Clubs: AC Pistoiese, Piacenza FC, Ascoli Calcio 1898 (loan), AC Chievo Verona, US Città di Palermo, VfL Wolfsburg, Juventus
• A native of Tuscany, he made his Serie A debut for AC Chievo Verona in August 2003 after several seasons in Italy's lower leagues; moved to US Città di Palermo a year later.
• Won 15 Under-21 caps for Italy and was a European champion at that level in 2004; he also won an Olympic bronze medal a few months later in Athens.
• Chosen for Italy's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad despite playing just six minutes in qualifying, he appeared twice at the finals in Germany − including the full 90 minutes of the quarter-final against Ukraine, replacing the suspended Marco Materazzi; dropped after the opening 3-0 defeat by Netherlands at UEFA EURO 2008.
• Served Palermo diligently for four seasons, amassing 142 Serie A appearances and playing in three UEFA Cup campaigns before moving to Wolfsburg and winning the German title in his debut campaign, starting all 34 matches for Felix Magath's side.
• Made his UEFA Champions League debut in 2009/10 but as Wolfsburg struggled the following season he returned to Italy mid-campaign, joining Juventus; recalled by the Azzurri in October 2011 after a three-year absence for UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers against Serbia and Northern Ireland.
• Made 34 appearances as Juventus won their 28th Serie A title with the best defence in the league and helped his side reach the final of the Coppa Italia; made four appearances in Poland and Ukraine as Italy finished as runners-up to Spain at UEFA EURO 2012.
• Played in nine of Juve's ten UEFA Champions League games as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2012/13 competition, only to be defeated by eventual winners FC Bayern München, and was once again instrumental in helping his club claim successive Scudettos.
UEFA European Championship: runner-up 2012
UEFA European Under-21 Championship: winner 2004
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|07.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Bulgaria||2-2||Italy||90||0||0|
|11.09.2012||FIFA World Cup||Qualifying round||Italy||2-0||Malta||90||0||0|
|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||90||0||0|
|14.11.2012||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||Italy||1-2||France||46||0||0|
|06.02.2013||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||Netherlands||1-1||Italy||74||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|
|24.08.2013||Italian Serie A||Sampdoria||0-1||Juventus||90||0||0|
|31.08.2013||Italian Serie A||Juventus||4-1||Lazio||81||0||0|
|14.09.2013||Italian Serie A||Internazionale||1-1||Juventus||90||0||0|
|22.09.2013||Italian Serie A||Juventus||2-1||Verona||90||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|
|20.10.2013||Italian Serie A||Fiorentina||4-2||Juventus||90||0||0|
|27.10.2013||Italian Serie A||Juventus||2-0||Genoa||90||0||0|
|02.11.2013||Italian Serie A||Parma||0-1||Juventus||90||0||0|
|10.11.2013||Italian Serie A||Juventus||3-0||Napoli||90||0||0|
|15.11.2013||Friendlies 2010-12||First round||Italy||1-1||Germany||71||0||0|
|01.12.2013||Italian Serie A||Juventus||1-0||Udinese||90||0||0|
|06.12.2013||Italian Serie A||Bologna||0-2||Juventus||90||0||0|
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