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Francesco Lodi (born 23 March 1984) is an Italian footballer who plays for Catania.[1] Lodi usually plays as a deep lying playmaker in midfield, and is known for his passing qualities.

Francesco Lodi
Personal information
Full name Francesco Lodi
Date of birth (1984-03-23) 23 March 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2010 Empoli 89 (19)
2004Vicenza (loan) 11 (0)
2006–2008Frosinone (loan) 82 (31)
2009–2010Udinese (loan) 19 (1)
2010–2011 Frosinone 23 (7)
2011–2013 Catania 86 (18)
2013–2014 Genoa 9 (2)
2014–2015 Catania 19 (2)
2014–2015Parma (loan) 23 (2)
2015–2017 Udinese 25 (1)
2017– Catania 0 (0)
National team
2000 Italy U15 8 (0)
2000–2001 Italy U16 13 (7)
2002 Italy U18 6 (3)
2002–2003 Italy U19 12 (11)
2006–2007 Italy U21 2 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2015


Club careerEdit


Lodi started his career as part of Empoli youth system, being later promoted to the first team in 2003, despite his senior debut came during the 2000–01 season. During the winter transfer market, Empoli opted to loan the player out to Vicenza, in Serie B, for the player to gain regular playing time. He went on to make 11 appearances for the biancorossi before returning to Empoli for the 2004–05 season, following their relegation. In his first full season with the Tuscan side, Lodi made 27 league appearances, scoring six goals and helping them earn instant promotion back to Serie A. Lodi remained with Empoli, his first full season in Serie A. The midfielder made just 17 appearances, however, and failed to hold down first team football. He scored no goals.

Loan to FrosinoneEdit

For the 2006–07 season, Empoli loaned Lodi to Serie B side Frosinone for €50,000.[2] Lodi instantly earned a starting role with the club, making 40 appearances out of a possible 42, scoring 11 goals. Despite his form, Empoli opted to keep the player at the Latium-based club in co-ownership deal for €1.4 million,[3] where Lodi would continue his form. He went on to make 41 appearances for the second division side and scored a very impressive 20 goals as a midfielder. In January 2008, Empoli also bought back the 50% registration rights from Frosinone for €800,000.[3]

Return to EmpoliEdit

Following Empoli's relegation from Serie A, the loan was not re-newed and the player spent the 2008–09 season with Empoli. He again performed with high standards, making 41 appearances and scoring 13 goals in league play. His form over the span of three seasons led to interest from a host of Serie A clubs, including Udinese, Atalanta and Chievo. At the start of the 2009–10 season, Lodi scored three goals in the first three games of Empoli's season, later joining Udinese on loan for the remainder of the 2009–10 season.

Udinese CalcioEdit

On 28 August 2009, Lodi officially joined Udinese on loan from Empoli. During the season, Lodi found first team football hard to come by due to the presences of established midfielders Alexis Sánchez, Mauricio Isla, Gökhan Inler and Kwadwo Asamoah. Lodi went on to make 19 league appearances, scoring one goal. Udinese did not use the option to purchase the player outright, and he returned to Empoli on 30 June 2010.

Return to FrosinoneEdit

Following his Serie A top flight experience with Udinese, Lodi returned to Empoli but was instantly sold to Frosinone again on a co-ownership deal, for €300,000.[4] In his return to Frosinone, Lodi returned immediately to first-team football, making 23 appearances (out of a possible 23) and scoring seven goals prior to the January transfer market, in which he again transferred clubs.


On 31 January 2011, Catania bought Lodi from Frosinone for €680,000,[4] with Empoli retained 50% registration rights. Lodi also immediately joined Catania for the remainder of the 2010–11 season, in a two-and-a-half-year contract.[5][6] His first two appearances for the Sicilian side were very low key, but on 13 February 2011, Lodi scored two fantastic free-kicks in a comeback 3–2 victory for Catania over Lecce. Lodi was also the scorer of a stunning free-kick against Juventus in the 96th minute of play, ending the game in a draw for Catania. In June 2011, Catania purchased Lodi outright for another €300,000. (the discount expressed as proventi da compartecipazioni in Catania's account)[4][5] He has since made 83 league appearances for the club, scoring 18 goals. He also scored three goals in four appearances in the 2012–13 Coppa Italia.

Lodi was part of a record-breaking Catania outfit that picked up 56 points from 38 Serie A matches in 2012–13 season. This performance sees the club also break its record number of home victories in a single season, its record number of victories overall in a single top flight campaign, as well as its record points total in Serie A for the fifth consecutive season.[citation needed]


On 3 July 2013, Catania sent Lodi to Genoa in exchange Panagiotis Tachtsidis in a cashless player swap.[7] Both clubs retained 50% registration rights (co-ownership deal).[8] The deal finalized in mid-July.[9] He joined on a 3-year deal and would wear the number 10 shirt. Genoa had asked Kasabian songwriter, Sergio Pizzorno, if they could take his shirt down from the club in order for Lodi to wear it.[citation needed]

Return to CataniaEdit

Lodi returned to Catania just six months after leaving the club, scoring a goal and providing an assist for Gonzalo Bergessio in his first match back, helping his club to defeat Bologna 2–0 at the Stadio Angelo Massimino. In June 2014, the co-ownership deal also terminated.


Lodi was then loaned to Parma on 25 August 2014.[10][11]


On 23 September 2015, Lodi rejoined former club Udinese as a free agent. He left the club on 17 February 2017.[12]


After his contract at Udinese got terminated, the director of Catania confirmed on 2 March 2017, that Lodi was the first signing for the 2017/18 season.[1]

International careerEdit

Lodi was a player of the Italian under-19 team. He took part in 2001 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship, the last named as under-16 event.

Due to UEFA U-21 Championship had changed from an even year event to odd year event, new coach Pierluigi Casiraghi called him up as senior member of the squad for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, eligible to players born 1984 or after. He made his Italy under-21 debut against Croatia in a friendly match on 15 August 2006 at the age of 22.[13] Lodi did not receive a call-up for 2004–06 season of U21 play due to the competitiveness of the squad, which was eligible to players born 1983 or after.



  1. ^ a b Catania, Lo Monaco: “Francesco Lodi primo acquisto della prossima stagione”‚, 2 March 2017
  2. ^ Empoli FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2007 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  3. ^ a b Empoli FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2008 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  4. ^ a b c Empoli FC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2011 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  5. ^ a b Calcio Catania SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (in Italian)
  6. ^ "UFFICIALE: Lodi è del Catania" [OFFICIAL: Lodi is of Catania]. Tutto Mercato Web (in Italian). 31 January 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  7. ^ Genoa CFC SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2013 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  8. ^ "Catania, scambio Lodi-Tachtsidis" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 3 July 2013. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  9. ^ "LODI UFFICIALMENTE ROSSOBLU'" (in Italian). Genoa CFC. 19 July 2013. Archived from the original on 24 July 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
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  11. ^ "Francesco Lodi al Parma: cessione a titolo temporaneo con obbligo di riscatto" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 25 August 2014. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  12. ^ Calciomercato Udinese, è ufficiale: rescisso il contratto con Lodi‚, 17 February 2017
  13. ^ FIGC (in Italian)

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