Andrea Barzagli is an Italian footballer who plays for Italian outfit Juventus and the Italy national football team. Barzagli is known for his powerful build and being strong in terms of concentration and positional sense.
Born on the 8th of May 1981 Barzagli began his club career at Rondinella before moving to Serie B side A.C. Pistoiese in 2000Ã¢â‚¬â€œ01. He then signed for Ascoli Calcio 1898 for the 2001Ã¢â‚¬â€œ02 season. His first Serie A cap was won with Chievo Verona in the 1Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1 draw at Brescia on August 2003.
Barzagli chose to join VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga following fellow Italian and team-mate Cristian Zaccardo in 2008. He was given the number 43 and it was later reported that the Italian international snubbed Fiorentina's five years £1.2 million contract for VfL Wolfsburg's offer of 3 years £2.5 million offer. He scored his first goal for Wolfsburg in a 4Ã¢â‚¬â€œ0 win over TSG Hoffenheim on 4 April 2010. On 26 January 2011, Barzagli left Wolfsburg to return to Italy, joining Serie A giants Juventus for a contract of Ã¢â€šÂ¬300,000 fixed and Ã¢â€šÂ¬300,000 variable. Since the arrival of Antonio Conte as coach of the Bianconeri, Barzagli has gone on to become an integral part of the Juve backline and is one of the club's most consistent performers.
having represented Italy at the Under-21 level Barzagli made his senior debut for Italy in November 2004 against Finland. He was called up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup was deployed six times in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying matches and appeared in the crucial 2Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1 victory over Scotland. He was recalled to Italy's UEFA Euro 2008 squad and partnered Materazzi in the heavy 0Ã¢â‚¬â€œ3 defeat against the Netherlands. In spite of winning the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in 2009, he was not picked by Marcello Lippi for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.