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Alessandro Del Piero
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Personal information
Full name Alessandro Del Piero
Date of birth 9 November 1974 (1974-11-09) (age 35)
Place of birth Conegliano, (TV), Italy
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Second striker
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 10
Youth career
1981–1988 San Vendemiano
1988–1991 Padova
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Padova 14 (1)
1993– Juventus 448 (194)
National team
1993–1996 Italy U-21 12 (3)
1995–2008 Italy 91 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2008
A commemorative shirt, celebrating Del Piero's 500th Juventus appearance

Alessandro Del Piero, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[2][3] (born November 9, 1974 in Conegliano, Veneto) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer who plays for Serie A club Juventus.

Del Piero was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA's centenary celebrations. Brazilian star Ronaldinho proclaimed that Del Piero is his idol.[4] Del Piero was also voted in the list of best European players for the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. In the year 2000, Del Piero was the world's best-paid football player from salary, bonuses and advertising revenue.[5] Currently, Del Piero is still the highest earning Italian Player.[6]

Along with three awards in Italy for gentlemanly conduct[7][8] he has also won the Golden Foot award, which pertains to personality and playing ability.[9]

Del Piero usually plays as a supporting-striker and occasionally between the midfield and the strikers, known in Italy as the "trequartista" position. Although he is not very tall, Del Piero's playing style is regarded by critics as creative in attacking, assisting many goals as well as scoring himself, as opposed to just "goal poaching."[10] His free-kick and penalty taking is also highly regarded.[11] Del Piero has become famous over the years for scoring from a special "Del Piero Zone", approaching from the left flank and curling a precise lob into the far top corner of the goal.[12]

In terms of goalscoring, Del Piero holds the all-time record at Juventus.[13] On April 6, 2008, Alessandro Del Piero became the all-time highest-capped Juventus player, ahead of Juve legend Gaetano Scirea. He is in sixth place in the UEFA Champions League all-time goalscorer records.[14] Within the Italian national team, he is currently joint fourth with Roberto Baggio in the all-time scoring records.

"I am certain that Del Piero really never grows old"

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Childhood and early career

Del Piero is the son of Gino, an electrician, and Bruna, a housekeeper. He regularly played football in the backyard with three friends, Nelso, Pierpaolo, and Giovanni-Paolo as a child. All four dreamed of becoming footballers, but only Del Piero would eventually manage to do so.[16] Alessandro's older brother, Stefano, briefly played professional football for Sampdoria before injury struck him. The family lived in the hamlet of Saccon - a rural home in San Vendemiano. While growing up Del Piero's family didn't have much money for travelling abroad, so he was considering being a lorry driver in order to see the world.[17]

While playing for the local youth team of San Vendemiano since the age of 7,[18] Del Piero used to play as a goalkeeper because he could play a lot more football that way. His mother thought it would be better for him if he played as a goalkeeper, since he wouldn't sweat and the possibility of him getting injured was less likely. His brother Stefano told their mother: "Don't you see that Alex is good in the attack?" and Del Piero switched position.[19]

It was while playing with his local side of San Vendemiano in 1988 that Del Piero was first spotted by scouts — he left home at the young age of 13 to play in the youth side of Padova Calcio. He got his first chance at professional football in 1991 where he played in the Italian Serie B league four times. The following season he played ten games for Padova and scored his first professional goal.

Juventus

In 1993, he transferred to Juventus, and has been there ever since. Del Piero made his Serie A debut against Foggia in September 1993, scored his first goal in his next game against Reggiana after appearing as a substitute, and then grabbed a hat-trick against Parma on his first start. Juventus claimed their first Scudetto in eight years in his first season and success continued to follow. With the Turin club, he won the Serie A championship seven times (1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006[20]), the Champions League (1996), and the Intercontinental Cup (1996). His best season was in 1997-98, when he scored 21 goals in Serie A and finished top scorer in the Champions League with 10 goals, which included a peach of a freekick against Monaco in the semi finals. His goal in the 1997 UEFA Champions League Final was unable to prevent Juventus from going down 3-1 to Borussia Dortmund.

Del Piero struggled for form at the beginning of the 1998-99 season, whilst doping allegations were aimed at Juventus (they were later found innocent). In October he picked up a serious knee injury in the 2-2 draw with Udinese. This kept him out of action for the remainder of the season. Juventus struggled without him and limped home to a lowly 6th place in the league.

During this time, Del Piero earned the nickname Il Pinturicchio, in reference to a comment by former president Gianni Agnelli when he compared the emerging Del Piero to the renaissance artist Pinturicchio. He's also been nicknamed by the fans "Il Fenomeno Vero"[21] meaning "The Real Phenomenon", in a sort of comparison with Ronaldo, who was nicknamed "Il Fenomeno" by rival supporters of Internazionale.

One of Del Piero's greatest strengths as a footballer is his versatility, which allows him to play in a variety of attacking positions. While he started his club career playing as an out-and-out striker, he settled into a deeper role as a support-striker. He has also been positioned as a playmaker in the central slot behind the forwards. Under Marcello Lippi's reign as Juventus coach Del Piero played in the "trident-attack" formation along with veterans Gianluca Vialli and Fabrizio Ravanelli. After that, he took a role in a combination with Zinédine Zidane behind Filippo Inzaghi. As Juve's playing style changed in Lippi's second stint with Juventus starting 2001, Del Piero partnered with Zidane's replacement Pavel Nedvěd in midfield and David Trézéguet upfront.

After Euro 2004, Marcello Lippi was replaced by Fabio Capello as Juventus coach. Capello was not convinced of Del Piero's abilities and frequently benched him in favor of the new signing Zlatan Ibrahimović, much to the disappointment of many fans. But Del Piero still managed to score 14 goals as Juventus won their 28th league title, thanks to his spectacular overhead assist to teammate David Trezeguet which proved decisive in a decisive match against AC Milan at the San Siro.

Alessandro Del Piero serie b 2006/07

Experts agree that Del Piero was back to his best in the 2005-06 season[22] having scored 20 goals in all competitions. However, his role at Juventus changed in the following season, as coach Fabio Capello preferred to use him as a substitute for an "immediate impact", as Capello put it.[23] Del Piero never had a calm relation with Fabio Capello though, evident from the quote on his official site "If Capello would have stayed as coach of Juventus, I would have left Juventus".

In 2006 Del Piero equalled José Altafini's Serie A record of 6 goals as a substitute after scoring in the final minute of Juventus's final game of the 2005-06 season. On January 10, 2006 Del Piero became the all time leading goalscorer for Juventus when he scored three times in a Coppa Italia match against Fiorentina and took his total goals for the club to 185. The previous record holder was Giampiero Boniperti, who scored 182 goals for the club.[24] Del Piero scored the last goal for Juventus the 2005-06 season before Juve were forcibly relegated due to the infamous Calciopoli scandal.

2006-07 season in the Serie B

Juventus were demoted to Serie B and their last two Scudetti were revoked. Del Piero announced that he will stay to captain the team in Serie B. He underlined that players should stick with the team, explaining that “The Agnelli family deserve this, as do the fans and the new directors".[25] While many key players such as Ibrahimović, Fabio Cannavaro and Lilian Thuram left Turin, he chose to stay and help Juve regain promotion.

Del Piero's first appearance after the World Cup's triumph was in the Coppa Italia match against Cesena on August 23, 2006. Since Juventus played in Serie B for the 2006-07 season, the Coppa Italia campaign became increasingly important for the club in order to achieve a UEFA Cup spot. Having being on vacation beforehand, Del Piero started from the bench. Juventus and Cesena were locked on 1-1 when Del Piero entered in the 74th minute and after 9 seconds scored the winning goal for Juventus.[26]

Del Piero then came in as a substitute at the 61st minute for Juve's next Coppa Italia match on August 27 vs. S.S.C. Napoli. Again Juventus were behind, but Del Piero scored twice to give Juve the lead. In the end the match went to penalties. Del Piero scored but Napoli eventually won 5-4 in the shoot-out.[27]

Following this, Alex was locked in months of fractious negotiations over the signing of a new contract with Juventus' new management. After successfully negotiating a new contract till 30 June 2010, Alex was greeted with news of the birth of his first child, Tobias Del Piero. This was quite a staggering turnaround in his fortunes, as only two weeks earlier he was dropped by Claudio Ranieri for the Serie A match with ACF Fiorentina and was then axed from Roberto Donadoni’s Italy squad for the games with Georgia and South Africa.

Del Piero on 2007/2008 season

In February 2008, he scored the winning goal for Juventus in a Serie A victory at home to AS Roma (1-0). He scored two goals away at Lazio and was named to two consecutive Serie A teams of the week. On 6 April 2008 he set a new appearance record for Juventus, overtaking Gaetano Scirea's previous tally of 552 matches in all competitions.[28] In April, he registered seven goals in five Serie A matches, including a hat-trick in a 4-0 away win over Atalanta.

On the final weekend of the 2007/2008 season Del Piero scored a brace against Sampdoria in a 3-3 draw. These two goals were crucial as it took him to 21 goals for the season, thus winning him the Capocannonieri prize in Serie A for the first time in his illustrious career, beating the likes of David Trezeguet (20 goals) and Marco Borriello (19 goals) and matching his highest tally for a top-flight season since 1997/98.[29]

On May 17, 2008, in the final round of the 2007-08 season against Sampdoria, Del Piero scored his 20th and 21st goals, thus becoming the Capocannoniere and clinching his long overdue first Serie A golden boot. Thus, he became only the second Italian ever to win consecutive Capocannoniere titles in two different leagues - former Juventus and 1982 FIFA World Cup hero Paolo Rossi being the other one (coincidentally Rossi too won the Capocannoniere titles like Alessandro first in Serie B and then in Serie A). On July 26, 2008, Del Piero was awarded the Scirea Award.

2008-09 season and beyond

During the 2008-2009 summer pre-season, Juventus played Hamburger SV and Arsenal F.C. in the Emirates Cup, and played a friendly versus Manchester United at Old Trafford. Juventus' coach Claudio Ranieri remarked that Del Piero would have as good a season, or an even better one, than the previous term. In August 2008, Del Piero announced that he would try to keep playing professional football with Juve until he is 40 years old.

With Juventus back in the Champions League, they were drawn into the same group as former winners Real Madrid and UEFA Cup winners Zenit St. Petersburg. Del Piero marked their return with a brilliant match-winning free kick to seal a home win against Zenit.[30] On October 21, he scored a wonderful first-time strike from distance as Juve defeated Real Madrid in Turin.[31] On October 21, he scored in Juve's Champions League match at home against Spanish club. In the fifth minute, from open play, Del Piero swerved the ball in the far corner of the goal with a freekick like shot, giving Casillas no chance, with Amauri scoring the second in the first few minutes of the second half.

Alessandro Del Piero

On November 5, 2008, Juventus and Real Madrid squared off at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in the Champions League. The Italians won 2–0 (their first away win against Madrid since 1962), and Del Piero was a key performer, scoring both the goals and being praised by both Claudio Ranieri and Madrid coach Bernd Schuster.[32]. As he left the pitch after being substituted, fans from both sides gave him a standing ovation.[33] However, Juventus' 2009 UEFA Champions League campaign ended in disappointment as they were eliminated by Chelsea in the 2nd round. Despite converting a penalty in the second leg in Turin, Del Piero was unable to prevent Juventus from losing 3-2 on aggregate.

In the league, Juventus were mostly challenging Milan for second place and an automatic Champions League place. Most notably, Del Piero inspired the bianconieri to a 3-0 win over Siena in their penultimate game of the season, scoring a brace and setting up Claudio Marchisio for the youngster's third goal of the season to end their run of seven winless matches in the Serie A. Juve won 2-0 over Lazio to finish second ahead of Milan (based on their head-to-head record).

On 17th July 2009, Alex extended his contract with Juventus by 1 more year until June 30, 2011 in Pinzolo while training for pre-season, thus practically ensuring that he would retire at the club with which he started his professional career. [34]. During his renewal, he said “I am happy at Juventus and we are competitive. I want to keep playing for as long as I can and I’m certain that for at least two more years I will be at the top level.” He marked his 445th Serie A appearance, breaking the all-time club record, with a brace against Genoa on 14 February 2010. He is also currently the all-time top scorer for Juventus, having scored more than 250 goals in all competitions. He has also made over 600 appearances in official matches for the club, breaking the record of Gaetano Scirea who had 552 appearances for Juventus.

On 14th March 2010, Alex recorded his 300th and 301st carreer goal during a 3-3 draw with Siena with the first two goals at the second and seventh minute.

International career

Del Piero with Francesco Totti

Del Piero is currently Italy's fourth all-time leading scorer. His tournament debut was Euro 96, but made his only appearance in the first half of a match against Russia before being substituted at halftime. Del Piero competed with fan favorite Roberto Baggio for a spot on the 1998 FIFA World Cup final roster while struggling to recover from injury suffered during the 1998 Champions League final with Juventus. He also missed two gilt-edged chances in Italy's 2-1 loss to France in the Euro 2000 final.

He returned to the international scene in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, after a season in Serie A in which Juventus won the Scudetto.[35] Del Piero scored the decisive goal against Hungary, which sealed the Azzurri's qualification for the finals.[36] He instantly scored with a header against Mexico after coming on as a substitute, a goal which saved Italy from the ignominy of a first round exit. The goal sent Italy through to the second round, where they were eliminated due to a golden goal in a controversial match against S. Korea.[37]

Del Piero after the semi-final against Germany.

Del Piero began the 2006 World Cup on the bench, appearing in two out of three group stage matches, and made his first start of the competition in a 1-0 round-of-16 win over Australia on June 26. On July 4, Del Piero entered as a substitute near the end of regulation and scored Italy's second goal in a 2-0 semifinal win over host Germany.[38] In the final against France, which ended 1-1 after extra time, Del Piero scored a penalty in the shootout as Italy won the tournament for the fourth time. He admitted afterwards that winning the World Cup was his childhood dream.[39]

As of 2008, Del Piero has captained Italy seven times (including the world cup in 2006 and Euro 2008) . He also regularly wore the number 10, but later gave it to Francesco Totti and switched to the number 7, as it was the first number he wore at the start of his career. Even though the number 10 was vacated after Totti retired from the national team in July 2007, Del Piero denied any interest in taking back the number, saying he was satisfied with the number 7. On May he was recalled by popular demand to Italy's UEFA Euro 2008 squad after nine-month absence from international duty, and thus became the second Italian player to participate in 7 major international tournaments (EURO 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; World Cup 1998, 2002, 2006).

Del Piero was called up to Italy's squad for the UEFA Euro 2008 Championship in Austria and Switzerland. He was mostly on the substitutes' bench but started against Romania as the squad's captain. In the group match against the Dutch, he came on for the under-performing Antonio Di Natale and made an immediate impact, including several efforts on goal. However he could not prevent the Azzuri from a 3-0 loss. Italy qualified through the group stage in second-place behind Holland, eliminating Romania and France. In the quarter-final against Spain, Del Piero made a substitute appearance during extra-time, and with the game ending in a 0-0 draw, it was decided by a penalty shootout in which Spain won 4-2.[40] On 20 August 2008 he won his 90th cap for Italy in friendly against Austria - only the fifth Azzurri player to reach this landmark. Despite announcing that he will carry on playing until he is 40 years old, he has not been called up since Italy's qualifier against Georgia on September 10, 2008.

The semifinal between Germany and Italy produced an entertaining extra time period that went scoreless until the 118th minute, when Italy scored twice through Fabio Grosso and Alessandro Del Piero, putting an end to Germany's undefeated record in Dortmund, and continued their dominance over Die Nationalelf.

4 July 2006
21:00
Germany  0 – 2 (a.e.t.)  Italy FIFA WM Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)
(Report) Grosso Goal 119'
Del Piero Goal 120+1'

Personal life

Del Piero is married to Sonia Amoruso, sister of his former Juve teammate Nicola, and the two have been together since 1999 and married in 2005.[41] The couple announced in July 2007 that they are expecting their first baby.[41] On October 22, 2007, Amoruso gave birth to baby boy Tobias Del Piero at 0:20 at Sant'Anna hospital in Turin.[42][43] On February 14, 2008, Amoruso's second pregnancy was announced.[44] On May 4, 2009 their daughter Dorotea was born in Turin.[45]

Del Piero has used his fame and money to promote and support cancer research; in recognition of this he has received from the Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro a prize of "Believe in Research" during November 2006.[46]

When the Olympic Flame for the 2006 Winter Olympics passed through Turin, Del Piero was a torchbearer.[47] He has an interest in sports outside of football (particularly basketball) and in turn has gained fans outside of just football, sport icons such as NBA star Steve Nash and cycling legend Eddy Merckx have stated that they are fans of Del Piero.[48][49]

As well as an interest in other sports, Del Piero also has a keen interest in music. He has even recorded some albums of his own.[50] Along with Marco Materazzi, Del Piero appeared on stage at a Rolling Stones show in Milan shortly after Italy's World Cup win.[51]

On 9 February 2009, it was reported that Del Piero was suing the social networking site Facebook over a fake profile bearing his name that links to Nazi propaganda sites. He was said to be aggrieved that the bogus account, which carries his picture, implies neo-Nazi sympathies. Del Piero stated he's never had a Facebook profile.[52]

Besides scoring goals, Del Piero is also known for his sense of humour. His goal celebration usually consists of him running to the touchline in front of Juve fans sticking his tongue out. He featured in the show La sai l'ultima di Totti, a comedy sketch created by his good friend and Roma captain Francesco Totti where the two of them and national teammates Milan defender Alessandro Nesta and Juve teammate Gianluigi Buffon would tell jokes about one another.

On TV, Del Piero is famous not just for his matches, but also for broadcasting and advertising skills. He is under contract with German sports equipment manufacturer Adidas, Italian car manufacturer Fiat and Japanese motorbike company Suzuki. In 2006 he appeared in a television commercial for the Japanese motor scooter Suzuki Burgman together with the sports agent Andreas Goller[53].

Del Piero was also featured on the cover of EA Sports' FIFA Football 2004 video game, alongside Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho. It has been confirmed that he will be one of the two stars featured on the cover of the Italian version of PES 2010 video game, the other being Barcelona FC and Argentina star Lionel Messi.[54]

Career stats

  • Correct as of March 14, 2010.[55]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1991-92 Padova Serie B 4 0 - - 4 0
1992-93 10 1 - - 10 1
1993-94 Juventus Serie A 11 5 1 0 2 0 14 5
1994-95 29 8 10 1 11 1 50 10
1995-96 29 6 3 1 11 6 43 13
1996-97 22 8 4 0 9 7 35 15
1997-98 32 21 5 1 10 10 47 32
1998-99 8 2 2 1 4 0 14 3
1999-00 34 9 2 1 9 2 45 12
2000-01 25 9 2 0 6 0 33 9
2001-02 32 16 4 1 10 4 46 21
2002-03 24 16 1 2 13 5 38 23
2003-04 22 8 5 3 4 3 31 14
2004-05 30 14 1 0 10 3 41 17
2005-06 33 12 5 5 7 3 45 20
2006-07 Serie B 35 20 2 3 - 37 23
2007-08 Serie A 37 21 4 3 - 41 24
2008-09 31 13 3 2 9 6 43 21
2009-10 14 6 1 2 4 0 19 8
Total Juventus 448 194 55 26 117 50 622 270
Career Total 462 195 55 26 117 50 636 271

Honours

Juventus F.C.
Juventus Youth Team
Italy National Football Team

Individual

Orders

  • Cavaliere OMRI BAR.svg
    5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2000[57]
  • Ufficiale OMRI BAR.svg
    4th Class / Official: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2006[58]

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Alessandro Del Piero (born November 9, 1974) is an Italian football player. He has won various honours over the course of his career with Juventus as well as winning the World Cup with Italy.

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  • Del Piero is known for his sense of humour. He once joked that if Lippi does not convoke him to the World Cup in Germany, he would "run him over with his car and sink his damn boat".[1]
  • He is considered to have a strong bond with the Juventus fans, once stating; "I'm proud to be a Juventino, to be a "bandiera", like you define me to be often, in reality I'm just a small part of a big black & white "bandiera" (flag) that grows with the years and if you look closely your name is part of it... To continue making this "bandiera" grow we need everybody: let's stay united."[2]
  • During the calciopoli scandal: "A true gentleman never leaves his lady." (Un vero cavaliere non lascia mai una signora)[3]

About Alessandro Del Piero

  • Mauro Camoranesi: "He is an exceptional person and really doesn’t need to prove himself to anyone. Del Piero is a wonderful man and player."[5]
  • Fabio Capello: "I believe in champions and Alex is a champion". "Del Piero is a player of very high quality and deserves his record". Because of having many strikers in the squad: "Sometimes I feel embarrassed at putting him on the bench."[7]
  • Angelo Di Livio: "I've met Ale at the Primavera. And he was already a phenomenon. He was so brave that we forced the coach to make him debut at the main team". "He has those abilities that only great stars have. And everyone, as soon as they saw him, said “This one will surely make it".[9]
  • Mark Hughes: "Even though Del Piero may be well into his 30s now, he remains one of the great players".[10]
  • Pepe Kamel :"With his charm and charisma he has won us all, his creativity and magnificent talent have given us nothing more to ask for, and his free kicks, no comment"[11]
  • Marcello Lippi: "Del Piero is a champion with extraordinary technical ability and wonderful characteristics. When he is selected he never disappoints. He is an example to us all." "He has great skills and intuitions that few other players have". "He is a captain in the real sense of the word".[12][13]
  • Diego Maradona: Talking about the best 100 world footballers ever he says "Here he is, he is different from Zidane, he likes to play, he feels it in his soul; between he and the French (Zinedine Zidane), I stay with him."[14]
  • Adrian Mutu: "Alex is an example for all of us. He works hard in training without ever speaking out."[15]
  • Ruben Olivera: "Del Piero is my idol. When I arrived at Juventus and I was introduced to Alex, it was like touching the heavens with my finger"[16]
  • Fabrizio Ravanelli: "Del Piero is able to do certain things, that could seem extraordinary, but he does them like they were simple"[17]
  • Alessio Tacchinardi: "He (Del Piero) always comes to the training field with a smile for everyone, a comforting word for everyone. This is his greatness: humbleness... he’s a golden person".[18]
  • Giuseppe Taglialatela: The former SSC Napoli keeper recalls a goal conceded from Del Piero: "Let’s say he scored a goal a la Baggio, a la Maradona. He took the ball in midfield, dribbled 3-4 teammates of mine. He’s good, what can I say?"[19]
  • Nicola Legrottaglie: "For us he's an example. He's an exceptional lad outside the playing field, and consequently also on the pitch. He always proves this and he proves it in spirit.I arrived here five years ago and I saw him in a certain way, but after five years, now I'm seeing the first Del Piero again, the one I admired many years ago."

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Alessandro Del Piero
File:Alessandro Del Piero
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Del Piero
Date of birth 9 November 1974 (1974-11-09) (age 36)
Place of birth    Conegliano, Italy
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 10
Youth clubs
1981-1988
1988-1991
San Vendemiano
Padova
Senior clubs
Years Club
1991-1993
1993-
Padova
Juventus
National team
1995-2008 Italy

Alessandro Del Piero (born 9 November 1974) is an Italian football player. He plays for Juventus.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1991/92PadovaSerie B4000-40
1992/9310100-101
1993/94JuventusSerie A1151020145
1994/952981011115010
1995/96296211164213
1996/9722840643212
1997/9832214110104632
1998/99821040132
1999/0034921924512
2000/012592060339
2001/023216411044621
2002/032416001353721
2003/0422843433014
2004/053014101034117
2005/06331245734420
2006/07Serie B352023-3723
2007/08Serie A372143-4124
2008/09311332964321
2009/10
CountryItaly 448189482111247608257
Total 448189482111247608257

International career statistics

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Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
199570
199642
199764
199883
199920
2000134
200163
2002115
200342
200461
200540
200692
200750
200860
Total9126

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