Open main menu

Daniel Caligiuri (pronounced [kaliˈdʒuri]; born 15 January 1988) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga.

Daniel Caligiuri
Daniel Caligiuri.jpg
Caligiuri in 2018
Personal information
Full name Daniel Caligiuri
Date of birth (1988-01-15) 15 January 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Villingen-Schwenningen, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger, Wing-back
Club information
Current team
Schalke 04
Number 18
Youth career
1995–2001 BSV 07 Schwenningen
2001–2005 SV Zimmern
2005–2007 SC Freiburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 SC Freiburg II 70 (22)
2009–2013 SC Freiburg 93 (11)
2013–2017 VfL Wolfsburg 97 (12)
2017– Schalke 04 80 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2019

Contents

Club careerEdit

Born in Germany to an Italian father of partial Arbëresh descent[1] and a German mother, Caligiuri began his professional career with SC Freiburg. Caligiuri made his Bundesliga debut for Freiburg on 7 November 2009, starting against VfL Bochum. He joined VfL Wolfsburg in 2013 after a solid season with Freiburg. On 19 March 2015, Caligiuri scored in the second leg of the round of 16 in the Europa League against Inter Milan.[2]

On Saturday 30 May, 2015 he played as Wolfsburg won the German Cup for the first time defeating Borussia Dortmund 3–1 at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin.[3][4]

On 25 January 2017, Caliguri was announced as joining Bundesliga rivals Schalke on a three and a half year deal.[5]

International careerEdit

Caligiuri is eligible to represent both Germany through being born there (and to a German mother), as well as Italy through having an Italian father. On 22 May 2015, Caligiuri expressed his desire to play for the country of his father's heritage, stating "I have always said that I will play for the national team which invites me first. And I have big hopes now to be part of the Italy squad."[6]

On 31 May 2015, it was announced that Antonio Conte named Caligiuri alongside fellow débutant Nicola Sansone in his preliminary squad for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Croatia,[7] but he was dropped from the squad on 6 June.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Caligiuri is of Italian descent. His older brother Marco is also a professional footballer, who currently plays for Greuther Fürth.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played on 10 August 2019[10][11]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
SC Freiburg II 2006–07 Oberliga 3 0 3 0
2007–08 13 2 13 2
2008–09 Regionalliga 32 7 32 7
2009–10 19 13 19 13
2010–11 1 0 1 0
2011–12 2 1 2 1
Total 70 23 70 23
SC Freiburg 2009–10 Bundesliga 16 0 0 0 16 0
2010–11 23 0 2 0 25 0
2011–12 25 6 1 0 26 6
2012–13 29 5 4 3 33 8
Total 93 11 7 3 100 14
VfL Wolfsburg 2013–14 Bundesliga 24 1 3 0 27 1
2014–15 28 7 6 2 11[a] 1 45 10
2015–16 29 2 2 0 8[b] 1 1[c] 0 40 3
2016–17 16 2 2 0 18 2
Total 97 12 13 2 19 2 1 0 130 16
FC Schalke 04 2016–17 Bundesliga 16 2 2 1 5[a] 1 23 4
2017–18 33 6 4 0 37 6
2018–19 31 7 3 0 6[b] 0 40 7
2019–20 0 0 1 1 1 1
Total 80 15 10 2 11 1 101 18
Career Total 340 61 30 7 30 3 1 0 401 71
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
  2. ^ a b Appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
  3. ^ Appearance in the DFL-Supercup.

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lojtari i Schalkes me origjinë shqiptare, Panucci i bën ftesën" [Schalke player with Albanian origin, Panucci calls him up] (in Albanian). Jeta osh qef. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Lässig ins Viertelfinale" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  3. ^ Reuters (30 May 2015). "Jürgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund goodbye spoiled by Wolfsburg in final". Retrieved 13 April 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  4. ^ "Borussia Dortmund 1-3 VfL Wolfsburg". 30 May 2015 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Schalke to sign Wolfsburg midfielder Caligiuri". ESPN.com. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Wolfsburg midfielder Daniel Caligiuri looking forward to dream Italy call-up". ESPN FC. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  7. ^ Hiete, Thomas (21 May 2015). "Conte statt Löw: Caligiuri vor Debüt für Italien" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Enttäuschung! Caligiuri nicht im Italien-Aufgebot" (in German). kicker. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Bruder-Duell im Derby" (in German). Bild. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Daniel Caligiuri » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  11. ^ Daniel Caligiuri at Soccerway. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Wolfsburg break cup duck, dashing Klopp hopes". UEFA.com. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Wolfsburg 1-1 Bayern Munich (5-4 on pens): Nicklas Bendtner scores 89th minute equaliser AND winning penalty after Arjen Robben's opener in Super Cup final". Daily Mail. 1 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.

External linksEdit