(born 22 June 1984) is an Italian footballer
who plays in the defender
position for Palermo
Mantovani started his career at Torino Calcio
. He was the member of Allievi Nazionali Under-18 team
in 2000–01 season. In 2002–03 season, he occasionally received first team call-up, and made his debut on 19 January 2003 against Como
, which he replaced Gianluca Comotto
at half-time. The match ended in 0–0 draw.
After Torino relegated in 2003, he was loaned to Serie B side Triestina
. In 2004–05 season, Mantovani returned to Turin
and played as one of the regular starter, he was awarded no.4 shirt. The team won promotion playoffs but then went bankrupt. FIGC
allowed a new successor team admitted in 2006–07 Serie B
but the players were also allowed to leave on free transfer.
In August 2005, he was signed by Serie A
along with team-mate Giovanni Marchese
and on 30 August sold to Torino's rival Juventus
for a nominal fees of €1,000. He was immediately loaned back to Chievo and played 4 league matches.
Partially due to 2006 Italian football scandal
terminated all ongoing co-ownership deal in June 2006, and Mantovani was sold back to Chievo for about €301,000. He played 3 out of 4 European matches of Chievo, which exited in both UEFA Champions League
3rd qualifying round, and UEFA Cup
Mantovani played 15 league... Read More