Clubs: Juventus, Empoli FC (loan)
• Born in Turin, he joined Juventus and worked his way diligently through the youth ranks before attaining first-team status in 2006/07, the season La Vecchia Signora spent in Serie B as punishment for the sporting fraud scandal.
• Made 25 Serie B appearances to help the club win immediate promotion under coach Didier Deschamps, but given his Serie A and European debuts (in the UEFA Cup) not by Juventus but Empoli FC, where he was despatched on loan for the 2007/08 campaign.
• Achieved his Serie A breakthrough with Juventus under Claudio Ranieri in 2008/09, his first two top-flight goals being responsible for 1-0 wins against ACF Fiorentina and SSC Napoli; also made his debut that season in the UEFA Champions League.
• Awarded his first Italy cap by Marcelo Lippi on 12 August 2009 and made it into the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, starting the 1-1 draws against Paraguay and New Zealand; retained by new Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli for UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying, making two starts and four substitute appearances.
• Reached 100 Serie A outings for Juventus midway through an impressive 2011/12 campaign in which he registered a career-best goal tally as the unbeaten Bianconeri won the title.
• Played every game at UEFA EURO 2012 and impressed as Italy reached the final, ultimately falling to a 4-0 defeat by Spain.
• Scored twice in eight UEFA Champions League appearances as Juve progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2012/13 competition, only to be defeated by eventual winners FC Bayern München. Gained consolation with a second successive Scudetto the same season.
UEFA European Championship: runner-up 2012
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|07.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Bulgaria||2-2||Italy||90||0||1|
|11.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Italy||2-0||Malta||90||0||1|
|12.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Armenia||1-3||Italy||90||0||0|
|16.10.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Italy||3-1||Denmark||74||0||0|
|14.11.2012||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||Italy||1-2||France||50||0||0|
|26.03.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Malta||0-2||Italy||90||0||0|
|07.06.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Czech Republic||0-0||Italy||90||0||0|
|14.08.2013||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||Italy||1-2||Argentina||46||0||0|
|22.09.2013||Italian Serie A||Juventus||2-1||Verona||24||0||0|
|25.09.2013||Italian Serie A||Chievo||1-2||Juventus||90||0||0|
|29.09.2013||Italian Serie A||Torino||0-1||Juventus||90||0||0|
|06.10.2013||Italian Serie A||Juventus||3-2||Milan||90||0||0|
|11.10.2013||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Denmark||2-2||Italy||68||0||0|
|20.10.2013||Italian Serie A||Fiorentina||4-2||Juventus||77||0||0|
|30.10.2013||Italian Serie A||Juventus||4-0||Catania||90||0||0|
|02.11.2013||Italian Serie A||Parma||0-1||Juventus||62||0||0|
|10.11.2013||Italian Serie A||Juventus||3-0||Napoli||4||0||0|
|24.11.2013||Italian Serie A||Livorno||0-2||Juventus||90||0||0|
|27.11.2013||UEFA Champions League||Group stage||Juventus||3-1||København||21||0||0|
|01.12.2013||Italian Serie A||Juventus||1-0||Udinese||90||0||0|
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