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Raffaele Palladino

Raffaele Palladino (born 17 April 1984) is an Italian association football who plays as a striker for Serie A club Parma F.C..

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Raffaele Palladino biography

Raffaele Palladino (born 17 April 1984) is an Italian association football who plays as a striker for Serie A club Parma F.C..

Club career

The first team career of Palladino started in Raffaele Palladino native region of Campania where Raffaele Palladino played for Benevento Calcio in Serie C1. Including games played in Coppa Italia Serie C, Raffaele Palladino record at Benevento was 12 games played and 5 goals scored.

It was not long before Raffaele Palladino gained the attentions of Juventus F.C. and was signed by the club in 2002, during Raffaele Palladino earlier years with Juventus Raffaele Palladino played in reserve and youth levels in competitions such as Torneo di Viareggio (which the club won in 2003 and 2004). However, during the 2003–04 season, Raffaele Palladino did make one appearance in the Coppa Italia. Raffaele Palladino scored 41 goals in 61 games in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera.

Loan spells

To gain some first team experience, Palladino was loaned out to Salernitana Calcio 1919 back in Campania.

The first taste of Serie A football came in 2005–06 for the player, Raffaele Palladino was loaned out once more, this time to A.S. Livorno Calcio. Although Raffaele Palladino gained some valuable experience Raffaele Palladino did not score as many goals as Raffaele Palladino did during Raffaele Palladino spell with Salernitana the previous season.

Return to Juventus

Juventus had been relegated down to Serie B due to the result of the 2006 Serie A scandal. Despite the lower division, first team places were still hotly contested and the young Palladino was given a chance to prove himself in the first team by Didier Deschamps. On Raffaele Palladino league debut Palladino scored two goals. In the same season Raffaele Palladino also scored a hat-trick against U.S. Triestina Calcio. Juventus won promotion back into Serie A that season giving Palladino Raffaele Palladino first senior team honour.

Although Raffaele Palladino is mainly a striker, with the presence of Alessandro Del Piero, Vincenzo Iaquinta, and especially David Trezeguet, Palladino had a hard time finding a spot as a striker. Raffaele Palladino mainly played as a left winger during the 2007–2008 season, although Raffaele Palladino is predominately right footed.


On 3 July 2008, Palladino was signed by Genoa C.F.C. in co-ownership (football) deal, priced €5million (for 50% rights), joined along with defender Domenico Criscito on loan.


On 3 January 2011, Genoa's half share in Palladino was transferred to Parma in a move which saw Parma's half share in Alberto Paloschi go the other way and the exchange of the full registration of Francesco Modesto and Luca Antonelli. Genoa also paid a reported sum of €7M cash. Palladino's contract will run until the summer of 2014.

In June 2011 Juventus gave up the remain 50% registration rights to Parma for free.

International career

Raffaele Palladino has represented Raffaele Palladino country at Italy national under-21 football team level. Palladino received Raffaele Palladino first call-up to the senior team on 17 November 2007 versus Scotland national football team under the direction of Roberto Donadoni, but did not play in the game. Raffaele Palladino debut came just a few days later, against the Faroe Islands national football team. Palladino played as one of the three strikers along with Luca Toni and Vincenzo Iaquinta.


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