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Claudio Zappa (born 30 March 1997) is an Italian professional football defender who plays for Novara on loan from Juventus.

Claudio Zappa
Personal information
Full name Claudio Zappa
Date of birth (1997-03-30) 30 March 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Brescia, Italy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Novara (on loan from Juventus)
Number 3
Youth career
Lumezzane[citation needed]
AlbinoLeffe
2013–2014 Beira-Mar
2014–2015 Sassuolo
2015Juventus (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Juventus 0 (0)
2016–2017Pontedera (loan) 8 (0)
2017Pordenone (loan) 5 (0)
2017–2018Pistoiese (loan) 23 (1)
2018–2019Juventus U23 10 (1)
2019–Novara (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2012 Italy under-16[1] 3 (0)
2013 Italy under-17[1] 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:47, 15 May 2019 (UTC)

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Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Zappa was born in Brescia, Italy. He began his professional career in the youth teams of local Lombardy club Lumezzane.[citation needed] In 2011, he was transferred to AlbinoLeffe,[citation needed] again in the youth sector.[2] In 2013, he completed a transfer to Portuguese club S.C. Beira-Mar, before returning to Italy less than a year later to sign with Sassuolo[3][4] for a fee of €220,000.[5] After impressing[according to whom?] for the youth sides, reigning Serie A champions Juventus made an approach for Zappa, initially signing him to a 6-month loan in February 2015.[6] Zappa was also suspended for 45 days in 2015 due to the irregular transfer to Portugal.[7] AlbinoLeffe also appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in order to recover part of the transfer fee.[8]

JuventusEdit

Juventus signed Zappa on loan in February 2015,[6] for a loan fee of €200,000.[9] He impressed[according to whom?] coach Fabio Grosso and was generally the starting left-back for the Primavera side, playing in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera,[not in citation given] 2015–16 UEFA Youth League,[not in citation given] Supercoppa Primavera[not in citation given] and Torneo di Viareggio.[not in citation given][6] In June 2015 Juventus signed Zappa in a definitive deal for an additional fee of €1.5 million.[9][10]

On 22 July 2016, Juventus confirmed that they had loaned Zappa to Lega Pro side Pontedera.[11] He made his debut for the club in a 3–1 Loss to Foggia Calcio in the first round of the Coppa Italia, on 31 July 2016.[12] Zappa's league debut came on 18 September 2016, playing 74 minutes against Racing Roma, after being listed on the bench for the previous two games against Olbia 1905 and Pistoiese.[13] On 16 January 2017, Zappa was recalled from Pontedera by Juventus, and the following day was sent out on loan again, this time to Pordenone until 30 June 2017.[14]

On 19 July 2017 Zappa was signed by Pistoiese.[15]

On 31 January 2019 he joined Novara on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b FIGC
  2. ^ "Allievi blucelesti Campioni d'Italia" (Press release) (in Italian). U.C. AlbinoLeffe. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Beira-Mar: Cláudio Zappa e Elisson impedidos de jogar" (in Portuguese). Agente Desportivo. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Sassuolo, dal Beira-Mar arriva il giovane Zappa" (in Italian). Gianluca di Marzio.com. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Nota Integrativa". Bilancio al 31/12/2014 [Financial Report at 31 December 2014] (in Italian). Modena: Italian C.C.I.A.A. 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Claudio Zappa - Profile". Juventus F.C. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Squalificato l'ex Zappa: sanzione "educativa" dal Tribunale" (Press release) (in Italian). U.C. AlbinoLeffe. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  8. ^ "AlbinoLeffe al TAS di Losanna: il comunicato ufficiale bluceleste" (Press release) (in Italian). U.C. AlbinoLeffe. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Annual financial report 30 June 2015" (PDF). Juventus F.C. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Relazione sulla gestione". Bilancio al 31/12/2015 [Financial Report at 31 December 2015] (in Italian). Modena: Italian C.C.I.A.A. 2016. p. 1.
  11. ^ "UFFICIALE: CURTI, CAIS, UDOH E ZAPPA IN MAGLIA GRANATA" (in Italian). U.S. Città di Pontedera. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Fixtures and Results". legaseriea.it. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Pontedera - Racing Roma" (in Italian). datasport.it. 18 September 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Juventus: Claudio Zappa è il nuovo rinforzo per il Pordenone" (in Italian). footballscouting.it. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Claudio Zappa è un giocatore della Pistoiese" (Press release) (in Italian). U.S. Pistoiese 1921. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  16. ^ "OFFICIAL: CLAUDIO ZAPPA CENTROCAMPISTA IN AZZURRO" (in Italian). Novara. 31 January 2019.

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