Happy 25th birthday to Mattia Perin!

Happy 25th birthday to Mattia Perin!

Mattia Perin was born on 10th November in Latina.

He spent his youth career at Pistoiese before then moving to Genoa. With the Grifone he won the Primavera championship, making his Serie A debut back in 2011 at the tender age of 18.

After spending a superb season on-loan in Serie B with Padova, he then enjoyed his first full campaign in Serie A whilst playing for Pescara.

Despite their relegation, his fantastic performances were enough to convince Genoa of his talent, who subsequently decided to make him their No.1.

As for his Azzurri career, he has featured for every youth team, starting with the Under-17 side and continuing up to the Under-21s. His first Italy call-up came on 10th August 2012, when Cesare Prandelli selected him for a friendly against England in Bern.

Perin featured for both the Azzurrini and the senior side, and despite having had not yet made his debut, he still travelled to the 2014 World Cup and served as third-choice goalkeeper behind both Gianluigi Buffon and Salvatore Sirigu.

In South America he played his first match for the Azzurri, although it was in a unofficial friendly against Fluminense.

For his full debut, Perin would have to wait until the arrival of Antonio Conte, who granted him his first cap on 18th November 2014, when he played in a friendly against Albania in Genoa.

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