Friday, August 12, 2011

Christian Maggio

Christian Maggio Miglior esterno d'Italia
Full name : Christian Maggio
Date of birth : February 11, 1982 (age 29)
Place of birth : Montecchio Maggiore, Italy
Height : 1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)
Playing position :Right winger Right Back
Current club : Napoli
Number : 11

Maggio began his career at Vicenza making his Serie A debut in the 2000–2001 season, finishing the campaign with six appearances. However, despite some success on a personal level, Vicenza were subsequently relegated to Serie B at the end of the season. Maggio stayed with Vicenza until 2003, making 38 appearances in total while managing to score just 1 goal.
In 2003, Maggio signed for A.C.F. Fiorentina. Maggio did not appear for Fiorentina until they were promoted from Serie B for the 2004–2005 season. Overall, Maggio played 56 games for The Viola, scoring 2 goals over a 4 year period.
However, it was not until Maggio signed for Sampdoria that he began to fulfill the potential he had shown when playing for Italy at youth level. Some very impressive performances during the 2007–2008 season resulted in nine goals from twenty-nine appearances. At the end of season he was sold to Napoli for €8 million.
During his time at Napoli he has continued to perform consistently which resulted in him making his senior international debut against Greece on November 19, 2008. His second appearance came nearly one year later on November 18, 2009 against Sweden. As both of these matches were frienlies, he is yet to make a competitive appearance at senior level.
On the 24th of January 2009 Maggio scored a wonderful volley against Livorno. He took up a position near the corner of the penalty area as a long cross-field pass descended towards him. As this raking pass came across his body from his left shoulder he volleyed it first time, with great power, over the goalkeeper and the far top corner of the net.On December 6, 2010, Maggio scored a last second goal which saw Napoli three points in a 1-0 win over Palermo in the 94th minute.
Maggio usually functions as a right midfielder/winger for Napoli since they play in a 3-5-2 formation. However he has played at right back for the majority of his career. Former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni has said that Maggio is the successor to Christian Panucci at right back. However since he started playing on the wing, his quality has improved and he is arguably better as a right winger rather than a right back considering his greatly improved attacking skills.
Christian Maggio

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