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Salvatore Bocchetti
Salvatore Bocchetti
Salvatore Bocchetti
Date of Birth:Nov 30, 1986 (Age 29)
Place of Birth:Napoli
Nationality:Italy
Height:178 cm.
Weight:70 Kg.
Position:Defender
Squad Number:27
Salvatore Bocchetti - Italy (Getty Images)
Salvatore Bocchetti made a name for himself with Frosinone in Serie B and he was snapped up by Genoa in 2008. He continues to impress with the Grifoni and has become an undisputed starter at club level. His versatility is one of his main assets, as he can play as a centre-back or a left-back and can play in a three-man or four-man defence.

The 23-year-old is one the youngest members of the Italy squad and his place in the final 23 was in doubt until the very end, but in the end he was chosen ahead of Palermo’s Mattia Cassani. Bocchetti enhanced his reputation as a member of Italy’s Under-21 team at the 2009 European Championships in Sweden and has edged Juventus veteran Nicola Legrottaglie out of the senior squad. He is unlikely to see much time in South Africa, but is ready to shore up the backline if called upon by coach Marcello Lippi.


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Before playing for Genoa, Bocchetti had already featured in Serie A for Ascoli, making his top flight debut in 2006.