Alessandro Plizzari


Alessandro Plizzari (born 12 March 2000) is an Italian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie B club Reggina, on loan from Milan.

Alessandro Plizzari
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Plizzari[1]
Date of birth (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 21)
Place of birth Crema, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Reggina (on loan from Milan)
Number 12
Youth career
Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Milan 0 (0)
2017–2018Ternana (loan) 19 (0)
2019–2020Livorno (loan) 21 (0)
2020–Reggina (loan) 10 (0)
National team
2015 Italy U15 6 (0)
2015 Italy U16 3 (0)
2016 Italy U17 7 (0)
2016–2018 Italy U19 14 (0)
2017–2019 Italy U20 10 (0)
2019– Italy U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:25, 24 January 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 September 2020

Club career


Plizzari is a product of Milan's youth academy. In July 2016, he was promoted to the first team as a backup goalkeeper and received his first-ever call up to the senior team ahead of a home Serie A game against Udinese played on 11 September 2016, remaining on the bench as a substitute. Despite his involvement with the first team, he continued to play for Primavera as a starting goalkeeper throughout the season. In late 2016, Milan rejected a €2 million bid for Plizzari from Manchester City.[3]

On 4 July 2017, he signed a contract extension with Milan until 2020 and was immediately sent on loan to Ternana in Serie B until 30 June 2018.[4] He made his professional debut at 17 years old, on 26 August 2017, in the league match against Empoli.[5] He finished his debut season with 20 appearances in all competitions, conceding a total of 40 goals and keeping 1 clean sheet.

In April 2019, despite making no appearances in the 2018–19 season, Plizzari extended his contract with Milan until the end of June 2023.[6]

On 1 August 2019, he was loaned out to Serie B club Livorno.[7] He made his debut with Livorno on 5 October, playing as a starter in the league match against Chievo.

On 21 August 2020, he joined Reggina on loan.[8]

International career


He was the first-choice goalkeeper for the Italy U17 squad at the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, where Italy was eliminated at the group stage.

He was on the roster for Italy U20 team at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he was the second-choice goalkeeper behind Andrea Zaccagno. He played one game at the tournament, the 3rd place game in which Italy beat Uruguay in a penalty shootout after Plizzari saved two kicks by Uruguay players Rodrigo Amaral and Juan Manuel Boselli.

He was the starting goalkeeper for Italy U19 at the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, as Italy finished as runners-up to Portugal.[9]

The following year he took part in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup with the Italy U20 squad, reaching the fourth place.

He made his debut with the Italy U21 on 10 September 2019, in the UEFA Euro 2021 qualifying match won 5–0 against Luxembourg.


Personal life


On 9 October 2020 he tested positive for COVID-19.[10]

Career statistics


Club

As of match played 23 January 2021
Club League Season League Cup Europe Other Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Ternana (loan) Serie B 2017–18 1901000200
Milan Serie A 2018–19 00000000
Livorno (loan) Serie B 2019–20 2100000210
Reggina (loan) Serie B 2020–21 1000000100
Total 5001000510

Honours


Italy U19
Italy U20

References


  1. "FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019: List of Players: Italy" (PDF). FIFA. 13 June 2019. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Alessandro Plizzari at Soccerway
  3. "Man City Eyeing Milan's 'Other Donnarumma' But Are Knocked Back With Opening Offer". 90min.com. 4 January 2017.
  4. "Plizzari-Ternana, accordo totale. E rinnovo con il Milan..." Milan News.
  5. "Game Report by Soccerway". Soccerway. 26 August 2017.
  6. Milan, A. C. "OFFICIAL STATEMENT: ALESSANDRO PLIZZARI". AC Milan.
  7. Milan, A. C. "COMUNICATO UFFICIALE: ALESSANDRO PLIZZARI". AC Milan.
  8. "ALESSANDRO PLIZZARI È UN NUOVO GIOCATORE AMARANTO" (Press release) (in Italian). Reggina. 21 August 2020.
  9. "Italy 3-4 Portugal". UEFA. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. "Alessandro Plizzari positivo al test Covid-19" (Press release) (in Italian). Reggina. 12 October 2020. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  11. "Portugal win epic U19 EURO final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 29 July 2018.
  12. "FIFA - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com.
  13. "Mina sparks historic finish for Ecuador". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 June 2019.