Giorgio Chiellini joins MLS side Los Angeles FC after 17 years spell at Juventus

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Giorgio Chiellini signed a Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) contract that will run through 2023, which was announced by LAFC on Monday 13th June.

Giorgio Chiellini joins MLS side Los Angeles FC after 17 years spell at Juventus

Following the acquisition of his P1 Visa and Overseas Transfer Certificate, Chiellini will be assigned to an international roster spot (ITC).

Giorgio Chiellini will be officially introduced by LAFC at a press conference on Wednesday, June 29 at Banc of California Stadium.

Chiellini, 37, joins LAFC from Juventus FC in Serie A, where he spent 17 years as the club’s captain, guiding them to an incredible nine consecutive Serie A titles from 2011 to 2020.

Chiellini, a three-time Serie A Defender of the Year, was nominated to the Italian League’s Team of the Year five times in a row from 2012 to 2018, winning five Italian Cups and five Italian Super Cups in the process.

“Giorgio is a special, one-of-a-kind player and person,” LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington said. “Signing Giorgio was a unique opportunity to improve our club. He will complement what we believe is already a strong team as every day he will set the right example with his leadership competitiveness, and experience. He is a serial winner at the highest levels, and we are grateful he has chosen LAFC to join in our pursuit of trophies.”

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Chiellini made 117 appearances for Italy, helping the Azzurri win the European Championship in 2020, where he was named Defender of the Tournament. In his career with the National Team, the Pisa, Italy native scored eight goals and added four assists for Italy in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

“I felt very strongly about this new chapter in my career, and I am grateful to LAFC for this opportunity,” said Chiellini. “I’m thankful for all my years with Juventus and I’m looking forward to winning many more trophies in Los Angeles.”

Chiellini, regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, appeared in 392 Serie A games for Juventus and a total of 561 games for the club in all competitions, including 74 UEFA Champions League games and 14 Europa League games.

Giorgio Chiellini joins MLS side Los Angeles FC after 17 years spell at Juventus

“Giorgio’s experience will be invaluable to us,” LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo said. “He is one of the top defenders to ever play, he brings a deep knowledge of the game and an ability to have an impact on our young players both on and off the field. His addition is the perfect supplement to the work we are doing every day.”

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Chiellini leaves Juventus with the third-longest tenure (17 years, 2005-2022), behind Gianluigi Buffon (19 years, 2001-2018 & 2019-2021) and Alessandro Del Piero (19 years, 2001-2018 & 2019-2021). In 2018, he took over as Juventus captain from Gianluigi Buffon.

Chiellini began his career at the age of six with his hometown club AS Livorno, progressing through the Livorno youth tiers and the Youth National Teams.

He made his professional debut at the age of 16 in 2001 for Livorno, playing in 62 matches in total before joining ACF Fiorentina in 2004, where he made his Serie A debut on September 12, 2004.

Chiellini played for Fiorentina for one season before joining Juventus, where he would go on to make history.

Giorgio Chiellini by Numbers

  • Bronze Medal winner with Italy in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
  • Won a Serie B title with Juventus in the 2006-07 season.
  • Won nine straight Serie A Titles with Juventus from 2011-2020.
  • Serie A Defender of the Year three consecutive years (2008, 2009, and 2010).
  • Named to Serie A Team of the Year five straight years from 2012-2018.
  • As captain led Italy to 2020 UEFA European Championship.
  • 117 Italian National Team appearances, registering 8 goals and 4 assists across all competitions.
  • 92 total combined games in Champions League and Europa League.
  • Holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Economic Sciences from the University of Turin.
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