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Italians in A: Who played, who performed and who flopped?

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Italians in A: Who played, who performed and who flopped?

The 16th matchday of Serie A was a history maker. For the first time in 52 years, the top four teams all tied 0-0.

Top Performers

  • Fabio Quagliarella had a night to remember slotting him two goals against Cagliari.
  • Leonardo Pavoletti and Alessio Cragno had massive nights for Cagliari. Particularly the goalkeeper who made a handful of miraculous saves. Azzurri call?
  • Giacomo Bonaventura scored both of Milan’s goals against Bologna, proving to be back in good health following a long injury spell. If he can stay healthy, which has been a problem for him, he can make a case for an Azzurri re-call in March and beyond.
  • 20-year-old Simone Edera scored his first Serie A goal against Lazio on Monday. He’s touted as a major talent coming through the Torino ranks.
  • A slew of Sassuolo players performed beautifully on Sunday. Francesco Cassata, Edoardo Goldaniga and Matteo Politano had standout performances against the Calabrese.
  • Alberto Grassi was devastating for SPAL. Was a workhorse all match between the boxes and hit the post twice in the dying embers of the game. Making a case for a Napoli return.
  • The other Alberto from SPAL, Paloschi, had a strong showing in the minnows’ draw against Verona. Late goal to bring the game back within reach.
  • Simone Verdi smashed home a brilliant goal against Milan. Another winger trying to make his case for an Azzurri spot.


  • Gone are the days when Domenico Berardi was considered a top talent. He’s been dreadful this season. Against Crotone it was no different.
  • Vittorio Parigini earned a start for Benevento but was totally outgunned by Silvan Widmer of Udinese. Not a good performance from the 21-year-old.
  • Stephan El Shaarawy didn’t look like he was up for the game and was pocketed by Fabrizio Cacciatore. Roma tied 0-0.
  • Journeyman Marco Borriello had an awful game for SPAL. Was replaced by Sergio Floccari midway through the second half and noticeably picked up the pace.
  • Michele Cremonesi was totally destroyed by Alessio Cerci. It’s rare you see a centerback subbed off in today’s day and age but Cremonesi did not make it until the final whistle.

Which Italians played this weekend in Italy? Here’s the list.

  1. Luca Ceppitelli (Cagliari)
  2. Filippo Romagna (Cagliari)
  3. Marco Andreolli (Cagliari)
  4. Luca Cigarini (Cagliari)
  5. Daniele Dessena (Cagliari)
  6. Simone Padoin (Cagliari)
  7. Paolo Farago’ (Cagliari)
  8. Leonardo Pavoletti (Cagliari)
  9. Fabio Pisacane* (Cagliari)
  10. Emiliano Viviano (Sampdoria)
  11. Nicola Murru (Sampdoria)
  12. Gianluca Ferrari (Sampdoria)
  13. Matias Silvestre (Sampdoria)
  14. Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria)
  15. Gianluca Caprari (Sampdoria)
  16. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
  17. Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus)
  18. Davide Santon (Inter)
  19. Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter)
  20. Antonio Candreva (Inter)
  21. Roberto Gagliardini* (Inter)
  22. Roberto Inglese (Chievo)
  23. Riccardo Meggiorini (Chievo)
  24. Fabio Depaoli (Chievo)
  25. Alessandro Gamberini (Chievo)
  26. Fabrizio Cacciatore (Chievo)
  27. Stefano Sorrentino (Chievo)
  28. Dario Danielli* (Chievo)
  29. Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma)
  30. Kevin Lasagna (Udinese)
  31. Vittorio Parigini (Benevento)
  32. Marco D’Alessandro (Benevento)
  33. Lorenzo Del Pinto (Benevento)
  34. Gaetano Letizia (Benevento)
  35. Andrea Costa (Benevento)
  36. Luca Antei (Benevento)
  37. Alberto Brignoli (Benevento)
  38. Amato Ciciretti* (Benevento)
  39. Alberto Paloschi (SPAL)
  40. Marco Borriello (SPAL)
  41. Federico Mattiello (SPAL)
  42. Federico Viviani (SPAL)
  43. Luca Rizzo (SPAL)
  44. Alberto Grassi (SPAL)
  45. Manuel Lazzari (SPAL)
  46. Michele Cremonesi (SPAL)
  47. Francesco Vicari (SPAL)
  48. Pasquale Schiattarella* (SPAL)
  49. Mirco Antenucci* (SPAL)
  50. Sergio Floccari* (SPAL)
  51. Moise Kean (Hellas Verona)
  52. Alessio Cerci (Hellas Verona)
  53. Daniele Verde (Hellas Verona)
  54. Romulo (Hellas Verona)
  55. Daniel Bessa (Hellas Verona)
  56. Alex Ferrari (Hellas Verona)
  57. Antonio Caracciolo (Hellas Verona)
  58. Simone Calvano* (Hellas Verona)
  59. Mattia Fossati* (Hellas Verona)
  60. Giampaolo Pazzini* (Hellas Verona)
  61. Jorginho Frello (Napoli)
  62. Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina)
  63. Marco Benassi (Fiorentina)
  64. Christian Biraghi (Fiorentina)
  65. Davide Astori (Fiorentina)
  66. Marco Sportiello (Fiorentina)
  67. Fabio Borini (AC Milan)
  68. Giacomo Bonaventura (AC Milan)
  69. Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan)
  70. Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan)
  71. Ignazio Abate (AC Milan)
  72. Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)
  73. Davide Calabria* (AC Milan)
  74. Patrick Cutrone* (AC Milan)
  75. Mattia Destro (Bologna)
  76. Simone Verdi (Bologna)
  77. Antonio Mirante (Bologna)
  78. Adam Masina (Bologna)
  79. Matteo Politano (Sassuolo)
  80. Diego Falcinelli (Sassuolo)
  81. Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo)
  82. Francesco Cassata (Sassuolo)
  83. Simone Missiroli (Sassuolo)
  84. Luca Mazzitelli (Sassuolo)
  85. Simone Peluso (Sassuolo)
  86. Edoardo Goldaniga (Sassuolo)
  87. Francesco Acerbi (Sassuolo)
  88. Andrea Consigli (Sassuolo)
  89. Paolo Cannavaro* (Sassuolo)
  90. Alessandro Matri* (Sassuolo)
  91. Rolando Mandragora (Crotone)
  92. Andrea Barberis (Crotone)
  93. Bruno Martella (Crotone)
  94. Federico Ceccherini (Crotone)
  95. Marco Sampirisi (Crotone)
  96. Alex Cordaz (Crotone)
  97. Marcello Trotta* (Crotone)
  98. Ciro Immobile (Lazio)
  99. Marco Parolo (Lazio)
  100. Andrea Belotti (Torino)
  101. Mirko Valdifiori (Torino)
  102. Daniele Baselli (Torino)
  103. Cristian Molinaro (Torino)
  104. Lorenzo De Silvestri (Torino)
  105. Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)
  106. Simone Edera* (Torino)
  107. Luca Rigoni (Genoa)
  108. Aleandro Rosi (Genoa)
  109. Andrea Bertolacci (Genoa)
  110. Armando Izzo (Genoa)
  111. Mattia Perin (Genoa)
  112. Gianluca Lapadula* (Genoa)
  113. Federico Ricci* (Genoa)
  114. Andrea Petagna (Genoa)
  115. Leonardo Spinazzola (Genoa)
  116. Bryan Cristante (Genoa)
  117. Mattia Caldara (Genoa)
  118. Andrea Masiello (Genoa)

* Indicates player came on as sub

Stat Zone

42% – Italians made up 42% of the total players used during round 16 of Serie A.

14 – Italians scored 14 goals

41% of the total number of Italian players who played were for the bottom 5 teams in the table.

9% of the starters for the top 5 teams were Italian.


With Italians making up less than 10% of the starters for the top 5 clubs, there’s a serious problem unfolding before our eyes. From an Azzurri point of view, the next head coach will have around 15 starters to chose from who consistently start in Serie A. Of those 15, roughly half have retired from the national team. That is very, very bad.

The good news is, there are a handful of Italians who have performed very well and could move to bigger clubs. Also, AC Milan is currently deploying several young Italians and if the club improves, they would influence that list in the right direction.

Unfortunately for the time being, the Italy squad will be roundly made up of “provinciale” players. We’ll see how things shake up after January.



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