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Mattia Caldara (Italian pronunciation: [matˈtiːa kalˈdaːra]; born 5 May 1994) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Milan, and the Italy national team.

Mattia Caldara
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Caldara with Atalanta in 2016
Personal information
Full name Mattia Caldara
Date of birth (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Bergamo, Italy
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Milan
Number 31
Youth career
2003–2014 Atalanta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 Atalanta 12 (3)
2014–2015Trapani (loan) 20 (2)
2015–2016Cesena (loan) 27 (3)
2017–2018 Juventus 0 (0)
2017–2018Atalanta (loan) 43 (7)
2018– Milan 0 (0)
National team
2016–2017 Italy U21 12 (0)
2018– Italy 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2018

Contents

Club careerEdit

AtalantaEdit

Born in Bergamo, Caldara began his career with hometown club Atalanta, entering in the youth categories.[1] He played for the Primavera team from 2011 to 2014,[2] (2013–14 season as an overage player), and on 5 May 2014, Caldara made his professional debut coming on as a second-half substitute in a Serie A match against Catania.[3]

2014–15 season: Loan to TrapaniEdit

On 3 July 2014, he was loaned to Serie B side Trapani to gain more experience.[4] On 14 August he made his debut as a starter in a 2–1 home defeat against Cremonese in the second round of Coppa Italia.[5] On 7 September, Caldara made his Serie B debut as a substitute replacing Enis Nadarevic in the 62nd minute of a 2–1 home win over Vicenza.[6] On 13 September he played his first entire match in Serie B for Trapani, a 2–1 home win against Cittadella.[7] On 16 May, Caldara scored his first professional goal in the 96th minute of a 1–1 away draw against Avellino.[8] On 22 May he scored his second goal in the 49th minute of a 2–1 home win over Pro Vercelli.[9] Caldara ended his season-long loan to Trapani with 21 apparences and 2 goals.[10]

2015–16 season: Loan to CesenaEdit

On 10 July 2015, Caldara was signed by Serie B side Cesena on a temporary deal, with an option to purchase.[11] On 9 August he made his debut for Cesena in a 4–0 home win over Lecce in the second round of Coppa Italia.[12] On 20 August he played in the third round, a 4–1 away win over Catania.[13] On 5 September, Caldara made his Serie B debut for Cesena, as a starter, in a 2–0 home win against Brescia.[14] On 21 November, Caldara scored his first goal for Cesena in the 28th minute of a 1–1 away draw against Vicenza.[15] On 8 December he was send off with a double yellow card in the 89th minute of a 0–0 home draw against Trapani.[16] On 19 December he scored his second goal in the 78th minute of a 4–0 home win over Ternana.[17] On 23 January he scored his third goal in the 57th minute of a 2–0 home win over Virtus Entella.[18] On 7 March, Caldara was send off for the second time with a double yellow card in the 27th minute of a 2–1 home defeat against Salernitana.[19] Caldara ended his loan to Cesena with 29 apparences, all as a starter, and 2 goals.[10]

Return to AtalantaEdit

After impressing on his return to Atalanta, Caldara cemented a first-team place for the 2016–17 season. On 2 October he made his debut in Serie A for Atalanta in a 1–0 home win over Napoli.[20] On 26 October, Caldara scored his first goal for Atalanta and the only goal in the 60th minute of a 1–0 away win over Pescara.[21] On 6 November he scored his second goal for Atalanta in the 24th minute of a 3–0 away win over Sassuolo.[22] On 20 November he scored his third goal in 62nd minute of a 2–1 home win against Roma.[23]

JuventusEdit

On 12 January 2017, Juventus announced that they had signed Caldara to a four-and-a-half-year contract for an initial transfer fee of €15 million, rising to a potential €25 million with add-ons. The deal also included a free loan, remaining at Atalanta until 30 June 2018.[24]

MilanEdit

On 2 August 2018, Caldara was signed by Milan on a five-year contract for €35 million payable in two years, with Leonardo Bonucci moving in the opposite direction in a similar deal.[25][26] Being unable to choose 13 as his shirt number to pay tribute to Alessandro Nesta since it had already been taken by Alessio Romagnoli, he opted for an available number 33, citing admiration for Thiago Silva.[27] In his first month at Milanello, Caldara struggled with adapting to a four-man defense line with zonal marking, having played for the most part of his career in teams that utilized a three-man defense with man-marking.[28]

On September 20, 2018, Caldara made his official debut for A.C. Milan, playing as a starter alongside Romagnoli in a Europa League away match against F91 Dudelange.[29][30] However, he failed to make a single appearance in October 2018, struggling with minor injuries that affected his overall fitness. Later that month, he suffered an Achilles tendon rupture, which sidelined him until February 2019.[31] In April, a few days after Milan's 0-1 Coppa Italia semifinal loss to Lazio at the San Siro, in which Caldara played for 65 minutes as a starter, he suffered an even worse training injury, rupturing his left anterior cruciate ligament, which sidelined him for another period of 6 months.[32][33]

International careerEdit

In June 2017, Caldara was included in the Italy under-21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship by manager Luigi Di Biagio.[34] Italy were eliminated by Spain in the semi-finals on 27 June, following a 3–1 defeat.[35]

Caldara made his senior international debut for Italy under Roberto Mancini in a 3–1 friendly loss to France in Nice on 1 June 2018.[36][37]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 24 April 2019[38]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atalanta
2013–14 1 0 0 0 1 0
Trapani (loan)
2014–15 20 2 1 0 21 2
Cesena (loan)
2015–16 27 3 2 0 29 3
Atalanta
2016–17 30 7 1 0 31 7
2017–18 24 3 2 0 8[a] 0 34 3
Total 55 10 3 0 8 0 66 10
Milan
2018–19 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Career total 102 15 7 0 9 0 0 0 118 15
  1. ^ All appearances in UEFA Europa League

InternationalEdit

As of 10 September 2018[39]
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy
2018 2 0
Total 2 0

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Fullsoccer (in Italian)
  3. ^ http://www.juventibus.com/mattia-caldara-storia/
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  5. ^ "Trapani vs. Cremonese - 17 August 2014 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
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  7. ^ "Trapani vs. Cittadella - 13 September 2014 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  8. ^ "Avellino vs. Trapani - 16 May 2015 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  9. ^ "Trapani vs. Pro Vercelli - 22 May 2015 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  10. ^ a b "Italy - M. Caldara - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  11. ^ "Kone, Varano, Caldara e Molina in bianconero" (in Italian). A.C. Cesena. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
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  14. ^ "Cesena vs. Brescia - 5 September 2015 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
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  17. ^ "Cesena vs. Ternana - 19 December 2015 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  18. ^ "Cesena vs. Virtus Entella - 23 January 2016 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  19. ^ "Cesena vs. Salernitana - 7 March 2016 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  20. ^ "Atalanta vs. Napoli - 2 October 2016 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
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  28. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0f1toQXl_Q 0:39
  29. ^ https://www.milannews.it/primo-piano/dudelange-milan-le-formazioni-ufficiali-esordio-per-reina-e-caldara-dal-1-308322
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  37. ^ "Italy: Experimental Azzurri test France". Football Italia. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
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  39. ^ "M. Caldara". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 May 2017.

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