Davide Astori was an Italian professional footballer who played as a central defender. After playing youth football for Pontisola, Astori started his senior career with Milan, spending loan spells with Pizzighettone and Cremonese. In 2008 Cagliari signed him in a co-ownership deal, before signing him fully from Milan, for whom he never made a first team appearance, in 2011. He later spent loan spells at Roma and Fiorentina. He made his international debut for Italy in 2011 and represented his country 14 times, scoring one goal. Astori died from sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 31, being found dead in his hotel room prior to a match.
England vs Italy
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This shirt is a Limited Edition shirt made by team’s supplier Puma to celebrate the 30th anniversary since Italy World Cup in 1982. The style recall the same 1982 style and it has inside the neck all of the World Cup 1982 Italy Team’s games and results printed. It has been worn by the team only against England in a friendly game that took place in Zurich on Aug. 15th 2012.
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Astori played 4 games for Italy’s under-18 team, beginning in 2004. He did not receive any further call-up at higher levels of youth international football. Astori received his first call-up for the senior team under newly appointed coach Cesare Prandelli who named him in the squad for a friendly against Côte d’Ivoire, to be played on 10 August 2010; however, he was left on the bench as an unused substitute. He made his full debut for Italy on 29 March 2011, in a 2–0 friendly win against Ukraine in Kiev. He came on as a 17th-minute substitute for the injured Giorgio Chiellini but was sent off with 15 minutes remaining in the second half after receiving two yellow cards. Astori was a member of the 23-man Italy squad that took part at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup under Prandelli; Italy reached the semi-finals, only to suffer a penalty shoot-out defeat to Spain following a 0–0 draw after extra time, on 27 June 2013. On 30 June 2013, Astori scored the opener against Uruguay in the third place match after knocking in the rebound from Alessandro Diamanti’s free kick, as Italy won 3–2 on penalties to win the bronze-medal, following a 2–2 draw after extra time; this was his only international goal, and he became the first Cagliari player to score for Italy since Luigi Riva had done so 40 years earlier, in a 2–0 victory over Switzerland on 20 October 1973. In total, Astori made 14 senior appearances for Italy between 2011 and 2017.
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On 4 August 2015, Astori signed on loan for Fiorentina until the end of the season with an obligation to buy. He made his Fiorentina debut on 23 August in the 2–0 victory against Milan, coming on as a substitute for Facundo Roncaglia in the 59th minute. At the beginning of 2017–18 season, Astori was appointed as the team captain following the departure of Gonzalo Rodríguez.
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On 4 March 2018, Astori died in his sleep while staying in a hotel in Udine prior to Fiorentina’s match against Udinese, proven to be caused by cardiac arrest determined from an autopsy conducted two days later. A club statement said “Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died.” His former Cagliari team-mate and coach Diego López and former Fiorentina team-mate Carlos Sánchez collapsed to the ground after hearing the news of his death, however they both recovered shortly after. All Serie A and Serie B matches scheduled for 4 March were postponed. His death was said to have caused shock across the footballing world, and many coaches and players paid their respects. UEFA later announced on Twitter that a minute’s silence was to be observed before every European match scheduled for that week. Cagliari and Fiorentina both retired the number 13 jersey worn by Astori in his honour. Fiorentina’s next home game against Benevento, on 11 March, was paused for 60 seconds at the 13 minute mark in his honour, while children from both teams entered wearing Astori’s jersey to pay tribute to him; Fiorentina won the match 1–0, with the only goal coming from Vitor Hugo, who celebrated after scoring by saluting a t-shirt bearing Astori’s image.Later that month, Fiorentina announced that they would rename their training ground “Centro Sportivo Davide Astori” after Astori.
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This Fiorentina’s captain armband usually worn by the captain German Pezzella was a big matter of controversy at the beginning of the season. Since 2018-2019 season all of the Italian Serie A teams had to use the same captain armband with “CAPITANO” printed on it, without brands printed on and without any player’s customizations like many players used to do in the past seasons. But Fiorentina team in order to commemorate Davide Astori, the Fiorentina former captain that passed on March 4th 2018, released for the season 2018-2019 a special commemorative captain armband with “DA13” (Davide Astori 13) printed, together with the logos of the four Firenze’s districts as Astori was used to wear while he was playing. But the Italian “Lega Calcio” didn’t allow the Fiorentina’s captain German Pezzella to use the band. Pezzella anyway wore the armband and both him and the team were fined. After a big controversy came up with all of the other Serie A teams involved to support Fiorentina, the team has been given an exception to use this special commemorative armband.
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Astori was a tall, consistent, tenacious, attentive, and physically strong left-footed central defender, with good aerial ability and heading accuracy, which made him a goal threat on offensive set pieces; although he was not the quickest defender, he also possessed good leadership qualities, organizational skills, distribution, and technique, which enabled him to play the ball out or start attacking plays from the back. A versatile defender, he was comfortable playing as left-sided centre-back in both a three-man or a four-man defensive line. Astori and his partner Francesca Fioretti had a daughter, Vittoria, who was two years old at the time of his death in March 2018. Also later that month, in Italy’s friendly with Argentina on 23 March, as well as Italy’s friendly against England on 27 March, the Italy squad shirts were embossed with, under the crest, “Davide sempre con noi”, Italian for “Davide always with us”, with the number 13 below and Italy Team went in to the pitch wearing Davide’s shirt number 13 for the National anthem.