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Federico Marchetti
Personal information
Date of birth 7 February 1983 (1983-02-07) (age 27)
Place of birth Bassano del Grappa, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Cagliari
Number 22
Youth career
Torino
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Torino 001 0(0)
2002–2003 Pro Vercelli (loan) 034 0(0)
2003 Crotone (loan) 000 0(0)
2004 Treviso (loan) 000 0(0)
2005 Pro Vercelli (loan) 013 0(0)
2005–2006 Biellese (loan) 030 0(0)
2006–2009 AlbinoLeffe 049 0(0)
2008–2009 Cagliari (loan) 035 0(0)
2009– Cagliari 0024 0(0)
National team
2009– Italy 004 0(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Federico Marchetti (born 7 February 1983 in Bassano del Grappa) is an Italian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A club Cagliari.[2]

Club career

A Torino youth system trainee, Marchetti made his professional debut on loan to Pro Vercelli, being then loaned to a number of other Serie C1 and Serie C2 teams in the following years: he spent the 2003–04 season as second choice keeper with Crotone and later Treviso, without making a single appearance with any of these teams. He started the 2004–05 season as third-choice keeper Torino, making a single appearance in his time with the granata as a substitute; he then asked to be transferred in January 2005, after Torino signed another keeper, Gianluca Berti, and he was subsequently loaned to Pro Vercelli for the remainder of the season, and spent the 2005–06 season on loan to Biellese.[3]

On June 2006, he was signed by Serie B club AlbinoLeffe, initially as reserve to Paolo Acerbis. In his first season with the celeste, he made 13 appearances,[4] being successively promoted as first choice keeper the following season.

During the 2007–08 season, his performances proved to be instrumental in AlbinoLeffe's historic first qualification to the promotion playoffs, where his club narrowly missed promotion to Lecce. He subsequently won the Serie B best goalkeeper award, thus raising significant interest from top flight teams.[5] In July 2008, Cagliari agreed a loan bid with AlbinoLeffe for the goalkeeper, with Cagliari having an option to buy 50% of players' rights to an agreed price.[6]

In his first season in the Serie A, Marchetti confirmed his performances, firmly ensuring a place in the starting lineup, his performances being praised by several football pundits, being also defined by Gianluigi Buffon as his favourite Italian young goalkeeper.[7]

International career

In May 2009, following his impressive performances with Cagliari, Marchetti received his first call-up to Marcello Lippi's Italian national team for a friendly game versus Northern Ireland.[8] He was featured in the game as a starter, and played the whole match, also keeping a clean sheet in a clear 3–0 win for the azzurri.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Federico Marchetti" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. http://www.cagliaricalcio.net/squadra/scheda.asp?id=583. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Federico Marchetti" (in German). weltfussball.de. http://www.weltfussball.de/spieler_profil/federico-marchetti/. 
  3. ^ "Marchetti, l'eterna preghiera" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 2009-06-03. http://www.tuttomercatoweb.com/torino/?action=read&idnotizia=6651. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  4. ^ "Marchetti Federico" (in Italian). Lega Calcio. http://www.lega-calcio.it/it/Serie-A-TIM/Giocatore.page?idplayer=357FC7D1-1D1C-5050-1BD0-BA22D14C9201. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  5. ^ "I protagonisti - Marchetti, la stagione della maturità" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 2008-11-17. http://www.tuttomercatoweb.com/cagliari/?action=read&idnotizia=1349. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Calciomercato - "Marchetti è dell'Albinoleffe" parola di Andreoletti" (in Italian). RealSports.it. 2009-06-15. http://www.realsports.it/index.php?method=section&action=zoom&id=68822. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  7. ^ "Buffon: "Juve seconda pelle Ma ero quasi del Milan"" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2008-11-17. http://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/Primo_Piano/2008/11/17/buffonchat.shtml. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  8. ^ "Italy squad for Northern Ireland friendly". FourFourTwo. 2009-05-28. http://fourfourtwo.com/news/italy/31705/default.aspx. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  9. ^ "Italy beats Northern Ireland 3-0 in friendly". FoxSports.com. 2009-06-06. http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/story/9653896/Italy-beats-Northern-Ireland-3-0-in-friendly. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
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