Andrea Barzagli is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a centre-back.
17 Facts About Andrea Barzagli
Andrea Barzagli was most notably a member of the Italian 2006 World Cup winning squad, as well as a starting member of the Italian squad that reached the UEFA Euro 2012 final.
Andrea Barzagli initially played as a midfielder, before being moved to defence by manager Giuseppe Pillon.
On 20 July 2004, Andrea Barzagli was signed by Serie A outfit Palermo, helping the club to an UEFA Cup spot during his first season with the club.
In 2008, Andrea Barzagli was in contract negotiations with Fiorentina and was widely expected to sign.
Andrea Barzagli closed his second season at Wolfsburg with two appearances in the Champions League and three in the Europa League, as well as 1 goal in 24 league appearances.
Andrea Barzagli was called up for the first leg of Juventus's semi-final match-up against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia.
On 6 November 2016, Andrea Barzagli dislocated his shoulder in the 5th minute of play against Chievo after falling awkwardly and was stretchered off the pitch and taken to hospital.
On 29 June 2018, Andrea Barzagli extended his contract with Juventus for one season.
Andrea Barzagli was a member of the Italian under-21 side that conquered the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship under the guidance of manager Claudio Gentile, and he appeared at the Summer Olympics in Athens that year, winning a bronze medal.
On 13 May 2012, Andrea Barzagli was selected by Prandelli for the 32-man shortlist for Italy's Euro 2012 squad; he was named as one of the final 23 members of Italy's squad on 29 May On 1 June 2012, in a preparation match for Euro 2012 against Russia, he captained the team for the first time after Gianluigi Buffon was taken off to be replaced by Morgan De Sanctis.
On 18 June 2012, after recovering from his injury, Andrea Barzagli was picked over Leonardo Bonucci to play against Ireland alongside Juventus teammate Chiellini in Italy's last match of the Euro 2012 group stage.
Andrea Barzagli retained his place in the starting lineup throughout the 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign, as Italy qualified for the tournament undefeated, with two matches to spare.
Andrea Barzagli was named to Prandelli's 30-man short-list for the 2014 World Cup on 13 May 2014, and he was later called up as one of Italy's starting centrebacks for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on 1 June.
Andrea Barzagli appeared in all three of Italy's group matches throughout the World Cup, making his 50th cap in the final group match defeat against Uruguay, as they were knocked out in the first round of the tournament with three points.
Andrea Barzagli stepped down from his position in May 2020, citing personal reasons as his motivation for leaving the club.
On 2 August 2021 it was confirmed, that Andrea Barzagli had been hired by the Italian Football Federation where he would have a general role helping the coaches at the various men's national youth teams up to age Under-20.