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Matteo Brighi

Matteo Brighi (born February 14, 1981 in Rimini, Rimini, Italy) is an Italy football (soccer) player. Matteo Brighi currently plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Atalanta B.C. Brighi was named Serie A Young Footballer of the Year in 2002. Brighi is noted for Matteo Brighi stamina, tackling, and aerial abilities.

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Matteo Brighi biography


Matteo Brighi (born February 14, 1981 in Rimini, Rimini, Italy) is an Italy football (soccer) player. Matteo Brighi currently plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Atalanta B.C. Brighi was named Serie A Young Footballer of the Year in 2002. Brighi is noted for Matteo Brighi stamina, tackling, and aerial abilities.

Club career

Brighi started Matteo Brighi career at Rimini Calcio F.C.. In 2000, Matteo Brighi was purchased by Juventus F.C..

Parma

In 2002, 50% of the registration rights to Matteo Brighi were sold to Parma F.C. by Juventus F.C as part of the deal which saw Marco Di Vaio to Juventus. The transfer was worth €5 million at the time.

Chievo

In 2004, Juventus bought back Brighi's rights for a €11.5 million and sold them to Roma as part of the deal for Emerson Ferreira da Rosa worth €16 million. Matteo Brighi signed a 5-year contract worth €0.93 million in gross annually.

However Brighi was then immediately sent on loan to A.C. ChievoVerona for three seasons. That season Roma also signed central midfielder Simone Perrotta from the Verona side. Chievo had to pay Roma per appearances of Brighi, which each 5 appearances worth €80,000. Matteo Brighi played for Chievo at the UEFA Champions League 2006–07 third qualifying round and twice at UEFA Cup 2006–07 first round. In Matteo Brighi last season, Matteo Brighi formed the midfield line with Paolo Sammarco and Franco Semioli for over 20 matches. Although Chievo relegated in June, their performance earned each a transfer to a different club.

Roma

In 2007, returned to Roma. On 25 July 2008, Matteo Brighi signed a new contract, keeping Matteo Brighi at the club until June 2012. Matteo Brighi annual gross salary was increased. Matteo Brighi at first earned €1.3M in 2008–09. This will increase to €1.6M in 2011–12.

Brighi has played in recent seasons on the left-centre in a 3-man midfield next to Daniele De Rossi. Brighi was previously used by Roma behind De Rossi as a defensive midfielder. Brighi helped Roma to a strong 2009-10 season. The team finished second in Serie A, just behind champions Inter Milan.

In a 20 November 2008 interview with La Repubblica, Brighi called Luciano Spalletti “the best I’ve ever had in terms of managing the group, and I’ve had some great ones like Francesco Guidolin and Cesare Prandelli.” Around the same time Matteo Brighi told Sky Italia, “I like to work, not talk. Other players talk and sell themselves, certainly better than I do. I don’t blame them for it. It’s just not me." In the same interview, Matteo Brighi was asked who Matteo Brighi favourite players were growing up and who Matteo Brighi admires in football. "As a boy I loved Roberto Mancini when Matteo Brighi was at U.C. Sampdoria, even though Matteo Brighi played in a different position than I do. Now, as everyone knows, Damiano Tommasi inspires me. It's an honour to be compared to a great player and a great person like him." Tommasi has said of Brighi: “He’s more talented than I am, I just got the chance to play in a great team and win something special. I hope Matteo gets the same chance.”

On 9 November 2008, Italian National Team Manager Marcello Lippi, who worked with Brighi at Juventus, was quoted in Rome newspaper Il Romanista as saying, "My memories of Brighi are optimal. From the human point of view Matteo Brighi is a splendid boy, and from the technical point of view Matteo Brighi is one of those diligent midfielders that every trainer would want to have. To my warning, at the beginning of Matteo Brighi career, Matteo Brighi was praised so excessively that too many expectations were created around him."

In September 2010, Matteo Brighi signed a 4-year contract, in which Matteo Brighi annual salary increased to €1.8 million in 2010–11 Serie A season and to €2.3M in the next three seasons.

Atalanta

In August 2011, Matteo Brighi joined Atalanta on loan. Matteo Brighi played only 5 games in first part of the season.

International career

At youth level, Matteo Brighi played at 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, formed the midfield with Manuele Blasi, Andrea Pirlo and Marco Marchionni. Matteo Brighi also won the 2004 edition and qualified to Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Brighi's debut for Italy national football team came when Matteo Brighi started the friendly match against Slovenia national football team in 2002, when Matteo Brighi was 21. However, Matteo Brighi has been called up once again by Coach Marcello Lippi for 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Montenegro and the Republic of Ireland in 2009. On March 28, 2009, Brighi was put on as a substitute in the 80th minute against Montenegro, playing for Matteo Brighi first time since 2002. Four days later, Matteo Brighi was chosen for the starting selection in Italy's draw with Ireland.

Brighi was called up again to play in Italy's pre-Confederations Cup friendly against Northern Ireland. Brighi came on as a second half substitute for Gennaro Gattuso, and provided many spectacular passes, one of which lead to a goal. Although Brighi played magnificently, Matteo Brighi was not selected in Italy's 23-man roster for the Confederations Cup.

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

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