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Michele di Piedi
Nationality:Ita
Rovers apps (gls)1:5 (0)
Date of birth:4 December 1978
Place of birth:Palermo
Height:5 ft 11 in
Position:Forward
Date joined:February 2003
Joined from:Sheffield Wednesday
Date left:March 2003
1 League appearances and goals only.

Michele di Piedi is an Italian forward who had a one-month loan spell at Rovers during the 2002-03 season. He was brought to the club towards the end of February 2003 from Division One side Sheffield Wednesday by manager Ray Graydon, and he went on to make three league starts and two substitute appearances without scoring.

CareerEdit

Sicilian-born Michele began his career playing for youth side Panormus in his home town of Palermo, before moving to follow Sicilian side Siracusa, where he joined the senior ranks in 1997. After a year there he was taken to the Italian mainland by Fiorentina, where he played youth football, and after another year he joined Perugia in 1999. He moved to England a year later when he was signed by Sheffield Wednesday manager Paul Jewell, and went on to make 39 league appearances for the Owls, scoring five goals in the process. While with the Yorkshire club he was twice sent out on loan, firstly to Norwegian side Odd Grenland in 2002, and secondly to Bristol Rovers in 2003.

After failing to establish himself as a first team regular at Hillsborough, di Piedi returned home to Italy due to his child being ill, where he joined AS Sora in 2004. After an unsuccessful trial with AFC Bournemouth, Michele moved to Cyprus to play for Nicosia side APOEL. After a season there he returned home to Sicily in 2005 to play for Gela, before returning to England a year later, where he signed for Doncaster Rovers. He was on the move again a year later, in 2007, when he returned to Italy to play for Sardinian side Nuorese, where he remained for two years. A further move came in 2009, when he signed for Castrovillari and he later played for Sapri (where he stayed for just twelve days), Vigor Lamezia, Mazara, Acireale, Viribus Unitis and Cittanova Interpiana.

In 2012 he made a surprising move to play for FK Tauras in Tauragė, Lithuania, playing in the top flight of Lithuanian football, but he returned home to Italy after playing just seven league games. He then played for Milazzo and Nardò before moving to Rende in time for the start of the 2013–14 season.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
1997–98Siracusa ??
1998–99Fiorentina 00
1999–00Perugia ??
2000–01Sheffield Wednesday 257
2001–02Sheffield Wednesday 125
2002Odd Grenland (loan)40
2002–03Sheffield Wednesday 20
2002–03Bristol Rovers (loan)50
2003–04AS Sora 30
2004–05APOEL 52
2005–06Gela 90
2006–07Doncaster Rovers 30
2007–08Nuorese 141
2008–09Nuorese 2010
2008–09Castrovillari 125
2009–10Sapri 10
2009–10Vigor Lamezia 162
2010–11Mazara 134
2010–11Acireale 193
2011–12Viribus Unitis 20
2011–12Cittanova Interpiana 104
2012FK Tauras Tauragė 70
2012–13Milazzo 00
2012–13Nardò 91

Sources: Tutto Calciatori, Soccerway & Soccerbase

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