Alessandro Florenzi

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Alessandro Florenzi
Florenzi, Roma-Udinese 17 marzo 2014.jpg
Florenzi with Roma in 2014
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Florenzi[1]
Date of birth (1991-03-11) 11 March 1991 (age 31)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Position(s) Right-back
Club information
Current team
Milan
(on loan from Roma)
Number 25
Youth career
1995–2000 Atletico Acilia
2000–2002 Lodigiani
2002–2011 Roma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Roma 227 (25)
2011–2012Crotone (loan) 35 (11)
2020Valencia (loan) 12 (0)
2020–2021Paris Saint-Germain (loan) 21 (2)
2021–Milan (loan) 24 (2)
National team
2011 Italy U20 4 (0)
2011–2013 Italy U21 18 (5)
2012– Italy 47 (2)
Honours
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:08, 23 May 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:08, 24 March 2022 (UTC)

Alessandro Florenzi Cavaliere OMRI (born 11 March 1991) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a full-back for Serie A club Milan, on loan from Roma, and the Italy national team.

Florenzi started his professional club career with Roma in 2011, but spent the 2011–12 season on loan with Crotone. Florenzi was appointed as Roma's new captain following the departure of Daniele De Rossi in 2019.[3] He later had spells on loan with Spanish side Valencia, and French side Paris Saint-Germain, winning the Trophée des Champions and the Coupe de France with the latter club during the 2020–21 season.

At international level he was a member of the Italy national under-21 football team that finished second in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, and also represented the Italy senior side at UEFA Euro 2016 and UEFA Euro 2020, winning the latter tournament.

Club career[edit]

Roma[edit]

A product of Roma youth academy, Florenzi made his serie A debut in a 3–1 win against Sampdoria on 22 May 2011, replacing Francesco Totti as a substitute.

Loan to Crotone[edit]

During the summer of 2011, Florenzi was sent on loan to Serie B club Crotone. He made his debut on 27 August 2011, scoring their goal in a 2–1 home defeat against Livorno. On 22 June 2012, Crotone exercised the option in the loan contract to buy half of the registration rights for €250,000.[4] On 6 July, Roma bought back half of the registration rights for €1.25 million.[5]

Return to Roma[edit]

Florenzi made his first appearance of the 2012–13 Serie A season as a second-half substitute in the 2–2 draw against Catania on 26 August 2012. He made his first start in the 3–1 victory against Internazionale the following week, also scoring his first-ever goal for Roma.[6] Florenzi ended his first full season with the Roma first team, making 36 Serie A appearances and scoring three goals. On 31 July 2013, Florenzi scored and assisted a goal in a 3–1 over the MLS All-stars in the 2013 MLS All-Star Game, and was named the MLS All-Star Game MVP.[7]

During the 2013–14 Serie A season, Florenzi helped guide Roma to a second-place finish and a return to Champions League football for the first time since the 2010–11 season. Florenzi also featured in all ten of Roma's victories from the start of the season, a Serie A record, scoring against Livorno, Parma, Bologna and Inter during the run.[8] On 12 January 2014, Florenzi scored a fantastic, bicycle kick goal to open the scoring in Roma's 4–0 victory against Genoa. Florenzi played in 36 of Roma's 38 Serie A fixtures during the season.[9]

Florenzi made his first appearance of the 2014–15 Serie A season on 30 August 2014 as a second-half substitute in the 2–0 victory against Fiorentina. He then started the 0–1 away victory against Empoli on 13 September. Florenzi made his Champions League debut as a substitute for the injured Juan Iturbe in the 5–1 group stage victory against CSKA Moscow on 17 September.[10] Florenzi scored his first goal of the season as Roma won 2–0 against Cagliari, having set up Mattia Destro for the opener.[11]

On 16 September 2015, Florenzi scored the tying goal from 50 yards out against reigning champions, Barcelona when he spotted the goalkeeper at the edge of his box during the group stage of the Champions League, resulting in a 1–1 draw.[12] The goal was later named one of the three final nominees for the 2015 FIFA Puskás Award.[13]

On 26 October 2016, Florenzi suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee during Roma's 3–1 away win against Sassuolo, causing him to be out for at least four months.[14] On 17 February 2017, Florenzi was ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a further tear of the same ligament in his first week back in training.[15] On 16 September 2017, he made his return in Roma's 3–0 home victory over Hellas Verona.[16]

Loan to Valencia[edit]

On 30 January 2020, Florenzi was loaned to Valencia CF until 30 June 2020.[17]

Loan to Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

On 11 September 2020, Florenzi joined Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan with an option to buy. He was given the number 24 shirt.[18] Two days later, he made his debut for PSG in a 0–1 loss against Marseille.[19] On 2 October 2020, Florenzi scored his first goal at the Parisian club, in a match against Angers that ended in a 6–1 victory.[20]

On 19 May 2021, Florenzi started for PSG in their 2–0 win over Monaco in the 2021 Coupe de France Final.[21] His loan ended on 30 June 2021.[22]

Loan to AC Milan[edit]

On 21 August 2021, AC Milan announced the signing of Florenzi from Roma on an initial loan deal, with the option to make the transfer permanent. Florenzi signed for the team until 30 June 2022.[23] On First of October, Florenzi underwent surgery to his partially teared medial meniscus in his left knee.[24] He was back on the pitch almost after 2 months against Fiorentina.[25]

He scored his first goal for Milan in 22 December against Empoli in eventual 4-2 win, it was also his first goal from a free-kick in Serie A.[26][27] On 6th of April 2022, he underwent a surgery on his left knee to repair the internal meniscus.[28] On 8th of May against Verona, he played his first match since the injury, coming on as a substitute and scoring the third in 3-1 win for Milan.[29]

International career[edit]

On 14 November 2012, Florenzi made his debut for the senior team under coach Cesare Prandelli in a friendly match against France.[30]

Florenzi was part of the Italy under-21 squad for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Israel, as the Azzurrini reached the final, losing to Spain 4–2.[31] Florenzi's only goal of the tournament came in the 4–0, group stage, victory over the host nation.[32]

On 15 October 2013, Florenzi scored his first senior goal on his competitive debut in a World Cup qualifying match against Armenia that ended in a 2–2 draw at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples.[33] Florenzi was not included in the 30-man preliminary squad named by Cesare Prandelli for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[34]

On 30 August 2014, new Italy head coach Antonio Conte named Florenzi in his first squad for the upcoming European qualifying matches.[35][36] On 31 May 2016, he was named to Conte's 23-man Italy squad for UEFA Euro 2016.[37]

In June 2021, he was included in Italy's squad for UEFA Euro 2020 by manager Roberto Mancini.[38] On 11 July, Florenzi won the European Championship with Italy following a 3–2 penalty shoot-out victory over England at Wembley Stadium in the final, after a 1–1 draw in extra-time; he made a substitute appearance during the final, replacing Emerson Palmieri late in the second half of extra-time.[39]

Style of play[edit]

Florenzi is a tenacious, tactically intelligent and well-rounded player who is extremely versatile. Although initially he was usually deployed as a central midfielder, in the "mezzala" role, he is a box-to-box player capable of playing anywhere in midfield, and he has recently also been deployed as a winger, and even as an attacking full-back or wing-back on either flank throughout his career, although he favours the right side.[40][41][42] Florenzi is a quick, energetic and hard-working player who is effective at aiding his team both offensively and defensively due to his pace and stamina;[43][44] when used in more offensive midfield roles, he has also demonstrated an aptitude for making offensive runs.[45][46] He is gifted with good technical skills,[47] distribution,[43] and crossing ability, and despite his small stature, he is effective in the air; he is also a good striker of the ball, and an accurate set-piece taker.[46][48] Florenzi has cited Cesc Fàbregas as his role model.[41]

Personal life[edit]

On 5 April 2021, it was announced that Florenzi tested positive for COVID-19 amid its pandemic in France;[49] by 11 April, he had recovered.[50]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 22 May 2022[33]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Roma 2010–11 Serie A 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 36 3 3 1 39 4
2013–14 38 6 4 0 42 6
2014–15 35 5 1 0 9[a] 0 45 5
2015–16 33 7 1 0 8[b] 1 42 8
2016–17 9 0 0 0 4[c] 1 13 1
2017–18 32 1 0 0 10[b] 0 42 1
2018–19 29 3 1 0 8[b] 0 38 3
2019–20 14 0 2 0 2[d] 0 18 0
Total 227 25 12 1 36 2 0 0 280 28
Crotone (loan) 2011–12 Serie B 35 11 1 0 36 11
Valencia (loan) 2019–20 La Liga 12 0 1 0 1[b] 0 14 0
Paris Saint-Germain (loan) 2020–21 Ligue 1 21 2 4 0 10[b] 0 1[e] 0 36 2
Milan (loan) 2021–22 Serie A 24 2 2 0 4[b] 0 30 2
Career total 319 40 20 1 51 2 1 0 396 43
  1. ^ Six appearances in UEFA Champions League, three appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c d e f Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, three appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Appearance in Trophée des Champions

International[edit]

As of match played 24 March 2022[51]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy 2012 1 0
2013 3 1
2014 3 0
2015 6 1
2016 11 0
2017 1 0
2018 6 0
2019 4 0
2020 5 0
2021 6 0
2022 1 0
Total 47 2
Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Florenzi goal.[51]
List of international goals scored by Alessandro Florenzi
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 October 2013 Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy  Armenia 1–1 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 13 October 2015 Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy  Norway 1–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain[33]

AC Milan

Italy U21

Italy

Individual

Orders[edit]

References[edit]

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