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Domenico Criscito
Personal information
Date of birth 30 December 1986 (1986-12-30) (age 23)
Place of birth Cercola, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back, Centre back
Club information
Current club Genoa
Number 4
Youth career
2002–2004 Genoa
2004–2006 Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Genoa 1 (0)
2006–2009 Juventus 8 (0)
2006–2007 Genoa (loan) 36 (4)
2008–2009 Genoa (loan) 51 (3)
2009– Genoa 15 (2)
National team
2006–2009 Italy U-21 26 (1)
2008 Olympic Italy 4 (0)
2009– Italy 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 February 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Domenico Criscito (born 30 December 1986) is an Italian footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Genoa. He is a versatile defender who started his career as a centre back but now usually plays at left back.

Club career

A native of southern Italy, Criscito moved up north at age 13 to pursue his football career.[1] He started his professional career at Genoa, for which made his debut in Serie B in June 2003 at the age of 16. In the summer of 2004 Genoa sold 50% of his contract to Juventus for €950K (€500K + co-ownership of Nocerino's contract). [2]

Criscito played for Juventus' Primavera team alongside Italy U-21 teammates Claudio Marchisio, Paolo De Ceglie and Sebastian Giovinco and together they won the 2006 Campionato Primavera. In the 2006-07 season, he returned to Genoa and established himself as one of the top young defenders in the Serie B. In January, Juventus bought the remaining 50% of his contract for a combined price of €7.5 million. This was paid by the co-ownership of Masiello and Konko to Genoa, and €5.25 million.[3] He also signed a new contract with Juventus which will last until June 30, 2011.

Criscito made his Serie A debut with Juventus on August 25, 2007, in Juve's comeback game in Serie A versus Livorno, a crushing 5-1 victory. However, he endured a difficult time at the Turin club. He was deemed "too soft" after Francesco Totti scored twice in six minutes in the September game, a 2-2 draw, against Roma and substituted at half-time.[1] Since then, he found himself behind Nicola Legrottaglie and Giorgio Chiellini in the pecking order due to their outstanding form.

Not content to remain on the bench, Criscito opted to go return to Genoa C.F.C. on loan in the opening days of the winter transfer window. In the summer of 2008, he was sent on loan to Genoa once morewith option to purchase half of the registration rights which worth €5.5million. He has been very impressive since re-joining Genoa, who were back in Serie A by then, and retained a place in the starting line-up as Gian Piero Gasperini's first choice left back.[4] In February 2009, he scored his first goal since returning to Genoa, the winner against Palermo.

International career

On 14 November 2006 Criscito made his debut with the Italy U-21 squad in a match against the Czech Republic. He was present in two Euro U-21 Championships, in 2007 and 2009. In 2008 he also represented Italy at the Summer Olympics.

On 12 August 2009 he made his senior national team debut in a friendly against Switzerland in Basel and has been tipped to succeed Fabio Grosso after the latter's retirement.[5]

References

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