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 Gianluca ZAMBROTTA 2002-2006 
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Name: Gianluca Zambrotta


Country: :ITA: Italy
Club: Juventus F.C.
Number: 19
Position: *SB, WB, SMF
Side: RF/BS
Age: 25-29 years (19/2/1977)

Height: 181 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Attack: 77
Defence: 75
Balance: 81
Stamina: 97
Top Speed: 84
Agility: 83
Dribble Accuracy: 82
Dribble Speed: 85
Short Pass Accuracy: 79
Short Pass Speed: 84
Long Pass Accuracy: 84
Long Pass Speed: 84
Shot Accuracy: 75
Shot Power: 85
Shot Technique: 74
Free Kick Accuracy: 72
Curling: 78
Header: 71
Jump: 78
Technique: 81
Aggression: 83
Mentality: 85
Keeper Skills: 50
Teamwork: 86

Injury Tolerance: A
Condition/Fitness: 8
Weak Foot Accuracy: 7
Weak Foot Frequency: 7
Growth type: Standard

P07:Mazing Run
P18:Extra Attacker
S06:Outside Curve
S14:Quick Turn

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Dribbling - Side - Outside

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded


Gianluca Zambrotta, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI, (born February 19, 1977) is a world cup winning Italian footballer who currently plays as a full back for Serie A club Milan.

Zambrotta began his professional career with his hometown club, Como Calcio at the age of 17 in 1994. In his first season, he played only one match. In 1995, however, Como were promoted to Serie B and Zambrotta started to play more regularly for the first team. In the 1995–96 and 1996–97 seasons, he made 47 appearances and scored 6 goals.

In 1997, Zambrotta's Serie A career began when his great potential was spotted by Bari boss, Eugenio Fascetti. Zambrotta was snapped up by Fascetti after Bari had won promotion to Serie A. In his first year in the top flight, Zambrotta played on the left wing and scored two goals in 27 appearances. In the 1998–99 season, following the departure of Nicola Ventola, Zambrotta exploded on to the scene. In week 1, he scored the only goal of the game against Venezia after just 9 minutes into the first half. Zambrotta continued to shine and was the key figure for Bari's surprise start to the campaign. In week 7, he scored the opening goal at San Siro and helped Bari to win the game 3–2 against Internazionale. In February 1999, the Italian Under-21 International was rewarded by the coach of Italy, Dino Zoff, for his displays. He earned his first cap in a friendly against Norway. He became the first player of Bari to play for the national side in 50 years. Throughout the 1998–99 season, he made 32 appearances and scored four goals. Halfway through this season, he was brought to the most successful club in Italy, Juventus, by Carlo Ancelotti for 30 billion Italian lire (€15 million, but €1.25M paid via Simone Perrotta's 50% rights) and would play in the black-and-white jersey starting the season after.

After the transfer to Juventus on 1 July 1999, Zambrotta continued his upward momentum. He made 32 league appearances with one goal in the first season he played for Juventus. On 14 May 2000, the last match day of the season, Juventus missed out on the Scudetto as they were defeated 1–0 away at Perugia in the heavy rain while Lazio got the three points at home by beating Reggina 3–0 and overcame Juventus with one point. Zambrotta was brought on in the second half in that game and was later given a red card by the referee, Pierluigi Collina. In his second season for Juventus, 2000–01, Zambrotta made 29 league appearances and scored three goals. But Juventus finished once again in second place. Zambrotta won his first Scudetto in the season 2001–02, while he made 32 league appearances and scored one goal during the season. After Zambrotta suffered an injury in the game against South Korea during the 2002 World Cup, he missed the beginning of the 2002–03 Serie A camaign. During his absence, the new signing of Juventus Mauro Camoranesi took his place on the right wing and was in superb form. This prompted then coach, Marcello Lippi, to switch Zambrotta to the left-back when he returned to action. Zambrotta adapted to his new position very quickly and performed particularly well. He remained a regular first team player as Juventus won the second consecutive scudetto and reached the Champions League final, in which they were defeated by Milan in the penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw. Zambrotta won four Scudetti with Juventus, making a total of 217 league appearances and scoring seven goals in six seasons. In 2005–06, following the injury of Jonathan Zebina, as well as the arrival of Giorgio Chiellini and his successful switch with the national team, Zambrotta was again switched to the right-back. Since then, Zambrotta switched between right and left-back frequently throughout the season. In 2005, Zambrotta extended his contract to 2010 but, following Juventus' relegation to Serie B due to Calciopoli, he decided to leave the club in summer 2006 with Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona widely tipped to sign him. He was eventually transferred to Barcelona for €14 million. He signed a four-year contract with Barcelona, where he joined fellow Juventus defender Lilian Thuram, who also left the club. During his 7 year tenure with Juve, Zambrotta formed one of the best teams in the world at the time, as well as one of the world's most feared defenses. He formed defensive partnerships with the likes of Mark Iuliano, Paolo Montero, Ciro Ferrara, Lilian Thuram, Jonathan Zebina, Nicola Legrottaglie, Alessandro Birindelli, Fabio Cannavaro, and Giorgio Chiellini.

On 4 August 2006, after his holiday following the World Cup, Zambrotta reported to his new club for the first time in Los Angeles, United States where FC Barcelona stayed for their pre-season tour in U.S. He trained with his new teammates and made his debut in the final match of the tour, on 13 August against the New York Red Bulls. Zambrotta's official debut in Barça shirt was on 17 August against local rivals Espanyol in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. On 17 March 2007, he scored his first goal in the league game against Recreativo. He also netted goals in matches against Atlético Madrid at Vicente Calderón Stadium (Atlético record home loss — 0–6) and Tarragona. By his own admission, his performance at Barcelona had been below-par. He is well remembered by his performance against Manchester United in the semifinal return clash: he marked perfectly the future Ballon D'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo all along the game, but made a poor clearance in midfield that ultimately led to Paul Scholes long range effort which decided the match and the clash itself. In two seasons with the club, Zambrotta made 58 league appearances, scoring three goals, before his return to Italy. He was heavily tipped to join Milan, or return to former club, Juventus.

On 31 May 2008, Zambrotta signed a 3-year contract with Milan. The club paid €9 million to Barcelona, with a potential €2million added on depending on Milan's performance in the Champions League, for his services.[8] Zambrotta would reportedly be earning €4 million per year. His move made Milan right back Massimo Oddo loaned to Bayern Munich for more chance to play regularly. On 21 September 2008 he scored his first goal for Milan, from 31 metres in the league game against Lazio. In the 2009–10 season, Zambrotta has mainly been playing at left back, competed with Luca Antonini, while right back were played by Oddo and Ignazio Abate.

After Oddo signed a new deal which last until 2012, Zambrotta signed a new deal also last until 2012 on the next day.

For the 2010/2011 year Zambrotta has been playing right back and left back as well. He is still the best choice at either position and has had a better year than any of his counter parts Abate or Antonini.



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