In the season 1998–1999 Barzagli had his first professional football appearance with semi-pros Rondinella Calcio before moving to Serie B side A.C. Pistoiese in 2000–01, in a co-ownership deal. The journey was short because the year later he rejoined Rondinella Calcio in Serie C2. He then signed Ascoli Calcio 1898 in season 2001–02 (from Piacenza, a Serie A from 2001 to 2003) and helped them to Serie B promotion. He remained in Ascoli for another year without further success. In July 2003 he was sold by Piacenza in another co-ownership deal. His first Serie Acap was won with ChievoVerona in the 1-1 draw at Brescia on August 2003. The year later the commanding defender was signed by Serie A outfit Palermo. Barzagli was bestowed with the captains armband after Eugenio Corini controversially left the Sicilian club in the summer of 2007–08.
In 2008 Barzagli was in contract negotiations with ACF Fiorentina and was widely expected to sign. To everyone's surprise the deal fell through as Barzagli, a native... Read More