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Simone Zaza

Simone Zaza
Personal information
Full nameSimone Zaza
Date of birth (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 23)
Place of birthPolicoro, Italy
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubSassuolo
Youth career
1997–2002Stella Azzurra Bernalda
Senior career*
2010–2013U.C. Sampdoria2(0)
2011–2012Juve Stabia (loan)4(0)
2012Viareggio (loan)18(11)
2012–2013Ascoli (loan)35(18)
National team
2007Italy U163(0)
2007Italy U172(0)
2009–2010Italy U191(0)
2013–Italy U210(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 July 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 March 2013

Simone Zaza (Italian pronunciation: [siˈmoːne ˈddzaddza]; born 25 June 1991) is an Italian footballer who currently plays as a striker for U.S. Sassuolo Calcio in Serie A, in co-ownership with champions, Juventus.

Club career

Early career

Born in Policoro, Italy, Zaza began his youth career with Stella Azzurra Bernalda in 1997. He remained with the organization until 2002, when he moved to the youth academy of Valdera at the age of 11. He remained until 2006, when he was scouted by Serie A side, Atalanta B.C., whom he joined shortly after. He remained within the club's youth team for four years and even began to earn senior call-ups towards the end of the 2008-09 Serie A campaign.[2] He made his Serie A debut on 19 April 2009 in a 0–1 home defeat to Reggina Calcio as a 76th minute substitute for György Garics.[3] He made two further substitute appearances for Atalanta that season, though he remained within the club's youth setup for the entire 2009-10 Serie A campaign.


In July 2010, Zaza officially transferred from Atalanta to fellow Serie A side, U.C. Sampdoria on a 4-year contract. With the Genoa-based club, he was enlisted in the club's Primavera (under-20) youth team for the 2010–11 season, though he also earned several first team callups, including two substitute appearances against Genoa and Fiorentina during the 2010-11 Serie A campaign. He was promoted to the first team at the conclusion of that season.

On 14 July 2011, Zaza was officially sent out on loan to S.S. Juve Stabia in the Serie B on what was set to be a season-long deal. After just 4 appearances and no goals for the club, Sampdoria opted to recall the player during the 2012 January transfer window. On 7 January 2012, the club loaned the player to Lega Pro Prima Divisione side, Viareggio on a six-month deal to provide the youngster with regular first team experience. His stint with the third-division club turned out to be very successful; he managed 11 goals in 18 league appearances (17 as a starter). After returning to Sampdoria on 30 June 2012, Zaza joined Ascoli Calcio on another season-long loan deal ahead of the 2012-13 Serie B campaign. Zaza officially joined the club on 16 July 2012 and made his debut in a 1–3 home loss to A.S. Bari on 1 September 2012. Zaza went on to score 18 league goals in 35 Serie B appearances (30 as a starter) en route to becoming the 6th top goalscorer for the season. His goals were unable to prevent Ascoli's relegation however, as they finished the season 20th in the league table. He returned to Sampdoria on 30 June 2013.

Juventus and Sassuolo

On 9 July 2013, Juventus F.C. officially bought half of the registration rights of Zaza for €1 million from Sampdoria. Co-currently Sassuolo bought another half of the registration rights from Sampdoria[4] as the compensation of Gianluca Sansone. Sassuolo had the actual use of Zaza for 2013–14 Serie A season. On 1 September 2013, he scored their first-ever Serie A goal, as the team lost 4-1 to Livorno.[5]

International career

Zaza has also represented Italy at the Italy U16, Italy U17, and Italy U19 levels. He has 6 caps to his name.


External links

  • Career summary by

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