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Antonio Di Natale
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Udinese
Antonio
Di Natale

Attacker

Date of Birth
Oct 13, 1977
Place of Birth
Napoli, Italy
Nationality
Italy
Height
170 cm
Weight
69 kg
Debut
10 August 2005

Bio

Antonio Di Natale was born in Naples, Italy on 13 October 1977. Primarily a central striker, he is also able to play on the wing and is known for his technique, goalscoring prowess and creative talents. Due to the fact that his best footballing years came after the age of 30, he is often cited as an example of a late bloomer.

Having joined Empoli as a youth team player, Di Natale graduated to the senior team in 1996, but initially struggled to establish himself in the first team. Three seperate loan spells followed, to Iperzola, Varese and Viareggio, before he returned to Empoli and cemented his place in the starting eleven. His best season with the team came in 2001–02, when he was able to score 18 goals in all competitions. However, the club suffered relegation at the end of the 2003-04 season and Di Natale moved to Udinese.

Since arriving at Udinese, Di Natale has established himself as the club's talisman and one of Serie A's top strikers, helping the side to qualify for multiple European competitions. He was named as Udinese captain in 2007 and finished as the league's top goalscorer in both 2009-10 and 2010-11. He was named in the Serie A Team of the Year for three consecutive years in 2010–11, 2011–12 and 2012–13, while his performances throughout the 2009-10 campaign earned him the Italian Footballer of the Year award.

On the international stage, Di Natale made his debut for Italy in 2002, although took several years to truly establish himself in the team. He was involved in the squads for Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, as well as the 2010 World Cup. At the end of Euro 2012, he announced his retirement from international football, ending up with 42 caps and 11 international goals.

Headlines

Di Natale to postpone retirement

Di Natale to postpone retirement

by Football News

Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale appears to have called off his retirement plans after a meeting with president Giampaolo Pozzo... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2014/2015
Serie A
2155 29 25 4 12 4 11 4 0 0
2013/2014
Serie A
2411 32 29 3 16 5 17 1 0 0
2012/2013
Serie A
2708 33 31 2 20 4 23 4 0 0
2011/2012
Serie A
3055 36 35 1 12 1 23 2 0 0
2010/2011
Serie A
2938 36 35 1 20 1 28 3 0 0
2009/2010
Serie A
3010 35 33 2 4 2 29 6 0 0
2008/2009
Serie A
1339 22 15 7 9 7 12 3 0 1
2007/2008
Serie A
3060 36 35 1 11 1 17 3 0 0
2006/2007
Serie A
2487 31 31 0 12 0 11 4 1 2
2005/2006
Serie A
2488 35 29 6 17 7 9 1 0 0
2004/2005
Serie A
0 33 33 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
2003/2004
Serie A
0 33 33 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
2002/2003
Serie A
0 27 27 0 0 0 13 0 0 0
2001/2002
Serie B
0 38 38 0 0 0 16 0 0 0
2000/2001
Serie B
0 35 35 0 0 0 9 0 0 0
1999/2000
Serie B
0 25 25 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Total 25651 516 489 27 133 32 236 31 1 3

Transfers & Loans

2004
31 Jul
€ 100,000
1999
31 May
Transfer
1998
31 Aug
Transfer

Games Played

Date Match  
25 Apr 2015 2 1 0 0 0
19 Apr 2015 1 1 0 0 0
12 Apr 2015 1 3 1 0 0
8 Apr 2015 1 0 0 0 0
4 Apr 2015 1 1 0 0 0
22 Mar 2015 2 2 0 0 0
15 Mar 2015 0 0 0 0 0
8 Mar 2015 3 2 1 0 0
1 Mar 2015 1 0 0 0 0
15 Feb 2015 0 1 0 0 0
1 Feb 2015 0 0 0 1 0
26 Jan 2015 1 2 1 0 0
18 Jan 2015 2 2 0 0 0
6 Jan 2015 0 1 0 1 0
21 Dec 2014 2 2 0 0 0
14 Dec 2014 1 2 1 1 0
7 Dec 2014 1 2 0 0 0
30 Nov 2014 2 0 0 0 0
23 Nov 2014 1 1 1 1 0
2 Nov 2014 2 4 1 0 0
29 Oct 2014 3 0 0 0 0
26 Oct 2014 2 0 1 0 0
19 Oct 2014 1 0 0 0 0
5 Oct 2014 1 1 0 0 0
29 Sep 2014 4 2 2 0 0
25 Sep 2014 0 1 0 0 0
21 Sep 2014 1 0 0 0 0
13 Sep 2014 2 0 0 0 0
31 Aug 2014 2 0 2 0 0