Riccardo Montolivo is an Italian professional footballer who plays as amidfielder for Serie A club Milan, having previously played for Atalanta and Fiorentina. Montolivo's profile has two main roles; one is that of a deep-lying playmaker and the other is that of an attacking midfielder. Montolivo began his career in Serie B with Atalanta. At the age of 18, he made his debut during the 2003–04 season. He played 41 matches and scored four goals. Montolivo moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 2005. In May 2012, Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri announced that Montolivo would join the club on a free transfer when his contractwith Fiorentina expired on 30 June. Montolivo was highly praised for his performance in the derby against Internazionale on 7 October 2012. On 30 October 2012, Montolivo scored his first goal with A.C. Milan in the 69th minute after Milan were down 2–0 to Palermo. Milan finally drew the match 2–2. Montolivo scored the winning goal when Italy's under-21 team defeated Spain 2–1 and qualified for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship on 10 October 2006. In 2008, Pierluigi Casiraghi called-up Montolivo to participate in the Olympic Games in Beijing. Montolivo scored his first senior international goal in a 2–1 friendly win against Spain in Bari.
World Cup warm-ups in pictures, featuring the Netherlands, Portugal & Italy
This evening’s bout of World Cup warm-ups saw England’s fellow group members Italy compete in what went on to be quite a gruelling contest away to the Republic of Ireland, while the Netherlands took on Ghana. Elsewhere, a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal side went up against Greece. Here, we give to you some of the more [...]The post Tonight’s World Cup warm-ups in pictures, featuring the Netherlands, Portugal & Italy appeared first on Squawka News.