Ciro immobile

Ciro Immobile
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2013

Ciro Immobile (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃiro imˈmɔbile]; born 20 February 1990) is an Italian footballer, who currently plays as a striker for Serie A club Torino.

Club career

Early career

Born in Torre Annunziata, Italy, Immobile began his youth career with Sorrento Calcio. He remained within the club's youth setup until 2008, when he was scouted by Serie A giants, Juventus F.C.


After starting his new adventure within the Allievi Nazionali ranks, Ciro joined the Primavera (under-20) squad in 2009, where he formed a striking partnership with Ayub Daud that led the squad to win the 2009 Torneo di Viareggio, where he scored a total five goals; two of which came in the final.[2]

On 14 March 2009, Immobile made his Serie A debut in a 4–1 home win against Bologna, replacing Juventus' captain Alessandro Del Piero in the 89th minute, in a game where his youth system teammate Daud also made his Serie A debut, replacing Sebastian Giovinco a minute earlier. On 25 November 2009, Immobile also made his debut in a European competition, again as a second-half substitute for Alessandro Del Piero in a Champions League game against Bordeaux. In February 2010, he scored a hat-trick against Empoli in the 2010 Torneo di Viareggio final to seal the title for a second consecutive season.[3]

On 1 July 2010, Immobile, along with teammate Luca Marrone, were sent on loan to recently relegated Serie B side A.C. Siena. In exchange for the two loans, Juventus acquired Niccolò Giannetti, Leonardo Spinazzola, and Austrian midfielder Marcel Büchel on loan from the Tuscan club.[4] Immobile never broke into the first team, however, and in January 2011, he left Siena, after just 4 appearances and 1 goal. Following his departure from Siena, he was immediately loaned by Juventus to Grosseto, another Serie B club for the remainder of the 2010-11 Serie B season.[5] Immobile made his debut for the club on 29 January 2011, in a 0-1 away win over Vicenza Calcio. He finished the campaign with 16 appearances for Grosseto before returning to Juventus omn 30 June 2011.


On 17 August 2011, it was announced that Immobile would join Serie B club Pescara on a season-long loan from Juventus.[6] He scored his first goal for the club on 26 August during his debut for Pescara in the first league match against Hellas Verona. By the end of the Serie B andata (first half of the season), Immobile had already scored 14 league goals. On 30 January 2012, Genoa confirmed that they had paid €4 million for half of the player's rights from Juventus, following his mercurial form in Serie B. He completed his season with Pescara in the Italian second division, as the club won the league title and sealed promotion to the Serie A. He also went on to become the Serie B season's top scorer with a total of 28 goals, seven more than the second-highest scorer, Juve Stabia's Marco Sau. Immobile was also named the Serie B's Player of the Year. On 20 June 2012, Immobile's co-ownership agreement was renewed by Juventus and Genoa, with the Ligurian side maintaining his registration rights for the 2012-13 Serie A campaign. For the €4 million transfer fee, Juventus converted into the purchase of Richmond Boakye's 50% registration rights in July 2012.


Immobile formally became a player Genoa on 1 July 2012 after the loan with Pescara expired. On 26 August 2012, Immobile scored his first Serie A goal in the home match won 2–0 against Cagliari. He scored his second on 16 September against his co-owners Juventus in his club's 1–3 loss home at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. He also scored a goal in back-to-back games against Napoli and Sampdoria on 11 November and 18 November, respectively, as Genoa failed to win either game. He finished the season with five goals scored in 33 Serie A appearances (21 as a starter), failing to score a goal in the 2013-half of the season as Genoa finished in 17th place, just escaping relegation.

On 19 June 2013, Genoa and Juventus again renewed the co-ownership agreements of Immobile and Boakye.[7]


On 12 July 2013 Juventus bought back their half of Immobile from Genoa for €2.75 million. They then immediately sold half to city-rivals Torino, with Juventus retaining their participation rights.[8] Immobile inherited the number 9 shirt after the departure of former long-time club captain Rolando Bianchi to Bologna, and made his debut on 16 August 2013 against Pescara during the first leg of Coppa Italia.[9] He played in the first game of the season against Sassuolo (2–0) on 26 August 2013, providing an assist for Matteo Brighi.[10] On 7 October 2013 Immobile scored his first goal of the season against Sampdoria (2–2).[11] Prior Immobile had not scored in Serie A since 22 December 2012 whilst playing for Genoa.[12] He scored again on 20 October 2013 to give Torino a brief lead over Inter Milan with the match ultimately ending 3–3.[13]

International career

Immobile made his Italy under-19 debut in a 2009 European Championship qualifier in October 2008, but Italy failed to make it to the play-offs. On 25 March 2009, he made his debut with the Italy under-21 squad in a friendly match against the Austrian under-21s. He scored his first goal at the U-21 level at his second appearance, on 25 April 2012, in a friendly match won 4–1 against Scotland. He also scored against the Netherlands when he dribbled past three defenders and chipped the keeper. He was selected as a member of the Italy U-21 squad for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in Israel, along with Genoa teammate Andrea Bertolacci.

Career statistics

As of 20 March 2013
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2008–09 Juventus Serie A 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
2010–11 Siena Serie B 4 1 2 1 - 6 2
Grosseto 16 1 0 0 - 16 1
2011–12 Pescara 37 28 0 0 0 0 37 28
2012–13 Genoa Serie A 33 5 1 0 0 0 38 5
Career total 85 35 4 1 1 0 90 36




  • Serie B Player of the Year (1): 2012
  • Serie B Top Scorer (1): 2011–12


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