23 Facts About Antonio Candreva


Antonio Candreva is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a right midfielder or right winger for Serie A club Salernitana, on loan from Sampdoria.

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Antonio Candreva later moved to Udinese, remaining until 2012, but was sent on loan to Livorno, Juventus, Parma, and Cesena during his time with the club.

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Antonio Candreva subsequently transferred to Lazio, where he won the Coppa Italia in his first season with the team.

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Antonio Candreva is of part Arbereshe descent as his grandfather, on his father's side, is from the Arbereshe village of Falconara Albanese in Cosenza.

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In June 2007, Antonio Candreva was then signed by Serie A club Udinese and played for their Primavera team as an overage player.

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Antonio Candreva made his Serie A debut on 27 January 2008 against Inter, and managed several appearances for the first team throughout the season.

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Antonio Candreva scored his first Serie A goal, the winner against Bologna, less than ten minutes after coming on as a substitute for Diego.

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On 31 August 2010, Antonio Candreva signed for Serie A side Parma on a one-year loan deal, for €500,000.

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On 21 July 2011, Antonio Candreva signed for Serie A side Cesena on an initial one-year loan deal.

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Antonio Candreva assisted Senad Lulic's match-winning goal in the 71st minute of the 2013 Coppa Italia Final.

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On 3 August 2016, Antonio Candreva joined Inter Milan on a four-year deal for a €22 million fee plus reported bonuses.

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On 25 September 2020 Antonio Candreva moved to Sampdoria on loan with an obligation to make the deal permanent.

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On 13 August 2022, Antonio Candreva joined Serie A club Salernitana on a one-year loan deal.

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Antonio Candreva has played for Italy since the U-18 level, making his debut in October 2004.

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Antonio Candreva made his U-21 debut on 9 September 2008 in the 2009 Under-21 European Championship qualifier against Croatia.

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In early May, Antonio Candreva was called up for the training camp prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup; he was included by manager Marcello Lippi in the 30-man preliminary squad announced on 11 May 2010, but was dropped from the 28-man provisional team a week later.

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In October 2012, Antonio Candreva was recalled to the Italian national team by manager Cesare Prandelli to play in a double fixture for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.

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Antonio Candreva earned a spot in the national team after his top performances for Lazio playing in both qualifiers.

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In June 2013, Antonio Candreva was selected by Prandelli to play in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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Antonio Candreva stepped up to take the first penalty and scored past Iker Casillas by chipping the ball, in a way that recalled the famous penalty scored by Czech legend Antonin Panenka in the UEFA Euro 1976 Final.

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On 1 June 2014, Antonio Candreva was selected in Italy's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Antonio Candreva has been deployed as a false-attacking midfielder on occasion.

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Antonio Candreva is gifted with vision and creativity, as well as precise passing, good distribution, and his excellent crossing ability and set-piece delivery, which enable him to create chances and provide several assists for teammates.

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