Federico Chiesa

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Federico Chiesa
Federico Chiesa vs Zenit 2021-10-20 (cropped).jpg
Chiesa with Juventus in 2021
Personal information
Full name Federico Chiesa[1]
Date of birth (1997-10-25) 25 October 1997 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Genoa, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[3]
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 7
Youth career
2002–2007 Settignanese
2007–2016 Fiorentina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2022 Fiorentina 137 (26)
2020–2022Juventus (loan) 44 (10)
2022– Juventus 0 (0)
National team
2015–2016 Italy U19 3 (0)
2016 Italy U20 5 (0)
2017–2019 Italy U21 13 (6)
2018– Italy 38 (4)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 14:52, 10 January 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 15 November 2021

Federico Chiesa Cavaliere OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [fedeˈriːko ˈkjɛːza; ˈkjeːza];[4][5] born 25 October 1997) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Serie A club Juventus and the Italy national team. He is the son of former footballer Enrico Chiesa.

Coming through Fiorentina's youth academy, Chiesa made his first-team debut in 2016. He stayed at the club for four years, scoring 34 goals in 153 appearances in all competitions. Chiesa moved to Juventus in the 2020–21 season, winning the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana in his first season.

Chiesa is a former Italy youth international, having represented his country at under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels. He made his senior international debut in March 2018, and represented Italy at UEFA Euro 2020; Chiesa helped his country win the tournament, while being named in the Team of the Tournament.

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Chiesa began his youth career with Settignanese from Settignano, a frazione northeast of Florence, where he was coached by Fiorentina legend Kurt Hamrin.[6]

Fiorentina[edit]

2007–2016: Early career[edit]

He joined Fiorentina in 2007.[7] Initially a member of their Giovanili side, Chiesa was assigned to the under-19 squad for the 2014–15 season, and scored a single goal in seven appearances for their Primavera side. The following season, he made 23 appearances and scored seven goals.[8] Chiesa signed his first professional contract with Fiorentina in February 2016.

2016–17: Breakthrough and established starter[edit]

He made his competitive debut for Fiorentina in a 2–1 away defeat against Juventus, during the opening fixture of the 2016–17 Serie A season. Fiorentina manager Paulo Sousa opted to replace him at half-time with loan signing Cristian Tello.[9] On 29 September, Chiesa made his Europa League debut in Fiorentina's 5–1 home win over Qarabağ.[10] On 8 December, he marked his fourth Europa League appearance by scoring his first ever senior goal in a 1–2 away victory over Qarabağ; he was later sent off during the same match for a double booking.[11][12]

On 15 January 2017, Chiesa appeared to score the match-winner in a 2–1 home win over rivals Juventus, from a Milan Badelj pass; however, the goal was assigned to Badelj, as, following review, the replays did not confirm whether Chiesa had deflected the pass.[13] Later that month, Chiesa extended his contract with Fiorentina until 30 June 2021.[14] On 21 January, he scored his first goal in Serie A in a 3–0 away victory over Chievo.[15] Just eight days later, Chiesa scored his second league goal in a 3–3 home draw against Genoa.[16] On 7 May, he netted the opening goal for Fiorentina in an eventual 2–2 draw against Sassuolo; this being his third goal for the club, and his first in Serie A in nearly four months. The goal came just four minutes after teammate Nikola Kalinić's penalty miss just after the half-hour mark.[17]

2017–2019: Final seasons in Florence[edit]

On 16 September 2017, in the 2017–18 season, Chiesa marked his 30th league appearance for Fiorentina with a goal in the Derby dell'Appennino against Bologna; scoring the opener in the 51st minute of the game, in an eventual 2–1 home win.[18] On 30 January 2019, during the 2018–19 season, Chiesa scored a hat-trick in the 7–1 home victory over Roma in the quarter-final match of the Coppa Italia.[19]

Juventus[edit]

Chiesa with Juventus dribbling past Zenit Saint Petersburg defenders in 2021

2020–21: Debut season[edit]

On 5 October 2020, Chiesa signed a two-year loan deal with Juventus; a €3 million loan for the first season and a €7 million loan for the second season, with a conditional obligation to buy for €40 million plus €10 million in variables.[20] On 17 October, Chiesa made his debut for Juventus, providing an assist for Álvaro Morata and getting a straight red card in a 1–1 away draw to Crotone.[21] He made his UEFA Champions League debut three days later, in a 2–0 away win over Dynamo Kyiv.[22][23] He scored his first goal in the competition, and for Juventus, on 2 December, in a 3–0 home win against the same opponent.[24]

Chiesa's first league goal for Juventus came on 16 December, scoring a long-distance goal in a 1–1 home draw against Atalanta.[25] On 6 January 2021, Chiesa scored a brace against league-leaders Milan to help Juventus win 3–1 away from home;[26] it was Milan's first league defeat in 27 games.[27] Chiesa scored three goals against Porto in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League round of 16: one in the first leg and two in the second leg.[28] However, Juventus were eliminated on away goals rule.[28] On 19 May, he scored the match–winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Atalanta in the 2021 Coppa Italia Final.[29]

2021–22: Season-ending injury[edit]

At the start of the new season, on 29 September 2021, in the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League, Chiesa scored the winning goal in a 1–0 home win against title holders Chelsea in a group stage match, equalling Alessandro Del Piero's record of four consecutive goals in the competition.[30] On 9 January 2022, during a match against Roma, Chiesa suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, rulling him out for seven months.[31] Chiesa ended his season early with four goals in 18 appearances.[32]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Chiesa was first called-up to the Italy U19 squad in 2015.[citation needed] He was selected as part of Paolo Vanoli's preliminary 27-man squad for the 2016 UEFA Euro Under-19 Championship in Germany.[citation needed] Chiesa played for Italy U19 in friendlies against the Czech Republic, Spain and France.[citation needed] In 2016, he was called-up by Alberigo Evani to the U20s to represent the side at the 2015–16 Under-20 Four Nations Tournament.[citation needed]

In March 2017, Chiesa was called up by Luigi Di Biagio to the U21s for friendlies against Poland and Spain. He made his U21 debut on 23 March 2017, in a 2–1 win against Poland;[33] Chiesa provided the assist to Lorenzo Pellegrini's opener.[34] He retained his place in the starting line-up against Spain in a 2–1 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico.[citation needed]

In June 2017, he was included in the U21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship by manager Di Biagio.[35] In Italy's opening match of the tournament on 19 June, he set-up Andrea Petagna's goal with a cross following a corner in a 2–0 win over Denmark.[36] Italy were eliminated by Spain in the semi-finals on 27 June, following a 3–1 defeat.[37]

He took part with the U21 team in the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship held in Italy,[38] where he scored three goals in the group stage phase.[citation needed]

Senior[edit]

Early senior career[edit]

Despite only being called up to the under-21 side in March 2017, Chiesa was selected by Italy's senior head coach Gian Piero Ventura for the team's unofficial friendly against San Marino in Empoli on 31 May.[39][40] Chiesa made his unofficial senior international debut in the match, starting in Italy's eventual 8–0 win.[41][42][43]

In March 2018, he was awarded his first official senior call-up to the Italy national team, under interim manager Di Biagio, for Italy's friendlies against Argentina and England later that month.[44] On 23 March, he made his official senior international debut in the friendly against Argentina; Italy were defeated 2–0.[45]

His first senior international goal came on 18 November, in a 9–1 home win over Armenia, in Italy's final Euro 2020 qualifier, under manager Roberto Mancini; he also assisted two goals during the match: Ciro Immobile's first goal, and Riccardo Orsolini's goal.[46]

Euro 2020[edit]

In June 2021, Chiesa was included in Italy's squad for UEFA Euro 2020.[47] He was named Man of the Match by UEFA in Italy's final group match, a 1–0 victory over Wales in Rome on 20 June, which saw them top their group.[48] On 26 June, he scored the opening goal in a 2–1 extra-time win over Austria in the round of 16 of the tournament at Wembley Stadium.[49] His father Enrico had scored 25 years and 12 days earlier in Italy's second group match at UEFA Euro 1996 in England, a 2–1 loss against eventual runners-up Czech Republic; as such they became the first father and son pair to have scored a goal at the Euros.[50][51] In the semi-final against Spain on 6 July, he scored the opening goal in a 1–1 draw; a game in which Italy advanced to the final of the tournament after extra time following a 4–2 penalty shoot-out victory. For his performance, Chiesa was named Man of the Match by UEFA for the second time.[52] On 11 July, Chiesa suffered an injury late in the second half of regulation time in the UEFA Euro 2020 Final against England at Wembley Stadium, and was subsequently replaced by Federico Bernardeschi in the 86th minute; Italy went on to win the European Championship following a 3–2 victory in a penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 draw in extra-time.[53][54] For his performances throughout the competition, he was named in the "Team of the Tournament".[55]

Post Euros and 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals[edit]

On 6 October, Chiesa assisted Lorenzo Pellegrini's goal in a 2–1 home defeat to Spain in the semi-finals of the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League.[56] On 10 October, he won a penalty from which Domenico Berardi scored the match–winning goal to give Italy a 2–1 home victory over Belgium in the bronze medal match of the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals.[57]

Style of play[edit]

Regarded as a promising young prospect, Chiesa is a talented, fast, skillful, and hardworking player, with good technique, a short stature, and a slender build. Possessing good stamina, acceleration, and dribbling skills, he usually plays as a right winger, a position which enables him to create goalscoring opportunities for teammates, especially by crossing the ball into the penalty box with his stronger right foot. He is also capable of scoring goals himself, and can play on the left wing, a role which allows him to beat opponents with the ball in one on one situations, and cut into the center to shoot on goal with his stronger foot, in particular from outside of the penalty area, despite also being an accurate striker of the ball with his left foot.

Aside from his favoured roles on either flank, he has also been deployed in several other attacking positions, given his capability of playing anywhere across the front line; he has most frequently been played in a central role as either an attacking midfielder or second striker, but has also been fielded as a main striker on occasion. He has even occasionally been used in deeper midfield roles, including as central midfielder.[nb 1] His pace and movement off the ball allow him to exploit spaces and make attacking runs to beat the defensive line and provide depth to his team.[68][69][70][71]

In addition to his primary duties in attack, he is also known for his energy and work-rate, and often contributes to the defensive phase of the game by pressing opponents and chasing the opposition's wingers down the flank in order to win back possession, and has even occasionally been deployed as a right–sided wing back in a 3–5–2 formation.[64][72][73][74][75] Moreover, he is highly regarded in the media for his composure, due to his penchant for scoring decisive goals in important matches.[67]

Personal life[edit]

Chiesa's father, Enrico, was also a professional footballer; he played for various Serie A clubs, most notably Parma, Fiorentina and Siena, and represented the Italy national team.[76] Chiesa enrolled at the International School of Florence, where he frequently took English lessons. He also spent two years at university, studying Sports Science.[77]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 9 January 2022[9][32]
Club Season League Coppa Italia Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fiorentina 2016–17 Serie A 27 3 2 0 5[a] 1 34 4
2017–18 Serie A 36 6 2 0 38 6
2018–19 Serie A 37 6 4 6 41 12
2019–20 Serie A 34 10 3 1 37 11
2020–21 Serie A 3 1 3 1
Total 137 26 11 7 5 1 0 0 153 34
Juventus (loan) 2020–21 Serie A 30 8 4 2 8[b] 4 1[c] 0 43 14
2021–22 Serie A 14 2 0 0 4[b] 2 0 0 18 4
Total 44 10 4 2 12 6 1 0 61 18
Career total 181 36 15 9 17 7 1 0 214 52
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana

International[edit]

As of match played 15 November 2021[78][79]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy 2018 11 0
2019 6 1
2020 4 0
2021 17 3
Total 38 4
Italy score listed first, score column indicates score after each Chiesa goal.[78]
List of international goals scored by Federico Chiesa
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 18 November 2019 Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo, Italy  Armenia 9–1 9–1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
2 26 June 2021 Wembley Stadium, London, England  Austria 1–0 2–1 (a.e.t.) UEFA Euro 2020
3 6 July 2021 Wembley Stadium, London, England  Spain 1–0 1–1 (a.e.t.)
4–2 (p)
UEFA Euro 2020
4 2 September 2021 Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy  Bulgaria 1–0 1–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Juventus[32]

Italy

Individual

Orders

Notes[edit]

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