Ciro Immobile (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃiːro imˈmɔːbile]; born 20 February 1990) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Lazio and the Italy national team.
He began his career at Sorrento. In 2009, he was purchased by Juventus, and then loaned out to three different clubs before moving to Genoa in 2012. After a season with the club, he moved to Juventus' rivals Torino. At Torino, he won the Capocannoniere award as the top scorer in Serie A, where he scored 22 goals in 33 games. After his breakout season at Torino, he was sold to German club Borussia Dortmund for around €18 million, before moving to Sevilla in 2015. In 2016, he returned to Torino on loan, and was later sold to Lazio in July of that year.
Immobile made his debut for the Italian national team in 2014 and was included in the squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.
Sorrento and Juventus
Born in Torre Annunziata, in the province of Naples, Immobile began his youth career in the football school "Torre Annunziata '88", before transferring to "Maria Rosa" and finally the youth team of Salernitana, where he, however, failed to emerge. He later joined Sorrento, with whom he scored 30 goals in the under-17 during the 2007–08 season, including a brace against Torino, impressing the observers of Juventus.
In 2008, he was signed at the age of 18 for €80,000 by Juventus under the recommendation of Ciro Ferrara. He went on to play with the Primavera formation.
Immobile joined the Primavera squad in 2009, where he formed a striking partnership with Ayub Daud, that led the squad to win the 2009 Torneo di Viareggio, where he scored a total five goals; two of which came in the final.
On 14 March 2009, Immobile made his Serie A debut in a 4–1 home win against Bologna, replacing Juventus' captain Alessandro Del Piero in the 89th minute. On 25 November 2009, Immobile also made his debut in a European competition, once again as a second-half substitute for Del Piero in a Champions League game against Bordeaux. In February 2010, he scored a hat-trick against Empoli in the 2010 Torneo di Viareggio final to seal the title for a second consecutive season.
Loans to Siena and Grosseto
On 1 July 2010, Immobile, along with teammate Luca Marrone, were sent on loan to recently relegated Serie B side A.C. Siena. In exchange for the two loans, Juventus acquired Niccolò Giannetti, Leonardo Spinazzola, and Austrian midfielder Marcel Büchel on loan from the Tuscan club. Immobile never broke into the first team, however, and in January 2011, he left Siena, after just 4 appearances and 1 goal. Following his departure from Siena, he was immediately loaned by Juventus to Grosseto, another Serie B club for the remainder of the 2010–11 Serie B season. Immobile made his debut for the club on 29 January 2011, in a 0–1 away win over Vicenza Calcio. He finished the campaign with 16 appearances for Grosseto before returning to Juventus on 30 June 2011.
Loan to Pescara
On 17 August 2011, it was announced that Immobile would join Serie B club Pescara on a season-long loan from Juventus. He scored his first goal for the club on 26 August during his debut for Pescara in the first league match against Hellas Verona. By the end of the 2011–12 Serie B andata (first half of the season), Immobile had already scored 14 league goals. On 30 January 2012, Genoa confirmed that they had paid €4 million for half of the player's rights from Juventus, following his mercurial form in Serie B. He completed his season with Pescara in the Italian second division, as the club won the league title and sealed promotion to the Serie A. He also went on to become the Serie B season's top scorer with a total of 28 goals, seven more than the second-highest scorer, Juve Stabia's Marco Sau. Immobile was also named the Serie B's Player of the Year at the 2012 AIC Gran Gala del Calcio, alongside teammates Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti. On 20 June 2012, Immobile's co-ownership agreement was renewed by Juventus and Genoa, with the Ligurian side maintaining his registration rights for the 2012–13 Serie A campaign. For the €4 million transfer fee, Juventus converted into the purchase of Richmond Boakye's 50% registration rights in July 2012.
Immobile formally became a Genoa player on 1 July 2012 after the loan with Pescara expired. On 26 August 2012, Immobile scored his first Serie A goal in the home match won 2–0 against Cagliari. He scored his second on 16 September against his co-owners Juventus in his club's 1–3 loss home at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. He also scored a goal in back-to-back games against Napoli and Sampdoria on 11 and 18 November, respectively, as Genoa failed to win either game. He finished the season with five goals scored in 33 Serie A appearances (21 as a starter), failing to score a goal in the 2013-half of the season as Genoa finished in 17th place, just escaping relegation.
On 19 June 2013, Genoa and Juventus again renewed the co-ownership agreements of Immobile and Boakye.
On 12 July 2013 Juventus bought Genoa's half of Immobile for €2.75 million. On the same day he was sold to city-rivals Torino under a new co-ownership deal for €2.75 million. Immobile was the third Torino signing from Genoa, following defenders Cesare Bovo and Emiliano Moretti.
He made his debut for Torino during the first round of the Coppa Italia against former club Pescara, scoring his first goal of the season. He provided an assist in his Serie A debut for the club, but did not score until 7 October in a 2–2 draw against Sampdoria. Previously, Immobile had failed to score in Serie A since December 2012. The goal signalled a run of form for Immobile, with the player scoring a further 12 goals in his next 15 matches, including his first brace in Serie A during a game against Chievo Verona in December.
On 22 March 2014, Immobile scored his first Serie A hat-trick, in a 3–1 win against Livorno. Three days later, he scored a spectacular volley with his left foot against Roma, temporarily bringing the Granata level at the Stadio Olimpico. On 6 April, he scored the winning goal against Catania in a 2–1 victory.
On 13 April, Genoa were leading 1–0, when Immobile and Alessio Cerci both scored in stoppage time to give Torino a 2–1 win. He scored again in the following round in a 3–3 draw away to Lazio. On 27 April, Immobile scored for the sixth consecutive match in a 2–0 defeat of Udinese. This took him to 21 goals in the season, equaling the seasonal goal records of Paolo Pulici and Francesco Graziani at Torino.
On 11 May, Immobile scored in the penultimate fixture of the season against Parma, but was sent off in the second half and suspended for the final match against Fiorentina. He concluded his season with 22 goals in 33 appearances, plus one goal in the Coppa Italia. He became the first Torino player to win the Capocannoniere since Francesco Graziani in the 1976–77 season.
On 2 June 2014 Immobile was sold to Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, despite the co-ownership agreement between Torino and Juventus not being resolved. Urbano Cairo, the president of Torino, accused Juventus and Dortmund of violating FIFA regulation regarding transfer on 10 May 2014, which FIGC also states that such transfers must have mutual consent of the co-owners. Cairo also wanted to keep Immobile for at least a season for sports and for profit. On 18 June 2014, Juventus sold the remaining 50% registration rights of Immobile to Torino for €8.035 million. Torino later revealed in its financial filing, that the transfer fee to the German side was €17.955 million. On 13 August 2014, Immobile made his official debut for Dortmund as a striker in the starting line up for the 2014 DFL-Supercup against Bayern Munich. The match ended in Borussia lifting the cup by the score of 2–0.
Immobile made his Bundesliga debut on 23 August in the opening match of Dortmund's 2014–15 Bundesliga campaign which saw them lose 2–0 to Bayer Leverkusen at home. On 16 September 2014, Immobile scored his first goal for the club, opening a 2–0 home win over Arsenal in the group stages of the Champions League. He scored four goals in six Champions League matches, in a 3–0 away win over Anderlecht, in a 4–1 home win over Galatasaray and in a 1–1 home draw vs Anderlecht, with Borussia qualifying as first from the group. On 17 December 2014, Immobile assisted the first goal and scored the second on a 2–2 home draw with Wolfsburg.
On 12 July 2015, Immobile joined Sevilla on a season-long loan after scoring just three goals in the league in his first season at Borussia Dortmund (a total 10 goals in 34 matches). Sevilla also had an option to sign him outright. He made his debut for the club on 11 August 2015, coming off the bench to replace Kévin Gameiro in the 80th minute of the 2015 UEFA Super Cup final, against Barcelona, and assisting Yevhen Konoplyanka's temporary equaliser to send the match into extra-time; Barcelona went on to win the match 5–4.
On 31 July 2015, Immobile was stretchered off the pitch wearing an oxygen mask and a neck brace after playing just five minutes in a friendly against Watford at Vicarage Road after clashing heads with an opponent. He was taken to the hospital for tests and was in recovering condition. It was later determined his nasal septum ruptured, which looked like a major injury, however, turned out to be only minor. On 8 November 2015, Immobile scored his first goal for Sevilla in the 36th minute as they emerged victorious in a 3–2 La Liga home win over Real Madrid. In November, the obligation to buy clause was exercised when Immobile made his fifth appearance, buying him outright for €11 million plus the €3 million for the loan spell.
Loan to Torino
On 14 January 2016, Immobile returned to Torino on loan until the end of 2015–16 season. Two days later on his return debut, he scored the opening goal of a 4–2 home victory over Frosinone. On 14 February, he scored a brace, in a 3–1 win away against Palermo. On 22 March, it was determined he sustained a muscular injury at the half time mark in a derby with Juventus two days prior, and would be sidelined for a month.
On 27 July 2016, Immobile signed with Lazio for a fee of €8.75 million (plus €700,000 commission to agents). On 21 August, Immobile scored on his debut in Lazio's opening match of a 4–3 away win over Atalanta. Immobile finished the season with 23 league goals in 36 appearances plus 3 goals in the Coppa Italia, surpassing his total when he won the Capocannoniere with Torino in the 2013–14 season, though this time he did not win the Capocannoniere, losing it to Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko of cross-town rivals Roma, who scored 29 league goals.
On 13 August 2017, Immobile scored the opening two goals of the Supercoppa Italiana; Lazio won with a final score of 3–2 over Juventus. On 10 September, in Lazio's third match of the season, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 home win over Milan.
Immobile made his Italy under-19 debut in a 2009 European Championship qualifier in October 2008, but Italy failed to make it to the play-offs. On 25 March 2009, he made his debut with the Italy under-21 squad in a friendly match against the Austrian under-21s. He scored his first goal at the U-21 level at his second appearance, on 25 April 2012, in a friendly match won 4–1 against Scotland. He also scored against the Netherlands when he dribbled past three defenders and chipped the keeper. He was selected as a member of the Italy U-21 squad for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in Israel, along with Genoa teammate Andrea Bertolacci.
On 2 March 2014, he received his first call-up to the senior national team by Cesare Prandelli, for a friendly match against Spain three days later. He made his debut as a substitute with for Alessio Cerci after 69 minutes as Spain eventually won 1–0.
On 13 May 2014, Immobile was named in Italy's provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and on 1 June he was named in the final 23-man squad. On 8 June, he scored a hat-trick in the Azzurri's final World Cup warm-up match, a 5–3 defeat of Brazilian club side Fluminense. Immobile made his competitive debut in Italy's opening 2–1 win over England in Manaus on 14 June, playing the last 17 minutes in place of Mario Balotelli who scored the Italian winner. He scored his first international goal in the third minute of a 2–0 friendly victory against the Netherlands on 4 September 2014.
On 31 May 2016, Immobile was named to Conte's 23-man Italy squad for UEFA Euro 2016.
Style of play
Although primarily a striker, Immobile is capable of playing anywhere along the front-line. A quick forward, Immobile is primarily known for his offensive movement, as well as his ability to make attacking runs and exploit spaces. His main characteristics are his eye for goal and finishing ability with both feet, as well as his physical attributes; he also possesses solid technique, and is effective in the air. In addition to his offensive capabilities, he is also a hard-working player, known for his willingness to chase down the ball and press opponents when not in possession.
- As of 14 September 2017
|Siena (loan)||2010–11||Serie B||4||1||2||1||—||—||6||2|
|Sevilla (loan)||2015–16||La Liga||8||2||3||2||3||0||1||0||15||4|
|Torino (loan)||2015–16||Serie A||14||5||0||0||—||—||14||5|
- As of 5 September 2017
- As of 5 September 2017
Italy score listed first, score column indicates score after each Immobile goal.
|1||4 September 2014||Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy||Netherlands||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||5 September 2016||Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa, Israel||Israel||3–1||3–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||9 October 2016||Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia||Macedonia||2–2||3–2|
|5||12 November 2016||Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||2–0||4–0|
|6||24 March 2017||Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo, Italy||Albania||2–0||2–0|
|7||5 September 2017||Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia, Italy||Israel||1–0||1–0|
- Juventus Youth Team
- Torneo di Viareggio: 2009, 2010
- Serie B: 2011–12
- Borussia Dortmund
- DFL-Supercup: 2014
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2017
- Torneo di Viareggio top scorer: 2010 (10 goals)
- Torneo di Viareggio best player: 2010
- Serie B Footballer of the Year: 2012
- Serie B top scorer: 2011–12 (28 goals)
- Serie A top scorer: 2013–14 (22 goals)
- Serie A Team of the Year: 2013–14