Graziano Pellè
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Personal information
Full name Graziano Pellè
Date of birth 15 July 1985 (1985-07-15) (age 35)
Place of birth    San Cesario di Lecce, Flag of Italy Italy
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Flag of Italy Parma
Number 9
Youth clubs
2001–2004 Flag of Italy Lecce
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
Flag of Italy Lecce
Flag of ItalyCatania (loan)
Flag of ItalyCrotone (loan)
Flag of ItalyCesena (loan)
Flag of Netherlands AZ
Flag of Italy Parma
Flag of ItalySampdoria (loan)
Flag of NetherlandsFeyenoord (loan)
Flag of Netherlands Feyenoord
Flag of England Southampton
Flag of China Shandong Luneng
Flag of Italy Parma
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015 00(0)
017 00(6)
037 0(10)
078 0(14)
012 00(1)
012 00(4)
029 0(27)
028 0(23)
017 00(8)
106 0(52)
National team
Flag of Italy Italy U20
Flag of Italy Italy U21
Flag of Italy Italy Olympic
Flag of Italy Italy
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Graziano Pellè (born 15 July 1985) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Parma.

He began his career at local Serie A club Lecce, and was loaned to three lower-division sides before moving to the Dutch club AZ in 2007. He won the Eredivisie title in his second of four seasons at the club. After brief spells back in Italy with Parma and Sampdoria, he returned to the Dutch top flight, where his consistent scoring for Feyenoord earned Pellè an £8 million transfer to Southampton in July 2014.

Pellè represented Italy at under-20 and under-21 level. He also played for their Olympic team in 2008, but was not selected for the tournament. He scored on his senior international debut in 2014 and represented the nation at UEFA Euro 2016.

In July, 2016, after two seasons with Southampton, Pellè moved to Shandong Luneng, for an estimated fee of £12 million.

Club career

Early career

International career

After a successful loan spell with Cesena, Pellè earned a call-up to the Italian U21 side at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship where he collected three appearances, all as a substitute. In the 5th-place playoff match against Portugal, he scored the first penalty kick in the shootout win, with a Panenka-style penalty. The win secured Italy the final European spot at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He was part of the preparation for the tournament but was ultimately not selected to the final 22-man squad for the Olympics.

On 4 October 2014, he received his first call up to the Italy senior side for the Azzurri's Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Azerbaijan and Malta, at the expense of Mario Balotelli. He made his debut as a starter away to Malta, scoring the only goal of the game from close range after a corner in the 29th minute.





Italy U21


External links

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Italy – UEFA Euro 2016 – Semi-finals

1. Buffon 2. De Sciglio 3. Chiellini 4. Darmian 5. Ogbonna 6. Candreva 7. Zaza 8. Florenzi 9. Pellè 10. Motta 11. Immobile 12. Sirigu 13. Marchetti 14. Sturaro 15. Barzagli 16. De Rossi 17. Éder 18. Parolo 19. Bonucci 20. Insigne 21. Bernardeschi 22. El Shaarawy 23. Giaccherini

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