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Salvatore Bocchetti
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Personal information
Date of birth 30 November 1986 (1986-11-30) (age 23)
Place of birth Napoli, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre back / Left back
Club information
Current club Genoa
Number 26
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Ascoli 2 (0)
2005–2006 Lanciano (loan) 21 (1)
2007 Frosinone (loan) 17 (2)
2007–2008 Frosinone 38 (2)
2008– Genoa 32 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Italy U-21 10 (0)
2008 Olympic Italy 9 (0)
2009– Italy 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Salvatore Bocchetti (born 30 November 1986 in Napoli) is an Italian footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Genoa.


Club career

Bocchetti started his professional career at Ascoli. He made his Serie A debut against Palermo on 20 December 2006. He was on loan to Serie C1 for Lanciano, and Frosinone of Serie B on second half of 2006-07 season. In the 2008-09 season Bocchetti was signed by Genoa CFC and has become a regular starter in central defence.

International career

In 2008 Bocchetti made his debut with the Italy U-21 squad. He impressed during the 2008 Toulon Tournament, playing 4 matches. Bocchetti proved to be a reliable and solid centre back during the tournament. He retained his place in the starting line up for the 2008 Summer Olympics[1] and the 2009 Euro U-21.

On 22 March, 2009 Bocchetti received his first call up to the senior Italy squad for two World Cup qualifiers matchs.[2] On 10 October, 2009 he made his senior national team international debut against Ireland coming on as a second half substitute in Dublin. Four days later he made his first international start in the final World Cup 2010 qualifying match against Cyprus. His last appearance for Italy to date came in the 1-0 friendly victory against Sweden in November 2009.


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