Michele Cerofolini


Michele Cerofolini (born 4 January 1999) is an Italian football player. He plays for Serie B club Reggiana on loan from Fiorentina.

Michele Cerofolini
Personal information
Date of birth (1999-01-04) 4 January 1999 (age 22)
Place of birth Arezzo, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Reggiana (on loan from Fiorentina)
Number 13
Youth career
0000–2018 Fiorentina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Fiorentina 0 (0)
2018–2019Cosenza (loan) 2 (0)
2019Bisceglie (loan) 13 (0)
2020Casertana (loan) 8 (0)
2020–Reggiana (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2017 Italy U18 4 (0)
2017–2018 Italy U19 6 (0)
2018–2019 Italy U20 5 (0)
2020– Italy U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 October 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:40, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

Club career


Fiorentina

He is a product of Fiorentina youth teams and started playing for their Under-19 squad in the 2015–16 season at the age of 17.[1] He started making bench appearances for Fiorentina's senior squad in the 2016–17 Serie A season.[2] On 23 August 2017, he made his first appearance for Fiorentina's senior squad, coming on as an 87th-minute substitute for Bartłomiej Drągowski (becoming Fiorentina's third goalkeeper of the game) in a friendly Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu matchup against Real Madrid.[3] In 2017–18 season, he appeared on the bench in most of the Serie A games for Fiorentina, but did not play in any, remaining a backup to Marco Sportiello and Dragowski.

Loan to Cosenza and Bisceglie

On 13 July 2018, Cerofolini joined Serie B club Cosenza on a season-long loan.[4] He made his professional debut in Serie B for Cosenza on 26 September 2018 in a 2–0 away defeat against Cremonese.[5] One month later, on 30 October, he played his second match for the club, a 1–1 home draw against Pescara.[6] However, in January 2019, his loan was interrupted and he returned to Fiorentina leaving Cosenza with only these 2 appearances, remaining an unused substitute for 17 times during the loan, here he was the third goalkeeper after Pietro Perina and Umberto Saracco.[7]

On 25 January 2019, Cerofolini moved on another loan, to Serie C club Bisceglie.[8] Two days later, on 27 January, he made his debut in a 1–0 home defeat against Viterbese Castrense.[9] Two weeks later, on 10 February, he kept his first clean sheet for the team in a 0–0 home draw against Trapani and two more weeks later, on 24 February, he kept his second in a 0–0 away draw against Paganese.[10][11] He became Bisceglie's first-choice in the second part of the season. Cerofolini ended his 6-month loan to Bisceglie with 13 appearances, 11 goals conceded and 6 clean sheets.[7]

Loan to Casertana

After appearing on the bench 3 times for Fiorentina in November/December 2019, on 9 January 2020 he joined Serie C club Casertana on loan.[12] Three days later, on 12 January, he made his debut for the club in a 2–2 away draw against Rende.[13] Ten more days later, on 22 January, Cerofolini kept his first clean sheet for Casertana in a 0–0 home draw against Potenza.[14] On 9 February he kept his second clean sheet in a 0–0 home draw against Bisceglie.[15] Cerofolini ended his 6-month loan to Casertana with 8 appearances, 8 goals conceded and 2 clean sheet.[7]

Loan to Reggiana

On 20 August 2020, Cerofolini was loaned to newly promoted Serie B club Reggiana on loan for the 2020–21 season.[16]

International career


Cerofolini was first chosen to represent his country when he was called up to Italy national under-18 football team for a series of friendlies in February 2017.[17]

Later in the same year he began to be called up to the Under-19 squad, and eventually was included in Italy's roster for the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, in which Italy was the runner-up to Portugal. He did not make any appearances at the tournament, serving as back-up to Alessandro Plizzari.[18]

In the fall of 2018 he was included in Italy's Under-20 squad and played in 2018–19 Under 20 Elite League games.[19]

On 13 October 2020 he made his debut with the Italy U21 playing as a starter in a qualifying match won 2–0 against Republic of Ireland in Pisa.

Career statistics


Club

As of 8 July 2020
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cosenza (loan) 2018–19 Serie B 2 0 0 0 2 0
Bisceglie (loan) 2018–19 Serie C 13 0 13 0
Casertana (loan) 2019–20 Serie C 8 0 8 0
Career total 23 0 0 0 23 0

Honours


International

Italy U19

References


  1. "Profile by TuttoCalciatori" (in Italian). TuttoCalciatori. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  2. "Fiorentina v. Genoa Game Report by Soccerway". Soccerway. 29 January 2017.
  3. "Real Madrid 2-1 Fiorentina: Cristiano Ronaldo put domestic ban behind him to score winner". Sky Sports. 23 August 2017.
  4. "Michele Cerofolini è un Giocatore Rossoblù" (in Italian). Cosenza. 13 July 2018.
  5. "Game Report by Soccerway". Soccerway. 26 September 2018.
  6. "Cosenza vs. Pescara - 30 October 2018". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  7. "Italy - M. Cerofolini - Profile with news, career statistics and history". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  8. "Calciomercato: Ufficializzati Luca Mosti e Michele Cerofolini" [Market:Luca Mosti and Michele Cerofolini join] (in Italian). Bisceglie. 25 January 2019.
  9. "Bisceglie vs. Viterbese Castrense - 27 January 2019". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  10. "Bisceglie vs. Trapani - 10 February 2019". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  11. "Paganese vs. Bisceglie - 24 February 2019". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  12. "CEROFOLINI SUBITO A DISPOSIZIONE DI MISTER GINESTRA" (Press release) (in Italian). Casertana. 9 January 2020.
  13. "Rende vs. Casertana - 12 January 2020 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  14. "Casertana vs. Potenza Calcio - 22 January 2020 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  15. "Casertana vs. Bisceglie - 9 February 2020 - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  16. "Tra i pali arriva il portiere Michele Cerofolini". reggianacalcio.it (in Italian). 20 August 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  17. "Cerofolini U-18 statistics by the Italian Football Federation" (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  18. "Cerofolini U-19 statistics by the Italian Football Federation" (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  19. "Cerofolini U-20 statistics by the Italian Football Federation" (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. Retrieved 28 October 2018.