Davide Calabria

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Davide Calabria
Personal information
Full name Davide Calabria[1]
Date of birth (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 (age 25)
Place of birth Brescia, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Right-back
Club information
Current team
AC Milan
Number 2
Youth career
2006–2015 AC Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– AC Milan 149 (7)
National team
2013 Italy U17 9 (0)
2013 Italy U18 1 (0)
2014–2015 Italy U19 12 (1)
2015 Italy U20 2 (0)
2015–2019 Italy U21 19 (0)
2020– Italy 7 (0)
Honours
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:58, 23 May 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 21:31, 14 June 2022 (UTC)

Davide Calabria (born 6 December 1996) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Serie A club AC Milan and the Italy national team.

Club career[edit]

AC Milan[edit]

Calabria has been with AC Milan since 2006, playing for the club's youth teams of different age groups up until Primavera (U-19). He received his first ever call-up to the senior team ahead of the away game against S.S. Lazio played on 25 January 2015; he, however, remained an unused substitute. He made his Serie A debut on 30 May 2015 against Atalanta, replacing Mattia De Sciglio at the 84th minute in a 1–3 away win.[2] On 15 July 2015 Calabria was officially promoted to the first team.[3][4] He made his first start in a 3–2 win over Udinese on 22 September, playing 49 minutes, and was highly praised for his performance.

Ahead of the 2017–18 season, Milan acquired Atalanta's Andrea Conti for nearly €25 million, viewing the player as the most likely starter on the right side of the team's defensive line; Calabria had been persuaded yet refused to join one of the lower-ranking Serie A teams on loan to increase his playing time. In September 2017, Conti injured his anterior cruciate ligament for the first time, and in March 2018 suffered a recurrence of the injury, effectively ending his season. The club ruled out the possibility of any further emergency signings, thus trusting Calabria as a long-term replacement for Conti in the right full-back position.[5] He completed the season with 30 appearances in all competitions and scored his debut goal in senior professional football on 25 February 2018 in the Serie A 2–0 away win against Roma.[6]

2020–21 season[edit]

Already a regular in Pioli's side, Calabria played 32 league games in this season, a personal record.[7] He scored his first goal this season on 16 December 2020 at Luigi Ferraris Stadium against Genoa, a powerful shot from outside the box.[8] His next goal came against Juventus on 6 January 2021, in eventual 1–3 loss.[9] On 28 February in Stadio Olimpico Calabria won a penalty kick against Roma, which Kessie converted into Milan first goal in 2–1 victory.[10] By the end of the season he held the record for most tackles by any player in Serie A.[11][12]

In July 2021, Calabria renewed his contract with Milan until June 2025.[13]

2021–22 season[edit]

On 23 August 2021, at the first match of the season against Sampdoria, Calabria made his first assist in the season, a deep run into Sampdoria defense to set up Diaz's only goal of the match.[14] Calabria wore the captain's arm band for the first time for Milan on 15 September, an away defeat to Liverpool, he described the moment as 'childhood dream'.[15] On the 3rd of October, Calabria scored his first goal of the season at Gewiss Stadium against Atalanta in eventual 3–2 win, the goal came after merely 28 seconds from the kick off, making it third fastest AC MILAN goal since 2004–2005 season.[16] On 23 October he scored against Bologna in eventual 4–2 win, with two goals in seven games, Calabria has already equalled his total goal tally on the entire 2020/21 Serie A season.[17] In a post match interview during the season, Calabria credited his own professional growth to his team coach, Pioli.[18]

On 5 February 2022 against Inter in Derby della Madonnina, he assisted Giroud second goal in 2–1 win.[19] On 6 March he again set up Giroud only goal against Napoli, helping Milan to win and climb to the top of Serie A table.[20]

International career[edit]

Calabria made his debut for the Italy U21 on 13 October 2015, in a qualifying match against Republic of Ireland.

In June 2017, he was included in the Italy under-21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship by manager Luigi Di Biagio.[21] Italy were eliminated by Spain in the semi-finals following a 3–1 defeat on 27 June.[22][23]

He made his debut for Italy's senior squad, managed by Roberto Mancini, in a 11 November 2020 friendly against Estonia in Florence, coming on as a substitute in the 80th minute of a 4–0 victory.[24][25][26][27] He would see his first action in a competitive match on 18 November 2020, replacing Lorenzo Insigne in the 94th minute of Italy's 2-0 UEFA Nations League win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.[28]

Style of play[edit]

Having started his youth career as a defensive midfielder, Calabria soon switched to playing as a box-to-box in the 4–3–3 formation, which was then followed by a season-long spell at left back, despite being right-footed, and eventually settling on a right back, which became his primary position in senior football.[29]

Calabria is a quick and modern full-back who likes to get forward and support his team's attacking moves. Regarded as one of the best Italian full-backs in Serie A, defensively, his positioning, vision, speed, decision-making, and tackling are commendable, and he has also drawn praise from pundits and former footballers for his maturity and personality in spite of his youth. Although he is not physically dominant, he is gifted with good pace and stamina, and can also recover to his defensive position quickly, which enables him to cover the flank effectively. A former midfielder in his youth, while he is mainly deployed as a right-back, he is a highly versatile player who is capable of playing in several positions, and is equally adept at left-back due to his ability with both feet, despite being naturally right-footed. He was used on several occasions as a central defensive midfielder by Stefano Pioli during the 2020–21 season.[30][31]

Personal life[edit]

On 12 January 2022, Calabria announced on his Instagram page that he contracted COVID-19 amidst its pandemic in Italy.[32] Two days later, it was reported that he had recovered.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 22 May 2022[34]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AC Milan 2014–15 Serie A 1 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16 6 0 2 0 8 0
2016–17 12 0 1 0 13 0
2017–18 21 1 4 0 5[a] 0 30 1
2018–19 26 1 2 0 4[a] 0 1[b] 0 33 1
2019–20 25 1 2 0 27 1
2020–21 32 2 1 0 6[a] 0 39 2
2021–22 26 2 3 0 4[c] 0 33 2
Career total 149 7 15 0 19 0 1 0 184 7
  1. ^ a b c All appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana
  3. ^ All appearances in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

As of match played 14 June 2022[34]
Italy
Year Apps Goals
2020 2 0
2021 3 0
2022 2 0
Total 7 0

Honours[edit]

AC Milan

Italy

References[edit]

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