Nicolás Federico Spolli (Spanish pronunciation: [esˈpoli], Italian: [ˈspɔlli]; born 20 February 1983) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a defender for Italian club Crotone.

Nicolás Spolli
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Spolli playing for Catania in September 2009
Personal information
Full name Nicolás Federico Spolli
Date of birth (1983-02-20) February 20, 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Coronel Bogado, Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Crotone
Number 8
Youth career
0000–2005 Newell's Old Boys
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Newell's Old Boys 107 (9)
2009–2015 Catania 148 (6)
2015Roma (loan) 1 (0)
2015–2016 Carpi 4 (0)
2016–2017 Chievo 31 (0)
2017–2019 Genoa 28 (0)
2019Crotone (loan) 12 (0)
2019– Crotone 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:59, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Newell's Old BoysEdit

Born in Rosario, Spolli began his youth career with hometown club, Newell's Old Boys. In 2005, he was promoted to the senior squad. At the club he was soon a regular in the starting eleven, and by 2009, he made over 100 appearances and also hit the back of the net nearly ten times. He was a fan favourite as well.

Calcio CataniaEdit

In July 2009, Calcio Catania sporting director, Pietro Lo Monaco confirmed that the Sicilian club were deep into negotiations with Newell's for the defender and on 25 July 2009, the deal was finalized and Spolli officially became a Catania player. He was Catania's ninth transfer of the 2009 summer transfer window, and proved himself as an integral part of Catania's starting eleven, early in his Serie A career. The player made 26 Serie A appearances in his first season, netting one goal, helping Catania to an impressive 12th-place finish in the Serie A and also a record points total for the club in a top flight season. In his next two seasons with the club, Spolli and his team continued their recent success and endured three additional seasons of record point totals in Serie A, making it five consecutive seasons of this achievement.

Spolli is currently part of a record-breaking Catania outfit that picked up 56 points from 38 Serie A matches. This performance saw 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.

On 17 January 2019, Spolli joined to Crotone on loan with an obligation to buy.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 7 October 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newell's Old Boys 2005–06 Primera División 31 3 0 0 31 3
2006–07 24 2 0 0 24 2
2007–08 19 2 0 0 19 2
2008–09 18 0 0 0 18 0
Total 92 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 92 7
Catania 2009–10 Serie A 26 1 1 0 27 1
2010–11 25 0 2 1 27 1
2011–12 31 2 2 0 33 2
2012–13 29 2 0 0 29 2
2013–14 21 1 0 0 21 1
2014–15 16 0 1 0 17 0
Total 148 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 154 7
Roma (loan) 2014–15 Serie A 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Carpi 2015–16 4 0 1 0 5 0
Chievo 2015–16 10 0 0 0 10 0
2016–17 21 0 2 0 23 0
Total 31 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
Genoa 2017–18 Serie A 21 0 1 0 22 0
2018–19 7 0 1 0 8 0
Total 28 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Career total 304 13 11 1 0 0 0 0 315 14

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://genoacfc.it/team/nicolas-spolli
  2. ^ "UFFICIALE: Crotone, dal Genoa arriva il difensore Spolli" (in Italian). Retrieved 17 January 2019.

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