Mauro Camoranesi is considered one of the top players in Italy during the 2000s. Read on to find out more facts about Mauro Camoranesi, the legendary midfielder.
(born 4 October 1976) is an Italian football manager and former player who played as a right midfielder or right winger.
Mauro Camoranesi’s age
An important fact about Mauro Camoranesi is that he started his career in Argentina in 1995, playing for Aldosivi and Banfield. He later played for Santos Laguna and Cruz Azul in Mexico, as well as Wanderers in Uruguay.
He came to Italy in 2000, joining Verona, where his talents won him a 2002 transfer to reigning Serie A winners Juventus.
Camoranesi spent most of his career with the Turin team, earning a second Supercoppa Italiana during his eight years with the Bianconeri. He spent a season withVfB Stuttgart
in Germany in 2010, before returning to Argentina to play for Lans and then Racing Club, where he retired in 2014.
Camoranesi resumed his coaching career later that year after retiring, and he has since managed Mexican team Coras de Tepic and Argentine club Tigre.
Camoranesi, who was born and raised in Argentina, first represented Italy at the international level in 2003. He represented Italy at UEFA Euro 2004, UEFA Euro 2008, and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup; he also represented Italy at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was a member of the 2006 World Cup winning side.
A notable fact about Mauro Camoranesi is that he was qualified for Italian citizenship because of his great-grandfather, Luigi, who came to Argentina in 1873 from Potenza Picena in the Marche region of Italy.
Mauro Camoranesi’s childhood
, it should be mentioned that he grew up a great supporter of the Argentinian team River Plate, although he also played for Club Atlético Aldosivi as a kid. Aldosivi is located in Mar del Plata, around 100 kilometers from Tandil, where Camoranesi was born.
Camoranesi was born in October 1976 in Tandil, one of Buenos Aires Province's four municipal communities, in the south-east of the city. His path to World Cup triumph in an azure jersey for Italy was probably not one he had ever genuinely imagined for himself, even in his mid-20s.
Camoranesi, who is of Italian origin via his great-grandfather Luigi, who immigrated to Argentina in 1873, had an uncanny ability to stay out of the limelight throughout his formative years. He was obsessed by his passion for all things River Plate as a child. There is no information available regarding
Mauro Camoranesi’s parents
An important fact about Mauro Camoranesi is that he took his first timid steps into the professional game, in the second tier of the Spanish structure, at Mar del Plata with Club Atlético Aldovisi.
Camoranesi avoided the conventional domestic Argentinian power bases and the national team's younger levels after slipping through the nets of not just the large clubs, but also the AFA. He accepted an offer from the Mexican outfit Santos Laguna when he was 19 years old.
He had a productive, albeit disappointing, year in Liga MX, but was limited to a cameo role on a team that finished last in the standings in order to qualify for the end-of-season playoffs.
Camoranesi then flew to Montevideo for what was essentially another watch-brief with Wanderers, for whom he only played six games. He jumped at the chance to return to his birthplace in time for the 1997/98 season, after the difficulties and useful experiences of Mexico and Uruguay.
An important fact about Mauro Camoranesi is that he won two Serie A championships with Juventus in the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons, howeverJuventus
was stripped of both titles and demoted to Serie B as a consequence of their participation in the 2006 Italian football scandal.
During the 1995–96 season, he relocated to Mexico to begin his professional playing career with Santos Laguna, where he scored one goal in 13 games and earned the moniker "El Cholo" from the team's supporters.
The young Argentine had further travels the following year, as he temporarily joined Uruguayan club Montevideo Wanderers before returning to his birthplace to play for Banfield in 1997, where he established himself as a strong offensive right midfielder, appearing in 38 games and scoring 16 goals.
An important fact about Mauro Camoranesi is that he returned to Mexico the next season, joining Cruz Azul and playing for them from 1998 to 2000, making over 60 games and scoring 20 goals.
He drew the attention ofVerona
of the Italian Serie A after scoring 21 goals in 79 appearances for Cruz Azul, an outstanding feat for a midfielder. He went to Italy in 2000, playing with Verona for two years, scoring four goals in 22 games to help the team escape relegation in his debut season.
In 2002, Juventus agreed to a co-ownership contract with Camoranesi; originally, Juventus agreed to a price of €1 in cash plus player deal (where Max Vieri was sold for €517,000 (or 1 billion lire) + €2.324 million cash (or 4.5 billion lire cash)).
On the same day, Juventus signed Marco Di Vaio in a similar agreement, he was signed outright by the Bianconeri on a permanent basis for an extra cost of €5 million.
Following an injury toGianluca Zambrotta
, Camoranesi quickly established himself as the starting right winger, and in his first season with the club, he won the Serie A title and the 2002 Supercoppa Italiana, as well as reaching the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final; the following season, he added the 2003 Supercoppa Italiana to his trophy cabinet.
Despite his agent Sergio Fortunato connecting him to teams like Lyon, Valencia, and Liverpool after Juventus' relegation in the summer of 2006, Camoranesi released a declaration in September proclaiming his devotion to Juventus. "I will not seek to be sold in January; I am pleased to remain here," he declared.
During the 2006–07 Serie B season, Camoranesi had a number of significant performances and contributed to a number of important goals for Juventus, scoring four in all as Juventus won the championship and gained promotion back to the Italian top flight.
In a match against Lecce in April 2007, he showed off a Cruyff-like technique by twisting the ball between a defender's legs on the flank and collecting it to assist set up Juventus' opening goal of the match.
fact about Mauro Camoranesi
is that he scored his team's third goal later in the game, taking the ball past three Lecce defenders before blasting the ball into the top corner with his left foot from the outside of the box. He had scored a header in a 2–0 victory againstNapoli
, who were close to winning the championship.
Despite rumors of his leaving, he extended his contract with the club until 2010 on July 10, 2007. His jersey number was changed from 16 to 8 for the 2007–08 Serie A season.
Despite many injuries during the 2007–08 season, he was a key and essential player for Juventus in their first Serie A season since their return to the top level. In 22 games, he scored 5 goals and was named the Guerin d'Oro as the player with the highest average rating for his efforts during the season.
Camoranesi returned to the number 16 shirt for the 2008–09 Serie A season, and his contract was also extended for another year. Camoranesi had a strong preseason, but injuries kept him off the field early in the season.
Camoranesi bounced back well after suffering in the opening few games of the 2009–10 Serie A season and proved to be one of Juventus' most important players. He also got his name on the scoreboard, scoring the lone goal in the Champions League against Maccabi Haifa and a brace in a 5–2 triumph againstAtalanta
Camoranesi signed a one-year free agency deal with Stuttgart on August 31, 2010. On the same day, his contract with Juventus was amicably ended.
His contract with Stuttgart was amicably terminated on January 26, 2011, with Camoranesi acknowledging that he "simply didn't fit with the club sportingly," despite liking the squad, people, and place. He indicated an interest in pursuing a career in Argentina.
An important fact about Mauro Camoranesi is that he signed a two-year deal with Lans on February 2, 2011, with the possibility to teach young players if he chooses to retire.
Camoranesi made news in October 2011 after kicking an opponent in the head. Camoranesi fouled Patricio Toranzo in a match against Racing Club and received a red card from the referee. Rather of going away, Camoranesi returned and kicked Toranzo in the head while he was still on the ground.
Toranzo subsequently said that Camoranesi is "not much of a guy, just a coward," and that he should visit a therapist about his aggressive behavior. For this event, Camoranesi received a lengthy suspension from football.
fact about Mauro Camoranesi
is that he moved from Avellaneda to Racing Club in Argentina on July 20, 2012. He announced his retirement from football on June 13, 2013, at the conclusion of the season, despite rumors that he was close to joining Leicester City to play with Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso.
On March 16, 2014, Mauro was substituted for colleague Rodrigo De Paul in the 68th minute of a 0–2 loss against Newell's Old Boys, a club in which former Juventus teammateDavid Trezeguet
scored the game's second goal in the 83rd minute. Camoranesi's career came to a close with this game.
Camoranesi’s dual citizenship allowed him to play for either Argentina or Italy, but the Azzurri were more interested in him, and he made his international debut against Portugal on February 12, 2003, in a friendly match that Italy won 1–0 under former coach Giovanni Trapattoni.
Camoranesi represented Italy at UEFA Euro 2004 and was a member of Marcello Lippi's 2006 FIFA World Cup-winning side.
He has 55 caps for Italy and has four goals to his name, the first of which came in a 4–1 victory against Belarus in a 2006 World Cup qualifier on September 7, 2005.
He denied not singing Italy's national hymn before their matches at the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany because he didn't know the words, yet he was observed singing (at least a portion of) the anthem during the World Cup festivities in Circus Maximus on 10 July 2006.
fact about Mauro Camoranesi
is that he was not the first Juventus player born in Argentina to play for Italy; Omar Sivori, Luis Monti, and Raimundo Orsi all played for the Azzurri and won the World Cup with them.
Camoranesi had teammate Massimo Oddo shave off a significant portion of his long hair while the rest of the squad danced around them in a circle at the conclusion of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final match in Germany, in which Italy beatFrance
5–3 in a penalty shoot-out.
Camoranesi then approached the camera and dedicated the victory to the area's pibes, stating in Spanish, "Para los pibes del barrio" (For the guys from the neighbourhood).
In response to the World Cup triumph, Camoranesi said in an interview: "I am Argentine, but I have well defended the Italian flag. Nobody, in my opinion, can argue differently."
He was called up to Italy's teams for both the UEFA Euro 2008 and the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009. He also played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was his last appearance for the Italian national team.
A notable fact about Mauro Camoranesi is that he obtained his coaching license on December 15, 2017. Camoranesi was named manager of Slovenian PrvaLiga team Tabor Seana on 3 January 2020, signing a one-and-a-half-year deal.
Camoranesi was named manager of Slovenian PrvaLiga team Maribor on September 3, 2020, and signed a three-year deal. On February 23, 2021, he was fired.
A notable fact about Mauro Camoranesi is that he was a lively, hardworking, and skilled midfielder who mostly played on the right side, but sometimes on the left flank, and as a center or offensive midfielder behind the forwards on occasion.
He was a speedy, enthusiastic, and technically skilled player who excelled at dribbling and defeating people in one-on-one situations as well as moving up the wing.
He also had excellent vision, inventiveness, and the ability to cross and pass with his right foot, allowing him to generate opportunities for his teammates.
He also possessed an accurate and powerful shot, particularly from beyond the penalty area, and was noted for both his attacking and defensive contributions, which allowed him to launch assaults after getting the ball back.
He was a feisty winger who was criticized throughout his career for his aggressiveness and lack of discipline, which led to him receiving unwarranted cautions.
Mauro Camoranesi continues to be a mystery. Shielded from the praise he deserves, almost like a frustrated winger attempting to wrest the ball from the protecting grasp of a tenacious full-back seeking to escort the slow-moving ball out of play for a goal kick near the corner flag.
Camoranesi was the sort of player that Premier League fans would have admired. He was hardworking, loyal, aggressive, muscular, driven, skilled, selfless, powerful on both feet, adaptive, and decisive, and he had all of the characteristics that drew worldwide admiration.
Instead, when it comes to conversations about the great and good of calcio, he stays beneath the radar. Banfield, who had just been demoted, was the ideal club for Camoranesi. He dominated the Primera B Nacional because he was a little more global.
Camoranesi scored 16 goals to help Banfield win the Metropolitana Zone and go to the promotion playoffs, where they were barely beaten by Belgrano in the semi-finals.
Camoranesi's performances during Banfield's near-miss on promotion garnered him new fans as his stock rose.
Hopes of a move to his beloved River Plate or one of its major rivals faded quickly, and although he did advance in level during the close season, it came with a return to Mexico rather than the promised land of the Argentine Primera División.
Cruz Azul was the squad that made the move for Camoranesi's services, with their most recent title victory coming just a year before.
They came near to glory by reaching the Invierno playoff final, when they were barely lost by Pachuca, who won their first title, after a solid two years under Juan Francisco Palencia.
Camoranesi thrived in Liga MX, but he remained out of sight and out of mind when it came to being called to represent his homeland. Marcelo Bielsa's determination on picking a good team for the 1999 Copa América in Paraguay didn't assist his chances now that he was 23 and out of the younger age groups.
Cruz Azul's close call in the 1999 Invierno — the first half of a season that included two titles – was followed by an unsatisfactory effort in the Verano, the second half of the Mexican championship double-header, after the turn of the year.
Camoranesi's form held up, but Cruz Azul as a whole failed to recover from losing the Invierno in such dramatic and sad circumstances, when they lost an extra-time golden goal defeat on home soil after feeling they'd put in the effort in a 2-2 away draw in Pachuca in the first leg.
Camoranesi has begun to attract notice from Europe while being off the radar of Argentina's major clubs. When Hellas Verona pounced in the summer of 2000, Cruz Azul cashed in on their slowly developing fame.
Camoranesi was joined in an energetic and young assault at the Bentegodi by the developing Alberto Gilardino, Adrian Mutu, and Emiliano Bonazzoli, who was on loan fromParma
. Despite what seems to be a great roster in hindsight, Verona failed to pull away from an increasingly interesting relegation race.
Verona placed themselves into a two-legged relegation playoff with Reggina after a blanket finish of three consecutive wins, including a surprising 5-4 triumph at home against Bologna.
Only two points separated the 12th and 17th spots in a close struggle for survival. Napoli was the huge loser in what was still an 18-team Serie A. At the Bentegodi, Verona won the first leg of the relegation playoff 1-0. Verona was on the verge of relegation until Michele Cossato scored an away goal to secure their Serie A status three days later in Calabria.
Camoranesi have had a successful first season in Italy. His determination, talent, and bravado had all contributed to Verona's successful effort to escape relegation. Against Vicenza, Bari, Lazio, and Roma, he had scored.
Verona's fortunes changed dramatically in 2001/02, as after winning their last three games of the previous season to avoid relegation, they plotted to lose their final three games of the current season and tasted the bitter taste of relegation.
Despite his team's collective loss, Camoranesi's personal fortunes continued to climb. An imperious display against Juventus at the Bentegodi earlier this season, on a day when the Old Lady was fortunate to leave with a point acquired, left a lasting impact on the defending champions.
Camoranesi finished a decade-long transition into the instant success many expected him to be in the summer of 2002. The transfer to Turin was justified and hard-earned after overcoming a lack of recognition in his hometown and battling for every step on his path up.
Even if there would be more challenges ahead, his first season at Juventus was near-perfect. The Scudetto was easily won, and Camoranesi was instrumental in leading his new club to the Champions League final at Old Trafford, where they faced AC Milan.
Juventus kicked on after advancing beyond the second-round group stages, beatingBarcelona
in the quarter-final and semi-final, respectively.
Camoranesi was taken off at halftime in the final and replaced by Antonio Conte. Camoranesi's resolve may have made all the difference on a chessboard evening when the two sides were canceling each other out. Instead, the game devolved into a penalty shootout, which Milan finally won.
Camoranesi was given with a fresh chance three months before the Champions League final. After being rejected by Argentina, Giovanni Trapattoni gave him a chance to play international football with Italy. Camoranesi debuted for the Azzurri in a friendly against Portugal in February 2003, after obtaining dual nationality. Argentina was regrettably turned down after expressing a desire late in the game.
Despite his love for his birthplace, Camoranesi felt obligated to repay Italy and Trapattoni for their trust in him. With his unmistakable Argentine spirit, the passionately patriotic Camoranesi was nevertheless acutely aware of the Italian blood pouring through his veins.
He was quickly integrated into Trapattoni's plans and, like his old Verona colleague Massimo Oddo, was named to the Italy squad for Euro 2004. Camoranesi and Italy's starting lineup for their first game against Denmark limped to a goalless draw, in what was a classic Italian gambit for a big tournament.
Camoranesi had to make do with a cameo appearance as a substitute in their following game, against Sweden, after being pulled from the Denmark game midway through the second half. Unfortunately, after entering the game with a 1-0 advantage, the Azzurri managed to enable Sweden to tie the game, and the game ended 1-1.
It left Italy facing elimination, having to overcome Bulgaria and hope that Denmark and Sweden didn't play out a draw that would benefit both of them. Both of those eventualities, unfortunately for Italy, came true.
Despite the odd scoreline between Denmark and Sweden, the tenacity of the Scandinavian derby could not be questioned, with Sweden's equalizer coming in the 89th minute. Camoranesi could only sit on the bench and witness Italy's humiliating elimination.
Marcello Lippi, the club coach of Camoranesi, took over as Trapattoni's replacement as national coach. After being treated badly by his previous Juventus manager, he clawed his way back into the squad, relying on his capacity to recover from setbacks once again. Italy qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany with ease.
Camoranesi's second season at Juventus, 2003/04, his last under Lippi, was a collective disappointment. They were beaten in the last 16 of the Champions League by Deportivo after being swept away by Milan for the Serie A championship.
As Lippi left, in came Fabio Capello, a Juventus player for six years in the 1970s, but a coach so inextricably linked to Milan, so ingrained in the Rossoneri success story of the early-to-mid 1990s – when Milan cast a long shadow over Juventus – that the idea of Capello leading the Bianconeri seemed such an outlier.
Domestically, Capello and Juventus proved to be a lethal mix, and Camoranesi prospered. Juventus bludgeoned their way to back-to-back Serie A championships in 2004/05 and 2005/06. They lacked the beauty of his great Milan teams, but were endowed with a relentless tenacity that was classic Capello.
Camoranesi was at the pinnacle of his skills, withAlessandro Del Piero
, David Trézéguet, Zlatan Ibrahimovi, and Pavel Nedvd. They were invincible on the field, but black clouds were forming.
Juventus was defeated by Calciopoli. Camoranesi's greatest years were completely erased from the record books when they were stripped of their Serie A championships in 2004/05 and 2005/06. After working so hard to gain the rewards of a football match, they were now being stolen from him across a courtroom.
The Italy team that traveled to Germany for the 2006 World Cup was one that was under assault. Camoranesi looked to be little more than a supporting character. He came in as a substitute against Ghana and played no role in the 1-1 tie against the United States.
Camoranesi was inserted into the starting lineup against the Czech Republic due to a formation change, and he helped calm Italian anxieties with a much-improved team performance. The Azzurri advanced as group champions after a 2-0 win against the Czech Republic.
When Lippi switched to a two-man forward line for the second-round match againstAustralia
, with Camoranesi out, Italy struggled once again, just as they did against the United States. A penalty from Francesco Totti in injury time spared Lippi's blushes and provided him with fuel for thought ahead of the quarter-finals.
Camoranesi made his comeback against Ukraine in Hamburg. Lippi eventually thought he had struck the correct mix after a 3-0 win and a lot more unfettered approach.
Camoranesi would remain in the starting lineup for the semi-final. Italy should have been blown away by a Germany team riding the crest of a countrywide feel-good factor.
In an engrossing game, Camoranesi gave it his best. It may not have had a chance to reach the heights of the Mexico 70 semi-final, but Fabio Grosso suddenly broke the tie with only one minute of extra-time left in a game of immense tension.
Camoranesi was now at the peak of his sport, preparing to go to Berlin for the World Cup final. From his early difficulties in Argentina's lesser divisions, Mexico, and Uruguay, he found himself in the world's greatest game, wearing the colors of Italy rather than Argentina. One of football's great mysteries is how it got to this point.
Extra time was necessary once again, and Camoranesi gave it his best. Given what happened later in the game, it's easy to forget that Zidane and Materazzi were the goal scorers that evening.
There were spoken words, a chest headbutt, a sending off, and a penalty shoot-out. Camoranesi and Italy won the World Cup. A little section of Buenos Aires burst with joy. The parties were lengthy and boisterous.
The Calciopoli scandal judgments were released only five days later. Juventus would suffer a double relegation. Serie C beckoned, at least at first. Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, and Reggina were all docked with Juventus. Relegation to Serie B for Fiorentina and Lazio, as well as point deductions for Milan, were suggested as part of a sliding scale of punishments.
Thirteen of the 23 players available to Lippi were employed by the sanctioned clubs in question. The penalties were lowered after an appeal. In 2006/07, Juventus would still be playing in Serie B, but with an additional point reduction.
Fabio Cannavaro, Italy's World Cup-winning captain, oversaw a major departure of talent. Lilian Thuram,Zlatan Ibrahimovic
, Emerson, Gianluca Zambrotta, and Patrick Vieira were among those that left the club.
Others shown a great willingness to remain when they were supposed to look for other opportunities. The task of taking Juventus back to Serie A was taken up by Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero, Alessandro Birindelli, Giorgio Chiellini, Gianluca Pessotto, Pavel Nedvd, David Trézéguet, and Camoranesi himself.
Juventus were promoted as champions after overcoming a nine-point deduction, ahead of two other fallen giants in the form of Napoli and Genoa.
Camoranesi scored the game's lone goal in a match against his previous club Verona in December. Those that remained did so because it was a noble choice, but it meant they had to leave their jobs for a year.
Camoranesi's bravery at Juventus was first rewarded by him losing his position in the national team under new coachRoberto Donadoni
. Despite a slow start to qualification for Euro 2008, he returned before the end of the year, helping the world champions get back on track.
Juventus finished third in their first season back in Serie A, but they would struggle to adjust to the new league structure. Inter Milan's hegemony over the Italian game took a long time to break, something that would only happen after Camoranesi's departure from Turin.
Camoranesi was nominated to Donadoni's Euro 2008 squad, and he started the team's first two games - a humbling loss to the Netherlands and a damaging draw with Romania.
He was left out of the starting lineup for the critical victory against France that saw them advance from the group stages, as well as the quarter-final against Spain, when they were eliminated on penalties to the eventual winners.
Between 2008 and 2010, Camoranesi was in and out of the Juventus team owing to increasing injury difficulties, but when he was healthy, his determination and perseverance ensured he remained a lasting option for the Azzurri, who were now back under Lippi's leadership. Camoranesi came off the bench in Italy's first game against Paraguay to help save a draw from the jaws of loss.
Camoranesi also played the whole second half of Italy's 1-1 tie against New Zealand. Lippi's 2006 legacy was shattered with a 3-2 setback that sent Italy home before the knockout rounds had started when Italy traveled to Ellis Park for a make-or-break match against Slovakia.
Camoranesi's career at Juventus came to an end in the summer of 2010. Despite strong interest fromBirmingham City
, he decided to join VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga over the Premier League. However, his stay in Germany was cut short.
After admitting that he didn't fit the club's sports mentality, the two sides parted ways in January 2011, allowing Camoranesi to play football at the top level in Argentina for the first time.
Spells with Lans and Racing Club brought an end to a remarkable career that was held back, and in some cases, completely erased. Camoranesi had the best years of his career at Juventus, where he was stripped of some of his greatest successes due to the Calciopoli scandal while he was at the top of his abilities.
Camoranesi spent his last great years in charge of Juventus, bringing them to Serie A and then attempting, but failing, to restore them to the top of the Italian game at a time when Inter Milan was just too powerful.
He deserved more than the one big honor he received at the conclusion of his eight years in Turin. It would have been simple for Camoranesi to leave Juventus in 2006, but he opted to do the tough thing. He put his own wants aside in order to help Juventus recover. An extraordinary act of selflessness.
Mauro Camoranesi social media
, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (@maurogc_oficial
) with 97k followers. On the page, we can see various pictures of him along with his fans and family.
Mauro Camoranesi body measurements
, it should be mentioned that the former player is 173cm and 70kg.
Mauro Camoranesi's net worth
is estimated to be around $12 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.
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