Christian JosÃ© Manfredini
Sisostri, known as Christian Manfredini,
(born May 1, 1975 in Port
BouÃ«t, CÃ´te d'Ivoire) is an Ivorian-Italian footballer. Manfredini currently
plays for Italian Serie A side Lazio.
Manfredini was born Christian JosÃ© Sisostri, in CÃ´te
At the age of 5, he was adopted by an
Italian family called Manfredini.
A versatile midfielder, Manfredini is a product of the Juventus
youth system and spent the early
years of his career sent on loan by Juve to smaller clubs.
Manfredini spent four seasons with different sides, playing in both
until he was sent to Cosenza
where he made his debut in Serie B
at the age of 23.
, after a year with Cosenza, Manfredini
, also in Serie B
at the time. After just a season with Genoa,
Manfredini then joined a club which was making its way forward on
the Italian football scene.
, Manfredini joined Chievo Verona
, and was an important part
of the first ever Chievo side to reach Serie
. The team continued to surprise as they found themselves top
of Serie A, eventually finishing fifth and achieving a UEFA Cup
Manfredini did not stay any longer though as he had caught the eye
of giants Lazio
, who he joined in
. At first, Manfredini failed to break into the
strong Lazio side and was sent on loan to Osasuna in Spain, as well as
Perugia and Fiorentina.
, Lazio went into financial meltdown and
were forced to sell many of their top players. Manfredini was
recalled to the club and while not always a regular in the first
eleven, made many appearances for the capital club.
Manfredini also scored a goal in the UEFA Champions League
against German side SV Werder
, Manfredini was handed his maiden
national team callup by his country of birth, the CÃ´te d'Ivoire
Manfredini was selected for the squad to face Spain
in a friendly match,
however remained an unused substitute. Manfredini later came off
the bench against Senegal
on August 16
. He was not
selected for the 2006 FIFA World
, CÃ´te d'Ivoire's new manager, Bosnian
Manfredini a recall to the national side.
Werder 2-1 Lazio