Antonio Cassano was born in Bari on 12th July 1982. He spent his youth at the Bari academy and made his Serie A debut with the club from Apulia in 1999, aged 17. He then moved to AS Roma, where he remained for four-and-a-half seasons and won an Italian Super Cup in 2001. This long spell in the Italian capital was followed by an experience at Real Madrid, where he won the 2006-2007 Spanish La Liga. Cassano then came back to Italy to join Sampdoria in 2007 before moving to AC Milan in 2011 where he won a Serie A title and an Italian Super Cup. He then played for Inter and Parma before returning to Sampdoria and joining Hellas Verona in the summer of 2017.
Cassano made his debut for the senior national team in a friendly against Poland on 12th November 2003, aged 21. After handing him his debut, head coach Trapattoni included him in the squad that took part in the 2004 European Championship, where he scored twice during the group stage. Thanks to his consistently good performances at Sampdoria, Cassano was called up once again after being absent for over a year and made the squad for the 2008 EUROs under head coach Donadoni. Manager Prandelli kept Cassano in the Azzuri squad and he led Italy to qualifying for the 2012 European Championship with six goals during the qualifying stage. Cassano played an important role at the European tournament in Poland and Ukraine, where Italy finished as runners-up. He finally took part in his first ever World Cup in 2014, where he made an appearance against Uruguay. That match would be Cassano’s 39th and currently last cap. In terms of scoring, Cassano can boast a total of ten international goals.