Christian Maggio


Christian Maggio
Christian Maggio
Christian Maggio 09-02-07.jpg
Personal information
Full name Christian Maggio
Date of birth February 11, 1982 (1982-02-11) (age 29)
Place of birth Montecchio Maggiore, Italy
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Right wingback
Club information
Current club Napoli
Number 11
Youth career
1997–2000 Vicenza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Vicenza 38 (1)
2003–2007 Fiorentina 56 (2)
2006 → Treviso (loan) 11 (0)
2006–2007 Sampdoria (loan) 31 (2)
2007–2008 Sampdoria 29 (9)
2008– Napoli 97 (15)
National team
2000–2001 Italy U-18 5 (1)
2000–2002 Italy U-20 24 (3)
2002 Italy U-21 2 (0)
2008– Italy 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 October 2011

Christian Maggio (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkristjan ˈmaddʒo]; born 11 February 1982) is an Italian footballer who currently plays as a defender for Serie A club Napoli and Italian national team.

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Club career

Vicenza

Maggio began his career at Vicenza making his Serie A debut in the 2000–2001 season, finishing the campaign with six appearances. However, despite some success on a personal level, Vicenza were subsequently relegated to Serie B at the end of the season. Maggio stayed with Vicenza until 2003, making 38 appearances in total while managing to score just 1 goal.

Fiorentina

In 2003, Maggio signed for A.C.F. Fiorentina. Maggio did not appear for Fiorentina until they were promoted from Serie B for the 2004–2005 season. Overall, Maggio played 56 games for The Viola, scoring 2 goals over a 4 year period.

Sampdoria

However, it was not until Maggio signed for Sampdoria that he began to fulfill the potential he had shown when playing for Italy at youth level. Some very impressive performances during the 2007–2008 season resulted in nine goals from twenty-nine appearances. At the end of season he was sold to Napoli for €8 million.[1]

Napoli

During his time at Napoli he has continued to perform consistently. On the 24th of January 2009 Maggio scored a wonderful volley against Livorno. He took up a position near the corner of the penalty area as a long cross-field pass descended towards him. As this raking pass came across his body from his left shoulder he volleyed it first time, with great power, over the goalkeeper and the far top corner of the net.

On December 6, 2010, Maggio scored a last second goal which saw Napoli three points in a 1-0 win over Palermo in the 94th minute. Maggio usually functions as a right midfielder/winger for Napoli since they play in a 3-4-2-1 formation. He had played at right back for the majority of his career. However, since he started playing on the wing, his quality has improved and he is arguably better as a right winger rather than a right back considering his greatly improved attacking skills.

International career

Called by Marcello Lippi, he made his debut with the Italian national team on 19 November 2008, in a friendly match against Greece. He took part at the 2010 World Cup, where he played in the third group stage match, as the back up of Gianluca Zambrotta.

Under new head coach Cesare Prandelli he became a regular in the right back position.

References

  1. ^ "SSC Napoli 2008–09 Annual Report" (in Italian). SSC Napoli (C.C.I.A.A. Archive). ca. January 2010. http://www.direttanapoli.it/public/documenti/documenti_173.pdf. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 

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