Barella Nicolò

Nicolò Barella is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Italy national team. Born in Cagliari, Barella is a youth exponent from Cagliari Calcio. He made his Serie A debut on 4 May 2015 against Parma, replacing Diego Farias after 68 minutes in a 4–0 home win. In January 2016, he was sent on loan to Como in Serie B, where he played as a first choice for the second part of the season. On 17 September 2017, he scored his first professional and Serie A goal against SPAL in a 2–0 home win. Barella is considered a promising and highly talented young midfielder in the European sports media. He was named the best young Italian player born in 1997 for two consecutive years between 2012 and 2013.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


EURO 2020


Italy vs Austria


Match Worn Unwashed & Signed Shirt


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This shirt was worn by Nicolò Barella during the Euro round of 16’s game between Italy and Austria which took place in London, “Wembley Stadium” on June 26th 2021. Italy needed extra time to defeat Austria 2-1, surpassing its own 30-game unbeaten run set in 1939 and qualify for the quarterfinals of the tournament. The deadlock was broken in the 95th minute when substitute Federico Chiesa struck a beautiful left-footed strike into the bottom left corner before substitute Matteo Pessina found the other corner in the 105th minute to stretch the Azzurri’s lead. This victory also meant Italy has won its last 12th consecutive match. It was also Italy’s 31st game in a row without defeat, surpassing the record of 30 set by the team between 1935 and 1939 under Vittorio Pozzo. Italy advanced to the quarterfinal where it faced the winner of No. 1 ranked Belgium.The shirt was signed by barella and given after the game to a Charity organization whom we got it from.

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Italian football journalist Mina Rzouki described him as an intelligent, promising, and composed midfielder, despite his young age, with a wide range of skills. She also commented that Barella “…can dribble through a defence, score volleys and start counter-attacks. He knows how to find the right passes and is box-to-box. Most importantly he can win back possession quickly and recover the ball.” Barella’s performances have also been praised by Italian former footballers Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro Del Piero. The Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport has compared him to Steven Gerrard, describing him as a dynamic player with good technique, vision, stamina, and physical strength, despite his relatively short stature, as well as an ability to win balls, which enables him to break down possession and subsequently start quick attacking plays. A versatile player, he is capable of playing anywhere in midfield, and has even been used as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder, but his favoured role is as a right-sided, offensive-minded central midfielder, known as a “mezzala” in Italy. Known for his eye for goal, he possesses a good shot from outside the area, and is known for his ability to make late attacking runs from behind into the penalty area. He is also an accurate set piece and penalty taker. He is known for his strong character, leadership qualities, competitive spirit, and winning mentality, but has also drawn criticism at times in the press for protesting or arguing excessively with officials during matches. His Italy teammate Jorginho has likened him to N’Golo Kanté.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Uefa “NATIONS LEAGUE 2020/2021”


October 10th 2021


Italy vs Belgium


Match Worn Shirt


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This shirt was worn by Nicolò Barella during the Uefa “Nations League 2020/2021” 3rd place Final between Italy and Belgium which took place in Torino, “Allianz Stadium” on October 10th 2021. Italy defeated Belgium 2-1 and Barella scored one of the two goals. This is a special shirt used by the team in the last two Uefa “Nations League 2020/2021” games, against Spain in the semi-final and against Belgium in the 3rd place final. While the design of the shirt is very similar to the regular Euro 2020 version, this shirt has made by the team’s supplier Puma with a lighter fabric called “ULTRAWEAVE”. With the Italy U19 team, Barella took part at the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, finishing in second place. With the Italy U20 he took part at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, finishing in third place. Barella made his debut with the Italy U21 team on 1 September 2017, in a 3–0 friendly defeat against Spain. Barella was called up to the senior Italy squad by manager Gian Piero Ventura for the team’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania in October 2017. Barella made his debut for the Italy senior side on 10 October 2018, under manager Roberto Mancini, in a 1–1 friendly draw against Ukraine in Genoa. On 23 March 2019, Barella scored his first goal for Italy in a 2–0 home win over Finland in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match. He took part with the U21 side in the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. In June 2021, he was included in Italy’s squad for UEFA Euro 2020. In Italy’s second group match on 16 June, he set up Manuel Locatelli second goal in an eventual 3–0 win over Switzerland, which allowed Italy to advance to the round of 16. On 2 July, he scored Italy’s opening goal of the match, and later assisted Lorenzo Insigne’s goal, in a 2–1 win over Belgium in the quarter-finals of the competition. On 11 July, Barella won the European Championship with Italy following a 3–2 penalty shoot-out victory over England at Wembley Stadium in the final, after a 1–1 draw in extra-time; Barella started the match, but was substituted by Bryan Cristante in the second half of regulation time.