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Paolo Castellini

Paolo Castellini (born 25 March 1979) is an Italy Association football who plays for U.C. Sampdoria as a Defender (association football) Full back.

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Paolo Castellini biography

Paolo Castellini (born 25 March 1979) is an Italy Association football who plays for U.C. Sampdoria as a Defender (association football) Full back.

Club career

Born in Brescia, Lombardy, Castellini joined made Paolo Castellini professional debuts at U.S. Cremonese at only 17, going on to appear for the club in both the Serie B and Lega Pro Prima Divisione. In the 2000 summer, Paolo Castellini moved to Torino F.C., 2000–01 Serie B to the Serie A in Paolo Castellini debut season, whilst appearing in 33 matches.

From January 2004, Castellini served a loan at hometown's Brescia Calcio, in the first division (Torino had been again relegated), after which Paolo Castellini was released by Toro. In the ensuing summer, Paolo Castellini moved abroad and signed with Real Betis of Spain, on a five-year contract. However, Paolo Castellini spell in Andalusia would be disastrous, as Paolo Castellini never dislodged veteran Luis Fernández Gutiérrez from Paolo Castellini starting position, also suffering with injuries (torn ligaments and cartilage in Paolo Castellini right knee).

After cancelling Paolo Castellini link to Betis, Castellini returned to Paolo Castellini country in the summer of 2006, joining Parma F.C., and being an automatic first-choice from the beginning. In 2008–09 Serie B, Paolo Castellini played in 41 out of 42 matches, helping the club return to Serie A after only one year.

In the 2009–10 Serie A, Castellini often played as Defender (association football) Wing back in a Formation (association football), with Cristian Zaccardo in the other flank. Paolo Castellini helped Parma to a final eighth position, narrowly missing out on UEFA Europa League 2010–11 UEFA Europa League.

On 26 August 2010, Castellini was loaned to A.S. Roma, as cover for John Arne Riise. On 24 June 2011, in the same predicament, Paolo Castellini signed for U.C. Sampdoria in the second division.

International career

Castellini never gained one full Cap (sport) for Italy national football team, but appeared with the Italy national under-21 football team at the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, helping the national side to the semifinals.


- Serie B: 2000–01
- Copa del Rey: 2004–05


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