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Leonardo Bonucci
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Bonucci with Italy in 2015
Personal information
Full name Leonardo Bonucci[1]
Date of birth (1987-05-01) 1 May 1987 (age 35)[2]
Place of birth Viterbo, Italy
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[3]
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 19
Youth career
2004–2005 Viterbese
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Viterbese 0 (0)
2005–2006Inter Milan (loan) 1 (0)
2006–2009 Inter Milan 0 (0)
2007–2009Treviso (loan) 40 (4)
2009Pisa (loan) 18 (1)
2009 Genoa 0 (0)
2009–2010 Bari 38 (1)
2010–2017 Juventus 227 (13)
2017–2018 Milan 35 (2)
2018– Juventus 127 (14)
International career
2010– Italy 120 (8)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12 March 2023
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20 November 2022

Leonardo Bonucci Cavaliere OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [leoˈnardo boˈnuttʃi]; born 1 May 1987) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for and captains both Serie A club Juventus and the Italy national team.[4][5][6] Considered one of the best defenders of his generation, Bonucci is known for his technique, ball-playing skills, tackling and his ability to play in either a three or four-man defence.[7][8][9]

After beginning his career with Inter Milan in 2005, Bonucci spent the next few seasons on loan at Treviso and Pisa, before moving to Bari in 2009. His defensive performances alongside fellow Italian centre-back Andrea Ranocchia earned him a move to Juventus the following season, where he later became a key member of the club's three-man defensive line, alongside Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, establishing himself as one of the best defenders in world football. Among other titles, he went on to win six consecutive Serie A titles with the team between 2012 and 2017, having also played two UEFA Champions League finals in 2015 and 2017. In 2017, he moved to AC Milan, and one season later returned to Juventus, winning two more consecutive league titles.

At the international level, Bonucci has earned 120 caps since his senior debut in 2010, representing Italy at two FIFA World Cups (2010 and 2014), three European Championships, (2012, 2016, and 2020), and a FIFA Confederations Cup (2013); he won Euro 2020 and earned a runners-up medal at Euro 2012 and a third-place medal at the 2013 Confederations Cup.

Bonucci has also won several individual honours for his performances: he was named to the UEFA Europa League Squad of the season during the 2013–14 and 2017–18 seasons, and is a four-time member of the Serie A Team of the Year. He was named the Serie A Footballer of the Year in 2016, and was also included in the UEFA Team of the Year in the same season. In 2017, he was also included in the FIFA FIFPro World11 and the IFFHS Men's World Team, as well as the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League Team of the Season and the 2016–17 ESM Team of the Year.

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Club career

Inter Milan

Bonucci started his career in the youth ranks of his hometown club Viterbese but was loaned to Inter Milan in the summer of 2005.[10] He played a number of pre-season friendlies for the Inter first team.[11][12][13][14] He then became a member of the Inter U20 team.[15]

On 14 May 2006, Bonucci made his Serie A debut in the last match of the 2005–06 season, in a 2–2 away draw against Cagliari, which was Inter's 3,500th competitive match.[16][17] On 7 July 2006, Inter bought Bonucci outright.[18]

He played his first Coppa Italia match against Messina on 9 November 2006 when he came off the bench for Fabio Grosso in the 86th minute. Bonucci featured in two more Coppa Italia games for Inter that season when he was brought on for the substituted Walter Samuel at half-time during the quarter final second leg match against Empoli, and as a starter in the semi final second leg tie against Sampdoria.

In January 2007, Inter sold 50% of Bonucci's registration rights to Treviso, along with 50% of the registration rights for fellow Primavera team-mate Daniel Maa Boumsong. At that time Bonucci was tagged for a peppercorn fee of €500.[19] Bonucci subsequently remained at Inter until 30 June 2007[20] while Maa Boumsong returned from Treviso where he spent the first half of the season on loan. During Bonucci's last season with the Inter's youth side, he won the Campionato Nazionale Primavera (the national youth league title).

Treviso and Pisa

On 1 July 2007, Bonucci and Maa Boumsong formally became players of Treviso after their loan contract back to Inter had expired, as well as the renewal of the co-ownerships in June 2007. At Treviso, Bonucci made 20 starts in 27 Serie B appearances as one of the regular starters.[21]

In June 2008, among the other Inter youth products, Bonucci was the only player that was bought back from Treviso.[22] However, he was loaned back to Treviso for the 2008–09 season. According to a Treviso filing named Tabella N°5 – circolare Co.Vi.So.C. prot. N°4051.4/GC/pc del 11 maggio 2005 in their 2007–08 financial report, Bonucci was sold for a €700,000 fee.[23]

Bonucci played 13 Serie B matches for Treviso before leaving for another Serie B struggler Pisa on loan.[24]

Bari

Bonucci playing for Bari in the 2009–10 season
Bonucci playing for Bari in the 2009–10 season

On 8 June 2009, Bonucci underwent a medical examination at Genoa.[25] On 1 July, Inter officially announced that Bonucci,[26] along with Acquafresca,[27] Bolzoni[26] and Meggiorini[26] had been transferred to Genoa, as part of the deal that sent Diego Milito[27] and Thiago Motta[26] to Inter. Moreover, Ivan Fatić who was co-contracted ("co-owned") between Chievo and Inter, became co-contracted between Chievo and Genoa instead, according to a news article by La Gazzetta dello Sport.[28] Bonucci was valued at €3 million at that time.[29][30]

On 2 July, he was transferred to Bari from Genoa, on a co-ownership deal, for €1.75 million,[29] along with Meggiorini (also on a co-ownership deal), Matteo Paro (on loan), Andrea Ranocchia (on loan) and Giuseppe Greco (on loan).

At Bari he became a first team player in central defence under head coach Gian Piero Ventura, showing a composed yet strong and effective defensive playing style. He formed an extremely strong defensive partnership with Andrea Ranocchia which was so effective that, as of the midway point in the 2009–10 season, Bari had the second best defensive record in Serie A. The strong partnership ended after Ranocchia got injured half-way through the season and was ruled out for the remaining fixtures.

Juventus

On 1 July 2010, Bonucci was signed by Juventus on a four-year contract for a total of €15.5 million fee[31] from Bari; Bari bought Bonucci from Genoa outright for €8 million.[32] However, Genoa and Bari used part of the transfer receivables to sign the remaining 50% registration rights of Domenico Criscito[33] and 50% of the registration rights of Sergio Bernardo Almirón from Juventus.[34] Bonucci was assigned the shirt number 19.[35]

Partnered with Italy teammate Giorgio Chiellini in defence, Bonucci was immediately drafted into the starting line-up for the first matches of the season making his competitive debut at Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League and scoring his first goal for Juventus in the Europa League play-off match against Sturm Graz.[36]

The following season, due to the presence of veteran of Andrea Barzagli, it was expected that Bonucci would compete with him for a starting place alongside Chiellini in a four-man defence, as the club's new manager Antonio Conte was known for his preference for the 4–2–4 formation, a variant upon the 4–4–2 formation. However, after experimenting with several tactical systems, Conte eventually decided to play all three players in a three-man defence aided by wingbacks in a 3–5–2 formation, and Bonucci established himself once again in the starting eleven alongside Chiellini and Barzagli.[37] Due to their performances together, the three-man defence earned the nickname BBC, a reference to the players' initials.[38] Soon, the trio established themselves as one of the best defences in world football during the following seasons.[39][40][41] On 2 April 2012 Juventus announced that he had signed a new 5-year contract[42] effective on 1 July 2012. Bonucci won his first major title, the 2011–12 Scudetto, and contributed two goals as Juventus finished the season undefeated and with one of the best defensive records in the top five European leagues. His good form that season earned him a place in the final UEFA Euro 2012 squad.[37]

Bonucci playing for Juventus in 2014
Bonucci playing for Juventus in 2014

Bonucci began the season by winning the 2012 Supercoppa Italiana with Juventus. He made his Champions League debut against Chelsea in the group stage and scored his first goal in the competition against Shaktar Donetsk in October 2012 in a 1–1 draw.[43] In December 2012 Bonucci was criticized for diving in a league game against Palermo on which was described by a number of journalists as "the worst dive ever".[44] He was booked by the referee during the game and subsequently given a one-match ban and a €2000 fine by the authorities.[45] Juventus finished the season by winning the 2012–13 Serie A title.

The following season, Bonucci would help Juventus to defend the Supercoppa Italiana and the Serie A title, although Juventus would suffer a group-stage elimination in the UEFA Champions League. Nevertheless, he helped Juventus to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League, scoring a decisive goal against Lyon in the quarter-finals.[46]

During the 2014–15 season, Bonucci made his 200th appearance with Juventus on 25 January 2015, in a 2–0 win over Chievo.[47] On 6 June 2015, Bonucci started for Juventus in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, but were defeated 3–1 by Barcelona at Berlin's Olympiastadion.[48] With 52 appearances, he made the most appearances for Juventus that season across all competitions, along with team-mates Claudio Marchisio and Roberto Pereyra. On 24 November 2015, Bonucci was nominated for the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year.[49] On 2 March 2016, he captained Juventus in the absence of Gianluigi Buffon and Chiellini, scoring the decisive penalty in the resulting shoot-out of the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals against Inter, at the San Siro, following a 3–3 draw on aggregate, which allowed Juventus to progress to the final;[50] however, due to the yellow card he received during the match, and having already been booked prior to the fixture, he missed the victorious final against Milan, which saw Juventus capture a domestic double for the second consecutive season,[51] including a record fifth consecutive league title.[52]

During the beginning of the 2016–17 season, Bonucci dedicated time to his ill son Matteo, missing select matches with Juventus and the national team.[53][54] On 27 November, Bonucci suffered a severe thigh strain in an eventual 3–1 away loss to Genoa, sidelining him for up to 60 days.[55] On 19 December, Bonucci penned a new deal with Juventus, keeping him at the club until 2021.[56] On 5 January 2017, Bonucci was named to the 2016 UEFA Team of the Year.[57] On 30 January, Bonucci was named to the 2015–16 Serie A Team of the Year, and was also named the 2016 Serie A Footballer of the Year.[58] Bonucci made his 300th Juventus appearance in a 4–1 home win over Palermo on 17 February;[59] however, after Palermo scored a late goal, Bonucci had an argument on the touchline with coach Massimiliano Allegri, causing the club to fine and omit him from the squad for the first Champions League round of 16 leg with Porto on 22 February.[60] On 17 May, Bonucci scored the last goal of a 2–0 win in the final of the 2016–17 Coppa Italia over Lazio.[61] On 3 June, Bonucci started in his second Champions League Final in three years, but Juventus were defeated 4–1 by defending champions Real Madrid.[62] On 5 June, he was subsequently named to the UEFA Champions League squad of the season.[63]

AC Milan

On 14 July 2017, Bonucci was signed by AC Milan on a five-year contract for a €42 million fee.[64][65] On 4 August 2017, Bonucci was named one of the three finalists for the Defender of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League season award.[66] Milan's manager Vincenzo Montella subsequently named Bonucci as the team's new captain later that month.[67][68] On 23 October, he was named to the 2017 FIFA FIFPro World11.[69] Although much was expected of Bonucci and Milan, the first half of the 2017–18 season was disappointing both for him and the club, and he drew criticism in the media over the quality of his performances.[70][71][72] He scored his first goal for Milan on 6 January 2018, in a 1–0 home win over Crotone.[73] On 31 March, Bonucci scored the equalising goal against his former team away to Juventus, breaking goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's record of longest consecutive minutes not conceded in an eventual 3–1 defeat.[74]

Return to Juventus

Bonucci, here captaining Juventus, celebrating with his teammates in 2021
Bonucci, here captaining Juventus, celebrating with his teammates in 2021

On 2 August 2018, Bonucci returned to Juventus as part of a swap deal with Milan involving Mattia Caldara; both Bonucci and Caldara were tagged for €35 million transfer fee. He signed a five-year contract until 30 June 2023.[75][76] Bonucci made his return for Juventus in their opening Serie A match on 18 August, a 3–2 away win over Chievo, contributing to Juventus's temporary equaliser, an own goal by Mattia Bani.[77][78] On 29 September 2018, Bonucci scored his first goal for Juventus since his return from Milan, the final goal of a 3–1 home win over Napoli.[79] On 2 October, he made his 50th Champions League appearance in a 3–0 home win over Young Boys.[80][81]

On 2 April 2019, Bonucci marked his 250th Serie A appearance with Juventus by scoring the opening goal in a 2–0 away win against Cagliari.[82][83] However, following the match, he was heavily criticised by several prominent figures after stating that teammate Moise Kean was partly to blame for the racial abuse he suffered from the crowd;[84] England international Raheem Sterling deemed the comments 'laughable',[85] while compatriot Mario Balotelli, English singer Stormzy,[86] and former Juventus player Paul Pogba also criticised Bonucci's comments.[87] Bonucci implied that Kean's goal celebration caused further jeers, stating to Sky Sport Italia: "Kean knows that when he scores a goal, he has to focus on celebrating with his teammates. He knows he could've done something differently too. There were racist jeers after the goal, Blaise heard it and was angered. I think the blame is 50–50, because Moise shouldn't have done that and the Curva should not have reacted that way. We are professionals, we have to set the example and not provoke anyone." Later, he made a post on Instagram which read "Regardless of everything, in any case... no to racism."[84] In response to the criticism, the following day, Bonucci posted on Instagram: "After 24 hours I want to clarify my feelings. Yesterday I was interviewed right at the end of the game, and my words have been clearly misunderstood, probably because I was too hasty in the way I expressed my thoughts. Hours and years wouldn't be enough to talk about this topic. I firmly condemn all forms of racism and discrimination. The abuses are not acceptable at all and this must not be misunderstood."[88]

After Chiellini suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury at the beginning of the 2019–20 season, Bonucci captained Juventus in his absence.[89] In November 2019, he signed a new contract with the club, running until 2024.[90]

On 20 September 2020, Bonucci scored in Juventus's opening match of the 2020–21 season, a 3–0 home win over Sampdoria in Serie A.[91] On 20 November 2021, Bonucci scored his first brace in his career in a 2–0 win against Lazio through two penalties.[92]

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International career

At youth level, Bonucci played for the Italy national under-21 football B team. He was called-up for a friendlies against Renate on 6 November 2007,[93] and against the Under-20 Serie C representative team on 4 December 2007.[94] He was also capped for the team in an internal friendly, which split the Under-21 Serie B team into two on 9 October 2007,[95] on 21 October 2008,[96] on 25 November,[97] and on 24 March 2009, as team captain.[98]

He also received a call-up from the Italy U20 team on 31 May 2007. He was an unused substitute in the 0–1 loss to the Serie D Best XI.[99]

2010-2014: Early senior career

Bonucci made his debut with the Italy senior team on 3 March 2010, under manager Marcello Lippi, in a friendly match against Cameroon played in Monaco, which ended in a 0–0 draw,[2] and became one of the few debutants to have never played an official match for the national youth teams.[100][101] He was included by manager Marcello Lippi in the starting line-up along with national team regulars Fabio Cannavaro and Giorgio Chiellini, forming a three-man defensive line in Lippi's 3–4–3 formation.[102]

Bonucci (right) playing against Cesc Fàbregas of Spain in the UEFA Euro 2012 Final
Bonucci (right) playing against Cesc Fàbregas of Spain in the UEFA Euro 2012 Final

Due to his performances during the 2009–10 season, Bonucci was included in the Italy squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[103][104][105] He scored his first international goal on 3 June 2010, in a 1–2 friendly loss against Mexico, in a pre-tournament friendly match in Brussels.[106] In the World Cup, he appeared as an unused substitute for all three of Italy's matches, as they suffered a first-round elimination, failing to win a match.[107]

After the World Cup, under new manager Cesare Prandelli, Bonucci took advantage of the international retirement of Cannavaro and broke into the starting line-up beside Juventus teammate Chiellini. He ended a fine 2011–12 season by earning a place in the final 23-man Italy squad for UEFA Euro 2012, helping Italy to reach the final of the tournament, where they were defeated 4–0 by defending champions Spain.[108] He started in all but one match as Italy reached the finals.[109]

In the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, he missed his spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out against Spain in the semi-finals, shooting high over the bar as Italy went out of the competition losing 7–6 on penalties;[110] Italy would win the bronze medal match over Uruguay 4–3 on penalties, after a 2–2 draw following extra-time, allowing them to capture third place.[111]

Bonucci was selected by Cesare Prandelli to be part of the Italy squad that would take part at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Although he once again remained an unused substitute for the first two games, he made his World Cup debut on 24 June 2014, in a 0–1 loss to Uruguay; as a result, Italy was eliminated in the first round of the competition for a second consecutive time.[112]

2014–2018: Euro 2016 and failed 2018 World Cup qualification

On 4 September 2014, under new Italy manager Antonio Conte, Bonucci wore the captain's armband for Italy for the first time, following Daniele De Rossi's substitution in a 2–0 friendly win over the Netherlands.[113]

On 31 May 2016, Bonucci was named to Conte's 23-man Italy squad for UEFA Euro 2016.[114] On 13 June he set up Emanuele Giaccherini's goal, Italy's first of the match, with a long ball in a 2–0 win over Belgium in the opening group match of Euro 2016; he was later booked for a tactical foul.[115] After helping Italy to another clean-sheet in a 1–0 victory in the second group match against Sweden on 17 June, Bonucci was once again praised for his defensive performances alongside Chiellini and Barzagli.[39] On 22 June, he captained Italy in Buffon's absence in his nation's final group match, a 1–0 defeat to Ireland.[116] On 27 June he produced a Man of the Match performance in the round of 16 of the tournament as he helped Italy to keep a third clean sheet and defeat defending champions Spain 2–0.[117] In the quarter-final fixture against Germany on 2 July, he scored Italy's equalising goal from a penalty, although his spot-kick was saved by Manuel Neuer in the resulting shoot-out, as the reigning World Cup champions advanced to the semi-finals following a 6–5 shoot-out victory.[118]

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Italy finished in second place in Group G behind Spain and advanced to the play-off against Sweden. Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a 1–0 aggregate loss to the Scandinavians.[119]

2019–2021: Euro 2020 victory

Bonucci (right) and President of Italy Sergio Mattarella (left) shaking hands following Italy's UEFA Euro 2020 win
Bonucci (right) and President of Italy Sergio Mattarella (left) shaking hands following Italy's UEFA Euro 2020 win

On 12 October 2019, Bonucci made his 92nd international appearance, under manager Roberto Mancini, in a 2–0 home win over Greece, and overtook Alessandro Del Piero as the tenth-most capped player in the history of the Italian national team;[120] the victory sealed Italy's qualification for Euro 2020.[121] He made his 94th appearance for Italy on 15 November, in a 3–0 away win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, in a Euro 2020 qualifier, equalling Giacinto Facchetti as the ninth most-capped Italian player of all time.[122][123]

On 11 October 2020, Bonucci made his 98th international appearance in a 0–0 away draw against Poland in the UEFA Nations League, equalling Gianluca Zambrotta as the eight–most capped player of all–time for the Italian national team.[124][125] On 25 March 2021, Bonucci made his 100th appearance for Italy in a 2–0 home win over Northern Ireland, in the team's first 2022 World Cup qualifying match.[126]

In June 2021, Bonucci was included in Italy's squad for UEFA Euro 2020.[127] During the tournament, he served as a temporary captain for Italy following an injury to Giorgio Chiellini in the first round.[128] On 6 July, following a 1–1 draw after extra-time against Spain in the semi-final of the competition, he scored Italy's third spot-kick in an eventual 4–2 penalty shoot-out victory, to send Italy to the final.[129] On 11 July, Bonucci won the European Championship with Italy following a 3–2 victory over England at Wembley Stadium in a penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 draw in extra-time. Bonucci scored Italy's only goal of the game in the 67th minute to tie the match, and later converted Italy's third penalty in the shoot-out; his goal during regulation time made him the oldest player ever to score in a European Championship final, at the age of 34 years and 71 days.[130] For his performance during the final, he was named Star of the Match by UEFA.[131] For his performances throughout the competition, he was later also named to the team of the tournament.[132]

2022–present: Captaincy

In September 2022 he took over as captain after Chiellini's international retirement.

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Associazione Calcio Renate is an Italian association football club based in Renate, Lombardy. It currently plays in Serie C.

Italy national under-20 football team

Italy national under-20 football team

Italy national under-20 football team is the national under-20 football team of Italy and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation.

Italy national football team

Italy national football team

The Italy national football team has represented Italy in international football since its first match in 1910. The national team is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the governing body for football in Italy, which is a co-founder and member of UEFA. Italy's home matches are played at various stadiums throughout Italy, and its primary training ground and technical headquarters, Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano, is located in Florence. Italy are the reigning European champions, having won UEFA Euro 2020.

Marcello Lippi

Marcello Lippi

Marcello Romeo Lippi is an Italian former professional football player and manager, who led the Italy national team to victory in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Cameroon national football team

Cameroon national football team

The Cameroon national football team, also known as the Indomitable Lions, represents Cameroon in men's international football. It is controlled by the Fédération Camerounaise de Football, a member of FIFA and its African confederation CAF.

Fabio Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro is an Italian professional football coach and former player. He was most recently the head coach of Serie B club Benevento.

Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC. Considered one of the best defenders of his generation, Chiellini is known for his strength, aggressiveness and man-marking, as well as his ability to play in either a three or four-man defence. He has also played as a left-back earlier in his career.

Cesc Fàbregas

Cesc Fàbregas

Francesc "Cesc" Fàbregas Soler is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Italian Serie B club Como.

2010 FIFA World Cup

2010 FIFA World Cup

The 2010 FIFA World Cup, also branded as South Africa 2010, was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations. In 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals.

Cesare Prandelli

Cesare Prandelli

Claudio Cesare Prandelli is an Italian football coach and former player. He was most recently head coach of Fiorentina.

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup was the ninth FIFA Confederations Cup, which was held in Brazil from 15 to 30 June 2013 as a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The most recent winners of the six continental championships appeared in the tournament, along with hosts Brazil and UEFA Euro 2012 runners-up Italy, who qualified because the Euro 2012 winners, Spain, had also won the most recent FIFA World Cup in 2010 thus securing a spot in the tournament.

Style of play

A former midfielder who is usually deployed as ball-playing centre-back in a three-man defence[133][134][135] (although he is also capable of playing in a four-man defence, both in the centre or out wide),[134][136][137] Bonucci is primarily known for his technique, passing range, and his ability to launch an attack from the back with long passes.[133][134][138] Although he is not the quickest player over short distances, he is a tall, mobile, and strong defender, with a good positional sense, as well as good anticipation, solid tackling, and an ability to read the game and mark opponents, on top of his ball skills; he also excels in the air, and frequently poses a goal threat from set pieces.[134][136][137][139][140][141][142][143]

Despite having been considered to be a talented and promising young defender,[144] he was also criticised by certain pundits for being inconsistent and prone to errors or lapses in concentration in his youth, which were dubbed "Bonucciate" in the Italian media;[134][136][145][146] in 2021, the neologism bonucciata was even included in the Italian encyclopedia Treccani.[147] However, he showed notable improvements during the 2014–15 season, and established himself as one of the best defenders in world football, also drawing praise from manager Pep Guardiola, who described Bonucci as one of his "favourite ever players".[133][136][137][139][148][149][150]

In 2016, Mario Sconcerti of Il Corriere della Sera ranked Bonucci among the greatest Italian defenders of all time.[139] His unique playing style has led Giovanni Galli to compare him to former sweeper Gaetano Scirea.[133][151] In 2012, The Guardian named him the 88th Best Player in the World[152] and in 2016, he was named the 26th Best Player in the World.[153] In 2016, his defensive attributes, as well as his skill on the ball, vision, and accurate passing, moved La Repubblica to dub him as “Beckenbonucci”, a reference to former German sweeper Franz Beckenbauer.[154]

In addition to his defensive, playmaking and technical skills, Bonucci has also been praised for his leadership and ability to organise his back-line.[134][136][155] In 2017, he was ranked by some as the best defender in the world.[156][157] With Andrea Barzagli's retirement, the subsequent Bonucci-Chiellini axis was considered, in terms of longevity and performance at high levels, one of the most solid and complementary in international football, as well as being compared to duets from the past such as Beckenbauer-Schwarzenbeck, Scirea-Gentile or Baresi-Costacurta.[158]

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Midfielder

Midfielder

A midfielder is an outfield position in association football. Midfielders may play an exclusively right back role, breaking up attacks, and are in that case known as defensive midfielders. As central midfielders often go across boundaries, with mobility and passing ability, they are often referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box midfielders, or holding midfielders. There are also attacking midfielders with limited defensive assignments.

Long ball

Long ball

In association football, a long ball is an attempt to move the ball a long distance down the field via one long aerial kick from either a goalkeeper or a defender directly to an attacking player, with the ball generally bypassing the midfield. Rather than arrive at the feet of the receiving attacking player, the attacker is expected to challenge the opposing defence in the air, with other attacking players and midfielders arriving to try and take possession of the ball if it breaks loose. In Continental Europe the style is called kick and rush. It is a technique that can be especially effective for a team with either fast or tall strikers. The long ball technique is also a through pass from distance in an effort to get the ball by the defensive line and create a foot race between striker and defender. While often derided as either boring or primitive, it can prove effective where players or weather conditions suit this style; in particular, it is an effective counter-attacking style of play in which some defenders can be caught off-guard.

Treccani

Treccani

The Enciclopedia Italiana di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, best known as Treccani for its developer Giovanni Treccani or Enciclopedia Italiana, is an Italian-language encyclopaedia. The publication Encyclopaedias: Their History Throughout The Ages regards it as one of the greatest encyclopaedias along with the Encyclopædia Britannica and others.

2014–15 Juventus F.C. season

2014–15 Juventus F.C. season

The 2014–15 season was Juventus Football Club's 117th in existence and eighth consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football. It was the club's fourth consecutive Serie A title in which it finished 17 points clear of second place Roma, also achieving The Double as they fell short in the Champions League Final in a 3–1 defeat to Barcelona.

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Josep "Pep" Guardiola Sala is a Spanish professional football manager and former player, who is the current manager of Premier League club Manchester City. He is considered one of the greatest managers of all time and holds the records for the most consecutive league games won in La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League.

Giovanni Galli

Giovanni Galli

Giovanni Galli is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and currently a politician.

Gaetano Scirea

Gaetano Scirea

Gaetano Scirea was an Italian professional footballer who is considered one of the greatest defenders of his generation and one of the greatest defenders of all time. He spent most of his career with Juventus F.C.

La Repubblica

La Repubblica

la Repubblica is an Italian daily general-interest newspaper. It was founded in 1976 in Rome by Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso and led by Eugenio Scalfari, Carlo Caracciolo and Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. Born as a leftist newspaper, it has since moderated to a milder centre-left political stance, and moved further to the centre after the appointment of Maurizio Molinari as editor.

Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Anton Beckenbauer is a German former professional footballer and manager. In his playing career he was nicknamed Der Kaiser because of his elegant style, dominance and leadership on the field, and also as his first name "Franz" is reminiscent of the Austrian emperors. He is widely regarded to be one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. A versatile player who started out as a midfielder, Beckenbauer made his name as a central defender. He is often credited as having invented the role of the modern sweeper (libero). With success at club and international level, he is one of nine players to have won the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d'Or.

Andrea Barzagli

Andrea Barzagli

Andrea Barzagli is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a centre-back. A four-time member of the Serie A Team of the Year, Barzagli is regarded as one of the best and most consistent defenders in Italian football history.

Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC. Considered one of the best defenders of his generation, Chiellini is known for his strength, aggressiveness and man-marking, as well as his ability to play in either a three or four-man defence. He has also played as a left-back earlier in his career.

Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck

Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck

Hans-Georg "Katsche" Schwarzenbeck is a German former professional footballer who played as a defender. He played in the Bundesliga from 1966 to 1981, appearing in 416 matches for Bayern Munich. He won six German league championships, three German Cups, one European Cup Winners' Cup, and three consecutive European Cups.

Personal life

On 18 June 2011, Bonucci married Martina Maccari (b. 19 November 1985),[159] a former model and blogger, whom he first met in 2008 through a mutual friend.[160][161] They have two sons, Lorenzo (b. July 2012)[162] and Matteo (b. May 2014), and one daughter, Matilda (b. February 2019).[163][164][165][166] Although Bonucci played for Juventus for several seasons, his eldest son, Lorenzo, supports Juventus's cross-city rivals, Torino.[167] In July 2016, Bonucci's youngest son, Matteo underwent emergency surgery following the onset of an acute illness.[168] In a 2017 interview with El País, Bonucci revealed that his son's illness had even led him to think about quitting football, commenting:

"For three or four months, my head was just not in the right place, it's the head that gets the legs moving. For around 15 days after the surgery, until I started to see him improving, I was just not interested in training or anything to do with football. I've always hated hospitals and tried to avoid them, but at that time I had to be there and I was really struggling to be calm. Matteo is much better now and our family feels more united than ever. Yes, I thought about quitting. Football was just not my priority at that moment. You see your son with so much to live for, he's asking you so many questions and why this is happening to him... and I had no answers. Priorities change at those times. Now I tell myself that I am lucky. Everything I have done has been from the heart."[169]

Bonucci's older brother, Riccardo (b. November 1982), was also a footballer who once played as a central defender in Serie C1 with Viterbese.[170] Their father owns a paint shop in Viterbo.

In May 2012, during the 2011–12 Italian football scandal investigations, Bonucci, along with Juventus teammate Simone Pepe and manager Antonio Conte, as well as many other players, were accused of match-fixing; Bonucci was accused of helping to fix the result of a 3–3 draw against Udinese in May 2010, during his time with Bari, and faced a potential three-and-a-half year ban if found guilty. Bonucci denied any wrongdoing, however,[171][172] and both he and Pepe were later acquitted in August later that year.[173]

In October 2012, Bonucci and his wife and then five-month-old son were confronted by an armed robber who demanded the defender hand over his watch. As the robber reached out to take the watch, Bonucci reportedly punched him and chased him down the street. The robber escaped with his accomplice on a motorbike.[174]

Bonucci is an anti-bullying activist. In December 2017, he made a cameo appearance in the music video for "Buona fortuna" by Benji & Fede, whose storyline deals with bullying.[175] In October 2019, together with the journalist and editor Francesco Ceniti, he co-wrote and released a book "Il mio amico Leo" (My friend Leo), partially inspired by his own experiences and designed to provide support to bullying victims.[176]

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Derby della Mole

Derby della Mole

The Derby della Mole is the local derby played out between Turin's most prominent football clubs, Juventus and Torino. It is also known as the Derby di Torino or the Turin Derby in English. It is named after the Mole Antonelliana, a major landmark in the city and the architectural symbol of the Piedmontese capital. It is the first derby of Italian football and the oldest ongoing meeting between two teams based in the same city in Italy.

Torino F.C.

Torino F.C.

Torino Football Club, commonly referred to as Torino or simply Toro, is an Italian professional football club based in Turin, Piedmont. They currently play in Serie A.

El País

El País

El País is a Spanish-language daily newspaper in Spain. El País is based in the capital city of Madrid and it is owned by the Spanish media conglomerate PRISA.

Viterbo

Viterbo

Viterbo is a city and comune in the Lazio region of central Italy, the capital of the province of Viterbo.

Simone Pepe

Simone Pepe

Simone Pepe is an Italian former footballer who played as a winger, on either side of the pitch.

Udinese Calcio

Udinese Calcio

Udinese Calcio, commonly referred to as Udinese, is a professional Italian football club based in Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, that currently competes in the Serie A. It was founded on 30 November 1896 as a sports club, and on 5 July 1911 as a football club.

Bullying

Bullying

Bullying is the use of force, coercion, hurtful teasing or threat, to abuse, aggressively dominate or intimidate. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception of an imbalance of physical or social power. This imbalance distinguishes bullying from conflict. Bullying is a subcategory of aggressive behavior characterized by hostile intent, imbalance of power and repetition over a period of time. Bullying is the activity of repeated, aggressive behavior intended to hurt another individual, physically, mentally or emotionally.

Cameo appearance

Cameo appearance

A cameo role, also called a cameo appearance and often shortened to just cameo, is a brief appearance of a well-known person in a work of the performing arts. These roles are generally small, many of them non-speaking ones, and are commonly either appearances in a work in which they hold some special significance or renowned people making uncredited appearances. Short appearances by celebrities, film directors, politicians, athletes or musicians are common. A crew member of the movie or show playing a minor role can be referred to as a cameo role as well, such as Alfred Hitchcock's frequent cameos.

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 12 March 2023[177]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Coppa Italia Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Inter Milan 2005–06 Serie A 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07 Serie A 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Treviso (loan) 2007–08 Serie B 27 2 0 0 27 2
2008–09 Serie B 13 2 1 0 14 2
Total 40 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 41 4
Pisa (loan) 2008–09 Serie B 18 1 0 0 18 1
Bari 2009–10 Serie A 38 1 1 0 39 1
Juventus 2010–11 Serie A 34 2 2 0 8[a] 1 44 3
2011–12 Serie A 32 2 5 0 37 2
2012–13 Serie A 33 0 4 0 10[b] 1 1[c] 0 48 1
2013–14 Serie A 29 2 1 0 13[d] 1 1[c] 0 44 3
2014–15 Serie A 34 3 4 1 13[b] 0 1[c] 0 52 4
2015–16 Serie A 36 3 4 0 8[b] 0 1[c] 0 49 3
2016–17 Serie A 29 3 5 1 11[b] 1 0 0 45 5
Total 227 15 25 2 63 4 4 0 319 21
AC Milan 2017–18 Serie A 35 2 5 0 11[a] 0 51 2
Juventus 2018–19 Serie A 29 3 1 0 10[b] 0 1[c] 0 41 3
2019–20 Serie A 35 3 4 1 7[b] 0 1[c] 0 47 4
2020–21 Serie A 26 2 2 0 6[b] 0 1[c] 0 35 2
2021–22 Serie A 24 5 3 0 7[b] 0 0 0 34 5
2022–23 Serie A 13 1 0 0 8[e] 1 21 2
Total 127 14 10 1 38 1 3 0 178 16
Career total 486 37 45 3 112 5 7 0 650 45
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana
  4. ^ Six appearances in UEFA Champions League, seven appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Six appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League

International

As of match played 20 November 2022[178][2]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy 2010 8 2
2011 5 0
2012 11 0
2013 11 0
2014 8 1
2015 10 0
2016 14 1
2017 8 1
2018 10 1
2019 10 1
2020 4 0
2021 15 1
2022 6 0
Total 120 8
As of match played 20 November 2022[2]
Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Bonucci goal.
List of international goals scored by Leonardo Bonucci
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 June 2010 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Mexico 1–2 1–2 Friendly
2 3 September 2010 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
3 9 September 2014 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
4 2 July 2016 Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France  Germany 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–6 p)
UEFA Euro 2016
5 28 March 2017 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands 2–1 2–1 Friendly
6 1 June 2018 Allianz Riviera, Nice, France  France 1–2 1–3 Friendly
7 8 June 2019 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece  Greece 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
8 11 July 2021 Wembley Stadium, London, England  England 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(3–2 p)
UEFA Euro 2020 Final

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Coppa Italia

Coppa Italia

The Coppa Italia is an annual knockout cup competition in Italian football organized by the FIGC until the 2009–10 season and the Lega Serie A ever since.

2005–06 Inter Milan season

2005–06 Inter Milan season

The 2005–06 season was Football Club Internazionale Milano's 97th in existence and 90th consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football.

2006–07 Inter Milan season

2006–07 Inter Milan season

The 2006–07 season was Football Club Internazionale Milano's 98th in existence and 91st consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football. The team competed in Serie A, in the Coppa Italia, in the Supercoppa Italiana and in the UEFA Champions League.

2007–08 Serie B

2007–08 Serie B

The 2007–08 Serie B regular season is the seventy-sixth since its establishment. It started on August 25, 2007, and ended with the promotion playoff final on June 15, 2008.

2008–09 Serie B

2008–09 Serie B

The 2008–09 Serie B season was the seventy-seventh since its establishment. A total of 22 teams will contest the league, 15 of which will be returning from the 2007–08 season, four of which will have been promoted from Serie C1, and three relegated from Serie A.

2009–10 Serie A

2009–10 Serie A

The 2009–10 Serie A was the 108th season of top-tier Italian football, the 78th in a round-robin tournament. There were three promoted teams from the Serie B, replacing the three teams that were relegated following the 2008–09 season. Nike provided a new match ball – the T90 Ascente – for this season. Following the season, citing a larger television contract, the seventeen teams that survived the season and the three promoted sides formed a new league akin to England's Premier League.

2010–11 Juventus F.C. season

2010–11 Juventus F.C. season

The 2010–11 season was Juventus Football Club's 113th in existence and fourth consecutive season in the top-flight of Italian football. Juventus started the season with a new chairman, Andrea Agnelli and a new coach, Luigi Delneri. This was the last season that Juventus were trophyless, as for a decade, they did nine in a row and won the coppa italia

2011–12 Juventus F.C. season

2011–12 Juventus F.C. season

The 2011–12 season was Juventus Football Club's 114th in existence and fifth consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football. In Serie A, the club won their first legitimate league title since 2003; they had initially won two Serie A titles in the meantime but were stripped of both as a result of the Calciopoli scandal.

2012–13 Juventus F.C. season

2012–13 Juventus F.C. season

The 2012–13 season was Juventus Football Club's 115th in existence and sixth consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football. The club won their second Serie A title in a row.

2013–14 Juventus F.C. season

2013–14 Juventus F.C. season

The 2013–14 season was Juventus Football Club's 116th in existence and seventh consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football. The club won their third Serie A title in a row with a record 102 points and 33 wins, finishing 17 points ahead of second-place Roma.

2014–15 Juventus F.C. season

2014–15 Juventus F.C. season

The 2014–15 season was Juventus Football Club's 117th in existence and eighth consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football. It was the club's fourth consecutive Serie A title in which it finished 17 points clear of second place Roma, also achieving The Double as they fell short in the Champions League Final in a 3–1 defeat to Barcelona.

2015–16 Juventus F.C. season

2015–16 Juventus F.C. season

The 2015–16 season was Juventus Football Club's 118th in existence and ninth consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football in Serie A was their from promotion to Serie B in 2007. Juventus added a third star to their jersey with new kit manufacturers Adidas in addition to the Coppa Italia badge for winning their tenth Coppa Italia the previous season. On 25 April 2016, the club won their fifth straight title since last winning five straight between 1930–31 and 1934–35, after second place Napoli lost to Roma to give Juventus mathematical certainty of the title with three games to spare. After winning only three of their first ten league matches and losing to Sassuolo on 28 October 2015, which left them in 12th place, the team went on a run of 25 matches in which they took 73 points of a possible 75, and secured the title. On 21 May, the club then won the Coppa Italia for the 11th time, and their second straight title, becoming the first team in Italy's history to complete Serie A and Coppa Italia doubles in back-to-back seasons.

Honours

Inter Milan[177]

Juventus[177]

Italy[177]

Individual

Orders

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2005–06 Serie A

2005–06 Serie A

The 2005–06 Serie A was the 104th season of top-tier Italian football, the 74th in a round-robin tournament. The league commenced on 28 August 2005 and finished on 14 May 2006. While Juventus were originally the first-placed team, this title was put sub judice due to their involvement in the Calciopoli scandal, with Internazionale instead declared champions by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on 26 July 2006.

2011–12 Serie A

2011–12 Serie A

The 2011–12 Serie A was the 110th season of top-tier Italian football, the 80th in a round-robin tournament, and the second since its organization under a league committee separate from Serie B. It began on 3 September 2011 and ended on 13 May 2012. The league was originally scheduled to start on 27 August, but this was delayed due to a strike by the players. The fixtures were drawn up on 27 July 2011.

2012–13 Serie A

2012–13 Serie A

The 2012–13 Serie A was the 111th season of top-tier Italian football, the 81st in a round-robin tournament, and the 3rd since its organization under a league committee separate from Serie B. It began on 25 August 2012 and ended on 19 May 2013. Juventus were the defending champions.

2013–14 Serie A

2013–14 Serie A

The 2013–14 Serie A was the 112th season of top-tier Italian football, the 82nd in a round-robin tournament, and the 4th since its organization under a league committee separate from Serie B. The season began on 24 August 2013 and concluded on 18 May 2014. As in previous years, Nike provided the official ball for all matches with a new Nike Incyte model used throughout the season. Juventus were the defending champions, and successfully defended their title to win a third Serie A title in a row with a record-breaking 102 points.

2014–15 Serie A

2014–15 Serie A

The 2014–15 Serie A was the 113th season of top-tier Italian football, the 83rd in a round-robin tournament, and the fifth since its organization under a league committee separate from Serie B. It began on 30 August 2014.

2015–16 Serie A

2015–16 Serie A

The 2015–16 Serie A was the 114th season of top-tier Italian football, the 84th in a round-robin tournament, and the 6th since its organization under a league committee separate from Serie B. Juventus were the defending champions. The campaign began on 22 August 2015 and ended on 15 May 2016.

2016–17 Serie A

2016–17 Serie A

The 2016–17 Serie A was the 115th season of top-tier Italian football, the 85th in a round-robin tournament, and the 7th since its organization under a league committee separate from Serie B. Juventus were the defending champions. The season ran from 20 August 2016 to 28 May 2017.

2014–15 Coppa Italia

2014–15 Coppa Italia

The 2014–15 Coppa Italia, also known as TIM Cup for sponsorship reasons, was the 68th edition of the national cup in Italian football. Napoli were the defending champions, having won the previous year's final, but were eliminated in the semi-finals by Lazio. Juventus emerged victorious with a 2–1 win in extra time, achieving a record tenth title.

2015–16 Coppa Italia

2015–16 Coppa Italia

The 2015–16 Coppa Italia, also known as TIM Cup for sponsorship reasons was the 69th edition of the national cup in Italian football. It began on 2 August 2015 and ended with the final match on 21 May 2016. Juventus successfully defended their title after beating Milan 1–0 by Morata's goal after extra time. They secured a record eleventh title in the competition.

2016–17 Coppa Italia

2016–17 Coppa Italia

The 2016–17 Coppa Italia, also known as TIM Cup for sponsorship reasons, was the 70th edition of the national cup in Italian football. Juventus successfully defended its title by defeating Lazio 2–0 in the final, becoming the first team to win the trophy in three consecutive years.

2012 Supercoppa Italiana

2012 Supercoppa Italiana

The 2012 TIM Supercoppa Italiana Final was the 25th edition of the Supercoppa, an annual football match contested by the winners of the previous season's Serie A and Coppa Italia competitions. It was the third instance in four years that the match took place in China, where it has an increasing fanbase in Italian football

2013 Supercoppa Italiana

2013 Supercoppa Italiana

The 2013 TIM Supercoppa Italiana Final was the 26th edition of the Supercoppa, an annual football match contested by the winners of the previous season's Serie A and Coppa Italia competitions. Defending champions Juventus, also reigning Serie A champions, won the game 4–0 against Coppa Italia holders Lazio. It was Juventus' second consecutive Supercoppa win, and sixth overall, matching Milan's record.

Source: "Leonardo Bonucci", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, March 24th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_Bonucci.

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