Jorge Luiz Frello Filho Cavaliere OMRI (born 20 December 1991), known as Jorginho, is an Italian-Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Italy national team. He operates as a defensive midfielder or a deep-lying playmaker, also known as a regista in Italian football. Born in Brazil, Jorginho moved to Italy at the age of 15, and began his professional career with the Verona youth team, before being promoted to the senior team. During the 2010–11 season, he was sent on loan to Sambonifacese. In January 2014, he moved to Napoli, where he soon after won the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana. He totaled 160 games for the club before a £50 million move to Chelsea in 2018, where he won the UEFA Europa League in his first season, followed by the UEFA Champions League during the 2020–21 season. At international level, he has represented Italy, making his senior debut in 2016, while his competitive debut came the following year. He was part of the Italy squad which won UEFA Euro 2020.
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Italy vs England
Match Worn Kit
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This shirt was issued for Jorginho for the “EURO 2020” Final game between England and Italy. The UEFA Euro 2020 Final was a football match that took place at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on 11 July 2021 to determine the winner of UEFA Euro 2020. It was the 16th final of the UEFA European Championship, a quadrennial tournament contested by the senior men’s national teams of the member associations of UEFA to decide the champions of Europe. Originally scheduled for 12 July 2020, the tournament had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. In front of a crowd of 67,173, Italy won their second European Championship, beating final debutants England 3–2 in a penalty shoot-out following a 1–1 draw after extra time. England’s Luke Shaw opened the scoring in the second minute of the match, the fastest goal ever scored in a European Championship final, only for Leonardo Bonucci – who was later named the man of the match – to equalise midway through the second half. England had a 2–1 advantage in the shoot-out after two kicks each, only for their last three takers to miss, allowing Italy to come back and win 3–2. It was Italy’s first major title since the 2006 FIFA World Cup and their first European Championship since winning it on home soil in 1968; it put them level with France and only one title behind Spain and Germany. England became the third nation in the 21st century to lose the European Championship final on home soil after Portugal in 2004 and France in 2016. After the match, England’s unsuccessful penalty takers (Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka) were subjected to racial abuse on social media. The event was also marred by crowd disorder and incidents of violence before and after the game.
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As Jorginho holds both Italian and Brazilian citizenship, he was eligible to play for both the Italian and Brazilian national teams. In 2012, he was called up for the first time for Italy U21. In 2014, Jorginho expressed his desire to represent Italy rather than Brazil internationally, and he received his first call up to the Italy senior squad in March 2016, under manager Antonio Conte, for the team’s international friendlies against Spain and Germany. He made his international debut for Italy on 24 March, coming on as a last-minute substitute for Marco Parolo in a 1–1 draw against Spain at the Stadio Friuli in Udine. After initially being included in Conte’s preliminary 30-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016, on 31 May, Jorginho was later excluded from the final 23-man squad. In spite of his positive club form for Napoli, Jorginho was not initially called up to the Italian side under Conte’s successor, Gian Piero Ventura. Although rumours circled in the media regarding the possibility of Brazil’s coach Tite calling Jorginho up to his squad in autumn 2017, as he had not yet appeared for Italy in a competitive match, Jorginho denied rumours that he wanted to switch to the Brazilian national team. He later made his first competitive appearance for Italy under manager Ventura in a 0–0 home draw against Sweden on 13 November, in the second leg of the World Cup play-offs against Sweden, at the San Siro in Milan; however, Italy’s 1–0 away loss in the first leg on 10 November saw Sweden advance on aggregate, meaning that Italy had failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. On 7 September 2018, in Italy’s first UEFA Nations League match at home to Poland in Bologna, Jorginho scored his first international goal from the penalty spot to secure a 1–1 draw. On 8 September 2019, he scored his second international goal, from the penalty spot once again, in a 2–1 away win over Finland, in a Euro 2020 qualifier. On 12 October, Jorginho scored his third international goal, once again from a penalty kick, in a 2–0 home win over Greece, which sealed Italy’s qualification for Euro 2020. He scored his fourth international goal from the penalty spot once again on 18 November, in a 9–1 home win over Armenia in Italy’s final Euro 2020 qualifier, also assisting Nicolò Zaniolo’s second goal during the match.In June 2021, he was included in Italy’s squad for UEFA Euro 2020 by manager Roberto Mancini. On 6 July, following a 1–1 draw after extra-time against Spain in the semi-final of the competition, Jorginho scored the decisive penalty kick in the resulting shoot-out to send Italy to the final; during the match, he completed a tournament high of eight interceptions. In the final on 11 July against England at Wembley Stadium, after a 1–1 draw following extra time, his spot-kick was saved in the penalty shootout by Jordan Pickford, but Italy would go on to win 3–2 in the shootout. Throughout the touranement, he covered the most ground of any player (86.6 km in total), made the most recoveries alongside alongside Manuel Akanji (46), and completed the second most passes of any player after Aymeric Laporte (497 out of 529 attempted, with a 93% passing accuracy); he also won the most fouls (19) and made the most interceptions (25) of any other player, breaking Marcel Desailly’s record of 24 interceptions in a single tournment from UEFA Euro 1996, since these statistics first began to be recorded at UEFA Euro 1980.For his performances, he was included in the team of the tournament.
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Jorginho was born in Imbituba in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina but moved to Italy at the age of 15. He is of Italian descent through his paternal great-grandfather Giacomo Frello who is from Lusiana, Veneto, and thus earned Italian citizenship as a result. He has credited his mother with encouraging his love of football. After discovering that he was being financially exploited by his agent while playing for the Verona youth team, Jorginho almost quit the game and wanted to move back to Brazil, but credits an emotional phone call with his mother for inspiring him to persist and continue playing. His childhood idol was Romanian player Gheorghe Hagi, which led to his friends nicknaming him Haginho.
Match Worn Shin Pads
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These shin pads were worn by Jorginho during the Euro 2020. They are custom made for the player following his shin shapes. Indeed the two pads are different from each other due a different shape of player’s shin and ankle. The story behind these pads is that Federico Bernardeschi just before the Euro 2020 competition gifted every player of Italy Team of a pair of custom shin pads made by the same craftsman that usually makes his shin pads. Indeed these shin pads are hand made in Italy and especially designed for players only. Alongside with player’s name they have painted the Italy National team crest, the Euro 2020 logo and the match details of the group stage’s games.
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The same shin pads were also used by Jorginho for the European Super Cup Final between Chelsea and Villarreal which took place in Belfast, “National Football Stadium” at Windsor Park, on August 11th 2021. Chelsea won to the penalty kicks and Jorginho scored his penalty, and right after the game Jorginho during an interview said that he wanted to use the same pair of shin pads he used for the Euro 2020 because they brought him good luck and because he always wants to represent his country somehow when he plays.
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Uefa Nations League 2023
Hungary vs Italy
Unwashed Match Worn Shirt
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This shirt was worn by Jorginho during the Uefa Nations League game between Hungary and Italy which took place in Budapest, “Puskas Arena”, on September 26th 2022. Italy defeated Hungary 2-0 and at the end of the game Jorginho gave his shirt to an Italy National team member whom we got it from. With this result Italy clinched a place in the Nations League final four thanks to goals by Giacomo Raspadori and Federico Dimarco in their last League A-Group 3 game on Monday.
Match Worn & Signed Boots
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Jorginho is known for his composure and versatility as a footballer, which allows him to be fielded in any midfield position. Due to his work-rate, technique, football intelligence, ability to break down possession, vision, and passing accuracy, he is usually deployed as central midfielder in a three-man midfield in a 4–3–3 formation. Although he is not imposing physically, due to his slender build and relatively short stature, he is also capable of playing both in a box-to-box role or in a defensive role as a ball winner, courtesy of his tactical intelligence, positional sense, awareness, and ability to read the game, which enables him to cover ground, press opponents further up the pitch, intercept passes, and start attacking plays after winning back the ball. However, he usually operates in a more withdrawn creative role, as a deep-lying playmaker in front of the back-line, a position known as the regista role in Italian football jargon, which allows him more time on the ball to control the tempo of his team’s play with his short, precise, horizontal passing game on the ground. He is also an accurate penalty taker.