Giorgio Chiellini (born 14 August 1984 in Pisa) is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team. He started out his career as a left back but made his name as a no-nonsense, hard tackling centre back with a penchant for heading in goals from set-pieces. A popular figure with fans, he is the vice-captain, behind Gianluigi Buffon. Chiellini joined the youth teams at Livorno at age six and started out as a central midfielder. As he matured, he switched to playing as a winger and finally he found his position as a left back. He played in the clubs' youth academy between 1990 and 2000, before earning first team call-ups for the 200001 Serie C1 season. In his first season with the first team, Chiellini made three appearances and followed that up with five more appearances the following season. In the summer of 2002, he was signed by Juventus in co-ownership deal, for 3.
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