Salvatore Bocchetti

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Salvatore Bocchetti
Salvatore Bocchetti 2013.jpg
Bocchetti with Spartak Moscow in 2013
Personal information
Full name Salvatore Bocchetti[1]
Date of birth (1986-11-30) 30 November 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Spartak Moscow
Number 16
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Ascoli 2 (0)
2005–2006 Lanciano (loan) 21 (1)
2007 Frosinone (loan) 17 (2)
2007–2008 Frosinone 38 (2)
2008–2010 Genoa 60 (1)
2010–2013 Rubin Kazan 52 (9)
2013– Spartak Moscow 40 (1)
2015 Milan (loan) 9 (0)
National team
2007 Italy U-20 1 (0)
2008–2009 Italy U-21 10 (0)
2008 Olympic Italy 9 (0)
2009– Italy 5 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 November 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 June 2010

Salvatore Bocchetti (Italian pronunciation: [salvaˈtore bokˈketti]; born 30 November 1986 in Naples) is an Italian footballer who plays as a centre back for Spartak Moscow. He has been described as a versatile left-footed centreback who is also capable of being deployed as a fullback. He is known for his strength, pace, and anticipation, as well for his reliable technical ability.[2]

Club career[edit]

Bocchetti started his professional career at Ascoli. He made his Serie A debut against Palermo on 20 December 2006. He was on loan to Serie C1 for Lanciano, and Frosinone of Serie B on second half of 2006–07 season.[3] In the 2008–09 season Bocchetti was signed by Genoa and has become a regular starter in central defence. He can also play fullback role. In the 2010–2011 season he was signed by Rubin Kazan on a 3.5-year contract with a fee reported to be around €15 million for the transfer. On 2 October 2011 Bocchetti scored two goals in a league match against Tom Tomsk. Kazan won the game 2–0.[citation needed]. In January 2013, he moved to Spartak Moscow, another Russian Premier League club. In August 2013, he received a knee surgery and missed the rest of the season. On 27 January 2015, Milan had signed him on loan with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

International career[edit]

In March 2008 Bocchetti made his debut with the Italy U-21 squad. He established himself in Pierluigi Casiraghi's Azzurrini squad at the 2008 Toulon Tournament and retained his place in the starting line up for the Summer Olympics.[4] Together with Marco Andreolli, he was first-choice in central defence during the 2009 U-21 European Championship.

On 22 March 2009 Bocchetti received his first call up to the senior Italy squad for two World Cup qualifiers matches but remained an unused substitute.[5] On 10 October 2009 he made his senior national team international debut against Ireland coming on as a second-half substitute in Croke Park. He was named in Marcello Lippi's 23-men squad for the 2010 World Cup. Bocchetti was also selected for Italy's preliminary squad for Euro 2012, but was not picked for the final squad.


  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "FUORI CAMPO: Calciomercato Napoli, ecco il borsino dei nom". Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "bocchetti in gialloazzurro" (in Italian). Frosinone Calcio. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 19 January 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Salvatore Bocchetti Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  5. ^ "Football News". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 

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