Cassano playing for Italy at the UEFA Euro 2012
Date of birth
(1982-07-12) 12 July 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth
1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
→ Sampdoria (loan)
Poland & Ukraine 2012
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2014
Antonio Cassano (Italian pronunciation: [anˈtɔnjo kasˈsano]; born 12 July 1982) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a forward; he is currently a free agent, having last played for Sampdoria. A talented and technically gifted player, he is usually deployed in a creative role, as a supporting forward, although he can also play in more of a playmaking role, as an attacking midfielder, as well as on the wing, or as a striker. Nicknamed Il Gioiello di Bari Vecchia (“the jewel of Old Bari”), and Fantantonio (“fantastic Antonio”), he is known for his short temper as much as his skill and ability on the pitch, which led to the coining of the neologism Cassanata by his former Roma and Real Madrid coach, Fabio Capello, in November 2002, due to their disputes over his actions. The word is regularly used by Italian journalists as a euphemism for any behavior incompatible with team spirit in football.
Cassano began his professional club career with hometown club Bari, where he made a reputation for himself as one of the most promising, yet troublesome young players in Italy; his talent and performances earned him a transfer to defending Serie A champions Roma in 2001, where he immediately won the Supercoppa Italiana, and was named Serie A Young Footballer of the Year in 2001 and 2003. In 2006, he moved to La Liga club Real Madrid, where he gained