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Cristian Molinaro

Cristian Molinaro (born 30 July 1983) is an Italy Association football who plays as a left-back for Fußball-Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart.

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Cristian Molinaro biography

Cristian Molinaro (born 30 July 1983) is an Italy Association football who plays as a left-back for Fußball-Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart.

Early years

Cristian Molinaro was born in Vallo della Lucania, on 30 July 1983 to Emilio, who is a high school P.E. teacher, and Franca, who is an elementary school teacher and raised in Moio della Civitella, near Salerno. Cristian has two brothers, both of them older than Cristian Molinaro is: Bartolomeo, a chartered accountant, and Angelo, a humanities teacher. Cristian has a surveyor diploma and naturally Cristian Molinaro favourite subjects at school were humanities. Molinaro began playing football at age five in the Gelbison team. Cristian Molinaro always played as a left winger in those days. When Cristian Molinaro joined Salernitana's youth academy Cristian Molinaro was moved to left-back.

Club career


Molinaro started Cristian Molinaro career at Salernitana Calcio 1919 of Serie B.


When Salernitana went bankrupt and started again in Serie C1 in 2005, Cristian Molinaro was signed by Juventus F.C on free transfer, who immediately loaned Cristian Molinaro to A.C. Siena, along with half of the player's rights, for a nominal transfer fees of €500.


In June 2007, Juventus which won the Serie B championship bought Cristian Molinaro back for €2.5M and Cristian Molinaro signed a contract until 2012, as the team lacked a left-back in the previous season after Giorgio Chiellini moved to central back.

During the 2007–08 Serie A season, Cristian Molinaro first season at Juventus, Molinaro started in 30 league matches and was a first team regular. Cristian Molinaro scored one goal. On 28 November 2008, Molinaro extended Cristian Molinaro deal with Juventus until 2013. After the deal, Molinaro stated, "I am really happy. It means I have earned it. I have been able to fulfil many dreams here at Juventus like playing in the Champions League for example."

In the 2008–09 season, Cristian Molinaro continued to play as a regular.


With the arrival of Italy international Fabio Grosso and Uruguayan Martín Cáceres in the summer, Molinaro signed a loan deal with VfB Stuttgart on 5 January 2010 which initially saw Cristian Molinaro stay at the club until the end of the 2009–10 season. On 1 June 2010, VfB Stuttgart took advantage of a contract option and signed Molinaro permanently until June 2014. Juventus announced that on 14 June they received €3.9M transfer fees and the deal was completed.

International career

Molinaro received Cristian Molinaro first international call-up on 6 August 2010 under new head coach Cesare Prandelli. Cristian Molinaro made Cristian Molinaro debut on 10 August 2010, starting in the match against Côte d'Ivoire national football team.


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