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Andrea Barzagli
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Personal information
Full name Andrea Barzagli
Date of birth 8 May 1981 (1981-05-08) (age 28)
Place of birth    Fiesole, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Wolfsburg
Number 43
Youth career
Rondinella
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1998–2000
2000
2001
2001–2003
2003–2004
2004–2008
2008–
Rondinella
Pistoiese
Rondinella
Ascoli
Chievo
Palermo
Wolfsburg
051 0(3)
005 0(0)
013 0(1)
046 0(3)
029 0(3)
142 0(3)
041 0(0)   
National team2
2003–2004
2004–2008
Italy U-21
Italy
015 0(0)
025 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 8 November 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 6 September 2008.
* Appearances (Goals)

Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Italy
Men's Football
Bronze 2004 Athens Team Competition

Andrea Barzagli, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI,[1][2] (born 8 May 1981 in Fiesole) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer, who plays for Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg.[3]

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Club career

In the season 1998–1999 Barzagli had his first professional football appearance with semi-pros Rondinella Calcio[4] before moving to Serie B side A.C. Pistoiese in 2000/2001[4]. The journey was short because the year later he rejoined Rondinella Calcio in Serie C2. He then signed Ascoli Calcio 1898 in season 2001/2002[4] and helped them to Serie B promotion. He remained in Ascoli for another year without further success. His first Serie A cap was won with Chievo Verona in the 1-1 draw at Brescia on August 2003.[4] The year later the commanding defender was signed by Serie A outfit Palermo. Barzagli was bestowed with the captains armband after Eugenio Corini controversially left the Sicilian club in the summer of 2007/2008 [5].

In 2008 Barzagli was in contract negotiations with ACF Fiorentina and was widely expected to sign. To everyone's surprise the deal fell through as Barzagli, a native Florentian, had already stated his eagerness to join[6]. Barzagli's agent spoke to media saying: “The difference between what we were asking and what they offered was minimal – it amounted to £100,000. Andrea was willing to give up a lot of money to play for Fiorentina, but they didn’t take our requests into consideration"[7]. Instead Barzagli choose to join VfL Wolfsburg and the Bundesliga following fellow Italian and team-mate Cristian Zaccardo. It was later reported that the Italian international snubbed Fiorentina's five years £1.2mio contract over VfL Wolfsburg's 3 years £2.5mio offer.[8] The transfer fee was reported to be at around €14mio.[9]

International career

Barzagli won his first international cap on November 2004 against Finland under Italian coach Lippi. He was called up for 2006 FIFA World Cup and, while not expecting to play at all, was deployed as a substitute in the second round match against Australia and again for a full 90 minutes in the quarter-final against Ukraine due to the suspension of Marco Materazzi[10]. Barzagli was deployed six times under the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying matches and appeared in the crucial 2-1 victory over Scotland.[11] He was recalled to Italy's UEFA Euro 2008 squad and partnered Materazzi in the heavy 0-3 defeat against The Netherlands after Italian skipper Fabio Cannavaro on June 2 suffered an injury in training.[12] Barzagli has since then only appeared for the Azzurri one time in the 1-2 World Cup qualifer win against Cyprus after Alessandro Gamberini fell injured after 60 seconds.[13]

Honours

Gold: 2004

Bronze: 2004

Gold: 2006

2008-2009

References

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Simple English

Andrea Barzagli
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Personal information
Full name Andrea Barzagli
Date of birth 8 May 1981 (1981-05-08) (age 29)
Place of birth    Fiesole, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Wolfsburg
Number 43
Senior clubs
Years Club
1998-2000
2000
2001
2001-2003
2003-2004
2004-2008
2008-
Rondinella Firenze
Pistoiese
Rondinella Firenze
Ascoli
ChievoVerona
Città di Palermo
Wolfsburg
National team
2004-2008 Italy

Andrea Barzagli (born 8 May 1981) is an Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ItalyLeague
1998/99Rondinella FirenzeNazionale Dilettanti
1999/00Serie C2
2000/01PistoieseSerie B50
2000/01Rondinella FirenzeSerie C2
2001/02AscoliSerie C1281
2002/03Serie B181
2003/04ChievoVeronaSerie A295
2004/05Città di PalermoSerie A370
2005/06352
2006/07361
2007/08340
GermanyLeague
2008/09WolfsburgBundesliga340
2009/10
CountryItaly 22210
Germany 340
Total 25610

International career statistics

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
200410
200560
200660
200760
200860
Total250

References


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