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Federico Balzaretti

42 Federico Balzaretti

Birthdate: 6/12/1981
Birthplace: Turin (Italy)
Position: Defender
Career Appearances: 393
Roma Appearances: 38
Career Goals Scored: 7
Roma Goals Scored: 1
Career Yellow Cards: 57
Roma Yellow Cards: 7
Career Red Cards: 7
Roma Red Cards: 2
Roma Debut Date: 26/8/2012
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg
debut in Serie A: 14/9/2002

Federico Balzaretti came through the youth ranks at Torino before gaining experience in Serie C1 and B while on loan at Varese and Siena respectively. He returned to his parent club and made his Serie A debut in 2002/03. The team were relegated at the end of that season but Federico remained in Piedmont for two more seasons and was a key member of Toro's promotion charge in 2005.
However, in July of the same year Torino was declared bankrupt and he moved to city rivals Juventus. After two seasons with the Old Lady (the second of which in Serie B following the Calciopoli scandal), Balzaretti joined Fiorentina in the summer of 2007. His time in Florence lasted just six months, though, as Palermo followed up their strong interest by signing him in January 2008, offering him a three-year deal.
It was in Sicily that Federico really came to the fore and established himself as one of Italy's best full-backs, earning his first call-up to Cesare Prandelli's squad in November 2010. He has featured regularly for the Azzurri since then and played a part in Italy's run to the final of EURO 2012. His legendary status at Roma was confirmed with his goal in the derby on September 22, 2013. That strike in front of the Curva Sud left him with tears of joy. Thanks to Thanks to that goal (and one from Ljajic) the Giallorossi reclaimed the city bragging rights and Garcia 'put the church back in the center of the village'.

Career Statistics
NameCompetitionSeasonAppearancesTotal GoalYellow CardsRed Cards
TorinoSerie B TIM1998/19990000
VareseSerie C1 - Girone A1999/200017000
VareseSerie C1 - Girone A2000/200127000
SienaSerie B TIM2001/200216030
TorinoSerie A TIM2002/200313000
TorinoSerie B TIM2003/200438060
TorinoSerie B TIM2004/200538130
JuventusSerie A TIM2005/200620000
JuventusSerie B TIM2006/200737271
FiorentinaSerie A TIM2007/20086010
PalermoSerie A TIM2007/200816060
PalermoSerie A TIM2008/200933072
PalermoSerie A TIM2009/201034150
PalermoSerie A TIM2010/201133250
PalermoSerie A TIM2011/201227072
RomaSerie A TIM2012/201327051
RomaSerie A TIM2013/201411121
RomaSerie A TIM2014/2015

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