Christian Maggio

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Christian Maggio
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Maggio with Italy in 2012
Personal information
Full nameChristian Maggio [1]
Date of birth (1982-02-11) 11 February 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Montecchio Maggiore, Italy
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in) [2]
Playing position Right-back / Wing-back
Club information
Current team
Benevento
Number 11
Youth career
1997–2000 Vicenza
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2000–2003 Vicenza 38 (1)
2003–2006 Fiorentina 58 (2)
2006Treviso (loan) 11 (0)
2006–2008 Sampdoria 60 (11)
2008–2018 Napoli 233 (20)
2018– Benevento 15 (2)
National team
2000–2001 Italy U18 5 (1)
2000–2002 Italy U20 24 (3)
2002 Italy U21 2 (0)
2008–2014 Italy 34 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 09:21, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Christian Maggio (Italian pronunciation:  [ˈkristjam ˈmaddʒo] ; born 11 February 1982) is an Italian footballer who plays as a right-back, as a wing-back, or as a right winger for Serie B club Benevento. [3]

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Serie B, currently named Serie BKT for sponsorship reasons, is the second-highest division in the Italian football league system after the Serie A. It has been operating for over eighty years since the 1929–30 season. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, when the Lega Serie B was created for the 2010–11 season. Common nicknames for the league are campionato cadetto and cadetteria, as cadetto is the Italian for junior or cadet.

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A dynamic and hard-working offensive full-back, prior to joining Napoli in 2008, Maggio played for Italian clubs Vicenza, Fiorentina, Treviso, and Sampdoria. With Napoli he has won two Coppa Italia titles and the Supercoppa Italiana. A former Italy international level, he represented the Italy national football team on 34 occasions between 2008 and 2014, and took part at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2012 (winning a silver medal), and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup (winning a bronze medal).

ACF Fiorentina Italian association football club based in Florence, Tuscany founded in 1926

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U.C. Sampdoria association football club from Italy

Unione Calcio Sampdoria, commonly referred to as Sampdoria, is an Italian professional football club based in Genoa, Liguria.

Coppa Italia Italian football tournament

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Club career

Vicenza

Maggio began his career at Vicenza making his Serie A debut in the 2000–2001 season, finishing the campaign with six appearances. [4] However, despite some success on a personal level, Vicenza were subsequently relegated to Serie B at the end of the season. [5] Maggio stayed with Vicenza until 2003, making 38 appearances in total while managing to score just 1 goal. Half of the registration rights were also sold to Parma in June 2002 [6] for 4 billion lire (€2.066 million, [7] for an undisclosed cash plus Paolo Guastalvino). In June 2003 the co-ownership deal was renewed. [8]

Vicenza Comune in Veneto, Italy

Vicenza is a city in northeastern Italy. It is in the Veneto region at the northern base of the Monte Berico, where it straddles the Bacchiglione River. Vicenza is approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of Venice and 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Milan.

Serie A professional association football league in Italy

Serie A, also called Serie A TIM due to sponsorship by TIM, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and the winner is awarded the Coppa Campioni d'Italia. It has been operating for over eighty years since the 1929–30 season. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, when the Lega Serie A was created for the 2010–11 season. Serie A is regarded as one of the best football leagues in the world and it is often depicted as the most tactical national league. Serie A was the world's second-strongest national league in 2014 according to IFFHS. Serie A is ranked third among European leagues according to UEFA's league coefficient, behind La Liga, Premier League, and ahead of Bundesliga and Ligue 1, which is based on the performance of Italian clubs in the Champions League and the Europa League during the last five years. Serie A led the UEFA ranking from 1986 to 1988 and from 1990 to 1999.

2000–01 Serie A sports season

The 2000–01 season of Serie A, the major professional football league in Italy, was contested by 18 teams, for the 13th consecutive season since 1988–89.

Fiorentina

In 2003, Maggio signed for ACF Fiorentina from Parma. In June 2004 Fiorentina acquired another half from Vicenza. [9] Maggio appeared regularly for Fiorentina until they were promoted from Serie B to Serie A during the 2003–04 season. During the 2004–05 season, he played 13 times, while in the 2005–06 Serie A season, he only appeared 3 times due to injury; in January 2006, he was loaned to Treviso in order to gain playing time, making 11 appearances, although the club was relegated at the end of the season. Overall, Maggio played 56 games for The Viola, scoring 2 goals over a 4-year period, including spending 1.5 seasons on loan. Maggio was loaned to Sampdoria for €150,000 in the 2006–07 season. [10] [11] At the end of loan Sampdoria signed him in another co-ownership deal for €1.5 million. [11]

2003–04 Serie B sports season

This article contains information on the 2003–04 season of Serie B, the second highest football league in Italy.

2004–05 Serie A sports season

In the 2004–05 season, the Serie A, the highest professional football league in Italy, was expanded to contain 20 clubs, which played 38 matches against each other, rather than the 34 matches in previous seasons. The Coppa Campioni d'Italia was presented to the winners on the pitch for the first time.

2005–06 Serie A sports season

In the 2005–06 season, Serie A, the major professional football league in Italy, was contested for the second year in a row by 20 teams. The league commenced on 28 August 2005 and finished on 14 May 2006. While Juventus were originally the first-placed team, this title was put sub judice due to their involvement in the Calciopoli scandal, with Internazionale instead declared champions by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on 26 July 2006.

Sampdoria

However, it was not until Maggio signed for U.C. Sampdoria that he began to fulfil the potential he had shown when playing for Italy at youth level. Some very impressive performances during the 2007–08 season resulted in nine goals from twenty-nine appearances. At the end of season Sampdoria acquired another half for €1.95 million. [12] He was immediately re-sold to Napoli for €8 million. [13] [14]

The 2007–08 Serie A football season was the seventy-sixth since its establishment, and started on 26 August 2007 and ended on 18 May 2008. Internazionale successfully defended the championship on the final day of the season, finishing first with 85 points, three ahead of Roma.

S.S.C. Napoli association football club

Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, commonly referred to as Napoli, is an Italian professional football club based in Naples, Campania that plays in Serie A, the top flight of Italian football. The club have won two league titles, five Coppa Italias, two Supercoppa Italiana titles, and one UEFA Cup.

Napoli

During his time at Napoli he has continued to perform consistently. 18 October 2009 saw Maggio score a 90th-minute goal to help seal a 2–1 comeback victory over Bologna, as Fabio Quagliarella had scored a late equaliser for the hosts. [15] Maggio continued his good form as he scored the only goal of the game on 25 October, helping Napoli defeat Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. [16] On 24 January 2010 Maggio scored a wonderful volley against Livorno. He took up a position near the corner of the penalty area as a long cross-field pass descended towards him. As this raking pass came across his body from his left shoulder he volleyed it first time, with great power, swerving over the goalkeeper into the top corner. [17]

Bologna F.C. 1909 association football club in Italy

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Fabio Quagliarella Italian footballer

Fabio Quagliarella is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Sampdoria and the Italy national team.

Stadio Artemio Franchi building in Florence, Italy

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On 6 December 2010, Maggio scored a last gasp goal which saw Napoli secure all three points in a 1–0 defeat of Palermo. [18] During this period, Maggio usually functioned as a right midfielder/winger for Napoli in a 3–4–2–1 formation under manager Walter Mazzarri. He had initially played at right back for the majority of his career; however, since he started playing as a right winger, the quality of his performances improved, and he particularly excelled in this new position due to his attacking skills.

During the 2011–12 season, his performances and attacking abilities continued to improve, as he netted three goals and provided five assists in 33 league games for Napoli. [19] Maggio provided assists for two of his side's goals in their enthralling 3–3 draw with Juventus on 29 November 2011. [20] In the second leg of Napoli's Round of 16 tie with eventual winners Chelsea, Maggio limped off the field in the 37th minute with an injury. [21] Napoli eventually lost 5–4 on aggregate after extra time, [22] as Maggio missed the next seven games and his side only won once. He helped his team to win the 2011–12 Coppa Italia that season over Serie A champions Juventus; this was Napoli's first trophy since 1990, under Maradona. His performances led to him being named in 2011–12 Serie A Team of the Season, the first such honour of his career. [23]

Maggio left Napoli in May 2018 after a decade at the club, during which time he made over 300 appearances and became the player with the sixth-highest number of appearances. [24]

Benevento

On 6 July 2018, Maggio signed with Serie B club Benevento. [25]

International career

After missing out on a potential call-up for UEFA Euro 2008 under manager Roberto Donadoni, [26] Maggio was first called up to the national team by Marcello Lippi for the team's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in October 2008, [27] but only made his debut with the Italy on 19 November 2008, at the age of 26, in a 1–1 friendly draw against Greece, coming on as a substitute for Mauro Camoranesi in the 61st minute. [28] He made his first start with the national team on 18 November 2009, in a friendly match against Sweden held in Cesena. [29] He took part at the 2010 World Cup; [30] although he was initially called up as the back-up for Gianluca Zambrotta, he played in the nation's third group stage match on 24 June, a 3–2 loss to Slovakia, coming on for Domenico Criscito at half-time; due to the defeat, Italy were eliminated in the first round of the tournament. [31]

Maggio battling England's Ashley Young for the ball during their quarterfinal match-up at Euro 2012 Christian Maggio and Ashley Young England-Italy Euro 2012.jpg
Maggio battling England's Ashley Young for the ball during their quarterfinal match-up at Euro 2012

After being briefly being excluded from the national side, he was called up by new head coach Cesare Prandelli on 6 February 2011 for a friendly match against Germany held in Dortmund, [32] and subsequently he became a regular for the team in the right back position under the manager; as a result, he was named to the 23-man Italy squad that took part at the UEFA Euro 2012. [33] Maggio appeared in the first two group games for Italy at the Euros, a 1–1 draw with holders Spain [34] and another 1–1 draw with Croatia, playing as a wing-back on the right in a 3–5–2 formation. [35] Maggio also appeared as a substitute in Italy's 4–2 penalty shootout victory over England in the quarterfinals, following a 0–0 draw after extra-time, playing as a right-back in a 4–3–1–2 after coming on for Ignazio Abate in the 90th minute; during the match, however, he received his second booking of the tournament, which ruled him out of the semi-final fixture against Germany. [36] [37] Italy progressed to the final, where they lost 4–0 to group rivals Spain. [38]

Maggio was also named to the 23-man Italy squad that participated in the 2013 Confederations Cup. [39] He made his tournament debut in Italy's second group match of the tournament, a 4–3 win over Japan, [40] and hit the cross-bar with a header in a 4–2 defeat to hosts and eventual champions Brazil in the final group match after coming on as a substitute. [41] He also started in the semi-final match against Spain, helping the team to keep a cleansheet, although Spain would advance to the final with a 7–6 victory penalties, following a 0–0 deadlock after extra-time. [42] He once again started in the third-place match against Uruguay, where he helped the Italians to capture the bronze medal, following a 5–4 victory in the resulting penalty shoot-out after a 2–2 draw following extra-time. [43]

Maggio was named in Prandelli's provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but was one of seven players cut from the final squad, after missing much of the previous season due to injury. [44] On 18 March 2015, he announced his retirement from the Italian national side at the age of 33; in total he made 34 appearances for Italy. [45]

Style of play

A dynamic, hard-working and tenacious right-footed player, with an eye for goal, for the majority of his career Maggio has been deployed as an attacking-minded full-back or wing-back on the right flank in a four-man back-line, although his preferred role is that of right-sided wide midfielder or winger in a 3–5–2 formation, a position which allows him both to make attacking runs up the wing, or late runs into the area, and also to track back, thus enabling him to cover the right side of the pitch effectively. [46] [47] [48] [49] Nicknamed "Super-bike", [50] due to his composure, pace, positioning, anticipation and stamina, he is capable of aiding his team both offensively and defensively. [46] [49] [51] [52] Maggio is a strong, modern full-back, and an athletic player, who is good in the air; he also possesses good technique, tackling, tactical intelligence, crossing ability, and distribution. [46] [47] [49] [53]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 14 April 2019. [54]
ClubSeasonLeagueCupInternationalTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Vicenza 2000–01 60100070
2001–02 2710000271
2002–03 50200070
Total3813000411
Fiorentina 2003–04 4210000421
2004–05 1317100202
2005–06 30200050
Total5829100673
Treviso 2005–06 1100000110
Sampdoria 2006–07 3126000372
2007–08 29920213310
Total601180217012
Napoli 2008–09 2341041284
2009–10 3452100366
2010–11 3342090444
2011–12 3335070453
2012–13 3141030354
2013–14 2204070330
2014–15 2902090400
2015–16 801061151
2016–17 703010110
2017–18 1301060200
Total2332022152230723
Benevento 2018–19 1522000172
Career Total4153644254351341

International

As of 5 March 2014 [54] [55]
Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
200810
200910
201040
201180
201280
2013110
201410
Total340

Honours

Club

Napoli [54]

International

Italy [54]

Individual

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