Leonardo Spinazzola

Leonardo Spinazzola (born 25 March 1993) is an Italian footballer who plays for Juventus, as a left-sided midfielder or wing-back. Born in Foligno, Spinazzola started his career at Siena's youth setup. In 2010, he joined Juventus in a temporary deal, being assigned to the Primavera squad. In June 2012 Juventus signed half of the registration rights for €400,000. On 5 July 2012 Spinazzola and Filippo Boniperti were loaned to Serie B side Empoli in a season-long loan. 1 September he played his first match as a professional, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–2 away draw against Novara.

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Leonardo Spinazzola
Spinazzola in 2017
Personal information
Full name Leonardo Spinazzola
Date of birth (1993-03-25) 25 March 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Foligno, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Left midfielder, Left back
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 37
Youth career
1999–2007 Virtus Foligno [2]
2007–2010 Siena
2010–2012Juventus (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Juventus 4 (0)
2012–2013Empoli (loan) 7 (1)
2013Lanciano (loan) 3 (0)
2013–2014Siena (loan) 24 (1)
2014–2015Atalanta (loan) 2 (0)
2015Vicenza (loan) 10 (0)
2015–2016Perugia (loan) 34 (0)
2016–2018Atalanta (loan) 48 (0)
National team
2011 Italy U19 1 (0)
2012 Italy U20 1 (0)
2017– Italy 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 October 2017

Leonardo Spinazzola (born 25 March 1993) is an Italian footballer who plays for Juventus, as a left-sided midfielder or wing-back.

Club career

Born in Foligno, Spinazzola started his career at Siena's youth setup.[3] In 2010, he joined Juventus in a temporary deal, being assigned to the Primavera squad. In June 2012 Juventus signed half of the registration rights for €400,000.

On 5 July 2012 Spinazzola and Filippo Boniperti were loaned to Serie B side Empoli in a season-long loan.[4] 1 September he played his first match as a professional, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–2 away draw against Novara.[5]

Spinazzola scored his first professional goal on the 15th, but in a 2–4 loss at Livorno.[6] After appearing in only seven matches, his loan spell was cut short and he moved to Virtus Lanciano also in a temporary deal in January 2013.[7]

Spinazzola only appeared in three matches with Virtus, all from the bench. On 10 August 2013 he was again loaned, this time to his first club Siena;[8] he appeared regularly with the latter, contributing with 24 matches and one goal for the latter, which narrowly missed out play-offs.

In June 2014 the co-ownership agreement between Siena and Juventus was renewed again. However, after the bankruptcy of Siena in July, Juventus acquired the remaining 50% registration rights of Spinazzola from Siena for free.

On 11 August 2014 Spinazzola joined Serie A side Atalanta also in a loan deal.[9] On the 23rd he made his debut for the club, scoring the last of a 2–0 home win against Pisa.

Spinazzola made his debut in the Italian top flight on 31 August, replacing Marcelo Estigarribia in the 82nd minute of a 0–0 home draw against Verona.[10]

After spending two seasons on loan with Atalanta, Spinazzola returned to Juventus in the summer of 2018.[11] Following an injury that ruled him out for the first half of the 2018–19 season, Spinazzola made his Juventus debut on 12 January 2019, in a 2–0 away win over Bologna in the Coppa Italia.[12] He made his Champions League debut on 12 March, starting in a 3–0 home win over Atlético Madrid, in the round of 16 of the tournament, which enabled Juventus to advance to the quarter-finals 3–2 on aggregate.[13][14]

International career

On 28 March 2017, Spinazzola made his senior international debut for the Italy national football team, along with four other players, coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 friendly away win against the Netherlands.[15]

Career statistics

Club

Updated 17 March 2019[16]

Club League Season League Cup Europe Other Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Empoli (loan) Serie B 2012–13 711081
Virtus Lanciano (loan) 2012–13 300030
Siena (loan) 2013–14 24120261
Atalanta (loan) Serie A 2014–15 203151
Vicenza (loan) Serie B 2014–15 10000100
Perugia (loan) 2015–16 34020360
Atalanta (loan) Serie A 2016–17 30020320
2017–18 1801060250
Total 5006160621
Juventus Serie A 2018–19 4010100060
Total 4010100060
Career total 132212170001513

International

As of 9 October 2017[17]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Italy
201750
Total50

Honours

Club

Juventus Youth

Juventus

Individual

References

  1. "Leonardo Spinazzola" (in Italian). Juventus F.C. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. Dall'intervista di Matteo Magri, «Non avrei mai fatto il calciatore senza la forza di mia madre», Corriere.it, edizione di Bergamo, 26 novembre 2016.
  3. "Allievi Nazionali" (in Italian). A.C. Siena. Archived from the original on 13 November 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2017.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  4. "Maxi scambio tra Juventus ed Empoli" [Mega exchange between Juventus and Empoli] (in Italian). Spazio Juve. 5 July 2012. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014.
  5. "Novara Empoli 2–2: E' mancata la vittoria, bisogna formare il gruppo" [Novara Empoli 2–2: The team failed to win, it's necessary to create a group] (in Italian). Novara Today. 1 September 2012.
  6. "Irresistibile Livorno, 4-2 contro l'Empoli" [Unstoppable Livorno, 4–2 against Empoli]. Il Tirreno (in Italian). 15 September 2012.
  7. "Virtus Lanciano, piace Spinazzola dell'Empoli" [Virtus Lanciano, Empoli likes Spinazzola] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 8 January 2013.
  8. "Calciomercato Siena, Giacomazzi e Spinazzola bianconeri" [Transfer market Siena, Giacomazzi and Spinazzola are bianconeri] (in Italian). Serie B News. 10 August 2013.
  9. "Ufficiale – Spinazzola all'Atalanta in prestito" [Official – Spinazzola to Atalanta on loan] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 11 August 2014.
  10. "Atalanta 0–0 Verona". Football Italia. 31 August 2014.
  11. Ben Gladwell (20 July 2018). "Juventus season tickets sell out after Cristiano Ronaldo arrival". ESPN FC. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  12. Ryan Benson (13 January 2019). "Allegri salutes Spinazzola for 'excellent' Juventus debut". Goal.com. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  13. "Line-ups: Juventus v Atletico Madrid". Football Italia. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  14. Murray, Scott (12 March 2019). "Juventus 3-0 Atlético Madrid (agg: 3-2): Champions League last 16, second leg – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  15. Valerio Clari (28 March 2017). "Olanda-Italia 1-2, Eder e Bonucci ribaltano l'autogol di Romagnoli" [Holland-Italy 1-2, Eder and Bonucci overturn Romagnoli's own goal] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  16. 1 2 "L. Spinazzola". Socccerway. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  17. "Spinazzola, Leonardo" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  18. "TMW VIAREGGIO – Trionfa la Juventus" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 23 February 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2009.
  19. 1 2 "Ciro Immobile turns 20 in a perfect week!". juventus.it. 20 February 2010. Archived from the original on 11 July 2012.

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