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Giorgio Chiellini Player Profile

Giorgio Chiellini Player Profile
Giorgio Chiellini
Date of Birth:14-Aug-1984 (Age 32)
Place of Birth:Pisa
Nationality: Italy
Height:186 cm.
Weight:76 Kg.
Squad Number:3
National Team Page: Italy
Giorgio Chiellini - Italy (Getty Images)
At this moment Giorgio Chiellini is the best Italian defender along with Alessandro Nesta, who retirned from international play after 2006. the Juventus defender has developed quickly over the last few years, and is now is a top level player. He started his career as a left-back, but with Juventus he was turned into a great central defender.

He is very tall, and thus very strong in the air. Physical strength and athleticism are key components for him. In 2008 and 2009 he was nominated as best defender of the year by AIC (Italian Footballer's Association), but in his honors he only has an Olympic Bronze Medal conquered in Athens 2004. back in 2006 though, he was not considered for the World Cup. His Italy experience started under coach Roberto Donadoni, who chose him to replace Nesta after his retirement. During training before Euro 2008, Chiellini accidentally caused an injury to Fabio Cannavaro, forcing the captain to miss the tournament. So he became a regular with Christian Panucci in the center of Italy's defence. In that competition, he was the lone bright Italian player: during their last match vs Spain, he marked Fernando Torres very well.

Did you know?

His agent is Claudio Chiellini, Giorgio's twin brother.

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