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Nicolò Barella – Signed Photo – Soccer (Italian National Football Team)


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Foto con autografo di Nicolò Barella.

Dimension: 20 Cm x 25 Cm (Appr.) – 8×10 Inches (Appr.)

Team: Italian National Football Team

Date of signing: September o2, 2020 in Coverciano, FI (Italy)


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Nicolò Barella (born 7 February 1997) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Inter Milan and the Italy national teamBorn in Cagliari, Barella is a youth exponent from Cagliari Calcio. He made his Serie A debut on 4 May 2015 against Parma, replacing Diego Farias after 68 minutes in a 4–0 home win.In January 2016, he was sent on loan to Como in Serie B, where he played as a first choice for the second part of the season.On 17 September 2017, he scored his first professional and Serie A goal against SPAL in a 2–0 home win.Inter Milan.On 12 July 2019, Barella joined Inter Milan on a year-long loan deal with an obligation to buy with four-year contract to take effect after the loan period.He made his club debut on 26 August against Lecce; he came off the bench in the second half for Matías Vecino, and later helped set-up Antonio Candreva’s goal in an eventual 4–0 home win in Inter’s opening match of the 2019–20 Serie A season.He made his Champions League debut on 17 September against Slavia Prague; after coming off the bench for Marcelo Brozović in the second half, he scored an injury-time equalising goal to help Inter to a 1–1 home draw, which was his first goal both in the competition and for Inter.On 9 November, he scored his first league goal for the club as Inter came from behind to achieve a 2–1 home win over Verona.He scored his first goal in the Coppa Italia on 29 January 2020, in 2–1 home win over Fiorentina, in the quarter-finals of the tournament.On 17 January 2021 Barella assisted for the first goal for Arturo Vidal and scored a vital second in a 2–0 home win against rivals and defending champions Juventus in Serie A.
International career
With the Italy U19 team, Barella took part at the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, finishing in second place.With the Italy U20 he took part at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, finishing in third place.Barella made his debut with the Italy U21 team on 1 September 2017, in a 3–0 friendly defeat against Spain.Barella was called up to the senior Italy squad by manager Gian Piero Ventura for the team’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania in October 2017.Barella made his debut for the Italy senior side on 10 October 2018, under manager Roberto Mancini, in a 1–1 friendly draw against Ukraine in Genoa.On 23 March 2019, Barella scored his first goal for Italy in a 2–0 home win over Finland in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match.He took part with the U21 side in the 2019 UEFA European Under-21
In June 2021, he was included in Italy’s squad for UEFA Euro 2020.In Italy’s second group match on 16 June, he set up Manuel Locatelli second goal in an eventual 3–0 win over Switzerland, which allowed Italy to advance to the round of 16.On 2 July, he scored Italy’s opening goal of the match, and later assisted Lorenzo Insigne’s goal, in a 2–1 win over Belgium in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Style of play
Barella is considered a promising and highly talented young midfielder in the European sports media.He was named the best young Italian player born in 1997 for two consecutive years between 2012 and 2013.Italian football journalist Mina Rzouki described him as an intelligent, promising, and composed midfielder,despite his young age, with a wide range of skills. She also commented that Barella “…can dribble through a defence, score volleys and start counter-attacks.He knows how to find the right passes and is box-to-box.Most importantly he can win back possession quickly and recover the ball.” Barella’s performances have also been praised by Italian former footballers Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro Del Piero.The Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport has compared him to Steven Gerrard, describing him as a player with good technique,vision,stamina,and physical strength,despite his relatively short stature, as well as an ability to win balls, which enables him to break down possession and subsequently start quick attacking plays.A versatile player,he is capable of playing anywhere in midfield, and has even been used as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder, but his favoured role is as a right-sided, offensive-minded central midfielder, known as a “mezzala” in Italy.Known for his eye for goal, he possesses a good shot from outside the area, and is known for his ability to make late attacking runs from behind into the penalty area. He is also an accurate set piece and penalty taker.He is known for his strong character,leadership qualities,competitive spirit, and winning mentality, but has also drawn criticism at times in the press for protesting or arguing excessively with officials during matches.On 11 July,Barella won the European Championship with Italy following a 3–2 penalty shoot-out victory over England at Wembley Stadium in the final,after a 1–1 draw in extra-time; Barella started the match, but was substituted by Bryan Cristante in the second half of regulation time.



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