FORZA
AZZURRI
STATISTICS
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Profile lists of all the Clubs starting with the letters C, D and E that gave players to the Italian National team
PROFILES C-E
Clubs:
CAGLIARI
FULL NAME: Cagliari Calcio
NICKNAMES: Rossoblu (Club Colours - Red-Blues), Casteddu (Cagliari in
the Sardinian language - meaning 'castle'), Isolani (Islanders - Cagliari is the Capital City of the Island of Sardinia), Sardi (People from the Island of Sardinia).
HISTORY: Founded on the 30 May 1920 as 'Cagliari Football Club', it merged in 1924 with 'Unione Sportiva Italia' (founded in 1922) and changed the name to 'Club Sportivo Cagliari'. In 1935 the club was declared bankrupt and
CITY: Cagliari
CONTRIBUTION TO THE ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

PLAYERS: 19GAMES: 140SCORERS: 6GOALS: 42
CAPTAINS: 0CAPTAINED GAMES: 0
SCORERS
35 RIVA Luigi
2   DOMENGHINI Angelo
2   RIZZO Francesco
1   ASTORI Davide
1   BARELLA Nicolo
1   PAVOLETTI Leonardo

CAPTAINS
No Cagliari player ever led the Azzurri as Captain

UNUSED CALL-UPS
AGAZZI Michael - G
CRAGNO Alessio - G
LAZZARI Andrea - M
MURRU Nicola - D
PELLEGRINI Luca - D
ROMAGNA Filippo - D
ROSSETTINI Luca - D
Luigi RIVA

First player in Azzurro

Most games in Azzurro

Most goals in Azzurro
Francesco RIZZO

First scorer in Azzurro
CASALE
FULL NAME: Football Club Casale Associazione Sportiva
Dilettantistica
NICKNAMES: Neri (Club Colours - Blacks), Nerostellati (Starred Blacks - the club colours and symbol).
HISTORY: Founded on the 17 December 1909 as 'Casale Foot Ball Club' by Prof. Raffaele Jaffe, Lecturer of the Istituto Tecnico Leardi and a number of his students. In May 1913 they became the first Italian club to defeat an English professional football team when they beat Reading
CITY: Casale Monferrato
CONTRIBUTION TO THE ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

PLAYERS: 6GAMES: 55SCORERS: 2GOALS: 2
CAPTAINS: 1CAPTAINED GAMES: 2
PLAYERS
37 CALIGARIS Umberto - D, 1922(d)
5   BARBESINO Luigi - M, 1912(d)
5   VARESE Amedeo - M, 1913(d)
4   MATTEA Angelo - M, 1914(d)
2   GALLINA Giovanni - A, 1914(d)
2   PARODI Giuseppe - M, 1913(d)

SCORERS
1   BARBESINO Luigi
1   MATTEA Angelo


CAPTAINS
2 CALIGARIS Umberto
Luigi BARBESINO

First player in Azzurro
Umberto CALIGARIS

Most games in Azzurro

Only captain in Azzurro
Angelo MATTEA

First scorer in  Azzurro
CESENA
FULL NAME: Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Romagna Centro
Cesena
NICKNAMES: Bianconeri (Club Coloures - White and Blacks), Cavallucci
Marini (Club Mascot - Seahorses)
HISTORY: Founded on the 21 April 1940 as 'Associazione Calcio Cesena' by ex players and officials of the 'Unione Sportiva Renato Serra' (founded in 1920). On the 16 July 2018 it was declared bankrupt and a week later all rights and titles
CITY: Cesena
CONTRIBUTION TO THE ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

PLAYERS: 3GAMES: 5SCORERS: 0GOALS: 0
CAPTAINS: 0CAPTAINED GAMES: 0
PLAYERS
3 RIZZITELLI Ruggiero - A, 1988(d)
1 PAROLO Marco - M, 2011(d)
1 SANTON Davide - D, 2011

SCORERS
No Cesena player ever scored in Azzurro
Ruggiero
RIZZITELLI

First player in
Azzurro

Most Games in
Azzurro
CHELSEA
FULL NAME: Chelsea Football Club (The name 'Chelsea' is derived
from the London borough in the west side of central London where the club is
based - 'The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea'). .
NICKNAMES: The Blues (Club Colours), Pensioners (Due to the nearby retirement and nursing home for former members of the British Army - the Royal Hospital Chelsea)
HISTORY: Founded on the 14 March 1905.
NATIONAL HONOURS: English Champions, 6 - 1954/55, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2009/10, 2014/15, 2016/17.FA Cup, 8 - 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2018.Football League Cup, 5 - 1965, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2015.FA Charity /
CITY: London (England)
CONTRIBUTION TO THE ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

PLAYERS: 5GAMES: 46SCORERS: 3GOALS: 6
CAPTAINS: 0CAPTAINED GAMES: 0
PLAYERS
19 DI MATTEO Roberto - M, 1996
9   ZAPPACOSTA Davide - M, 2017
9   ZOLA Gianfranco - M, 1997
7   JORGINHO Jorge L - M, 2018(o)
2   EMERSON Palmieri - D, 2018(d)(o)

SCORERS
3 ZOLA Gianfranco
2 DI MATTEO Roberto
1 JORGINHO Jorge L

CAPTAINS
No Chelsea player ever led the Azzurri as Captain



UNUSED CALL-UPS
CUDICINI Carlo - G


Roberto
DI MATTEO

First player in Azzurro

Most games in Azzurro
Gianfranco ZOLA

First scorer in Azzurro

Most goals in Azzurro
COMO
FULL NAME: Como 1907
NICKNAMES: Azzurri (Club Colours - Blue), Biancoblue (Club Colours - White
Blue), Lariani (The People from Lake Como - also called Lario from the Latin name of
Roman times 'Larius o'), Voltiani (From Alessandro Volta, the 18th / 19th Century Italian physicist, chemist, pioneer of electricity and power, and inventor of the electric battery who was from Como).
HISTORY: Founded on 25 May 1907 as 'Como Foot-Ball Club', a name that was
kept even when it merged with 'Club Studentesco Minerva' in 1912. In 1926 it merged with 'Esperia Football Club' (founded in 1914) as 'Associazione Calcio
CITY: Como
CONTRIBUTION TO THE ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

PLAYERS: 1GAMES: 2SCORERS: 0GOALS: 0
CAPTAINS: 0CAPTAINED GAMES: 0
PLAYERS
2 VIERCHOWOD Pietro - D, 1981(d)
SCORERS
No Como player ever scored in Azzurro

CAPTAINS
No Como player ever led the Azzurri as Captain
Pietro VIERCHOWOD

Only player in Azzurro
CHIEVO VERONA
FULL NAME: Associazione Calcio Chievo Verona (Chievo is the name
of a small borough in the city of Verona where the club is based).
NICKNAMES: Gialloblu (Club colours - Yellow-Blue), Ceo (Chievo in the Veronese dialect), Mussi volanti (Flying Donkeys in the Veronese dialect - due to an image of a flying donkey on the Chievo website in 2001, when the club was promoted for the first time in the Serie A, as an answer to the teasing of rivals Hellas Verona), Clivensi (The people who live in the borough of Chievo), Squadra della Diga (Team of the Dam - due to the presence of a dam bridge over the river Adige in the Chievo borough).
HISTORY: Founded in 1929 as 'Opera Nazionale Dopolavoro (O.N.D.) Chievo'. In
CITY: Verona
CONTRIBUTION TO THE ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

PLAYERS: 6GAMES: 31SCORERS: 3GOALS: 3
CAPTAINS: 0CAPTAINED GAMES: 0
PLAYERS
19 PERROTTA Simone - M, 2002(d)
5   LEGROTTAGLIE Nicola - D, 2002(d)
3   MARAZZINA Massimo - A, 2002(d)
2   SEMIOLI Franco - M, 2006(d)
1   BARONIO Roberto - M, 2005
1   PELLISSIER Sergio - A 2009(d)

SCORERS
1 LEGROTTAGLIE Nicola
1 PELLISSIER Sergio
1 PERROTTA Simone

Massimo MARAZZINA

First player in Azzurro
CAPTAINS
No Chievo Verona player ever led the Azzurri as Captain


UNUSED CALL-UPS
BANI Mattia - D
CORINI Eugenio - M
INGLESE Roberto - A
LANNA Salvatore - D
PALOSCHI Alberto - A
PARIGINI Vittorio - M
VIGNATO Emanuel - M



CREMONESE
FULL NAME: Unione Sportiva Cremonese
NICKNAMES: Grigirossi (Club Colours - Gray-Reds), Tigri (Club Mascot - Tigers),
La Cremo (The people of Cremona), Violini (Cremona was one of the three Italian cities who developed and started manufacturing the Violin as early as the 16th century).
HISTORY: Founded on the 24 March 1903 as 'Società Polisportiva Cremonese' at the trattoria 'La Varesina' di Piazza Sant'Angelo. In 1910 the club started its football section under the name 'Unione Sportiva Cremonese', the same name still
CITY: Cremona
CONTRIBUTION TO THE ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

PLAYERS: 1GAMES: 2SCORERS: 0GOALS: 0
CAPTAINS: 0CAPTAINED GAMES: 0
PLAYERS
2 TANSINI Mariano - A, 1926(d)



Mariano TANSINI

Only player in Azzurro
SCORERS
No Cremonese player ever scored in Azzurro

CAPTAINS
No Cremonese player ever led the Azzurri as Captain
CRYSTAL PALACE
FULL NAME: Crystal Palace Football Club (Derived from the
building made of iron and glass known as 'The Crystal Palace' originally
erected in Hyde Park in London to house the Great Exhibition of 1851.
In 1854 it was moved to an area of South London next to Sydenham Hill.
The first stadium of the club was build on the site of this building)
NICKNAMES: Eagles (Club Mascot - Eagle, inspired by the Portuguese club Benfica and since 2010 called Kayla), Glaziers (The Original Nickname, meaning a skilled tradesman who cuts, installs and remove glass or crystal), Groundkeepers (Due to the fact of keeping their stadium after losing it temporary to the Admiralty during the World War I Period).

CITY: London (England)
CONTRIBUTION TO THE ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

PLAYERS: 1GAMES: 1SCORERS: 0GOALS: 0
CAPTAINS: 0CAPTAINED GAMES: 0
PLAYERS
1 LOMBARDO Attilio - M, 1997

Attilio LOMBARDO

Only player in Azzurro
PLAYERS
42 RIVA Luigi - A, 1965(d)
18 CERA Pierluigi - M, 1969(d)
16 ALBERTOSI Enrico - G, 1969
15 DOMENGHINI Angelo - A, 1969
8   MARCHETTI Federico - G, 2009 (d)
7   ASTORI Davide - D, 2011(d)
6   ESPOSITO Mauro - A, 2004 (d)
5   BARELLA Nicolo - M, 2018 (d)
3   GORI Sergio - A, 1970 (d)
3   LANGELLA Antonio - A, 2005 (d)
3   NICCOLAI Comunardo - D, 1970(d)
3   SELVAGGI Franco - A, 1981 (d)
2   BIONDINI Davide - M, 2009 (d)
2   COSSU Andrea - M, 2010 (d)
2   FOGGIA Pasquale - M, 2007 (d)
2   RIZZO Francesco - M, 1966 (d)
1   BONINSEGNA Roberto - A, 1967(d)
1   PAVOLETTI Leonardo - A, 2019(d)
1   SAU Marco - A, 2013(d)
AZZURRO RECORDS: Cagliari is the Third Club with most Italian players who played and lost the World Cup Final (4). Franco SELVAGGI won the 1982 World Cup with the Azzurri. Cagliari is also the third club with most Italian  Runner-up World Champions - 6: Enrico ALBERTOSI, Pierluigi CERA, Angelo DOMENGHINI, Sergio GORI, Comunardo NICCOLAI and Luigi RIVA formed part of the Italian National squad that finished second in the 1970 World Cup. Luigi RIVA won the European Nations Championships with the Azzurri in 1968 and Davide ASTORI formed part of the Azzurri squad that finished third in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013. Luigi RIVA is the All-Time Azzurro Top Scorer, the Azzurro who scored most goals with the Italian National team from one single club and the only Azzurro to score a Poker (4 goals in 1 match), Tripletta (3 goals in 1 match) and Bis (2 goals in 1 match) in Azzurro. Luigi RIVA is also the Azzurro with most Bis - 7. Alessio CRAGNO is the joint third most Unused Call-Up Azzurro player who never played with the Italian National Team (8 Unused Call-ups).
Pierluigi CERA
CAPTAINS
No Cesena player ever led the Azzurri as Captain

UNUSED CALL-UPS
CAMPORESE Michele - D
GAGLIARDINI Roberto - M
GARRITANO Luca - M
Simone PERROTTA

Most games in Azzurro
Nicola LEGROTTAGLIE

First scorer in Azzurro
SCORERS
No Crystal Palace player ever scored in Azzurro

CAPTAINS
No Crystal Palace player ever led the Azzurri as Captain
EMPOLI
FULL NAME: Empoli Football Club
NICKNAMES: Azzurri (Club Colours - Blues)
HISTORY: Founded in August 1920 as 'Foot Ball Club Empoli' as the football section of the newly established 'Unione Sportiva Empolese'. In a short period of time it changed its name five times: 1931 - 'Associazione Sportiva Fascista Empoli', 1936 - 'Dopolavoro Empolese', 1938 - 'Dopolavoro Interaziendale Italo Gambaccioni Sezione Calcio', 1941 - 'Associazione Calcio Empoli' and 1944 - 'Gruppo Sportivo Azelio Landi'. A month later, in November 1944 the current name was adapted.
HONOURS: Nil.
CITY: Empoli
CONTRIBUTION TO THE ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

PLAYERS: 3GAMES: 6SCORERS: 1GOALS: 1
CAPTAINS: 0CAPTAINED GAMES: 0
PLAYERS
4 DI NATALE Antonio - A, 2002(d)
1 MACCARONE Massimo - A, 2002(d)
1 VALDIFIORI Mirko - M, 2015(d)


SCORERS
1 DI NATALE Antonio


Antonio
DI NATALE

Most games in Azzurro

Only scorer in Azzurro
CAPTAINS
No Empoli player ever led the Azzurri as Captain


UNUSED CALL-UPS
BARBA Federico - D
DI LORENZO Giovanni - D
DIMARCO Federico - D
RUGANI Daniele - D
TAVANO Francesco - A
TONELLI Lorenzo - D


Massimo MACCARONE

First player in Azzurro
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Enrico ALBERTOSI
immediately re founded as 'Unione Sportiva Cagliari'. In 1971 the name was changed to the current one.
NATIONAL HONOURS: Italian Champions, 1 - 1969/70.Stella d'oro al Merito Sportivo, 1 - 1975.
Angelo
DOMENGHINI
Sergio
GORI
Franco
SELVAGGI
Comunardo
NICCOLAI
AZZURRO RECORDS: Umberto CALIGARIS formed part of the 1928 Azzurri squad that won the Bronze Medal after finishing third in the Football Tournament of the Olympic Games. He won also the 1930 Coppa Internazionale, leading the Azzurri as Captain for one match. Umberto CALIGARIS is the first Azzurro player to miss a penalty and Luigi BARBESINO is the third youngest players to make his debut in Azzurro, at 18 years 3 months 1 day.
Amedeo
VARESE
AZZURRO RECORDS: Ruggiero RIZZITELLI formed part of the Azzurri squad that finished fourth in the European Nations Championship of 1988.
LEGEND OF LISTS: Number of Games / Goals / Captained Games, Surname, Name, Position, Year of first game in Azzurro from the Club.

POSITIONS: G - Goalkeeper, D - Defender, M - Midfielder, A - Attacker.

ABBRIVIATIONS: (d) - Debut, Played his first game in Azzurro in that year and with that club.
       (o) - Oriundo

UNUSED CALL-UPS: Statistics covered only from Azzurro Game 299 (25 September 1971) till TODAY. It includes also the Squads for the World Cups: 1970, 1966, 1962, 1954, 1950, 1938, 1934; European Nations Cup: 1968; Olympic Games Football Tournaments: 1952, 1948, 1936, 1928, 1924, 1920, 1912.

The Players displayed for each club are not necessary the best or most memorable players from the club, but statistically they are the main players. Displayed are mainly, the first players to play in Azzurro, score in Azzurro and Captain the Azzurri from the club and the players who played the most in Azzurro, scored most in Azzurro and Captained most the Azzurri from the Club. Where space permitted other significant statistical players from the club were displayed.
CATANIA
FULL NAME: Calcio Catania
NICKNAMES: Rossazzurri (Club Colours - Red and Blues), Gli Elefanti (The Elephants - the symbol of the city of Catania, known as "U’ Liotru”, 'elephant' in Catania dialect), Etnei (Etneans - People of Mount Etna, the active volcano that dominates the landscape of Catania).
HISTORY: Before the actual foundation of the club, the city was represented by 'Associazione Sportiva pro Educazione Fisica' (founded in 1908), which five months later created the football section under the name 'Pro Patria'. In 1910 'Pro Patria' became independent as 'Unione Sportiva Catanese'. In the 1920's, after WWI, 'Associazione Sportiva pro Educazione Fisica' changed its name to
CITY: Catania
CONTRIBUTION TO THE ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

PLAYERS: 1GAMES: 1SCORERS: 0GOALS: 0
CAPTAINS: 0CAPTAINED GAMES: 0
PLAYERS
1  MASCARA Giuseppe - A, 2009(d)


SCORERS
No Catania player ever scored in Azzurro



CAPTAINS
No Catania player ever led the Azzurri as Captain


UNUSED CALL-UPS
BIAGIANTI Marco - M
BIRAGHI Cristiano - D
Giuseppe
MASCARA

Only player in Azzurro
Marco
BIAGIANTI
Community Shield, 4 - 1956, 2000, 2005, 2009.Full Members' Cup, 2 - 1986, 1990.
INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: UEFA Champions League, 1 - 2011/12.UEFA Cup Winners Cup, 2 - 1971, 1998.UEFA (Europa) Cup, 1 - 2013.UEFA Super Cup, 1 - 1998.
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Davide
SANTON

Marco
PAROLO

Davide
ASTORI
Federico
MARCHETTI
Cristiano
BIRAGHI
CROTONE
FULL NAME: Football Club Crotone.
NICKNAMES: I Rossoblu (Club Colours - Red-Blues), Squali (Club Mascot - Sharks),
Pitagorici (After Pythagoras, the Greek Philosopher, Mathematician and Scientist who
lived in Kroton around 530 BC).
HISTORY: Founded in 1910 as 'Società Sportiva Crotona', but in the 1920's they changed its name to 'Società Sportiva Milone', in 1927 to 'Società Sportiva Crotone' and in 1937 to 'Società Sportiva Fascista Crotone'. After World War II, in1945, the club was re founded under the name 'Unione Sportiva Crotone'. In 1979 the club was declared bankrupt but was soon re founded in the same year under the name 'Associazione
CITY: Crotone
CONTRIBUTION TO THE ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

PLAYERS: 1GAMES: 1SCORERS: 0GOALS: 0
CAPTAINS: 0CAPTAINED GAMES: 0
PLAYERS
1 MANDRAGORA Rolando - M, 2018 (d)

SCORERS
No Crotone player ever
scored in Azzurro


CAPTAINS
No Crotone player ever led
the Azzurri as Captain

UNUSED CALL-UPS
BERNARDESCHI Federico - M
CECCHERINI Federico - D
DEZI Jacopo - M
FALCINELLI Diego - A
FERRARI Gian Marco - D
Sportiva Crotone', which in turn changed to 'Associazione Kroton Calcio' in 1985, and to 'Kroton Calcio' in 1987. In 1991 the club was again declared bankrupt and its place was taken by another club from Crotone named 'Nuova Crotone Associazione Polisportiva Mini Juventus' that was founded in 1956. It changed its name in 1994 to 'Football Club Crotone Calcio' and again to the current one in 2001.
HONOURS: Nil
Mirko
VALDIFIORI
Federico
CECCHERINI

Gian Marco
FERRARI

Rolando
MANDRAGORA

Only player in Azzurro
Davide
ZAPPACOSTA

AZZURRO RECORDS: Chlesea (together with Spanish club Valencia) is the foreign club who gave most Azzurri players to the Italian National Team (5 Players) and (together with English club Southampton) is the foreign club who produced most Azzurro Scorers (3 Scorers).
Jorge Luiz
JORGINHO

F.C. 2-1. In 1924 the club changed its name to 'Unione Sportiva Casale Foot Ball Club' and in 1926 the name was again changed to 'Casale Foot Ball Club XI Legione M.V.S.N.', but in 1928 the name was returned to the original 'Casale Foot Ball Club'. In 1934 the name was changed to 'Associazione Sportiva Casale' but returned again to the original 'Casale Foot Ball Club' in 1945 at the end of WWII. 1947 saw another name change, this time to 'Associazione Sportiva Casale Foot Ball Club' and in 1972 it merged with 'Unione Sportiva Junior' to become 'Associazione Calcio Juniorcasale'. In 1978 the name returned to 'Associazione Sportiva Casale' but in 1993 the club was declared bankrupt and was immediately re founded as 'Associazione Sportiva Casale Calcio'. However in 2013, due to administrative difficulties, the club was dissolved and on the 23 August it was re founded by its current name.
NATIONAL HONOURS: Italian Champions, 1 - 1913/14.Stella d'oro al merito sportivo, 1 - 1970.
'Juventus Catania Football Club' and 'Pro Patria' to 'Unione Sportiva Catanese'. In 1929 both clubs were dissolved in favour of the creation of a new club, founded on the 27 June as 'Società Sportiva Catania'. In 1936 the name was changed to 'Associazione Calcio Fascista Catania'. During WWII the club was dissolved but was re founded on the 24 September 1946 as 'Club Calcio Catania' through the merger of 'Società Sportiva Virtus Catania' (founded in 1944) and 'Unione Sportiva Catanese Elefante' (founded in 1945). In 1966 the name was changed to  the current one.
HONOURS: Nil.
were passed to the club 'Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Romagna Centro' (founded in 1973 as 'Polisportiva Martorano') who changed their name to the current one.
NATIONAL HONOURS: Stella d'oro al merito sportivo, 1 - 2011.Stella d'argento al merito sportivo, 1 - 1983.
1936 the club was disbanded due to lack of players and financial problems but was re founded after WWII, in 1948, as 'Associazione Calcio Chievo'. The name was  changed to reflect the club sponsors in 1959 to 'Associazione Calcio Cardi Chievo' but returned to 'Associazione Calcio Chievo' in 1974. In 1981 the name was again changed to reflect the new sponsor to 'Associazione Calcio Paluani Chievo', returning to the original 'Associazione Calcio Chievo' in 1985. In 1989 the name was changed to the current one.
HONOURS: Nil
Alessio
CRAGNO
Mauro
ESPOSITO
Nicolo
BARELLA
Comense', but this name was changed in 1936 to 'Associazione Sportiva Como'. In 1937 to club merged with 'Associazione Sportiva Ardita' to become 'Associazione Calcio Como' but in 1970 the name was abriviated to 'Como Calcio'. In December 2004 the club was declared bankrupt but was re founded in 2005 with the same name. In 2016 the club was again declared bankrupt but was allowed to continue on temporary basis, until 2017 when the club was re founded first as 'F.C. Como' and then with the current name 'Como 1907'.
HONOURS: Nil
used till today. In fact, in 1913 it merged with the 'Associazione Calcio Cremona' and in 1919, at the end of WWI, it absorbed ' Football Club Aurora', but on both occasions it kept its original name.
INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: Coppa Anglo-Italiana, 1 - 1992/93
HISTORY: Founded on the 10 September 1905 by the company running the Crystal Palace Park and the surrounding area where various sports facilities were built, since they needed new activities to attract more tourism.
NATIONAL HONOURS: Full Members' Cup (Zenith Data Systems Cup), 1 - 1991.