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Danilo D'Ambrosio (Italian pronunciation: [daˈniːlo damˈbrɔːzjo]; born 9 September 1988) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a full back for Internazionale in the Serie A and the Italy national football team.[2]

Danilo D'Ambrosio
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D'Ambrosio playing for Inter in 2014
Personal information
Full name Danilo D'Ambrosio
Date of birth (1988-09-09) 9 September 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Internazionale
Number 33
Youth career
2004–2005 Salernitana
2005–2008 Fiorentina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Potenza 10 (0)
2008–2010 Juve Stabia 29 (0)
2010–2014 Torino 117 (10)
2014– Internazionale 142 (9)
National team
2004 Italy U16 5 (2)
2004 Italy U17 3 (0)
2010 Italy U21 3 (0)
2017– Italy 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 June 2018

Contents

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Naples, D'Ambrosio began playing for local Campania side Salernitana. However, the club went bankrupt and he, along with his brother Dario, joined the Fiorentina youth team in 2005.[3] He was part of the Fiorentina primavera until December 2007, but on 8 January 2008 he was sold to Serie C1 side Potenza on a co-ownership agreement. He made his professional debut on 20 January 2008 in a 2–1 victory over Juve Stabia, ultimately making ten appearances during the season. In June 2008, Fiorentina repurchased D'Ambrosio.[4][5]

Juve StabiaEdit

On 11 July 2008, D'Ambrosio joined Lega Pro Prima Divisione side Juve Stabia in another co-ownership deal, for €30,000,[6] making his debut for Le vespe on 31 August 2008 against Taranto.[7][8]

D'Ambrosio became a starter for Juve Stabia in his first season, who decided to purchase his remaining contract from Fiorentina for another €75,500.[6][9] He spent the next season mostly playing as a right midfielder, even scoring his first goal in a home victory against Barletta, 4–1.[10][11][unreliable source?]

TorinoEdit

On 12 January 2010, D'Ambrosio was signed by Torino in a co-ownership agreement for a €200,000 transfer fee.[12][13] He made his Serie B debut on 16 January 2010 in a 4–1 home win against Grosseto. He was a regular for Torino during the season, scoring his first goal for the granata on 20 March 2010 in a 2–0 away win against Modena. Torino purchased the remaining half of his contract from Juve Stabia in June 2010 for an additional €500,000.[12]

During the following season, D'Ambrosio was also a starter for new coach Franco Lerda. He scored the first brace of his career in a 3–2 home win against Modena, one of the only two goals of his season.[14] On 15 December 2010, he renewed his contract with Torino until 2014.[15] However, his season was characterised by negative performances and Torino's failure to reach the playoffs made him the object of much criticism.[16]

New head coach Giampiero Ventura decided to focus on D'Ambrosio for the 2011–12 season, playing him as right back with Matteo Darmian. On 2 November 2011, he scored the winning goal against Reggina.[17] He repeated this on 11 February 2012, scoring in a 3–1 win over Nocerina.[18] Throughout the season, D'Ambrosio contributed 26 appearances and 3 goals with Torino being promoted.

D'Ambrosio made his Serie A debut on 26 August 2012 during the goalless draw against Siena, appearing as a 93rd-minute-substitute, but did not start until 26 September against Udinese (0–0).[19][20] He scored his first goal in Serie A during a 5–1 win away against Atalanta.[21] In December 2012, he became Torino's vice-captain after Angelo Ogbonna suffered an injury.[22] He was voted Torino's revelation of the year by the readers of Toro.it.[23]

D'Ambrosio covered as a left back in the 2013–14 season, scoring in the 2–2 home draw against Milan on 14 September 2013.[24] He scored again the following week away against Bologna, in a game won 2–1 by Torino.[25] On 13 December 2013, Torino chairman Urbano Cairo confirmed that D'Ambrosio would be leaving the club after turning down a contract extension.[26] The former vice-captain concluded his experience at Torino with 119 appearances and 10 goals.

InternazionaleEdit

 
D'Ambrosio playing against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in September 2014

2013–14 seasonEdit

On 8 January 2014, Tuttosport reported that D'Ambrosio would join Inter in a cash plus player deal.[27] On 28 January, Tuttosport revealed that the fee was €1.75 million cash plus the free loan of Matteo Colombi and 50% of the registration rights of Marco Benassi.[28][29] (Although the transfer also cost Inter an additional €1.04M on agent and other misc. fee on top of the value of the 50% rights of Benassi (€1M) and cash paid (€1.75M)[30]) Two days later, Inter confirmed the deal.[31][32]

Three days after that, he made his debut for Nerazzurri in the Derby d'Italia against Juventus at Juventus Stadium, a 3–1 Inter loss.[33] On 15 March, D'Ambrosio started his first match with Inter, defeating Hellas Verona 2–0 at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.[34] Following that result, he secured a place in the starting lineup. D'Ambrosio was an unused substitute in Javier Zanetti's last competitive match at the San Siro, in which Inter defeated Lazio 4–1 to secure a place in UEFA Europa League play-off for next season.[35] D'Ambrosio finished his first season with Inter having played 11 matches, 3 of which he played in their entirety.

2014–15 seasonEdit

D'Ambrosio scored his first competitive goal for Inter on his European debut, a 3–0 away win over Stjarnan in the first leg of Europa League play-off.[36] With a 6–0 victory in the second leg, Inter advanced to the group stage 9–0 on aggregate.[37]

On 18 September, in the first Europa League group match against Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, he scored the only goal of the match.[38] D'Ambrosio described his goal as "the most important of his career".[39] He scored again in the second group match on 2 October, opening a 2–0 home victory over Azerbaijani side Qarabağ.[40]

D'Ambrosio concluded his first full-season with Inter Milan by making 32 appearances in all competitions, scoring three times, all in Europa League.

2015–16 seasonEdit

On 20 February 2016, D'Ambrosio scored his first league goal for Inter during the 3–1 home win over Sampdoria, beating the goalkeeper with a volley in with the inside of his left boot at the back post.[41] That was the first "Italian" goal for Inter in Serie A since Andrea Ranocchia scored on 15 December 2014.[42] Eight days later, against Juventus for the next league match, D'Ambrosio's misplaced a header resulting in Leonardo Bonucci scoring in 47th minute; the match finished 2–0 for Juventus.[43] Later, on 12 March against Bologna, he was again in the scoresheet for the second time this season, scoring the second goal of the match minutes before assisting the goal of Ivan Perišić, helping Inter to get its second consecutive league win.[44]

2016–17 seasonEdit

D'Ambrosio won more playing time under head coaches Frank de Boer and Stefano Pioli, starting all the match except in October, as he was the second outfield player with most balls recovered.[45] He scored his first strike of the season against Pescara on 28 January 2017, netting the opener in an eventual 3–0 home win.[46] On 19 February, he set up the lone goal at Bologna scored by Gabriel Barbosa.[47] Later, on 7 April, D'Ambrosio agreed to a contract extension, signing until 2021.[48][45] Two days later, he scored against Crotone but in a 2–1 losing effort, equaling his personal best, set in 2011–12 season.[49]

2017–18 seasonEdit

D'Ambrosio played his 100th Serie A match for Inter on 25 November 2017 in the 3–1 away win versus Cagliari in matchday 14.[50] In the final matchday of the season, his goal in the 29th minute versus Lazio served as a temporary equalizer in an eventual 3–2 win at Stadio Olimpico which meant the return of Inter in UEFA Champions League after six years.[51]

2018–19 seasonEdit

On 25 September 2018, D'Ambrosio scored his first goal of the season in a league match against Fiorentina following a combination with Mauro Icardi to give Inter the 2–1 win at San Siro, the first home win in league for the 2018–19 season.[52]

International careerEdit

On 11 August 2010, D'Ambrosio made his debut with the Italy under-21 national team in a friendly match against Denmark.[53]

On 28 March 2017, D'Ambrosio made his senior international debut for Italy alongside with four other debutants, appearing as a substitute in a 2–1 friendly away win against the Netherlands.[54]

He made his first start for Italy under Roberto Mancini, in a 3–1 friendly loss to France in Nice on 1 June 2018.[55][56]

Style of playEdit

D'Ambrosio is a quick, energetic, offensive fullback, who is physically strong, and who also possesses good stamina, and reliable technical ability. He primarily plays on the right, but is also capable of playing on the left due to his tactical versatility as a defender. He has also been used as a wing-back or wide midfielder in a 3–5–2 formation, and has even been deployed as a centre-back on occasion.[57][58]

Personal lifeEdit

D'Ambrosio has a twin brother Dario, who also plays as a defender, for Monza. Both grew up in Caivano in a football school, Sporting Caivano 94.[59]

In April 2014, D'Ambrosio joined Twitter and with his first post claimed that for every follower he received, he would make a donation of €0.50 to the "Aiutare I Bambini" charity which gives aid to needy children in his home region of Campania. He eventually donated €11,500.[60]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 17 March 2019[2][61]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Potenza 2007–08 7 0 7 0
Juve Stabia 2007–08 29 0 2 0 31 0
Torino 2009–10 19 1 3[a] 0 22 1
2010–11 30 2 1 0 31 2
2011–12 26 3 1 0 27 3
2012–13 28 2 0 0 28 2
2013–14 14 2 1 0 15 2
Total 117 10 3 0 3 0 123 10
Inter Milan 2013–14 11 0 1 0 12 0
2014–15 23 0 1 0 8[b] 3 32 3
2015–16 20 2 3 0 0[b] 0 23 2
2016–17 32 3 2 0 5[b] 0 39 3
2017–18 34 2 0 0 34 2
2018–19 22 2 1 0 5[c] 0 28 2
Total 142 9 8 0 18 3 168 12
Career total 295 19 11 0 18 3 5 0 329 22
  1. ^ All appearances in Serie B Promotion
  2. ^ a b c All appearances in Europa League
  3. ^ All appearances in Champions League

InternationalEdit

As of 1 June 2018[61]
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2017 1 0
2018 1 0
Total 2 0

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Torino[61]

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

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