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Giandomenico Mesto (Italian pronunciation: [dʒandoˈmeːniko ˈmɛsto]; born 25 May 1982) is an Italian footballer who last played for the Greek club Panathinaikos. Known for his pace, work-rate, and versatility, Mesto usually plays as a full-back or as a wide midfielder on the right flank.[1]

Giandomenico Mesto
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Mesto playing for Napoli in 2014
Personal information
Full name Giandomenico Mesto
Date of birth (1982-05-25) 25 May 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Monopoli, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back/Right Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2008 Reggina 138 (1)
2000–2001Cremonese (loan) 19 (0)
2001–2002Fermana (loan) 31 (6)
2007–2008Udinese (loan) 28 (2)
2008–2012 Genoa 132 (8)
2012–2015 Napoli 34 (1)
2015–2017 Panathinaikos 28 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Italy U-18 7 (2)
2002–2003 Italy U-20 7 (2)
2004–2005 Italy U-21 8 (0)
2005– Italy 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 February 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 November 2013 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

After making his professional debut during the 1998–99 Serie B season, Mesto has spent the majority of his career at Reggina, aside from spells with Cremonese and Fermana during the 2001–02 Serie C2 and C1 seasons, makine 138 appearances and scoring 1 goal; he was loaned out to Udinese during the 2007–08 season. In 2008, he transferred to Genoa, where he remained for four seasons. In 2012, he moved to Napoli where he remained until the 2014–15 Serie A season, winning a Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana in 2014.[2] At the end of the season, his contract was not renewed.[3] On 31 December 2015 he signed with Greek side Panathinaikos for one and a half years.[4] On 1 June 2016, Mesto extended his contract with the club for another year till the summer of 2018.[5]

International careerEdit

At international level, Mesto appeared in the Italian under-21 national team which won the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship,[6] and was a member of the under-23's Olympic squad which won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[7][8] Afterwards, he made his senior international debut for Italy a year later, in a 1–1 friendly draw against Serbia and Montenegro, on 8 June 2005; in total, he has obtained three caps for Italy.[9]

HonoursEdit

InternationalEdit

Italy under-21[6]

ClubEdit

Napoli[2]

OrdersEdit

  • 5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2004[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Giandomenico Mesto" (in Italian). Area Napoli. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Giandomenico Mesto" (in Italian). Tutto Calciatori. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  3. ^ Luca Bargellin (23 June 2015). "Mesto saluta Napoli: "Non rinnoverò. E' stato un onore vestire questa maglia"" (in Italian). Tutto Mercato. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  4. ^ pao.gr. "Απόκτηση του Μέστο" (in Greek). Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  5. ^ sport24.gr. "Επεκτείνει για άλλη μία σεζόν ο Μέστο" (in Greek). Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b Francesco Cozza (13 November 2012). "Ex amaranto in copertina: Mesto devastante, Cozza risorge" (in Italian). Reggio nel Pallone. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  7. ^ Marco Liguori (19 April 2013). "Azzurri di bronzo ad Atene 2004" (in Italian). SCS Magazine. Archived from the original on 14 January 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Giandomenico Mesto Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-10-28.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Mesto, Giandomenico" (in Italian). FIGC. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana Sig. Mesto, Giandomenico" (in Italian). Retrieved 7 August 2015.