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Nicola Legrottaglie

Nicola Legrottaglie (born 20 October 1976) is an Italy Association football who plays for Calcio Catania in Serie A, as a Defender (association football) Centre back.

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Nicola Legrottaglie biography


Nicola Legrottaglie (born 20 October 1976) is an Italy Association football who plays for Calcio Catania in Serie A, as a Defender (association football) Centre back.

Club career

Early years

Born in Gioia del Colle, Province of Bari, Legrottaglie began Nicola Legrottaglie career with A.S. Bari, having loan spells at A.C. Pistoiese and A.C. Prato. In two years, Nicola Legrottaglie made 17 total appearances for Nicola Legrottaglie hometown club.

Chievo

Following Nicola Legrottaglie return to Bari in June 1998, Legrottaglie was sold to A.C. ChievoVerona in the Serie B. Nicola Legrottaglie appeared rarely in Serie B 1999–2000 with the team and, in January 2000, moved on loan to A.C. Reggiana 1919 in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione. With Nicola Legrottaglie new club, Nicola Legrottaglie also found playing opportunities hard to come by and, after Nicola Legrottaglie return to Verona, moved to the same level and in the same predicament, now with Modena F.C..

In Nicola Legrottaglie season on loan at Modena, Legrottaglie was a regular fixture in the starting XI, subsequently returning to ChievoVerona for the club's 2001–02 Serie A in the Serie A. In Nicola Legrottaglie first year, Nicola Legrottaglie only appeared in 15 games, as the club 2002–03 UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. In 2002–03 Serie A, the defender established himself as top division player, netting four goals in 32 league appearances, with Chievo again finishing comfortably in mid-table (seventh).

Juventus

In the 2003 off-season, Legrottaglie was rewarded with a move to Serie A powerhouse Juventus F.C.. Juve paid Euro7.55million for Nicola Legrottaglie services Chievo, €0.45 million being used in selling 50% of the rights to Giuseppe Sculli, Matteo Paro and Daniele Gastaldello.

Legrottaglie was a full member of the squad in the 2003–04 Serie A, playing 21 games and scoring twice, under coach Marcello Lippi. However, new coach Fabio Capello did not provide Nicola Legrottaglie with any playing time the following year, and Nicola Legrottaglie made just two appearances in five months. Subsequently, Nicola Legrottaglie moved on loan to Bologna F.C. 1909 in the 2005 January transfer window, appearing 11 times - twice in the promotion playoffs - with the Emilia-Romagna side.

Legrottaglie returned to Juventus in the summer of 2005, but was instantly loaned out to A.C. Siena for the 2005–06 Serie A, alongside teammate Igor Tudor and some youth players. While at Siena, Nicola Legrottaglie was again a first-team regular, appearing in nearly 30 matches as Nicola Legrottaglie club finally avoided relegation. Nicola Legrottaglie again returned to Juventus in the summer of 2006 and, as an experienced player, was expected to play a role in the club's attempt to return to the top level following the 2006 Italian football scandal scandal. However, Nicola Legrottaglie would only feature in ten games out of 42, with the addition of a Ejection (sports), with the Turin outfit eventually 2006–07 Serie B.

Under new coach Claudio Ranieri, and after a failed transfer away from Juventus, Legrottaglie started 2007–08 Serie A where Nicola Legrottaglie left off, on the Substitute (association football), being behind Jorge Andrade, Domenico Criscito and Jean-Alain Boumsong in the pecking order. However, after the serious injury suffered by the Portugal, Nicola Legrottaglie was promoted to the starting eleven for the game against Reggina Calcio on 26 September, scoring the opener in a 4–0 routing. Until the season's end, Nicola Legrottaglie paired with Giorgio Chiellini in central defense, as Juventus allowed only nine goals in 14 games since Andrade's injury (and 37 overall), finishing in third place; Nicola Legrottaglie contract ran originally run until the 2008 summer but, in October 2007, due to Nicola Legrottaglie excellent form, Nicola Legrottaglie was awarded a two-year extension.

In the 2008–09 Serie A, Legrottaglie continued to be first-choice, despite the arrival of Sweden Olof Mellberg (Andrade suffered a second serious knee injury). In September 2008, one month shy of Nicola Legrottaglie 32nd birthday, Nicola Legrottaglie signed another contract, until June 2011, and featured in 27 league matches as Juventus finished second, thus 2009–10 UEFA Champions League to the UEFA Champions League.

In the following seasons, veteran Legrottaglie was used mostly as backup. In late May 2010, Nicola Legrottaglie was injured during club training, missing Juventus' United States tour.

AC Milan / Later years

On 31 January 2011, after Juventus signed Andrea Barzagli, who played in Nicola Legrottaglie position, 34-year old Legrottaglie left on a Free transfer (football) for fellow top division team A.C. Milan, signing a six-month contract, but was only able to make one league appearance for the 2010–11 Serie A due to injury, before being released in June.

On 24 August 2011, Nicola Legrottaglie joined Sicilian outfit Calcio Catania on a two-year contract. Nicola Legrottaglie scored on Nicola Legrottaglie official debut, a 3–3 away draw against Novara Calcio.

International career

On 20 November 2002, Legrottaglie made Nicola Legrottaglie Italy national football team debut, in a Exhibition game with Turkey national football team in Pescara, and went on to appear in a further six matches in a one-year span, mostly friendlies.

Following solid performances at Juventus, Nicola Legrottaglie received Nicola Legrottaglie first Cap (sport) in four years, appearing in a friendly against Austria national football team, filling in for injured teammate Chiellini in an 18 August 2008 contest held in Nice. Nicola Legrottaglie former Juventus coach Lippi was then in charge of the national team.

On 2 May 2010, 33-year old Legrottaglie was included in a 29-men provisional list for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, attending training camp in Rome, being then dropped from the 30-player list submitted to FIFA on the 11th, with Villarreal CF's Giuseppe Rossi and A.S. Roma's Daniele De Rossi taking Nicola Legrottaglie place.

Legrottaglie's only major international tournament was the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, with Italy exiting in the group stage.

International goals


Honours

- Juventus:
- - Serie B: 2006–07
- - Supercoppa Italiana: 2003
- - Coppa Italia: Runner-up 2003–04

- Milan:
- - Serie A: 2010–11

Personal

Legrottaglie is one of the most Religion Italian footballers, quoting the Bible as Nicola Legrottaglie favorite book, which Nicola Legrottaglie credits with having Nicola Legrottaglie helped rediscover the joy of living and love for Nicola Legrottaglie fellow man.

Nicola Legrottaglie has come out strongly against homosexuality, calling it a "sin".

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicola_Legrottaglie

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