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Mattia De Sciglio

Mattia De Sciglio

De Sciglio with Milan in August 2012
Personal information
Full name Mattia De Sciglio
Date of birth (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992
Place of birth Milan, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Number 2
Youth career
2001–2012 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Milan 57 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Italy U19 8 (1)
2011–2012 Italy U20 5 (0)
2012 Italy U21 5 (0)
2013– Italy 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:17, 28 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2014

Mattia De Sciglio (Italian pronunciation: ; born 20 October 1992) is an Italian profesional footballer who plays as a defender for Milan in Serie A and the Italian national team. De Sciglio joined Milan as a youngster and went on to make his professional debut in 2011. By the end of following season, he had become a regular in the line-up, being able to play on both sides of the field. De Sciglio has represented the Italy national team and Italy U21 national team, and also played for the Italy U19 national team. He made his senior international debut in March 2013, in a friendly match against Brazil. He was part of the Italian squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Early career

A native of Milan, De Sciglio started playing football as a child at the Santa Chiara e San Francesco parish recreation centre in the nearby municipality of Rozzano,[1] before moving to local amateur team Cimiano in 2001.[2]


The following year, aged ten, he joined A.C. Milan's youth system, where he spent nine seasons.[3] In 2010, he was a member of the under-20 squad who won the Coppa Italia Primavera, 25 years after the team's last success in the competition.[4]

2011-12 season

De Sciglio in action for Milan

At the start of the 2011–12 season De Sciglio was officially included in the first team squad by manager Massimiliano Allegri.[5] He made his professional debut on 28 September 2011, coming on as a substitute in a UEFA Champions League group stage home game against Viktoria Plzeň, which Milan won 2–0.[5][6] He was given his first start (and second overall appearance) in a 2–2 away draw against the same team on 6 December.[5][7] Four months later, on 10 April, De Sciglio also made his league debut, playing as a starter in a 1–0 away win over Chievo.[5][8] The following month, on 6 May, he played in his first Milan derby against city rivals Inter,[9] replacing an injured Daniele Bonera midway through the first half of a 4–2 loss.[10]

2012-13 season

As from the 2012–13 season De Sciglio was assigned the number 2 shirt, which he called "very important" as in the past it was worn "by great players like Mauro Tassotti and Cafu", adding that he hoped to "live up to their standards".[11] Throughout the season, De Sciglio became a regular in the starting line-up thanks to a series of convincing performances.[12] He made 33 appearances in the 2012-13 season, managing three assists in the process. He played as both a left back and right back, showing competence on either flank.

2013-14 season

The 2013-14 season was a frustrating one for De Sciglio. He missed 20 matches in total due to various injuries which limited him to making just 21 appearances for the season in all competitions. On May 18, De Sciglio was sent off in Milan's game against Sassuolo .De Sciglio healed in time to participate with his national side Italy in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil[13]

International career

De Sciglio won eight caps for Italy under-19 between 2010 and 2011,[14] including two appearances and one goal in the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship qualifying round.[15] Subsequently, he represented Italy under-20, winning five caps between 2011 and 2012.[14] On 25 April 2012, he made his debut for Italy under-21, coming on as a substitute midway through the second half of a friendly match against Scotland, which Italy won 4–1.[16][17] For the under-21 side, he went on to make four further appearances, all in 2012.[14]

Less than four months after making his debut for the under-21 side, De Sciglio received his first call-up to the Italy senior team, as manager Cesare Prandelli named him to the squad for a friendly match against England to be played on 15 August 2012.[18] However, he was left as an unused substitute in the 2–1 defeat.[19] He went on to make his debut for the senior team on 21 March 2013, in a friendly match against Brazil that ended in a 2–2 draw.[20][21]

At the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup De Sciglio played in four games out of five, including the third-place match against Uruguay that Italy won on penalties.

Style of play

De Sciglio is primarily a right-sided full-back, who can play comfortably also on the left side due to his ability with his left foot.[5] Former Milan player Alberigo Evani, who coached him during the 2007–08 season,[3] described De Sciglio as "a fast runner, with good technique", and also as "a versatile footballer".[22] Along with fellow Italian fullback Davide Santon, De Sciglio's precocious displays for Milan and the Italian National side have caused players, managers and pundits to describe him as the heir apparent of Paolo Maldini;[23] he has also been compared to former Milan right-back Mauro Tassotti.[24] His managers have also praised him for his maturity, tenacity and composure, both when attacking or defending.[25]

Career statistics


As of 28 November 2014[26]
Club Season League Coppa Italia Europe[1] Other[2] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 2011–12 Serie A 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
2012–13 Serie A 27 0 1 0 5 0 33 0
2013–14 Serie A 16 0 2 0 3 0 21 0
2014–15 Serie A 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Career total 57 0 3 0 10 0 0 0 70 0


As of 9 September 2014
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 8 0
2014 6 0
Total 14 0
No Date Home vs Away Competitions Venue
01 2013-03-21 Italy 2-2 Brazil FIFA Friendly Matches 2013 Geneva, Switzerland
02 2013-03-26 Italy 2-0 Malta FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifyings Modena, Italy
03 2013-03-31 Italy 4-0 San Mario FIFA Friendly Matches 2013 Bologna, Italy
04 2013-06-11 Italy 2-2 Haiti FIFA Friendly Matches 2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
05 2013-06-16 Italy 2-1 Mexico 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
06 2013-06-19 Italy 4-3 Japan 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Recife, Brazil
07 2013-06-22 Italy 2-4 Brazil 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Salvador, Brazil
08 2013-06-30 Italy 2-2 Uruguay 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Salvador, Brazil
09 2014-03-05 Italy 0-1 Spain FIFA Friendly Matches 2014 Madrid, Spain
10 2014-05-31 Italy 0-0 Republic of Ireland FIFA Friendly Matches 2014 London, England
11 2014-06-04 Italy 1-1 Luxembourg FIFA Friendly Matches 2014 Perugia, Italy
12 2014-06-24 Italy 0-1 Uruguay 2014 FIFA World Cup Natal, Brazil




National team





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  26. ^ Mattia De Sciglio career stats at Soccerbase

External links

  • Mattia De Sciglio profile at
  • Mattia De Sciglio career stats at Soccerbase
  • Mattia De Sciglio – FIFA competition record
  • Mattia De Sciglio Italian league stats at (Italian)
  • Mattia De Sciglio international caps at (Italian)
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