Who Are Ya? Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland)
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Name: Emanuele Giaccherini
Signed from: Juventus
Did you know?
Giaccherini scored the fastest goal in Italy’s international history when he netted against Haiti after 19 seconds…
What’s the deal?
Juve were keen to sell Giaccherini to raise funds for some new faces this summer. Paolo Di Canio was happy to oblige and has given the Italy international a four-year contract.
Giaccherini came onto the radars of anyone who doesn’t follow Italian football closely when he was the surprise choice at left wing-back for Italy’s match against Spain in the group stages of Euro 2012.
What do they say?
“Any departure is painful, but it is necessary in times of crisis. Each departure causes me pain. To me, every player is non-transferable, but I understand the needs of the club. If you ask me if I’m happy, the answer is no.”
Juventus head coach Antonio Conte
“Emanuele evaluated, not only the economic aspects, but also the standing he will have at Sunderland, and it was a challenge he decided to accept. We have gone along with his wishes.”
Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta