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Luca Castiglia

Luca Castiglia
Personal information
Full nameLuca Castiglia
Date of birth (1989-03-17) March 17, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birthCeva, Piedmont, Italy
Height1.84 m (6 ft  12 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubEmpoli
Number32
Youth career
0000–1998Carcarese
1998–2005Torino
2005–2008Juventus
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008–2011Juventus2(0)
2009–2010Cesena (loan)1(0)
2010Reggiana (loan)7(0)
2010–2011Viareggio (loan)31(2)
2011–2012SPAL (loan)22(2)
2012–2013Vicenza (loan)33(5)
2013–Empoli (loan)0(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 July 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luca Castiglia (born 17 March 1989) is an Italian footballer who currently under contract with Juventus F.C..

Club career

Early career

Torino bankrupted in 2005 despite winning the promotion back to Serie A, their players were allowed to leave the club for free, which some players were remained for the newly formed entity "Torino FC SpA" for 2005–06 Serie B.

Juventus

After joining Juventus F.C., Castiglia registered with the club's youth sector at the start of the 2005–06 season, having spent some of his formative years in the under-17 team in 2005–06 season, under-18 team in 2006–07 season and the under-20 team for the last 2 seasons. he also played once in Campionato Primavera for the under-20 team (the reserve) in 2006–07 season.[1]

Castiglia began to earn first-team call-ups during the 2007–08 Serie A campaign, by the coach at that time, Claudio Ranieri. His senior debut came on 27 January 2008, when he came on as a substitute in a 1-3 away victory over Livorno in Serie A league match.[2] He made one other senior appearance in Serie A for the club, coming on as an 89th minute substitiute in a 3-3 draw at Sampdoria on the final matchday of the 2007-08 Serie A season. He also made his debut in the UEFA Champions League during the 2008-09 edition, coming on a substitute in a 0-0 draw with BATE Borisov. In February 2009, he led[according to whom?] the Juventus Primavera team to win the Viareggio Cup.

In July 2009, Castiglia was sent out on loan to Serie B club, A.C. Cesena,[3] but he was limited to just two first team appearances.[4] Re-called by Juventus in January 2010, he was immediately loaned to Lega Pro Prima Divisione club A.C. Reggiana 1919,[5] making 9 league appearances. He made a return to Juventus on 30 June 2010, following the expiration of the loan deal, though he was again sent out on loan to the Lega Pro Prima Divisione with F.C. Esperia Viareggio thereafter.[6]

With Viareggio, Castiglia madse 30 league appearances and 4 appearances in the 2010–11 Coppa Italia Lega Pro.[7][8][9][10] On 30 June 2011, Castiglia returned to Juventus. Castiglia represented the reserve in 2011 pre-season as overage player, along with fellow first team players Albin Ekdal and Oussama Essabr.[11]

SPAL

On 29 August 2011, he was sold to SPAL 1907 in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione on a co-ownership deal. On 11 September 2011, he made his debut for the club in a 1-0 away loss to Taranto. He went on to score 2 goals in 22 league matches for the club during the 2011-12 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season. On 20 June 2012, however, he returned to Juventus after the co-ownership deal was not renewed.

Vicenza

On 3 August 2012, Juventus sold Castiiglia to Serie B side, Vicenza Calcio on another co-ownership deal. Castiglia was a standout performer[according to whom?] for the club during the 2012-13 season, making 33 league appearances and scoring 5 goals,[12] though his efforts were not enough to save the club from being relegated to the Lega Pro Prima Divisione for the 2013-14 campaign.

Despite the co-ownership was renewed in June 2013, Juventus bought back Castiglia on 21 August 2013 in order to finalize another transfer for Castiiglia.

References

External links

  • ESPN profile
  • Football.it profile (Italian)

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