Andrea Cossu (footballer, born 1980)
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|Date of birth||3 May 1980|
|Place of birth||Cagliari, Italy|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Johannes Cagliari|
|1999||→ Lumezzane (loan)||11||(1)|
|2000||→ Lumezzane (loan)||9||(1)|
|2000–2001||→ Lumezzane (loan)||21||(4)|
|2002||→ Torres (loan)||12||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Andrea Cossu (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛːa ˈkɔssu], Sardinian: [ˈkosu]; born 3 May 1980) is a former Italian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. Throughout his career, he played for several Italian sides, mostly for Cagliari.
Cossu made his professional debut in 1996 with Sardinian side Olbia. In 1997, he joined Verona, where he spent the first two years as a member of the under-19 youth team. In January 1999 he was loaned out to Serie C1 side Lumezzane; the loan move was then later repeated for two more years, in January 2000 and November 2000. In January 2002 he was loaned out for a fourth time, this time to Sassari Torres, and he finally made his debut in a Verona jersey during the 2002–03 season in the Serie B league.
Cossu was re-signed by Cagliari on 29 January 2008 on a free transfer. In his second stint at Cagliari, Cossu's level of performances quickly rose up, and he became one of the team protagonists in a well-remembered escape from relegation during the 2007–08 season under head coach Davide Ballardini, who changed the then-winger to a playmaker role behind young strikers Alessandro Matri and Robert Acquafresca. He kept a high level of performances also during the two successful seasons under new boss Massimiliano Allegri, being often picked as one of the key players for Cagliari.
Cossu finally left Cagliari in summer 2015. He was re-signed by Serie D club Olbia. The club won promotion to Lega Pro to fill the vacancies.
Third spell at Cagliari
On 11 May 2017, club president Tommaso Giulini announced Cossu would return to Cagliari for the 2017–18 season. He made his third debut for the club, and 247th game overall for Cagliari, in a 2–1 away defeat to Milan. On 8 August 2018 he played his farewell game in a friendly against Atlético Madrid, was ceremoniously substituted at the 7th minute of the game and officially retired as a player.
On 28 February 2010 he received his first call-up for the Italian national team for a friendly game versus Cameroon, making him the first Sardinian call-up after local legend Gianfranco Zola. Cossu played the game, held on 3 March 2010, as a starter: the match ended in a 0–0 draw.
He was in Lippi's 28-men provisional 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, but was not included in the 23-men final squad on 1 June. But after the injuries of Mauro Camoranesi and Andrea Pirlo, he was named as an additional 24th standby player and was featured in the starting lineup in the last friendly game before the World Cup kick-off, against Switzerland on 5 June.
Style of play
Cossu is predominantly known for his ability to consistently create chances and provide assists for teammates, due to his vision, crossing ability, and passing range. Although he was initially deployed as a winger early in his career, he was later deployed as a forward, usually as a second striker, and as an attacking midfield playmaker, where he particularly excelled, finishing as the top assist provider in Serie A during the 2010–11 season. Despite lacking notable physical and athletic attributes, and having a tendency to be inaccurate in front of goal, he is a quick, mobile, technically gifted and creative player, with good dribbling skills; he is also an accurate set-piece taker.
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- Andrea Cossu at National-Football-Teams.com