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Marco Verratti

Marco Verratti

Verratti unveiled by PSG in 2012
Personal information
Full name Marco Verratti
Date of birth (1992-11-05) 5 November 1992
Place of birth Pescara, Italy
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Paris Saint-Germain
Number 24
Youth career
2000–2008 Pescara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Pescara 74 (2)
2012– Paris Saint-Germain 70 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Italy U19 4 (0)
2011–2012 Italy U20 4 (0)
2012–2013 Italy U21 7 (0)
2012– Italy 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2014

Marco Verratti (Italian pronunciation: ; born 5 November 1992) is an Italian footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Paris Saint Germain in Ligue 1 and the Italian national football team.

A technically gifted playmaker with notable dribbling and passing skills,[2] as well as good vision and close ball control,[3] Verratti has been compared to Italy legend Andrea Pirlo after making the same transition from trequartista to regista that the 2006 FIFA World Cup winner made early in his career.[4][5][6][7]

Early life

Verratti was born in Pescara, and grew up in L'Aquila. As a child, he supported Juventus and idolised Alessandro Del Piero, the team's Italian international playmaker.[6] Verratti's talent was noticed at an early age, and he was made offers to join the youth academies of Atalanta and Internazionale, but joined his local club Pescara for €5,000. After an impressive performance for Pescara's under-16 team against A.C. Milan, the Lombardy club offered €300,000 to sign the midfielder.[6]

Club career

Pescara

Verratti playing for Pescara in 2012

Verratti made his first team debut in the 2008–09 season at the age of 16. In the 2009–10 season, he appeared more regularly for Pescara, and since then became a key player in the first team. His performances generated national media coverage as a potential star of the future and Italian international.[2]

With Zdeněk Zeman as manager, Verratti excelled as a deep-lying playmaker in a Pescara team which won the 2011–12 Serie B title playing "the best football in Italy".[6] After helping Pescara to promotion to Serie A, Verratti received the 2012 Bravo Award for the best player under the age of 21 in Europe, and was reportedly wanted by Napoli, Roma and Juventus, as well as Carlo Ancelotti's Paris Saint-Germain.[6]

Paris Saint-Germain

Veratti with Paris Saint-Germain in March 2013.

On 18 July 2012, Verratti signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain in the French Ligue 1.[8] After making his debut against Lille, the midfielder assisted Javier Pastore's opening goal on his first appearance at the Parc des Princes, a 2–0 defeat of Toulouse.[6] On 18 September, he made his UEFA Champions League debut in a 4–1 defeat of Dynamo Kyiv.[9] He ended his first season in the French capital by winning the 2012–13 Ligue 1 title. On 20 August 2013, Verratti signed a one-year extension to his contract with PSG, keeping him at the club until 2018.[10]

Veratti's second season with PSG was even more successful than the first as the team retained its league title and won the Coupe de la Ligue. Verratti was named as the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year and included in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year for 2013–14.[11]

On 30 September 2014, Verratti scored his first goal for PSG, a header in a 3–2 home win over Barcelona in the group stage of the Champions League.[12]

International career

The uncapped Verratti was included into Cesare Prandelli's preliminary 32-man Italy squad for UEFA Euro 2012, being one of only two Serie B players (the other being Torino's Angelo Ogbonna) to be part of it.[13] He was subsequently cut from the squad on 28 May 2012.[14]

On 15 August 2012, Verratti made his debut with the Italian senior team in a friendly match against England played in Bern. He subsequently made his first competitive appearance in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, appearing as a second-half substitute for Emanuele Giaccherini in a 2–2 draw against Bulgaria on 7 September.

On 6 February 2013, Verratti scored his first international goal in a friendly against the Netherlands, a 91st-minute equalizer that made the final score 1–1.[15]

He took part with the Italy U-21 side at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, where the Azzurrini finished as runner-ups to Spain. His performances saw him included in UEFA's all-star squad for the tournament.[16]

On 1 June 2014, Verratti was selected in Italy's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[17] In Italy's opening match of the tournament, he made his first competitive start for the Azzurri, forming a midfield trio with Andrea Pirlo and Daniele de Rossi in a 2–1 victory over England in Manaus.[18]

International goals

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 February 2013 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam  Netherlands 1–1 1–1 Friendly

Honours

Club

[19]

Pescara
Paris Saint-Germain

Individual

References

  1. ^ "MARCO VERRATTI" (in Italian). Delfino Pescara 1936. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Marco Verratti" (in Italian). SKY.it. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  3. ^ """Verratti e il mondiale: "Gioco in Champions, ma non so se basta. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Verratti: «Io come Pirlo? Il paragone mi onora»". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Marco VERRATTI". FIFA. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Meet the new Pirlo looking to shatter England's World Cup dream". FourFourTwo. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Verratti, la Juve sul nuovo Pirlo Zeman lo ha inventato regista". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Marco Verratti joins PSG". Paris Saint-Germain. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Paris 4-1 Dynamo Kyiv". UEFA. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "MARCO VERRATTI SIGNS YEAR EXTENSION". Paris Saint Germain F.C. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ibrahimovic named player of the year". Ligue 1. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Paris St G 3-2 Barcelona". BBC Sport. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Euro 2012, i 32 di Prandelli La sorpresa è Verratti" [Euro 2012, the 32 men of Prandelli; Verratti is the surprise] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Prandelli trims seven players from Italy squad". goal.com. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Netherlands vs Italy: Report". 6 February 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Thiago leads all-star squad dominated by Spain". UEFA.com. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "World Cup 2014: Italy omit Giuseppe Rossi from final squad". BBC. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "England 1-2 Italy". BBC. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "M. Verratti". soccerway. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  20. ^ "The "Bravo" Award". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "Trophées UNFP : Marco Verratti sacré meilleur espoir". RTL. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "2012/13 UNFP Awards". French Football Weekly. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 

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