Stefano Sorrentino is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. Born in Cava de’ Tirreni, Campania, Sorrentino started playing football with S.S. Lazio, finishing his youth training with Juventus F.C. in 1997 and failing to collect any official first-team appearances during his one-season spell. In the summer of 1998 he joined Torino F.C. in Serie B, only playing once in the league. Sorrentino has played for several Italian clubs throughout his career, as well as Greek side AEK Athens and Spanish side Recreativo. He is mainly known for his time with Torino, Chievo and Palermo, winning a Serie B title and promotion to Serie A with the latter side in 2014.
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On 25 January 2013, after a long negotiation, Sorrentino signed a 3½-year contract with U.S. Città di Palermo for €4 million. He made his debut two days later, in a 1–1 draw at Cagliari Calcio. Sorrentino is a talented and acrobatic goalkeeper, known for his penalty-stopping abilities, as well as his extraordinary shot-stopping, reflexes, and ability to produce spectacular and decisive saves. An experienced and consistent keeper, he has also drawn praise for his work-rate, determination, leadership, and longevity. He has noted that his position on the pitch tends to change depending on whether he is playing behind a three or four-man back-line; in the former case, he usually plays in a deeper position, closer to the goal. Antonio Di Natale described him as one of the best Italian goalkeepers of his generation. On 1 July 2016, at the age of 37, Sorrentino left Palermo and signed a two-year contract with former club Chievo for an undisclosed fee. During his second spell at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, he continued to be first-choice.
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Sorrentino’s father, Roberto, was also a goalkeeper, who captained Catania. He has two brothers. On 9 June 2002, Sorrentino married Antonella Parrella in Turin; the couple had already been living together for ten months. Together they had three daughters, Carlotta, Matilda and Maria Vittoria; they later separated. Sorrentino has been in a relationship with Sara Ruggeri since 2012. He and his partner have a daughter, Viola, who was born on 16 September 2013. On 31 December 2018, Sorrentino proposed to Ruggeri by giving her a pair of his goalkeeping gloves with the text “Sara, mi vuoi sposare?” (Sara, do you want to marry me?). He later announced his engagement on his official Instagram account by posting a picture of Ruggeri with the gloves and her engagement ring, with the caption “HA DETTO SÌ!!!!” (“She said yes!”). The couple were wed on 27 May 2019. In March 2017, Sorrentino released his autobiography: Gli occhi della Tigre (“The eyes of the Tiger,” in Italian).