti il rinforzo per il centrocampo". Il Tirreno (in Italian). Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso. 12 July 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Calcio Mercato 2003" [Football Market 2003] (PDF) (in Italian). Lega Calcio. 17 July 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 July 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Vicenza Calcio S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2007, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  5. ^ "partecipazioni 2006–07" (PDF) (in Italian). Lega Calcio. 20 June 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2006. 
  6. ^ a b Empoli F.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2007, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  7. ^ "Mercato bianconero" [Market "White-Black"] (in Italian). Ascoli Calcio 1898. 7 July 2006. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  8. ^ Ascoli midfielder Zanetti: I'll renew my contract,, 24 May 2007
  9. ^ Torino F.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2007, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  10. ^ a b Torino F.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2008, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (in Italian)
  11. ^ Turco, Fabrizio (2010-01-07). "Il Torino è senza pace Ora si parla di sciopero". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). RCSMedia Group. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  12. ^ "Torino fans in player restaurant attack". Soccernet. ESPN Inc. 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  13. ^ "ZANETTI ALL'ATALANTA" (in Italian). Atalanta B.C. January 2010. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Paolo Zanetti al Grosseto" (in Italian). U.S. Grosseto F.C. 8 August 2011. Archived from the original on 28 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Torino F.C. S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2011, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  16. ^ "ARRIVA PAOLO ZANETTI DAL GROSSETO" (in Italian). Sorrento Calcio. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013. [permanent dead link]
  17. ^ Losco, Gianluca (15 May 2012). "ESCLUSIVA TMW - Zanetti continuerà con il Sorrento" (in Italian). Total Market Web. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "Definito l'ingaggio di Zanetti" (in Italian). A.C. Reggiana 1919. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "Zanetti allunga al 2015, Panizzi alla SPAL" (in Italian). A.C. Reggiana 1919. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Zanetti entra nello staff tecnico" (in Italian). A.C. Reggiana 1919. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "Uitslagen: Onder 19 [2000]". (in Dutch). KNVB. 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  22. ^ Match Report from FIGC archive (in Italian)

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