Alessandro Plizzari

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Alessandro Plizzari
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Plizzari[1]
Date of birth (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 22)
Place of birth Crema, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Lecce
(on loan from AC Milan)
Number 22
Youth career
AC Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– AC Milan 0 (0)
2017–2018Ternana (loan) 19 (0)
2019–2020Livorno (loan) 21 (0)
2020–2021Reggina (loan) 10 (0)
2022–Lecce (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2015 Italy U15 7 (0)
2015 Italy U16 3 (0)
2016 Italy U17 7 (0)
2016–2018 Italy U19 14 (0)
2017–2019 Italy U20 9 (0)
2019– Italy U21 4 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:55, 26 April 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 14 June 2022

Alessandro Plizzari (born 12 March 2000) is an Italian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A club Lecce, on loan from AC Milan.

Club career[edit]

Plizzari is a product of AC Milan's youth academy. In July 2016, he was promoted to the first team as a backup goalkeeper and received his first-ever call up to the senior team ahead of a home Serie A game against Udinese played on 11 September 2016, remaining on the bench as a substitute. Despite his involvement with the first team, he continued to play for Primavera as a starting goalkeeper throughout the season. In late 2016, Milan rejected a €2 million bid for Plizzari from Manchester City.[3]

On 4 July 2017, he signed a contract extension with Milan until 2020 and was immediately sent on loan to Ternana in Serie B until 30 June 2018.[4] He made his professional debut at 17 years old, on 26 August 2017, in the league match against Empoli.[5] He finished his debut season with 20 appearances in all competitions, conceding a total of 40 goals and keeping 1 clean sheet.

In April 2019, despite making no appearances in the 2018–19 season, Plizzari extended his contract with Milan until the end of June 2023.[6]

On 1 August 2019, he was loaned out to Serie B club Livorno.[7] He made his debut with Livorno on 5 October, playing as a starter in the league match against Chievo.

On 21 August 2020, he joined Reggina on loan.[8]

Upon his return from the Reggina loan, he did not appear for Milan in the first half of the 2021–22 season, mostly recovering from a knew surgery. On 29 January 2022, he moved on loan to Lecce.[9]

International career[edit]

He was the first-choice goalkeeper for the Italy U17 squad at the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, where Italy was eliminated at the group stage.

He was on the roster for Italy U20 team at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he was the second-choice goalkeeper behind Andrea Zaccagno. He played one game at the tournament, the 3rd place game in which Italy beat Uruguay in a penalty shootout after Plizzari saved two kicks by Uruguay players Rodrigo Amaral and Juan Manuel Boselli.

He was the starting goalkeeper for Italy U19 at the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, as Italy finished as runners-up to Portugal.[10]

The following year he took part in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup with the Italy U20 squad, reaching the fourth place.

He made his debut with the Italy U21 on 10 September 2019, in the UEFA Euro 2021 qualifying match won 5–0 against Luxembourg.

Personal life[edit]

On 9 October 2020, Plizzari tested positive for COVID-19 amidst its pandemic in Italy.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 19 March 2022
Club League Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ternana (loan) Serie B 2017–18 19 0 1 0 0 0 20 0
AC Milan Serie A 2018–19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Livorno (loan) Serie B 2019–20 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
Reggina (loan) Serie B 2020–21 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
AC Milan Serie A 2021–22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lecce (loan) Serie B 2021–22 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 53 0 1 0 0 0 54 0

Honours[edit]

Italy U19

Italy U20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019: List of Players: Italy" (PDF). FIFA. 13 June 2019. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2020.
  2. ^ Alessandro Plizzari at Soccerway
  3. ^ "Man City Eyeing Milan's 'Other Donnarumma' But Are Knocked Back With Opening Offer". 90min.com. 4 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Plizzari-Ternana, accordo totale. E rinnovo con il Milan..." Milan News.
  5. ^ "Game Report by Soccerway". Soccerway. 26 August 2017.
  6. ^ Milan, A. C. "OFFICIAL STATEMENT: ALESSANDRO PLIZZARI". AC Milan.
  7. ^ Milan, A. C. "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE: ALESSANDRO PLIZZARI". AC Milan.
  8. ^ "ALESSANDRO PLIZZARI È UN NUOVO GIOCATORE AMARANTO" (Press release) (in Italian). Reggina. 21 August 2020.
  9. ^ "ALESSANDRO PLIZZARI UFFICIALMENTE IN GIALLOROSSO" (Press release) (in Italian). Lecce. 29 January 2022. Retrieved 29 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Italy 3-4 Portugal". UEFA. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Alessandro Plizzari positivo al test Covid-19" (Press release) (in Italian). Reggina. 12 October 2020. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Portugal win epic U19 EURO final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 29 July 2018.
  13. ^ "FIFA - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com.[dead link]
  14. ^ "Mina sparks historic finish for Ecuador". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 June 2019. Archived from the original on 15 June 2019.