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Antonio Cassano

Antonio Cassano (born 12 July 1982) is an Italian people Professional sports Association football Association football who plays for Serie A club A.C. Milan as a Forward (association football). Nicknamed Il Gioiello di Bari Vecchia ("the jewel of Old Bari"), Antonio Cassano is known for Antonio Cassano short temper as much as Antonio Cassano ability on the pitch, which led to the coining of the neologism Cassanata by Antonio Cassano former coach, Fabio Capello, in November 2002. The word is regularly used by Italian journalists as a euphemism for any behavior incompatible with team spirit in football.

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Antonio Cassano biography


Antonio Cassano (born 12 July 1982) is an Italian people Professional sports Association football Association football who plays for Serie A club A.C. Milan as a Forward (association football). Nicknamed Il Gioiello di Bari Vecchia ("the jewel of Old Bari"), Antonio Cassano is known for Antonio Cassano short temper as much as Antonio Cassano ability on the pitch, which led to the coining of the neologism Cassanata by Antonio Cassano former coach, Fabio Capello, in November 2002. The word is regularly used by Italian journalists as a euphemism for any behavior incompatible with team spirit in football.

Club career

Bari

Cassano was born in Bari and Antonio Cassano father left the family shortly thereafter. Antonio Cassano was raised in the Bari Vecchia neighbourhood, and began playing football at an early age. Cassano was spotted by an A.S. Bari scout and brought up through the team's youth system, and Antonio Cassano made Antonio Cassano Serie A debut for Bari against local rivals U.S. Lecce in 1999.

Roma

At the age of nineteen, Cassano signed with reigning Serie A champions A.S. Roma, for a transfer fee of 60billion Italian lire (about €30 million). Serie A 2001-02 produced five Goal (sport), and Antonio Cassano attracted media attention after openly clashing with coach Fabio Capello after Antonio Cassano was left out of a practice match a few days after Antonio Cassano international debut. In the Coppa Italia 2002-03 against A.C. Milan, Cassano was Red card (sports) after protesting an official's decision, and Antonio Cassano flashed the sign of the horns at the Referee (association football) while leaving the Association football pitch.

Antonio Cassano was omitted from the squad during Roma's tumultuous Serie A 2004-05 while Luigi Delneri, Roma's third coach of the season (after Cesare Prandelli and Rudi Völler), was in charge. After Delneri himself resigned during the season, Antonio Cassano replacement, Bruno Conti, returned Cassano to the starting lineup, with Cassano Captain (association football) the team in the absence of incumbent Francesco Totti, who was serving a five-match Suspension (punishment).

During the 2005–06 preseason, Cassano was in constant conflict with club management over the renewal of Antonio Cassano contract, which was due to expire on June 30, 2006. In January 2006, Antonio Cassano acrimoniously parted ways with Roma and signed with Real Madrid C.F.. for just €5M.

Real Madrid

Cassano became the second ever Italian player to sign for Real Madrid after former Roma teammate Christian Panucci. Antonio Cassano début came on 18 January 2006, in a Copa del Rey 2005-06 match against Real Betis, and scored Antonio Cassano first goal just three minutes after entering the match in the second half. and was subsequently benched along with David Beckham and Ronaldo. In an interview with a Roman radio station, Cassano said Antonio Cassano would "walk all the way back" to rejoin Roma, and indicated Antonio Cassano eagerness to make peace with Totti, with whom Cassano had conflicted with before Antonio Cassano departure from Roma. However, Cassano remained with Madrid after the January 2007 transfer window had closed, and the rest of Antonio Cassano season was cut short by an Sprained ankle.

In an interview with Spanish radio in July 2007, Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón described Cassano's attitude as "unsustainable in the last couple of months" and indicated that Antonio Cassano would be leaving the club.

Sampdoria

On 13 August 2007, Sampdoria took Cassano on a one-year Loan (sports), agreeing to pay €1.2 million of Antonio Cassano €4.2 million salary. and was punished with a five-match ban. Sampdoria ended the season with a UEFA Cup 2008-09 berth, while Cassano was acquired on a permanent basis by the club on free transfer (plus bonus) from Madrid.

In Antonio Cassano second season, Cassano confirmed to have temperamentally improved, also becoming Captain_(association_football) Vice-captain for the team behind Angelo Palombo. After the January signing of Giampaolo Pazzini from ACF Fiorentina, Cassano managed to form a fruitful striking partnership with the former viola forward, that was praised by both media and Sampdoria supporters, and led club chairman Riccardo Garrone (born 1936) to compare it with striking duo of Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Mancini that led Sampdoria to win their only scudetto to date, an opinion that was later shared also by both Vialli and Mancini.

Antonio Cassano third season with Sampdoria again began very well for Cassano, who affirmed himself as a valid Assist (football)-man for Pazzini, and being instrumental in the club's impressive seasonal start, that led them up to first place after a 1-0 home win to F.C. Internazionale Milano. However, a result crisis, including a 3-0 defeat in the local derby against crosstown rivals Genoa C.F.C., left Sampdoria down to mid-table on January, leading head coach Luigi Delneri to put Cassano off the team for "technical and tactical reasons", casting doubts about the player's future at the club.

In the final days of the transfer window, Antonio Cassano was linked with a move on loan to ACF Fiorentina, that was however denied with an official statement from the club, but was described by the media as Cassano's own refusal to leave Sampdoria. This was confirmed by Cassano himself through an official statement published on Sampdoria's website, citing Antonio Cassano relationship with club chairman Riccardo Garrone (born 1936), Antonio Cassano teammates and the team supporters as the main reason for Antonio Cassano choice.

On October 2010 Cassano was excluded from the first team squad with immediate effect after Antonio Cassano had a heated row with chairman Riccardo Garrone following the player's refusal to attend an award ceremony. Following such events, Sampdoria formally applied for a contract termination to a league arbitration panel, a position that was confirmed even after Cassano apologised to Garrone and the club. On December 16, the arbitration panel ordered Sampdoria to reinclude Cassano into the first team from 1 January 2011, rejecting the blucerchiatis request for a contract termination, but also concluding Cassano will be paid only 50Percentage of Antonio Cassano salary for the remainder of Antonio Cassano contract.

Milan

On 20 December 2010, it was reported that Milan, Sampdoria and the player agreed the installment plan to pay a €5 million to Real Madrid C.F. which was indicated in Cassano's Buyout clause when Antonio Cassano left the Spanish club. Eventually Sampdoria paid €5 million to Real Madrid; Milan paid €3.33 million to Sampdoria, which was later confirmed by Milan's owner Silvio Berlusconi. Antonio Cassano made Antonio Cassano debut for Antonio Cassano new club in a 1-0 win against Cagliari Calcio where Antonio Cassano came on as a substitute for Alexander Merkel in the latter stages of the game. Antonio Cassano scored Antonio Cassano first goal for A.C. Milan in a 4-0 win against Parma FC. Antonio Cassano went on to score three more goals that season, two against former clubs A.S. Bari and U.C. Sampdoria and the other one a penalty against fierce rivals Internazionale F.C.

Antonio Cassano never really claimed a spot in the starting XI and was behind Zlatan Ibrahimović, Alexandre Pato and Robinho in the Milan pecking order and due to Antonio Cassano wish to keep Antonio Cassano spot in the Italian national side, a lot of speculation formed over Antonio Cassano future with links to Fiorentina and even English Premier League club Liverpool F.C. In the end, though, Antonio Cassano stayed with Milan and, after a good Season_(sports) Preseason, scored in the first Serie A game of 2011-12 against Roman side S.S. Lazio.

International career

Cassano has sixteen caps and four goals with Italy national football team. Antonio Cassano début came in November 2003 against Poland national football team, in which Antonio Cassano scored Antonio Cassano first goal. Antonio Cassano was part of Italy's UEFA Euro 2004 squad as a reserve, but after Totti was suspended following a spitting incident with Christian Poulsen in a group match against Denmark national football team, Cassano was inserted into the starting lineup for a 1–1 draw with Sweden national football team in which Antonio Cassano scored. Antonio Cassano also netted a last-minute winner in a 2–1 victory over Bulgaria national football team, but Italy were eliminated in the group stage on goal difference.

Cassano was left off the final roster for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but was called up for two 2008 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying matches in September 2006. Antonio Cassano was part of the Euro 2008 roster and went scoreless in the tournament as Italy were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Spain national football team after a Penalty shootout (association football).

After a two-year absence from the Azzurri team, and following widespread criticism from the media towards Marcello Lippi about Antonio Cassano exclusion from the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, Cassano was readmitted into the Italian team on August 6, 2010 by new head coach Cesare Prandelli for Antonio Cassano first game in charge of the team, a Exhibition game match against Côte d'Ivoire national football team to played on August 10 at Boleyn Ground, London. Almost a month later, in Italy's UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier played in Estonia national football team Cassano scored the tying goal in a 1-2 away victory and also assisted Leonardo Bonucci second goal with a Backheel B. Cassano scored a long-range goal from just outside the Penalty area in Italy's 5-0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier win over the Faroe Islands. Antonio Cassano scored again against Estonia national football team helping Italy secure a 3-0 win.

Personal life

Cassano got engaged with water polo player, Carolina Marcialis, in 2008 and then married at June 19, 2010 at church, Chiesa di San Martino, in Portofino. Cassano's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a son, Antonio Cassano name is Christopher, Antonio Cassano was born on March 14, 2011.

It was reported that on 30 October 2011, Cassano complained of finding it difficult to speak or move when the team returned to Milan.

AC Milan announced and confirmed on 2 November 2011, that Antonio Cassano suffered Ischemia-based Cerebral achromatopsia, though it should be temporary. Cassano underwent minor Cardiac surgery soon after and is expected to return to playing in a few months.

Club statistics

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National team


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- - Supercoppa Italiana: 2001 Supercoppa Italiana

- Real Madrid C.F.:
- - La Liga: La Liga 2006-07

- AC Milan:
- - Serie A: 2010–11 Serie A
- - Supercoppa Italiana: 2011 Supercoppa Italiana

Individual
- Serie A Young Footballer of the Year – 2001, 2003

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

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