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Giampaolo Pazzini (born August 2, 1984 in Pesciamarker) is an Italian footballer who plays for Serie A club Sampdoria.

Club career

Fiorentina

Pazzini joined Fiorentina from Atalanta for around €6.5 million in January 2005. During his first season he scored 3 goals, including a fine strike against Juventus(finiching the match Fiorentina 3 - 3 Juventus) but he didn't find space in Cesare Prandelli's plans as the latter preferred Luca Toni as the main striker, with Pazzini and Bojinov acting as second strikers. After the departure of Luca Toni, Pazzini became a starter and he reached to score 9 goals during the Serie A 2007–08.

With the arrival of former Milan striker Alberto Gilardino, Prandelli opted for Adrian Mutu and Gilardino to form a striking partnership. As a result, Pazzini didn't find enough playing time and on January 14, 2009, he transferred to Sampdoria.

Sampdoria

After his first match versus Palermo, in the next matchday Pazzini found the back of the net for the first time with the blucerchiati against Udinese in the Coppa Italia. He scored his first goal in Serie A with his new team on February 1, 2009 in the match against Chievo, finished in a 1–1 draw. His rejuvenated form continued when he hit his first brace with Sampdoria in a 3–0 hammering against Italian champions Internazionale in the Coppa Italia, and his second consecutive brace arrived in the Serie A encounter against Roma (2–2). Pazzini is currently Sampdoria's top goalscorer for the 2009-10 season with 7 goals from 10 games. He has combined very well with Antonio Cassano up front, forming arguably the best offensive partnership in Serie A this season.

International career

Under-21

Pazzini was formerly a member of the Italy Under-21 team. He holds the record for the first goal and first hat-trick scored at the new Wembley Stadiummarker, on March 27, 2007 when he scored 3 times in a friendly match against the England U-21. He also held the record for the fastest goal at the new stadium until Louis Saha scored after 26 seconds in the 2009 FA Cup Final.

Senior team

Pazzini received his first cap for Italy's senior team on 28 March 2009 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Montenegro, marking his debut with a goal. Four days later, Pazzini was awarded with a place in the starting line-up against the Republic of Ireland. Unfortunately his second cap was a less fortunate one as he was sent off in the second minute of the match for elbowing defender John O'Shea. He now holds the record for fastest sending off in Italian history.

Pazzini started the friendly against Northern Ireland at Pisamarker on 6th June 2009. He missed a penalty in the 55th minute but Italy still emerged victorious 3–0.

International goals

Updated to games played March 28, 2009.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. March 28, 2009 Podgoricamarker, Montenegromarker 2–0 Win FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualification


References

  1. F.I.G.C. Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio


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