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Mauro Camoranesi
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Personal information
Full name Mauro Germán Camoranesi Serra
Date of birth 4 October 1976 (1976-10-04) (age 33)
Place of birth Tandil, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Aldosivi 031 0(0)
1996–1997 Santos Laguna 022 0(8)
1997–1998 Banfield 038 (16)
1998–2000 Cruz Azul 064 (20)
2000–2002 Verona 051 0(7)
2002– Juventus 211 (27)
National team
2003– Italy 053 0(5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 November 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Mauro Germán Camoranesi Serra, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[1][2], (born 4 October 1976 in Tandil, Buenos Aires Province) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer who currently plays for Italian Serie A club Juventus as a midfielder, usually on the right wing. He has also been used as a central midfielder.

Camoranesi is a member of the Italian national team and was part of the winning squad at the 2006 World Cup.

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Club career

Camoranesi had always been a big fan of the Argentinian club River Plate growing up, but as a youngster, he played in the squad of Club Atlético Aldosivi. Aldosivi is situated in Mar del Plata just 160 km (99 mi) away from Mauro's birthplace of Tandil.

However, he moved to Mexico to begin his professional playing career at Santos Laguna. The club won the Primera División de México during the Invierno 1996 season. Camoranesi scored one goal in 13 games for the team; this was the clubs first ever championship success. Santos Laguna fans nicknamed him "El Cholo."

More travels came for the young Argentine the following year, as he moved to Uruguayan club Montevideo Wanderers briefly, before returning back to his homeland to play for Banfield, solidifying himself as an impressive attacking right midfielder, while playing 38 games with 16 goals.

The following season Camoranesi moved once again, this time back to Mexico and club Cruz Azul, where he played from 1998 to 2000. He caught the attention of Italian Serie A side Verona by scoring 21 goals in 79 games with Cruz Azul, an impressive achievement for a midfield player.

He moved to Italy in 2000, signing with Verona where he played two years. In 2002, Camoranesi was signed on a co-ownership deal; initially Juventus paid Verona 4.8 million (reportedly £3 million) and gave them co-ownership of Max Vieri. On 26 June 2003, he was signed outright by the Bianconeri on a permanent basis for an additional fee of 5 million; this was the same day Juventus signed Marco Di Vaio and Enzo Maresca in similar deals.[3]

Juventus

With Juventus, Camoranesi won Serie A in 2002-03, and Italian Super Cups in 2002 and 2003. Camoranesi was also a Serie A champion with the Old Lady in 2004-05 and 2005-06, but Juventus were stripped of both of those titles as another result of the "Calciopoli" scandal.

Despite his agent Sergio Fortunato linking the player to clubs such as Olympique Lyonnais, Valencia CF, and Liverpool over the summer of 2006, following Juve's relegation, Camoranesi made an announcement himself in September, pledging loyalty to Juventus: "In January, I will not ask to be sold; I'm happy to stay here."[4], he stated.

Camoranesi contributed to a number of notable goals when Juventus played in Serie B after the relegation. Against Lecce in April 2007, he performed an impressive piece of skill similar to a Cruijff Turn, turning the ball through a defender's legs on the wing, before retrieving it to help set up Juve's first goal of the match. Later in the match, he scored his side's third; Camoranesi took the ball past three Lecce defenders, before hitting the ball from the edge of the box, with his left foot into the top corner.[5] Just days before he had scored a header in the 2-0 victory against close title contenders Napoli. His original shirt number was 16, but was changed to 8 for the 2007-08 season. He changed back to number 16 from 8 after just one season. Despite suffering several injuries during the 2007-08 season, he was a very important and influential player in Juventus' return season. Camoranesi had an impressive pre-season before the up and coming 2008-09 Serie A season. After struggling in the first few games in the start of Serie A season 2009-10, Camoranesi came back strongly & proved to be one of Juventus' most important players. He managed to get his name on ths scoresheet too, scoring the solitary goal against Maccabi Haifa in Champions' League, as well as a brace in a 5-2 win over Atalanta.

International career

Camoranesi is an Italian Argentine[6]; his dual citizenship made him eligible to play for either Argentina or Italy, but the Azzurri showed interest in him first and, on 12 February 2003, he made his international debut in a friendly match against Portugal, which Italy won 1-0, under former coach Giovanni Trapattoni. Camoranesi played for Italy at UEFA Euro 2004 and was also part of Marcello Lippi's Italy team which won the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He has been capped 51 times by Italy and has scored five goals, the first of which came in Italy's 2006 World Cup qualifier away to Belarus on 7 September 2005, which the Italians won 4-1.

He also chooses not to sing Italy's national anthem before their matches because he doesn't know the words, although he can be seen singing (at least a part of) the anthem during the World Cup celebrations in Circus Maximus on 10 July 2006. Camoranesi was not the first Juventus player born in Argentina to play for Italy; Omar Sivori before him did also.

At the end of the final match in Germany's World Cup, in which Italy defeated France on penalties, Camoranesi had teammate Massimo Oddo chop off a large chunk of his long hair as the rest of the squad danced around them in a circle. Camoranesi then went up to the camera and dedicated the triumph by saying in Spanish: "Para los pibes del barrio..." (For the guys from the neighbourhood...).

Mauro commented in an interview in regards to the World Cup victory: "I feel Argentine but I have defended the colors of Italy with dignity. That is something nobody can take away."[7]

He was successively called up to Italy's squad for UEFA Euro 2008, which ended in the quarter finals with a penalty shootout loss to eventual tournament winners Spain.

Camoranesi scored a headed goal during World Cup 2010 qualifying on 10 October against Ireland.

Honours

  • Winner : 1996 (Santos Laguna)
  • Runner-up (1): 1999 (Cruz Azul)

Juventus

  • Runner-up (1): 2004
  • Runner-up (1): 2003

International

See also

References

  1. ^ FIFA.com
  2. ^ AscotSportal.com
  3. ^ Reports and Financial Statements at 30 June 2003
  4. ^ Football Italia @ Bravo
  5. ^ Channel 4 - Week 34 Serie B
  6. ^ He is a third generation Italian Argentine, whose Italian descent dates back to a great-grandfather from Porto Potenza Picena, in the Italian region of Marche (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJYgQWHBjyU&feature=related).
  7. ^ lastampa.it

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Simple English

Mauro Camoranesi
File:Italy vs Belgium - Mauro
Personal information
Full name Mauro Germán Camoranesi Serra
Date of birth 4 October 1976 (1976-10-04) (age 34)
Place of birth    Tandil, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior clubs
Years Club
1995-1996
1997
1997-1998
1998-2000
2000-2002
2002-2010
2010-2011
Santos Laguna
Montevideo Wanderers
Banfield
Cruz Azul
Hellas Verona
Juventus
VfB Stuttgart
National team
2003-2009 Italy

Mauro Camoranesi (born 4 October 1976) is an Italian football player. He plays for Italy national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
MexicoLeague Cup North AmericaTotal
1995/96Santos LagunaPrimera División131131
1996/979797
UruguayLeague Cup South AmericaTotal
1997Montevideo WanderersPrimera División6161
ArgentinaLeague Cup South AmericaTotal
1997/98BanfieldPrimera B Nacional38163816
MexicoLeague Cup North AmericaTotal
1998/99Cruz AzulPrimera División33113311
1999/00319319
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2000/01Hellas VeronaSerie A22410-234
2001/0229310-303
2002/03JuventusSerie A30410131445
2003/042635140354
2004/053641091465
2005/063430090433
2006/07Serie B33420-354
2007/08Serie A22510-232
2008/091911061262
2009/102430091334
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal EuropeTotal
2010/11VfB StuttgartBundesliga701060140
CountryMexico 86288628
Uruguay 6161
Argentina 38163816
Italy 2753413150433839
Germany 701060140
Total 4127914156448184

International career statistics

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
200360
200450
200572
2006111
200740
200891
2009111
Total535

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