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Antonio Di Natale
Italy vs Belgium - Antonio Di Natale.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth 13 October 1977 (1977-10-13) (age 32)
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Second Striker, Striker
Club information
Current club Udinese
Number 10
Youth career
Empoli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2004 Empoli 159 (49)
1997–1998 Iperzola (loan) 33 (6)
1998 Varese (loan) 4 (0)
1998–1999 Viareggio (loan) 25 (12)
2004– Udinese 172 (68)
National team
2002– Italy 30 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 April 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2009

Antonio Di Natale (born 13 October 1977 in Naples) is an Italian footballer who plays for Serie A club Udinese, serving as team captain. He likes to play just behind the main striker as a supporting striker. He is well known for his pace, creativity and for scoring impressive goals. He is a tireless forward who can play wide as well as through the middle, he has notable dribbling skills, fantastic technique and a good turn of pace.

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Club career

Born in Naples, Di Natale was brought up in the Empoli youth system and was sent on loan to smaller teams before becoming a protagonist in 1999 and ultimately a pariah in Euro 2008. He impressed many while playing for Empoli in Serie A and even received his first Azzurri call-up. He was awarded a contract extension.[1] When Empoli was relegated he moved to Udinese.[2]

After having joined Udinese in the 2004–05 Serie A season, Di Natale formed well together with Vincenzo Iaquinta and David Di Michele in attack, which the Friulian club finished 4th place at the end of the season and qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the following year. Di Natale finished his debut season with a record of 33 games and seven goals.

In 2007-08 Season, Di Natale made 17 goals. The two most beautiful goals both appeared at day 4, when Udinese play against Reggina. He made a zero-degree lob in 5' and a terrific volley in 63'. Forming a formidable attacking duo with Fabio Quagliarella, Di Natale improved his aggressiveness and stealth. In 2007, he was named captain of Udinese.

International career

Di Natale made his senior debut in late November 2002 against Turkey while Giovanni Trapattoni was still in charge of the national team. He won a few caps in later years though only participated in friendly games. In 2007, he regained a spot with the Azzurri, and was involved in the Euro 2008 qualification campaign. Di Natale netted a goal in each half, setting Italy en route to a hard-fought win over Ukraine in a qualifying match. He was then called up to Italy's squad for Euro 2008 where he missed a crucial penalty that could've drawn Italy level in PKs during a quarterfinal penalty shoot out against Spain. Di Natale's shot was saved by Casillas, Spain went on to win 4-2 on penalties. He was called up by the Azzurri several times during the 2008-2009 season, but after an injury against Montenegro on March 28, 2009, Di Natale was sidelined for the rest of the season.

Personal

Di Natale has a son, named Filippo, and a daughter, Diletta. He has a tattoo of his son's name down his right arm, and a tattoo of his daughter's name on the left. Most fans refer to him by the nickname Totò, a shortening of Antonio.

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Antonio Di Natale
Personal information
Full name Antonio Di Natale
Date of birth 13 October 1977 (1977-10-13) (age 33)
Place of birth    Naples, Italy
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Udinese
Number 10
Senior clubs
Years Club
1996-2004
1997-1998
1998
1998-1999
2004-
Empoli
→Iperzola (loan)
Varese (loan)
→Viareggio (loan)
Udinese
National team
2002- Italy

Antonio Di Natale (born 13 October 1977) is an Italian football player. He plays for Udinese and Italy national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1996/97EmpoliSerie B1000-10
1997/98IperzolaSerie C233600-366
1998/99VareseSerie C14000-40
1998/99ViareggioSerie C2251200-2512
1999/00EmpoliSerie B25651-307
2000/0135931-389
2001/02381542-4217
2002/03Serie A271251-3213
2003/0433521-356
2004/05Serie B0010-10
2004/05UdineseSerie A33754204011
2005/06358331144915
2006/07311122-3313
2007/08361711-3718
2008/09221211733016
2009/10
CountryItaly 3781203217207430144
Total 3781203217207430144

International career statistics

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Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
200210
200320
200411
200500
200641
200773
2008104
200950
2010
Total309

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