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Giorgio Chiellini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒordʒo kjelˈliːni]; born 14 August 1984) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team. A physically strong, aggressive, and versatile defender, although he is usually deployed as a centre-back, he is also capable of playing as a left-back, both in a three or four-man defence.

Giorgio Chiellini
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).jpg
Chiellini playing for Juventus in 2012
Personal information
Full name Giorgio Chiellini[1]
Date of birth (1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Pisa, Italy
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 3
Youth career
1990–2000 Livorno
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Livorno 8 (0)
2002–2005 Roma 0 (0)
2002–2004 Livorno (loan) 47 (4)
2004–2005 Fiorentina (loan) 37 (3)
2005– Juventus 332 (25)
National team
2000 Italy U15 8 (0)
2000–2001 Italy U16 12 (2)
2001 Italy U17 1 (0)
2002 Italy U18 6 (1)
2001–2003 Italy U19 18 (1)
2004 Italy Olympic 2 (0)
2004–2007 Italy U21 26 (6)
2004– Italy 92 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2017

At club level, Chiellini began his career with Livorno in 2000, also later playing for Roma and Fiorentina, before moving to Juventus in 2005. With Juventus, he has won six consecutive Serie A titles from 2012 to 2017, as well as three consecutive Coppa Italia titles, and three Supercoppa Italiana titles. He made his international debut for Italy in 2004, and has since earned over 90 caps, making him currently Italy's ninth-highest appearance holder. He was selected in the nation's squads for the 2004 Olympics, winning a bronze medal, as well as for three UEFA European Championships, two FIFA World Cups and two FIFA Confederations Cups, helping the Azzurri to reach the final of UEFA Euro 2012 and a third-place finish at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Chiellini is considered to be one of the footballing world's top defenders:[3] in 2012, The Guardian named him the 50th Best Player in the World,[4] and in 2013 he was ranked as the seventh-best footballer playing in Europe by Bloomberg.[5]

Contents

Club careerEdit

LivornoEdit

Chiellini joined the youth teams at Livorno at age six and started out as a central midfielder. As he matured, he switched to playing as a winger and finally he found his position as a left back. He played in the club's youth academy between 1990 and 2000, before earning first team call-ups for the 2000–01 Serie C1 season. In his first season with the first team, Chiellini made three appearances and followed that up with five more appearances the following season.

In June 2002, he was signed by Roma in a co-ownership deal, for €3.1 million, (who also saw Marco Amelia, move in the opposite direction, for €2.8 million)[6] however, he was loaned back to Livorno for the 2002–03 Serie B season, after they had earned promotion. In his first Serie B season, Chiellini made six seasonal appearances, also making his Coppa Italia debut. In his second Serie B season, Chiellini broke into the starting line-up for the club, and would go on to make 42 official appearances, also scoring four goals from his left back position.

In June 2004, Livorno officially bought back Chiellini for €3 million.[7] During his four-season spell with the clubs' first team, Chiellini made a total of 57 appearances, scoring four goals, before his transfer to Juventus.

FiorentinaEdit

Chiellini was signed by Juventus in the summer 2004 for €6.5 million from Livorno,[8] but was immediately sold in a co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for €3.5 million, and played on the Florentine team during the 2004–05 Serie A season. The complex deal actually meant Juventus bought Roma's half for €3 million and Fiorentina bought Livorno's half for €3.5 million. In his loan season with the club, Chiellini was a regular in the club's starting XI, making 42 official appearances, also scoring three goals.

JuventusEdit

2005–2011Edit

 
Chiellini and Didier Drogba of Galatasaray playing against each other in the Champions League.

After an excellent first season in Serie A, Chiellini was recalled for the 2005–06 season and Juventus paid €4.3 million for the rest of his contract. He became a regular under Fabio Capello and made 23 appearances in his first season with the club, also helping the Old Lady to their 29th scudetto (which was later assigned to Inter following the 2006 "Calciopoli" scandal).

While in the Serie B, he started playing at centre back, partnering Nicola Legrottaglie, Jean-Alain Boumsong and Robert Kovač at various stages of the season. Juventus won the 2006–07 Serie B title, gaining Serie A promotion with the best goal difference, conceding only 30 goals and scoring over 80 in 42 matches. He scored a double in a 5–1 thrashing at Arezzo in May, a result that mathematically sealed promotion for Juventus.

With Juventus back in Serie A for the 2007–08 season, Chiellini again was a starter for the club at left back, but following injuries to Jorge Andrade and Domenico Criscito, he was shifted to centre back again. Chiellini had a tremendous season and eventually made the position his own. Alongside fellow centre-half Nicola Legrottaglie, the duo were instrumental as Juventus finished the season with the joint second-best defensive record. The surprising aspect of this is that neither were considered remotely close to pinning down a centre back position in the summer before the season, with Domenico Criscito and Jorge Andrade preferred as the starting duo. He has been a regular fixture in the Juventus backline since their return to Serie A and was notably named Man of the Match in a game against Juventus rivals, Internazionale when he won a physical and heated duel with former teammate Zlatan Ibrahimović, keeping the Swedish striker at bay. Chiellini extended his original contract from until 2009 to 2011 on 12 October 2006.[9] On 27 April 2008, Chiellini scored twice for Juventus in 5–2 win over Lazio that confirmed Juventus's place in the Serie A top four.[10] on 26 June 2008, Chiellini extended his contract with Juventus until 2013.[11]

During the 2008–09 season, Chiellini remained as first choice in central defence alongside Nicola Legrottaglie. Chiellini scored his first goal in Europe on 13 August 2008 as Juve beat Artmedia Petržalka 4–0 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie.[12] Four days later, he injured his left knee again during the Trofeo Luigi Berlusconi against Milan and missed the start of the Serie A season,[13] returning to duty in September starting in each of Juve's first three Champions League group games. At the end of the year, he was named Serie A Defender of the Year for 2008 at the annual Oscar del Calcio awards ceremony. On 10 March 2009, Chiellini was sent off for a second bookable offense during the Champions League first knockout round second leg tie at home in a tightly contested match against Chelsea, but Juventus were eliminated 3–2 on aggregate after holding the former English champions to a 2–2 draw.

An injury sustained in the win over Fiorentina on 6 March 2010 sidelined him for several important games and, in his absence, Juventus embarked on a miserable run of form, conceding nine goals in the four games he missed.[14] He marked his return by scoring the opening goal away at Napoli but was unable to prevent Juventus from succumbing to a 3–1 defeat.[15] On 23 November 2010, Chiellini extended his contract with Juventus again until 30 June 2015 and was deservedly given a pay raise.[16]

During the beginning of the 2010–11 season, Chiellini was mostly partnered with newly signed youngster Leonardo Bonucci. With the arrival of fellow Italy international Andrea Barzagli in the winter transfer window, Chiellini occasionally played at left back to accommodate the Bonucci-Barzagli partnership and sometimes partnered Barzagli.

2011–presentEdit

Under manager Antonio Conte, Chiellini returned to his original position at left back due to Barzagli and Bonucci's good run of form. After struggling to re-adapt back to his former position, he grew into his role and managed to keep Paolo De Ceglie, the only other natural left back in the squad, on the bench for much of the first half of the 2011–12 season. In the second half of the 2011–12 season, Conte switched to a three-man defence, where Chiellini partnered Bonucci and Barzagli in a very successful defensive system for Juve, who ended the season as Serie A champions, with the best defensive record, as well as being unbeaten in the league.[17] Due to their performances together, the three-man defence earned the nickname BBC, a reference to the players' initials,[18] and soon the trio established themselves as one of the best defences in world football during the following seasons.[19][20][21] Juventus lost the 2012 Coppa Italia Final against Napoli, but would later defeat them in the 2012 Supercoppa Italiana, although Chiellini would miss the match.[22]

Chiellini made his 250th appearance with Juventus on 22 September 2012, on his first appearance of the 2012–13 season after coming back from injury, in a 2–0 home win over Chievo.[23] On 1 March 2013, after coming back from another injury suffered in mid-December, he scored a header in a 1–1 draw over Napoli at the San Paolo stadium, which allowed Juventus to keep their 6-point lead over Napoli, who were in second place.[24] Juventus retained the Serie A title and the Supercoppa Italiana that season, once again finishing the year with the best defensive record in Italy.[25][26] Chiellini was the only Italian player to be nominated for the 2013 UEFA Team of the Year.[27]

On 6 October 2013, Chiellini scored in Juventus's 3–2 win over Milan, scoring the match winning goal; the next day he announced the renewal of his contract with Juventus, which would keep him at the club until 2017.[28] He made his 300th appearance with Juventus in a 3–0 Serie A victory against Roma on 5 January 2014,[29] as he went on to win his third consecutive league title with Juventus that season.[30]

In the 2014 Supercoppa Italiana on 22 December 2014, Juventus were defeated by Napoli on penalties after a 2–2 draw following extra-time; Chiellini missed one of Juventus's spot-kicks in the resulting shoot-out.[31] On 20 May, Chiellini captained Juventus in the club's 2–1 win over Lazio in the 2015 Coppa Italia Final, also scoring Juventus's first goal of the night.[32]

On 4 June 2015, it was confirmed that Chiellini would not participate in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final against Barcelona as a scan on his left leg revealed he had a first degree calf muscle tear.[33] In the absence of Chiellini, Juventus were defeated 3–1 by Barcelona at Berlin's Olympiastadion.[34]

Chiellini was ruled out of the 2015 Supercoppa Italiana after sustaining an injury in a 2–1 away friendly victory over Lechia Gdańsk on 29 July, which kept him sidelined for three weeks.[35] On 24 November, Chiellini was nominated for the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year.[36]

On 9 February 2016, it was confirmed that Chiellini would miss the Serie A match on 13 February against Napoli, as well as the first round of 16 leg of the Champions League on 23 February against Bayern Munich due to an injury.[37] Chiellini returned to action on 28 February to take on rivals Internazionale, yet again sustaining an injury to his thigh which caused him to limp off the pitch and substituted off in the 35th minute.[38] After already having missed the first round of 16 leg against Bayern, there was further doubt as to if he would miss the second leg as well on 16 March. However, after medical testing it was estimated he would only be out for ten days, initially thought to only miss the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals against Internazionale on 2 March and a Serie A match against Atalanta on 6 March;[38][39] he wouldn't be fit for the second round of 16 leg of the Champions League, and missed the match.[40] He returned from injury on 2 April, starting in a 1–0 home win over Empoli,[41] but sustained yet another injury to his adductor longus muscle in his right thigh before being substituted off in the 54th minute of that match; further tests in the following days revealed he would be out for 20 days.[42] He returned to action once again in a 2–1 away defeat to Verona, on 8 May.[43] After constant injury spells throughout the season, Chiellini scored in the last match of the season on 14 May in the 77th minute of a 5–0 home win over Sampdoria, as Juventus celebrated winning the league title for a fifth consecutive time since the 2011–12 season; this was Chiellini's 400th appearance for Juventus.[44][45] On 21 May, Chiellini captained Juventus in the 2016 Coppa Italia Final in Rome; he played a key role in a 1–0 extra-time victory over Milan (the club's eleventh Coppa Italia title in total), helping his team to defend the title and keep a clean sheet.[46] He later lifted the trophy as Juventus became the first Italian club ever to win consecutive domestic doubles.[47][48]

On 26 October 2016, Chiellini scored two goals in a 4–1 home win over Sampdoria after three weeks out due to injury.[49] On 23 December, Chiellini scored the opening goal in the Supercoppa Italiana against Milan, but it ended in defeat as Milan won 4–3 in penalty shoot-out following a 1–1 draw after extra time.[50]

On 28 April, he made his 300th appearance in Serie A with Juventus in a 2–2 away draw against Atalanta.[51] On 3 June, after Chiellini missed out on the 2015 Champions League Final, he started in the 2017 final, Juventus' second final appearance in three years, but were defeated 4–1 by defending champions Real Madrid.[52]

International careerEdit

 
Chiellini challenges Cesc Fàbregas of Spain during the UEFA Euro 2012 Final.

Youth career, early senior career and Euro 2008Edit

Chiellini made his debut for the Italian national team on 17 November 2004 against Finland under Marcello Lippi, at the age of 20, and has since become a regular squad member.[53] He previously represented Italy at all youth levels, and he won the European Under-19 Championship with Italy in 2003,[54] and was also a member of the Italy team that won the bronze medal at the football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. He participated in the 2006 and 2007 U-21 Championships as Italy's captain, scoring 2 goals over both tournaments, although Italy were eliminated in the group stage on both occasions. He was named in the 'UEFA Team of the tournament' of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in the Netherlands,[55] where Italy also obtained qualification for the 2008 Summer Olympics. In total, he made 26 appearances for the Under-21 side, scoring 6 goals. He scored his first goal for Italy on 21 November 2007, against the Faroe Islands, in Modena, in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying match.[56]

Chiellini was called up to Italy's squad for UEFA Euro 2008 under manager Roberto Donadoni, and injured captain Fabio Cannavaro in a collision during a training session, that resulted in Cannavaro missing out on the tournament.[57][58] He was sidelined in the opening game against the Netherlands, which Italy went on to lose 3–0.[59] He subsequently received the nod to partner Christian Panucci at centre-back from the second game onwards, cementing his place in the Azzurri defence;[60] in the second group match of the tournament, he assisted Panucci's equaliser in a 1–1 draw against Romania.[61] While he also featured in the final group game, keeping a clean-sheet in a 2–0 win against France,[62] his most impressive display was arguably against Spain in the quarter-finals, where he famously neutralised the threat of the Spanish attacking duo of David Villa and Fernando Torres. The game ended 0–0, with Italy eventually losing 4–2 on penalties.[63]

2008–2014: European Championship runners-upEdit

During 2010 World Cup qualifying, Chiellini cemented his place as an undisputed first-choice in Marcello Lippi's squad. He played the full 90 minutes in all three group matches at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup but Italy were eliminated at the group stages on goal difference.[64] He was also the starting Italy centre back, along with Cannavaro, in the 2010 World Cup, although Italy disappointed and exited in the first round, finishing in last place in their group with two points, and failing to win a match or keep a clean sheet.[65]

Under Cesare Prandelli, Chiellini was once again the starting centre back during Italy's UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. Along with Juventus teammates Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci, and also Daniele De Rossi, he started in defence for Italy in the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament, after recovering from an injury he had encountered during the final Serie A game of the season.[66] He suffered another injury in Italy's final group match against Ireland, which ended in a 2–0 win, ruling him out of the quarter-final fixture against England;[67] he returned to the starting line-up for Italy's 2–1 semi-final victory over Germany.[68] Italy reached the final, but were defeated once again by Spain, suffering a 4–0 loss. Despite suffering a minor injury in the semi-final, Chiellini started as left back in the final, but was substituted after sustaining yet another injury; Spain's first goal of the match arose from his mistake, due to his precarious physical condition.[68][69]

On 14 November 2012, in a 2–1 friendly defeat to France, Chiellini wore the captain's armband with Italy for the first time in his career.[70]

On 22 June 2013, Chiellini scored his third goal for Italy against Brazil in the 2013 Confederations Cup in a 2–4 defeat, a low shot to the net after the referee Ravshan Irmatov had initially signaled for a penalty kick to Italy.[71] Italy managed to finish the tournament in third place, following a 3–2 penalty shootout win over Uruguay in the bronze medal match.[72]

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying fixture against the Czech Republic, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, on 10 September 2013, Chiellini scored Italy's first goal in a 2–1 home win, which allowed the nation to clinch the top spot in their group and qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with two games at hand; this was the first time that the Italian squad had done so.[73]

During the 2014 World Cup, in Italy's final group stage game against Uruguay, replays appeared to show Luis Suárez biting Chiellini on the shoulder before Suárez fell and clutched his face, in Suárez's third career biting incident. As the Italian players protested to the Mexican referee Marco Antonio Rodríguez for not penalizing Suárez, Uruguay won a corner and scored, winning 1–0 to qualify for the last 16 and eliminating Italy.[74][75][76] As a result, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee launched an investigation into the incident. On 26 June, The FIFA Disciplinary Committee announced that Suárez would be suspended for nine matches and banned from any football activity (including entering any stadium) for four months. Suárez was also fined CHF100,000 (approx. £65,700/82,000/US$119,000).[77][78] Even so, Chiellini expressed his view that the four-month ban for Suárez was "excessive".[79]

 
Chiellini with italy national team

2014–2016: Euro 2016 campaignEdit

On 10 October 2014 in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Azerbaijan in Palermo, Chiellini put Italy ahead with a first-half header. He then scored a late own goal, but headed a winner three minutes from time to give Italy a 2–1 victory.[80] Italy qualified for Euro 2016 on 10 October of the following year after a 3–1 win over Azerbaijan.[81] On 17 November 2015, Chiellini made his 82nd appearance for Italy in a 2–2 friendly home draw against Romania, overtaking Franco Baresi, Giuseppe Bergomi, and Marco Tardelli as Italy's tenth most capped player of all time.[82][83] On 31 May 2016, Chiellini was named to Conte's 23-man Italy squad for Euro 2016.[84] Playing alongside Bonucci and Barzagli, Chiellini drew praise for his defensive performances, as he helped Italy keep clean-sheets in both of their opening two victories over Belgium and Sweden, which enabled the nation to top their group and advance to the second round.[19] Having been booked for a tactical foul in Italy's opening match on 13 June,[85] Chiellini was rested for Italy's final group match against Ireland on 22 June, which ended in a 1–0 defeat.[86] In the round of 16 at Stade de France in Paris on 27 June, he scored the opening goal in a 2–0 win over reigning European champions Spain and helped Italy record their third clean-sheet of the tournament.[87] Italy were eliminated from the competition in a 6–5 penalty shoot-out defeat to reigning World Cup champions Germany in the quarter-finals, on 2 July.[88]

2016–present: 2018 World Cup campaignEdit

In Italy's opening 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Israel on 5 September 2016, Chiellini earned his 90th international cap, but was later given his first ever national team red card after a second bookable offense in the 55th minute of an eventual 3–1 away win; causing him to miss the next group match against Spain on 6 October.[89]

Style of playEdit

Chiellini began his career as a left-back, but made his name as an aggressive, physical, and hard-tackling centre-back, with a penchant for scoring headers from set-pieces, due to his aerial prowess and strength. A versatile, consistent and dependable left-footed defender, with good awareness, positional sense, and an ability to read the game, he is capable of playing both in a three or four-man defence.[67][90][91][92][93][94][95][96][97][98][99][100] A hard-working player, he is also known for his ability to cover ground and put pressure on or anticipate opponents in positions higher up on the pitch.[95][97][101][102][103] Regarded as one of the best defenders in world football,[3][101][104][105][106] Walter Mazzarri once labeled him as "a force of nature", also adding "he's a universal player that any coach would love to have on his team.[107] He is from another planet; he can mark three players by himself."[90][108] Due to his tenacious, no-nonsense playing style, Chiellini has been described as an "old-fashioned" centre-back, who primarily serves as a ball-winner;[97][109][110] his physicality and aggression as a defender, as well as his goal celebration, which involves him beating his chest, have earned him the nickname "King Kong".[95][111][112] Although he is not particularly skilful or elegant from a technical standpoint,[102][113][114] he possesses good vision[115] and reliable distribution, which allows him to play the ball out or launch attacks from the back after winning back possession.[97][116][117][118][119][120] A popular figure with fans, he is also known for his dedication and vocal leadership on the pitch, and is Juventus's vice-captain, behind Gianluigi Buffon.[102][113][121] Despite his ability as a defender, he has often struggled with injuries in recent seasons.[122]

Personal lifeEdit

Chiellini was raised in Livorno[95] and is one of twin boys.[123] He completed a laurea (bachelor's degree) in economics and commerce at the University of Turin in July 2010,[95][124][125] and earned a laurea magistrale (master's degree) in business administration in April 2017 from the same institution, graduating cum laude (with honours).[126][127]

In July 2014, Chiellini married his long-time girlfriend Carolina Bonistalli at a private Catholic ceremony at the Sanctuary of Montenero in Livorno.[128] The couple have a daughter named Nina (born July 2015).[129][130]

Chiellini features in EA Sports' FIFA video game series; he was on the covers of the Italian editions of FIFA 10, alongside global cover star Ronaldinho,[131] and FIFA 11, alongside global cover star Kaká.[132]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 3 June 2017[133]
Team Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Livorno 2000–01 Serie C1 3 0 1 0 4 0
2001–02 5 0 8 0 2 0 15 0
2002–03 Serie B 6 0 1 0 7 0
2003–04 41 4 1 0 42 4
Total 55 4 11 0 2 0 68 4
Fiorentina 2004–05 Serie A 37 3 5 0 42 3
Total 37 3 5 0 42 3
Juventus 2005–06 Serie A 17 0 0 0 6[a] 0 0 0 23 0
2006–07 Serie B 32 3 3 1 35 4
2007–08 Serie A 30 3 2 0 32 3
2008–09 27 4 1 0 8[a] 1 36 5
2009–10 32 4 2 0 6[b] 1 40 5
2010–11 32 2 2 0 9[c] 2 43 4
2011–12 34 2 3 0 37 2
2012–13 24 1 0 0 8[a] 0 0[d] 0 32 1
2013–14 31 3 1 0 11[e] 0 1[d] 1 44 4
2014–15 28 0 4 1 12[a] 0 1[d] 0 45 1
2015–16 23 1 4 0 6[a] 0 0[d] 0 33 1
2016–17 21 2 2 0 9[a] 1 1[d] 1 33 4
Total 332 25 24 2 75 5 3 2 434 34
Career total 424 32 40 2 75 5 5 2 544 41
  1. ^ a b c d e f All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Four appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, Two appearances in Europa League
  3. ^ All appearances in Europa League
  4. ^ a b c d e Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana
  5. ^ Five appearances UEFA Champions League, Six appearances in Europa League

InternationalEdit

As of 11 June 2017[134]
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy
2004 1 0
2005 4 0
2006 1 0
2007 3 1
2008 7 0
2009 11 1
2010 10 0
2011 12 0
2012 8 0
2013 10 2
2014 7 2
2015 8 0
2016 8 1
2017 2 0
Total 92 7

International goalsEdit

As of match played 11 June 2017. Italy score listed first, score column indicates score after each Chiellini goal.[135]
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 November 2007 Stadio Alberto Braglia, Modena, Italy   Faroe Islands 3–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2 18 November 2009 Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Cesena, Italy   Sweden 1–0 1–0 Friendly
3 22 June 2013 Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil   Brazil 2–3 2–4 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
4 10 September 2013 Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy   Czech Republic 1–1 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 10 October 2014 Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo, Italy   Azerbaijan 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
6 2–1
7 27 June 2016 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France   Spain 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016

HonoursEdit

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