Cesare Natali

  • Date of birth : 05/04/1979
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Italy Italy
 
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Cesare Natali

Cesare Natali

Signed by ACF Fiorentina in summer 2009, Cesare Natali joined the Viola after spells at four other Serie A clubs. A former Italian Under-21 international, he is a tall, imposing centre-back who is good in the air.

• Born in Bergamo, he started his career with local club Atalanta BC but had to wait until after loan spells at lower-league Calcio Lecco 1912 and AC Monza Brianza 1912 before making Serie A debut in December 2001 at Torino FC (2-1).

• Played for Italy at 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals and established top-flight credentials at Atalanta in 2002/03, making 27 league appearances and scoring first Serie A goal – also against Torino – but unable to save club from relegation.

• Joined Bologna FC in 2003/04 but returned to Atalanta after their immediate promotion and suffered another relegation with the Bergamo club, prompting transfer to Udinese Calcio.

• Scored in UEFA Champions League qualifier against Sporting Clube de Portugal, taking Udinese into 2005/06 group phase, but suffered serious injury on Matchday 2 against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou that ruled him out of remainder of competition.

• Left Udinese for Torino in 2007 and joined Fiorentina on three-year contract in July 2009; struggled to impose himself with the Viola, his only UEFA Champions League group-stage start coming in final fixture against Liverpool FC at Anfield (2-1).

Did you know?
When Natali joined Fiorentina, he had accumulated precisely 200 Serie A appearances with his previous clubs.

Last updated: 24/02/10 18.04CET

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General info

  • Name: Cesare Natali
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (age): 05/04/1979 (34)
  • Country: Italy
  • Squad number: 14
  • Club: Bologna ( ITA)

  • Height: 190cm
  • Weight: 85kg

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Third qualifying round)
    10/08/05: Sporting 0-1 Udinese
  • National team: UEFA European Under-21 Championship (Final tournament - Group stage)
    17/05/02: Italy 1-1 Portugal

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Italy U-2130
Total30

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Fiorentina40
Udinese41
Total81
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Udinese10
Total10
Last updated: 01/08/2013 08:16 CET
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