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Antonio Nocerino


Antonio Nocerino

Antonio Nocerino

Nocerino warming-up for Milan in 2012
Personal information
Full name Antonio Nocerino[1]
Date of birth (1985-04-09) 9 April 1985
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 23
Youth career
1997–2003 Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Juventus 32 (0)
2003–2004 Avellino (loan) 34 (0)
2004–2005 Genoa (loan) 5 (0)
2005 Catanzaro (loan) 21 (0)
2005 Crotone (loan) 15 (0)
2006 Messina (loan) 11 (1)
2006–2007 Piacenza (loan) 37 (6)
2008–2011 Palermo 106 (6)
2011– Milan 72 (12)
2014 West Ham United (loan) 10 (0)
2014– Torino (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2004 Italy U19 7 (1)
2004–2005 Italy U20 16 (2)
2006–2007 Italy U21 10 (3)
2007– Italy 15 (0)
2008 Olympic Italy 11 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:47, 12 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2012

Antonio Nocerino (Italian pronunciation: ; born 9 April 1985) is an Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Torino on loan from Milan. He has also represented the Italian national team.

Club career

Early career

He started playing at the age of five years at a small club in his neighbourhood, coached by his father. When he was 13, he joined the Juventus youth academy. He made his professional debut with Avellino in Serie B on 11 September 2003, drawing 0–0 with Parma. His first match in Serie A came on 12 February 2006 for Messina, beating Sampdoria 4–2. His first goal in Serie A for Messina was scored on 7 May 2006 against Empoli; it was then stricken off when the game was forfeited.

Piacenza and Juventus

In the 2006–07 season, at Piacenza, he started regularly, playing 37 games and scoring six goals. In the summer of 2007, Juventus, who held a 50% ownership of Nocerino, purchased the other half from Piacenza for €3.7 million.

He made his official debut with Juventus playing in the starting XI on the opening day of Serie A against Livorno, which Juventus won 5–1. His performances saw coach Claudio Ranieri play him in the first half of the season. In the second half, with the arrival of Mohamed Sissoko, his opportunity to play diminished. He made 32 league appearances and four in the Coppa Italia.


Nocerino receiving a red card in a Europa League match against CSKA Moscow
Nocerino playing in 2011

On 30 May 2008, he moved permanently to Palermo as part of the transfer that took Amauri to Juventus. Nocerino was priced at €7.5 million. He made his debut in the Rosanero shirt in a 3–1 victory against Roma on 13 September.[2] In the 2009–10 season, with Walter Zenga as coach, he started again regularly in the first XI. On 23 September 2009, in the home game against Roma, he scored his first goal in Serie A for Palermo. His only other goal that season was scored against Lazio on 21 February 2010.

With the arrival of manager Delio Rossi, he was assigned the task of offensive midfielder, leaving the defensive midfield work to Giulio Migliaccio. He was also used as coverage of the left wing when full-back Federico Balzaretti pushed forward. He closed his second season with Palermo with 35 appearances and two goals in the league, plus three appearances in Coppa Italia. Playing the quarter-finals in the Coppa Italia, which Palermo won on penalties against Parma, marked his 100th appearance for Palermo. He finished this eason with 49 appearances in all competitions, being the most used player in the team and scoring four goals, all in the league.

In the beginning of the 2011–12 season, after playing two matches in the Europa League's third qualifying round against Swiss side FC Thun, he left Palermo, making a total of 122 appearances and scoring six goals during his tenure.


On 31 August 2011, the last day of the Italian transfer window and only an hour before the window ended, Nocerino joined Milan on a five-year contract,[3] for €500,000.[4]

Nocerino in action for A.C. Milan against
Real Madrid – Nocerino charging in front of
Real Madrid's Sami Khedira with Luca Antonini in check

Nocerino made his Milan debut in the first 2011–12 game of the season on 9 September 2011 coming on as a 68th minute substitute for fellow debutante Alberto Aquilani in a 2–2 home draw against Lazio.[5] He made his UEFA Champions League debut in the next game on 13 September, when Milan drew 2–2 against FC Barcelona.[6]

On 15 October, he scored his first goal in the 3–0 home victory against former club Palermo, completing a great team move lead by Antonio Cassano and Robinho. Due to the injury crisis, he played regularly until picking up his fourth caution of the season on 6 November, resulting in a suspension. On 26 October, Nocerino notched a hat-trick for Milan in a 4–1 win against Parma.[7] On 25 February 2012, Nocerino scored against title chaser Juventus in the 1–1 draw, putting his goal tally to eight for the season.[8]

Nocerino scored in Milan's Second-Leg Champions League Quarter-final tie against Barcelona just after the half-hour mark to level the match at 1–1 after Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a penalty. The game ended 3–1 on the night and also on aggregate to Barcelona.[9] After AC Milan's elimination from the Champions League and failure to defend their league title, manager Massimiliano Allegri reject speculation that Nocerino would be sold.[10] Forza Italian Football named Nocerino as the signing of the season, due to his goalscoring attributes.[11]

In the summer of 2012, Nocerino took the A.C. Milan squad number 8 following the departure of Gennaro Gattuso to join Swiss club Sion.[12] He said it was 'an honour' to receive the number 8 shirt as a worthy to successor to Gattuso.[12]

On 16 December 2012, Nocerino scored a goal 35 seconds into the game in which Milan defeated Pescara. After the game, Nocerino told the press that he would like to dedicate his goal to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Nocerino said, "... everything I did today was only for them."[13]
However, as the season progressed, Nocerino is considered leaving the club in the summer if he cannot be guaranteed a regular starting place.[14]

In the summer of 2013, Nocerino changed his squad number to 23 following the departure of the former captain Massimo Ambrosini.[12] Following the sack of Manager Allergi, Nocerino made 11 appearance in 2013-14 season and reacted with shock when he left AC Milan on loan.[15] At the time of his transfer, he was linked with a move to Torino.[16]

West Ham United (loan)

On 25 January 2014, he signed for Premier League club West Ham United on loan for the remainder of the season.[17] Nocerino made his first appearance for West Ham against Chelsea on 29 January coming on as a substitute for Kevin Nolan in the 80th minute in a 0–0 draw at Stamford Bridge.[18] Having made ten appearances for the club, Nocernino's loan spell with West Ham United came to an end despite his wish to stay.[15][19]

Torino (loan)

On 2 July 2014, Nocerino moved to Torino on loan.[20]

International career

Nocerino in action for Italy in the quarter-final against England at UEFA Euro 2012

Nocerino played for Italy's under-20 in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and with their under-21 in the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. He captained the Italian under-21's triumphing over Chile to win the Toulon tournament for the first time for the Azzurrini. He also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as captain of Italy's Olympic squad. He received his first call up to Italy's national team by Roberto Donadoni on 17 October 2007 in a friendly against South Africa. Nocerino was selected to Italy's final squad at the 2012 Euro Championships. He played in the quarter finals against England, where he scored in the penalty shootout which Italy won 4–2.[21]

Style of playing

Compared to Gennaro Gattuso during his time at Milan,[22] Nocerino is an energetic player who is primarily deployed as a ball-winning defensive midfielder, or as a box-to-box midfielder, although he can be deployed anywhere in midfield. During his time at Juventus, he was played as a deep-lying playmaker on occasion, and even as a winger, although his preferred role is that of an attacking midfielder.[23] Nocerino is primarily known for his pace, stamina, strength, and his tenacious tackling ability, as well his adeptness at reading the game. He is also capable of being an offensive threat due to his tendency to make attacking runs, as well as his powerful and accurate shot from distance. He has also recently improved his distribution, as well as his technical and creative skills, which make him capable of providing assists for team-mates.[24][25]

Personal life

On 18 September 2007, it was reported that Nocerino was hit by a car after leaving a restaurant in Turin and was hospitalised for scans when he suffered minor concussion and bruising. The following day, Nocerino was discharged from the hospital and monitored for a few days.[26]

In response of asking question to Twitter, Nocerino has two children that he cited "change his life and that his father is his role model."[27]


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  2. ^ "Roma incerottata e inesistente" (in Italian). 13 September 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "A.C. Milan Comunicato Ufficiale". AC Milan (in Italian). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  4. ^ UN PALERMO CHE INVESTE Archived 12 September at WebCite
  5. ^ "Ac Milan v Lazio". ESPN. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Barça's nightmare finish after Milan's dream start". 13 September 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "AC Milan 4–1 Parma: Antonio Nocerino Takes Over The San Siro". 26 October 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Milan-Juventus 1–1: Matri risponde a Nocerino, ma quante polemiche" (in Italian). 26 February 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Barcelona 3–1 AC Milan (agg 3–1)". (RTÉ). 3 April 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Allegri has Nocerino backing". Sky Sports. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "AC Milan’s Antonio Nocerino – Signing Of The Season And Symbol Of The Rossoneri". Forza Italian Football. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "Nocerino proud to wear Gattuso's No.8 jersey". 4 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Nocerino pays Tribute to Newton Victims". 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "AC Milan's Antonio Nocerino may look to leave the club in the summer". Sky Sports. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "West Ham's AC Milan reject Antonio Nocerino playing for pride as Manchester United visit". Daily Mirror. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  16. ^ "Torino Keen On AC Milan Midfielder". Forza Italian Football. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Hammers net Nocherino". 25 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Chelsea 0–0 West Ham United". Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Nocerino confirms West Ham Departure". Talk Sport. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Nocerino al Toro". (in Italian) ( 
  21. ^ McNulty, Phil (24 June 2012). "England 0–0 Italy (2–4 on pens.)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "AC Milan's Antonio Nocerino: I am not the new Gennaro Gattuso". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  23. ^ """Nocerino fuori dagli schemi "Sono mezzala: anche i muri lo sanno. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  24. ^ "Palermo 2009/2010, i protagonisti: Antonio Nocerino". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  25. ^ "GOL, CORSA E FANTASIA". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "Juve starlet hit by car". Sky Sports. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  27. ^ "AC Milan Midfielder Nocerino Answers Questions On Twitter". Forza Italian Football. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 

External links

  • FIGC profile (Italian)
  • A.C. Milan profile
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