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Cristiano Biraghi (Italian pronunciation: [kriˈstjaːno biˈraːɡi]; born 1 September 1992) is an Italian footballer who plays as a left back for Inter Milan, on loan from Fiorentina, and the Italy national football team.[1][2][3]

Cristiano Biraghi
Cristiano Biraghi.jpg
Biraghi in 2011
Personal information
Full name Cristiano Biraghi
Date of birth (1992-09-01) 1 September 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Cernusco sul Naviglio, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Inter Milan
(on loan from Fiorentina)
Number 34
Youth career
2005–2011 Internazionale
2007–2008Pro Sesto (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Internazionale 2 (0)
2011–2012Juve Stabia (loan) 11 (0)
2012–2014 Cittadella 33 (0)
2013–2014Catania (loan) 23 (0)
2014–2016 Internazionale 0 (0)
2014–2015Chievo (loan) 18 (0)
2015–2016Granada (loan) 32 (0)
2016–2018 Pescara 37 (1)
2017–2018Fiorentina (loan) 34 (1)
2018– Fiorentina 36 (1)
2019–Internazionale (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Italy U19 7 (0)
2010–2015 Italy U21 10 (0)
2018– Italy 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:29, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2019

Contents

Club careerEdit

Youth yearsEdit

Born in Cernusco sul Naviglio, the Province of Milan, Biraghi began his career with Internazionale, playing in its youth teams from 2005 onwards. For the 2007–08 season he spent time at Pro Sesto alongside his club compatriots and youth products.[4] He started his career as a midfielder but later switched and became a left back. He played a few friendlies for the club[5][6][7] and participated in their 2010 summer tour,[8] scoring a goal in the Pirelli Cup, helping them to a 3-0 victory over Manchester City.[9]

InternazionaleEdit

Biraghi made his first team debut in a competitive game on 24 November 2010, against Twente in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League, replacing Goran Pandev.[10] Before that match Inter had lost a number of first team players through injury.

Biraghi would be given a starting berth in Inter's next game in the Champions League, on 7 December 2010, against Werder Bremen in what would be a 3-0 home win for the German side, with the likes of Davide Santon moving to wing forward and Cristian Chivu unable to play due to an injury.

In July 2011, he was loaned to Serie B club Juve Stabia. On 27 August 2011, he made his debut for the club in the first league match of the season, a 2–1 loss against Empoli.

CittadellaEdit

In summer 2012, Biraghi was signed by Serie B club A.S. Cittadella on loan, with an option to sign half of the registration rights. In June 2013 Cittadella excised the option for €150,000.[11][12] However, Inter also paid a subsidy (Italian: premi di valorizzazione) of €50,000 to Cittadella for the loan.[12]

Biraghi was loaned to Catania on 2 September 2013 for €300,000.[13][14][15]

Return to InternazionaleEdit

In June 2014, Inter bought back Biraghi from Cittadella for €610,000 (€600,000 plus the remain 50% registration rights of Simone Pecorini).[15][16][17] He signed a new 4-year contract with Inter in 2014.[16] However, he spent 2 seasons on loan to other clubs before he became a piece-weight of another signing.

He signed a two-year loan deal with Chievo on 6 July 2014.[18]

On 27 August 2015, Biraghi moved to La Liga side Granada CF, after agreeing to a one-year loan deal.[19]

PescaraEdit

On 11 July 2016, Biraghi was sold to Serie A newcomers Pescara in a definitive deal. On the same day Pescara also signed Rey Manaj on a temporary deal, as well as Gianluca Caprari who was sold to Inter but loaned back to Pescara for a season. Pescara were relegated at the end of season.

FiorentinaEdit

On 15 August 2017 Biraghi joined Serie A club Fiorentina on loan, with an obligation to buy the player.[20][21]

Second return to InternazionaleEdit

In August 2019, Biraghi was re-signed by Inter on a temporary deal, with Dalbert moved to the opposite direction. Inter had an option to sign Biraghi from Fiorentina in a definitive deal in 2020 for a reported €12 million fee.[22]

International careerEdit

Under the new regime of Ciro Ferrara, he made his U21 debut on 17 November 2010, as starting left back in the friendly match that Italy won 2–1 against Turkey.[23] In that match he also featured alongside former Inter teammates Giulio Donati and Luca Caldirola in the defensive line.

He received his first call-up along with Felice Natalino in August 2010 for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification.[24] In the next month, he made his U19 debut against Serbia.[25] Before that, he received only one call-up in 2009 from the U18 team.[26]

He was given his first senior international call-up for Italy in September 2018, by manager Roberto Mancini, for Italy's opening UEFA Nations League matches against Poland and Portugal later that month.[27] He made his senior international debut in Italy's 1–1 home draw against Poland on 7 September, in their UEFA Nations League opener.[28] On 14 October 2018, he scored his first goal for Italy on his third cap in the return UEFA Nations League match away to Poland to secure a 1–0 win in the 92nd minute, which secured Italy's safety in the group;[29] Biraghi dedicated his goal to former Fiorentina teammate Davide Astori who died early that year.[30]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Updated 3 June 2019[31]

Club League Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internazionale Serie A 2010–11 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Juve Stabia (loan) Serie B 2011–12 11 0 1 0 12 0
Cittadella 2012–13 33 0 3 0 36 0
Catania (loan) Serie A 2013–14 23 0 0 0 23 0
Internazionale 2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chievo (loan) 2014–15 18 0 1 0 19 0
Granada (loan) La Liga 2015–16 32 0 1 0 33 0
Pescara Serie A 2016–17 35 1 2 0 37 1
Fiorentina (loan) 2017–18 34 1 1 0 35 1
Fiorentina 2018–19 36 1 4 0 40 1
Total 70 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 75 2
Career total 222 3 13 0 2 0 0 0 237 3

InternationalEdit

As of match played 23 March 2019[32]
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2018 4 1
2019 1 0
Total 5 1

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.[32]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 October 2018 Stadion Śląski, Chorzów, Poland   Poland 1–0 1–0 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Cristiano Biraghi Football Stats Fiorentina Age 26 Soccer Base". Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Biraghi, Cristiano Biraghi - Footballer - BDFutbol". Retrieved 30 September 2018.
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  5. ^ "Friendly: Piacenza 2–1 Inter". FC Internazionale Milano. www.inter.it. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Vaduz 1–2 Inter: Arnautovic scores twice". FC Internazionale Milano. www.inter.it. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
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  13. ^ "Cristiano Biraghi al Catania, a titolo temporaneo con diritto di riscatto della metà" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  14. ^ Calcio Catania S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2014 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
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  21. ^ "Calciomercato Fiorentina, Biraghi; Che occasione". Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). Rome. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
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  25. ^ "U19: Italy 3–1 Serbia". FC Internazionale Milano. www.inter.it. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  26. ^ "TRENTA AZZURRINI CONVOCATI PER LO STAGE DELL'UNDER 18". Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) (in Italian). 20 August 2010. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
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