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Matteo Soragna (born 26 December 1975) is an Italian former professional basketball player. He can switch between all perimeter positions (shooting guard, small forward and point guard).[1]

Matteo Soragna
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Personal information
Born (1975-12-26) December 26, 1975 (age 43)
Mantua, Italy
NationalityItalian
Listed height198 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Listed weight100 kg (220 lb)
Career information
NBA draft1997 / Undrafted
Playing career1993–2017
PositionSmall forward / Guard
Career history
1993–1996Juvi Cremona
1996–1997Rolly Pistoia
1997–2000Basket Barcellona
2000–2004Pallacanestro Biella
2004–2009Benetton Treviso
2009–2013Angelico Biella
2013–2015Upea Capo d'Orlando
2015–2017Bakery Piacenza
Career highlights and awards

He was part of the Italian national team that won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Professional careerEdit

The Mantuan played youth basketball with local clubs Vigor and Pallacanestro Mantovana before moving to third division Serie B side Juvi Cremona in 1993 to start his professional career.[2]

After three years with Cremona Soragna discovered the first division Serie A with Rolly Pistoia in 1996. He then moved to Basket Barcellona of the fourth division Serie B2, helping the Sicilians earn promotions to the Serie B1 in 1998, then the Serie A2 in 1999 before losing in the promotion playoffs final in 2000.[3]

Moving to Pallacanestro Biella in 2000, he was this time part of a successful promotion run as the side moved up to the Serie A at the end of the season. The 2001-02 season saw him become Biella's captain. In his fourth season with the side he posted 11.1 points (with 39.1% shooting accuracy from three), 2.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 steals in nearly 33 minutes per game. As he was leaving the club in 2004, Biella retired his number 7 shirt in recognition of his contributions to the club.[3]

Soragna moved to Benetton Treviso for 2004-05, making his European top-tier Euroleague debut and winning the Italian Cup that same season. He was named club captain the next season following the departure of Denis Marconato, leading Treviso to the 2006 Serie A title. He also won the 2006 Supercup and 2007 Cup in his five years with the side.[3]

Soragna returned to Biella in July 2009, signing a three-year deal with the side about to make its European second-tier Eurocup debut.[4] After becoming the all-time best scorer and the player with the most appearances for Biella in 2010-11, Soragna extended his contract for three seasons in July 2011.[5] The 2012-13 season was less uplifting as he injured himself early in the season, missing a good part of it as Biella were relegated after twelves years in the top-flight.[6]

He would return to the Serie A2 with a different club, signing with Upea Capo d'Orlando in August 2013.[3] Again serving as captain, Soragna averaged 7.3 points (42.2% shooting from three), 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 29 regular season games and 9.5 points (51% from three), 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the playoffs, he had an important part in the team's promotion, including playing in the final whilst injured. In August 2014, he extended his contract for the following season, one that saw him return to Serie A.[7] On 3 August 2015, he moved to Serie B side Bakery Piacenza, signing a one-year deal.[8]

On 26 October 2017, he announced his retirement from professional basketball.[9]

International careerEdit

Soragna played for the Under-22 Italy squad at the 1996 European Championship.[10] He made his debut for the senior Italian national team on 25 November 2001 in a FIBA EuroBasket 2003 qualification game against the Czech Republic.[11]

At the EuroBasket 2003 final phase he averaged 6.5 points, 1.3 assists and 1 steal in nearly 21 minutes per game,[12] Italy upset Germany, Greece and France, the latter in a third place game that gave them a bronze medal and a place in the 2004 Summer Olympics, Soragna played 31 minutes in that game, for 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals.[13]

Again part of the Italian team at the Athens Olympics the next summer, he averaged 5.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1. assists in nearly 24 minutes per game.[14] He scored 12 points to help Italy get past European champions Lithuania in the semifinal, which already assured the Italians an olympic medal.[15] Soragna also contributed 12 points in the final against Argentina but that was not enough to earn the win, with the Italians going home with a silver medal.[16]

At EuroBasket 2005, Soragna had 5 points and 2.3 assists in nearly 20 minutes per game as Italy finished joint-ninth.[17] Soragna was one of the veterans kept in the squad for the 2006 FIBA World Championship after Italy - receiving a wildcard invitation - sent a younger squad.[18] He posted averages of 10,3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in about 24 minutes,[19] that included 15 points in the third group stage win against Senegal that took Italy to the Last 16,[20] where they lost.

Called up for EuroBasket 2007, he had averages of 6.5 points, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals over around 24 minutes, he was held scoreless in 22 minutes (for 1 assist, steal and turnover each and 2 fouls) as Italy lost to Germany in the Second Round to exit the tournament.[21] He was Italy's captain during FIBA EuroBasket 2009 qualification,[22] but could not help them reach the tournament proper, this proved to be his last participation with the national team.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team focus: Benetton Treviso". Euroleague.net. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Con l'Italia anche il bronzo europeo. Tricolore a Treviso" [The European bronze with Italy as well. With Treviso, the [Italian championship]]. GazzettadiMantova.it (in Italian). 16 July 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Lazzaro, Giuseppe (3 August 2013). "Enzo Sindoni: "Soragna? Un vero leader"" [Enzo Sindoni: "Soragna? A real leader"]. OrlandinaBasket.it (in Italian). Gazzetta del Sud. Retrieved 8 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Biella brings ex-captain Soragna home". EurocupBasketball.com. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Soragna prolunga: "Rossoblu a vita"!" [Soragna extends [his contract]: "Red and blue for life"!]. PallacanestroBiella.it (in Italian). 1 July 2011. Archived from the original on 12 July 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Storia" [History]. PallacanestroBiella.it (in Italian). Archived from the original on 25 March 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  7. ^ Lazzaro, Giuseppe (17 August 2014). "Soragna dice ancora si all'Upea" [Soragna again says yes to Upea]. OrlandinaBasket.it (in Italian). Gazzetta del Sud. Retrieved 8 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Matteo Soragna alla Pallacanestro Piacentina" [Matteo Soragna at Pallacanestro Piacentina]. BakeryBasket.it (in Italian). 3 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Matteo Soragna retires at 42". Sportando.com. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Italy #4 - Matteo Soragna". FIBA.com. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Matteo Soragna". FIP.it (in Italian). Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Matteo Soragna (Italy)". FIBAEurope.com. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Game report: France 67 - Italy 69". FIBAEurope.com. 14 September 2003. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Italy #7 - Matteo Soragna". FIBA.com. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  15. ^ Taylor, Jeff (27 August 2004). "Azzurri surprise Lithuania to reach final". FIBAEurope.com. Athens: PA International. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Argentina clinches the gold, beating Italy 84-69". USAToday.com. Athens. Associated Press. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Matteo Soragna (Italy)". FIBAEurope.com. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  18. ^ "U.S. comes back from 12 down, holds off Italy 94-85 to win Group D". USAToday.com. Sapporo. Associated Press. 24 August 2006. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  19. ^ "Italy #7 - Matteo Soragna". FIBA.com. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  20. ^ "Basketball: Greece squeaks by Australia to advance". NYTimes.com. Hamamatsu: International Herald Tribune. 22 August 2006. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  21. ^ "Matteo Soragna (Italy)". FIBAEurope.com. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  22. ^ "Italy focus on the here and now". FIBAEurope.com. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2015.

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