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Antonio Candreva

Antonio Candreva (born 28 February 1987 in Rome) is an Italian people Association football who currently plays for S.S. Lazio on loan from Udinese Calcio. Antonio Candreva usually plays in a more central role as a play maker but can also play out wide in a three-man midfield.

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Antonio Candreva biography


Antonio Candreva (born 28 February 1987 in Rome) is an Italian people Association football who currently plays for S.S. Lazio on loan from Udinese Calcio. Antonio Candreva usually plays in a more central role as a play maker but can also play out wide in a three-man midfield.

Club career

Ternana

Born in Rome and nicknamed Il Timido ("The shy one") for Antonio Candreva cautious style of play, Candreva started playing for the youth teams at local club A.S. Lodigiani, then transferred to Serie C1 team Ternana Calcio in 2003 and played several games for the first team when they were promoted to Serie B for the 2004–05 season. After Ternana were relegated back to Serie C1 the following season, Antonio Candreva became a regular in the side and attracted the interest of several Serie A clubs.

Udinese

On June 2007, Candreva was then signed by Serie A club Udinese Calcio and played for their Primavera (U-20) team. Antonio Candreva made Antonio Candreva Serie A debut on 27 January 2008 and managed several appearances for the first team.

Loan to Livorno and Juventus

The 21-year-old was successively loaned out to Serie B outfit A.S. Livorno Calcio for the 2008–09 season. Together with Alessandro Diamanti, Antonio Candreva helped the Tuscan side regain promotion to Serie A as playoff winners. After a successful first season, the loan deal between Udinese and Livorno was subsequently extended to one more year, thus giving Candreva the opportunity to play a full season as a regular in the Italian top flight.

On 20 January 2010, it was confirmed Serie A giants Juventus had signed Candreva on loan for the rest of the season, with Juventus having an option to buy half of Antonio Candreva contract from Udinese Calcio at the end of the season. Antonio Candreva was initially signed as a back-up, filling in whenever Claudio Marchisio was injured or suspended and struggled in the wide midfield role. After Alberto Zaccheroni made several tactical changes, the youngster adapted well to the new formation and scored Antonio Candreva first Serie A goal, the winner against Bologna F.C. less than ten minutes after on as a substitute for Diego. A few days later, Antonio Candreva made Antonio Candreva debut in European competition in the 2009-10_UEFA_Europa_League_knockout_stage First_leg second leg against AFC Ajax when Antonio Candreva came on as a late substitute for captain Alessandro Del Piero.

Return

After the end of the 2009-10 season, Juventus opted not to exercise their right to sign the player permanently and Candreva returned to Udinese in the summer.

On the 31st August 2010 Candreva signed for Serie A side Parma F.C. on a one-year loan deal. Parma had the option to purchase Candreva in a co-ownership deal, but declined to do so. Candreva had endured a difficult season in which Antonio Candreva failed to live up to expectations.

Cesena

On 21 July 2011 Candreva signed for Serie A side A.C. Cesena on an initial one year loan deal.

Lazio

In the last day of the January 2012 transfer season the Romanista moved to Lazio on a loan deal, in return Del Nero from Lazio went for a loan in Cesena.

International career

Candreva has played for Italy since the U-18 level, making Antonio Candreva debut in October 2004. After taking part in the 2008 Toulon Tournament, Antonio Candreva was named in reserve list for the upcoming Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Candreva was eventually called up as an injury replacement for Tommaso Rocchi. Antonio Candreva made Antonio Candreva U-21 debut on 9 September 2008 in the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification against Croatia. In May, Antonio Candreva was called up to the 23-man squad for 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship as second choice and made several substitute appearances.

On 14 November 2009, Candreva made Antonio Candreva senior Italy national football team debut in a friendly match against the Netherlands national football team.

In early May, Candreva was called up for the pre-World Cup training camp and included in the 30-man preliminary squad announced on 11 May 2010. but was dropped a week later.

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

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