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Mancini
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino
Date of birth August 1, 1980 (1980-08-01) (age 29)
Place of birth Ipatinga, Brazil
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Wingback, Winger, Attacking Midfielder,
Centre Midfielder
Club information
Current club Marseille
Number 30
Youth career
1997 Atlético Mineiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Atlético Mineiro 074 00(1)
2000–2001 Portuguesa 035 00(1)
2001 São Caetano 010 00(1)
2002 Atlético Mineiro 048 0(18)
2002–2003 Venezia 013 00(1)
2003–2008 Roma 154 0(40)
2008– Internazionale 026 00(1)
National team
1999–2000 Brazil U-23 009 00(0)
2004– Brazil 016 00(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 October 2008 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 May 2009 (UTC)

Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐləˈsɐ̃dru faˈjɔʎi ɐmɐ̃ˈtʃinu]), best known as Mancini ([mɐ̃ˈsinʲi]; born August 1, 1980 in Ipatinga, Brazil), is a Brazilian football player, currently playing for Inter Milan. He is famed for his dribbling, espiecally his step-overs.

Mancini is an extremely versatile player, having played at right back during the early part of his career, and as a left winger (his preferred position).

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Club career

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Early career

Regarded as a promising talent, Mancini began his career in his homeland of Brazil with his hometown club, Atlético Mineiro, where he remained from 1999 to 2002. During that time he had two loan spells, at Portuguesa in 2000 and at São Caetano in 2001.

Move to Italy

Mancini was noticed in 2002 by sports director Franco Baldini while playing for the Brazilian national team. He was signed by major Italian Serie A club Roma, and loaned out for a season to then-Serie B side Venezia. During that time he struggled to adapt to Italian football, and was criticised by the Venezia manager for his errors, and for his habit of controlling the ball with the outside of his foot, which in Italy is considered unconventional.

Mancini only made 13 appearances for Venezia that season, and president Maurizio Zamparini declined to sign him on a permanent basis. He returned to Roma to establish himself as a footballer following the departure of his countryman Cafú to Milan.

Roma

Having lost Cafú, Roma needed a replacement at right-back, but with his early performances in Italy being far from convincing, many Roma fans were sceptical about his ability. However, the then-manager Fabio Capello gave the Brazilian a chance, and Mancini went on to complete an outstanding first season in Serie A, the highlight being a spectacular backheel flick from a set piece in the Derby della Capitale against Lazio.[1]

For the next two seasons however, Mancini struggled to maintain consistent good form, due in part to several injuries. Come 2005, he was set to move to Juventus where he was wanted by Fabio Capello, the man who had brought him to Roma. New Roma boss Luciano Spalletti blocked the transfer, preferring to keep his winger.

Mancini flourished under Spalletti and during the 2005-06 season began to find his top form, once again becoming a key player for the Roma side. Following the Calciopoli scandal, Roma qualified for the UEFA Champions League, giving Mancini the chance to play at the highest level of club football.

In the UEFA Champions League 2006-07, Mancini left his mark with fabulous goal against Olympique Lyonnais, dazzling Lyon defender Anthony Réveillère with several stepovers before firing the ball high into the net, sending the Giallorossi into the quarter finals.

That same year, Mancini also celebrated his first silverware since arriving in Italy as Roma won the Coppa Italia, beating Internazionale in the final.

In the 2007-08 season, Mancini scored eight league goals as Roma reached the quarter finals of the Champions League and finished as runners-up in Serie A for the second year running. He did not have the best of seasons though, in what would prove to be his last in Rome.

Inter Milan

Mancini was signed by new Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho along with Ricardo Quaresma and Sully Muntari in his maiden season. However, to date he has failed to become a first team regular due to his lack of consistency.

International appearances

As of April 1, 2008.[2][3][4][5]
National team Club Season Apps Goals
Brazil Roma 2003–2004 3 0
2004–2005 0 0
2005–2006 0 0
2006–2007 0 0
2007–2008 0 0
Internazionale 2008–2009 3 0
Total 6 0

Club Playing Honours

Clube Atlético Mineiro
  • State Championship of Minas Gerais: 2000
Associazione Sportiva Roma
F.C. Internazionale Milano

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