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.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


“FINALISSIMA 2022”


June 1st 2022


Italy vs Argentina


Unwashed Match Worn Set


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This set has been worn by Nicolò Barella during the “Finalissima 2022”. The “Finalissima 2022” was the third edition of the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions, an intercontinental football match between the winners of the previous South American and European championships. The match featured Italy, winners of UEFA Euro 2020 (held in 2021), and Argentina, winners of the 2021 Copa América. It was played at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on 1 June 2022. The match, a revival of the Artemio Franchi Cup last played 29 years prior, was organised by UEFA and CONMEBOL as part of a renewed partnership between the two confederations. Argentina won the match 3–0 for their second CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions title. In 1985 and 1993, the winners of the prior UEFA European Championship and Copa América tournaments played in the Artemio Franchi Cup (also known as the European/South American Nations Cup), a one-off match organised by UEFA and CONMEBOL. It was the national team equivalent to the Intercontinental Cup on the club level, played between the winners of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and Copa Libertadores. France won the 1985 edition in Paris, while Argentina won the 1993 match in Mar del Plata. However, the competition was discontinued thereafter. The Artemio Franchi Cup can be considered a precursor of the King Fahd Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup, played in 1992 for the first time and organised by FIFA from 1997, which featured the title holders of the continental championships and FIFA World Cup. After the 2017 edition, FIFA announced on 15 March 2019 that the tournament would be abolished. On 12 February 2020, UEFA and CONMEBOL signed a renewed memorandum of understanding meant to enhance cooperation between the two organisations. As part of the agreement, a joint UEFA–CONMEBOL committee examined the possibility of staging European–South American intercontinental matches, for both men’s and women’s football and across various age groups. On 28 September 2021, UEFA and CONMEBOL confirmed that the UEFA European Championship and Copa América winners would face each other in an intercontinental match, with the agreement initially covering three editions starting in 2022. The first edition was confirmed to take place during the June 2022 international window at a venue to be confirmed. On 15 December 2021, UEFA and CONMEBOL again signed a renewed memorandum of understanding lasting until 2028, which included specific provisions on opening a joint office in London and the potential organisation of various football events. The match was confirmed to take place in London on 1 June 2022, with the venue yet to be decided. On 22 March 2022, UEFA announced the match would take place at Wembley Stadium. At the same time, the brand identity was revealed, and UEFA announced that the “CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions” was the new name for the Artemio Franchi Cup.