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Samuele Longo

Samuele Longo
Full nameSamuele Longo
Date of birth (1992-01-12) 12 January 1992 (age 24)
Place of birthValdobbiadene, Italy
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Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Inter)
Youth career
2010Piacenza (loan)
2011Genoa (loan)
Senior career*
2012–2013Espanyol (loan)18(3)
2013–2014Verona (loan)2(0)
2014Rayo Vallecano (loan)9(0)
2014–Cagliari (loan)24(0)
National team
2011Italy U191(0)
2011–Italy U205(2)
2012–Italy U2111(2)

Samuele Longo (born 12 January 1992) is an Italian footballer who plays for Cagliari, on loan from Internazionale, as a striker.


Born in Valdobbiadene, Province of Treviso, Veneto, Longo started his career at Treviso FBC 1993. He was the member of Esordienti under-13 team in 2004–05 season.[2] In January 2009 Internazionale bought Longo and Mame Baba Thiam outright.


Longo spent the rest of 2008–09 season in Treviso's Allievi Nazionali under-17 team[3][4] in a temporary deal before formally became an Inter player on 1 July 2009.




Longo was a junior member of Inter's reserve team in the 2009–10 season, as a backup for Denis Alibec, Mattia Destro and Simone Dell'Agnello. On 28 January 2010, after being sparingly used by Inter, he left for Piacenza Calcio, along with Giuseppe Angarano and Luca Stocchi. In total, Longo only played 4 times in the reserve league that season.


In the 2010–2011 season, despite Inter trimming their reserve squad (only composed only of U18 and U19 players plus 3 U20), Longo was unable to become a regular starter, with 11 appearances, (2 starts) and 2 goals. In January 2011 he moved to Genoa in a temporary deal with option to sign Longo in co-ownership deal, also as a replacement of outgoing reserve forward Gianmarco Zigoni. Longo scored 3 goals for Genoa and 2 goals for Inter in 2010–11 reserve league. He also appeared in the league's play-offs, losing to eventual champions Roma in the semifinals, forming a partnership with Richmond Boakye; his side was also eliminated by Inter in the quarter-finals of 2011 Torneo di Viareggio.[5]


In June 2011 Genoa signed Destro outright from Inter for €4.5M, as well as half of the registration rights of Longo for a peppercorn fee of €500 (also made Inter had to write-down €47,000 for the residual accounting value of his contract).[6] He returned to Inter in temporary deal on 1 July 2011, being again assigned to the reserves. Longo was a regular starter for the side, but was unable to be the topscorer, scoring eight goals times during the regular season (attacking midfielder Daniel Bessa eventually scored ten times).

Under Andrea Stramaccioni, Longo scored 5 goals in 2011–12 NextGen series as one the protagonists of the team that won the tournament; his role also sightly changed after the arrival of Marko Livaja as new centre forward, in 4–2–3–1 (and later 4–3–3/4–3–2–1 formation under Daniele Bernazzani). He was also instrumental in the Primavera final stages, netting four goals in three matches (including a brace in the final against Lazio).[7]



Longo was assigned number 81 shirt at the start of 2011–12 season, and played the first four friendlies of the season under former Genoa first team coach Gian Piero Gasperini.[8][9][10][11] However he was left out of the squad submitted for 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, with Giovanni Terrani being included instead.

Longo made his professional debut on 13 May 2012, playing the last 14 minutes of a 1–3 away loss against Lazio.[12]


Longo scored his first goal for Inter against Indonesia League Selection on 24 May 2012.[13] In June 2012 Genoa CEO Pietro Lo Monaco once confirmed the co-ownership was renewed[14] but on the deadline date Internazionale bought back Longo for €7 million and sold Juraj Kucka back to Genoa for €6.5 million.[15][16]

Longo made his international debut on 9 August, coming on as a second half substitute in a 0–2 home loss against Hajduk Split for the season's Europa League.[17]

Espanyol (loan)

On 28 August 2012 Longo joined Spanish La Liga side RCD Espanyol on a season-long loan deal,[18] following in the footsteps of Internazionale team mate Philippe Coutinho, who spent the final six months of the 2011–12 campaign at Estadi Cornellà-El Prat. On 2 September he made his debut abroad, scoring the first of a 2–3 away loss against Levante UD.[19] Longo scored his second goal on the 16th, in a 3–3 home draw against Athletic Bilbao, but was later sent off due to his celebration.[20]

Longo's third goal for the Catalans came on 17 November, but in a 1–2 away defeat against Valencia CF.[21] He finished the season with 18 appearances (11 starts).

Verona (loan)

On 28 August 2013 Longo joined Verona, recently promoted to Serie A, in a season-long loan deal.[22] However, he only appeared twice in the season (against Cagliari and Roma), all from the bench.

Rayo Vallecano (loan)

On 31 January 2014 Longo joined fellow top-divisioner Rayo Vallecano on loan until the end of the season.[23]

International career

Samuele Longo made his U20 debut on 31 August 2011 as starting forward, the first match of coach Luigi Di Biagio. Longo scored the opening goal for Italy in the first round of 2011–12 Four Nations.[citation needed] In the next match he substituted Genoa "team-mate" Giacomo Beretta in 65th minute.[24] He also played the next match against Germany as sub for Manuel Fischnaller.[25] In the fourth match Longo was the starting forward again.[26] Rested for the fifth round, Longo returned to the squad as a substitute for Sansone in the sixth round against Germany again, scored another goal.[27]

In April 2012 Longo received his first U21 call-up. Ciro Ferrara made a more experimental squad without some U21 regular.[28] Inter team-mate Faraoni and Juventus player Marrone left the squad before the match as the match was overlapped with mid-week re-scheduled week 33 of Serie A. It made the squad consist of 16 Serie B players and three Serie A players (but from the reserve) Longo, Viviani and De Sciglio, with the latter two received call-up only after the withdrew of the two original Serie A members. Despite a more immature squad, Azzurrini won Scotland 4–1. Longo scored a goal as the substitute of Ciro Immobile.[29] In June 2012 Ferrara dropped 7 players from April squad (19+2), and add 9 new and old players to the squad.[30] Longo, who had to play for the reserve, was dropped along with 3 other forwards.


Inter Primavera


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  2. ^ "ESORDIENTI PROFESSIONISTI 1992". Treviso FBC 1993 (in Italian). ca. September 2004. Archived from the original on 6 December 2004. Retrieved 26 July 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "ALLIEVI NAZIONALI". (in Italian). Treviso FBC 1993. Archived from the original on 27 October 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
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  5. ^ "Viareggio: vittoria Inter, è semifinale" (in Italian). FC Internazionale Milano. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Internazionale Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 Invalid language code.
  7. ^ Primavera: Inter 4–3 AC Milan, Longo decisive; Internazionale's official website, 6 June 2012
  8. ^ "Trentino Team 1–6 Inter, Gasperini starts with win". (FC Internazionale Milano). 14 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Inter 6–1 Mezzocorona: two Nerazzurri braces". (FC Internazionale Milano). 17 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Inter 4–1 Cremonese: four more for the Nerazzurri". (FC Internazionale Milano). 20 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Galatasaray 0–0 Inter, scoreless draw in 4th test". (FC Internazionale Milano). 24 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Lazio 3–1 Inter" (in Italian). Lega Serie A. 13 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "ILS 0-3 Inter: football, goals, what a show!". FC Internazionale Milano. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Genoa Announce Longo Arrival; Football Italia, 13 June 2012
  15. ^ "Transfer market: Longo owned by Inter outright". (FC Internazionale Milano). 22 June 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  16. ^ Genoa CFC Spa Report and Accounts on 31 December 2012 Invalid language code.
  17. ^ "Internazionale 0–2 Hajduk Split". 9 August 2012. 
  18. ^ Longo, sisè reforç (Longo, sixth reinforcement); Espanyol's official website, 28 August 2012 Invalid language code.
  19. ^ Levante up and running in thrilling fashion; ESPN FC, 2 September 2012
  20. ^ Happy return for Llorente; ESPN FC, 16 September 2012
  21. ^ Valencia 2–1 Espanyol; ESPN FC, 17 November 2012
  22. ^ Transfers: Samuele Longo to Hellas Verona; Internazionale's official website, 28 August 2013
  23. ^ Samuele Longo nuevo jugador del Rayo (Samuele Longo new player of Rayo); Rayo Vallecano's official website, 31 January 2014 Invalid language code.
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  28. ^ "AMICHEVOLE IN SCOZIA. TRA I 19 AZZURRINI PRIMA CONVOCAZIONE PER LONGO" (in Italian). FIGC. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
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  31. ^ "Primavera: Longo claims Morosini prize". FC Internazionale Milano. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

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