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  26/11/2012: Il Timido: A Paradoxical Metamorphosis
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Antonio Candreva was born in Rome on 28 February 1987. Nicknamed Il Timido (The Shy One) for his cautious style of play. Candreva started playing for the youth teams at local club Lodigiani, then transferred to Serie C1 team Ternana in 2003 and played several games for the first team when they were promoted to Serie B for the 2004–05 season. The following season, he became attracted the interest of several Serie A clubs.

On June 2007, Candreva signed by Serie A club Udinese and played for their Primavera (U-20) team as overage player. He made his Serie A debut on 27 January 2008 and managed several appearances for the first team.

On 20 January 2010, it was confirmed Serie A giants Juventus had signed Candreva on loan for the rest of the season, for €500,000, with Juventus having an option to buy half of his contract from Udinese at the end of the season. He was initially signed as a back-up, filling in whenever Claudio Marchisio was injured or suspended and struggled in the wide midfield role. After Alberto Zaccheroni made several tactical changes, the youngster adapted well to the new formation and scored his first Serie A goal, the winner against Bologna less than ten minutes after on as a substitute for Diego. A few days later, he made his debut in European competition in the Europa League round of 32 second leg against Ajax Amsterdam when he came on as a late substitute for captain Alessandro Del Piero.

At the end of the 2009-10 season, Juventus opted not to buy their right to sign the player permanently, and Candreva returned to Udinese in the summer. On 31 August 2010 Candreva signed for Serie A side Parma on a one-year loan deal, for €500,000. Parma had the option to purchase Candreva in a co-ownership deal, but declined to do so.

On 21 July 2011 Candreva signed for Serie A side Cesena on an initial one-year loan deal. In the last day of the January 2012 transfer season he moved to Lazio on a loan deal, in return Del Nero from Lazio went for a loan in Cesena.

Antonio Candreva made his first debut with Lazio on 2 February 2012, when Lazio won 2-0 against AC Milan. He substituted Hernanes on final minutes of the game when Lazio supporters boed him, as he was declared for being Lazio city rival faithful in the past. However, with his fighting spirit and good performances he converted Lazio fans boos into applause, when he scored a beautiful goal against Napoli on the occasion of remembering Lazio’s legend Giorgio Chinaglia passed away. By coincidence, Candreva scored on 9 minutes, the same number Lazio has given Chinaglia jersey (by Brocchi) to his son Anthony.

A player, whom based on his performance has not only convinced Lazio to buy half from Udinese for € 1.7 million on 18 July 2012, but has managed to do something more than before. He turns “boos into applause”, and then subsequently convinces all people to believe in him, including Italy National Team manager, Cesare Prandelli.

For many Lazio fans, Candreva is increasingly becoming an idol, not only for his beautiful goals, but also he gives everything on the pitch until the ninetieth minutes. For 2012-13 season, he has created 5 assists (4 for Klose, and 1 for Mauri) beside his 3 goals, one of it was his fantastic goal on 11 November 2012 Rome Derby:

Il Timido Derby Goal

Author: Ali Alkatiri
 
 
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