(born March 23, 1984 in Naples
) is an Italian footballer
, who plays for Calcio Catania
in the Italian Serie A
. He is a free-kick and penalty specialist.
He started his career as part of Empoli
youth system, being later promoted to the first team in 2003. His senior debut came during the 2003-2004 Serie A season. During the winter transfer market, Empoli opted to loan the player out to Vicenza Calcio
, In the Italian Serie B
, for the player to gain regular playing time. Lodi went on to make 11 appreances for the biancorossi
, before returning to Empoli for the 2004-2005 Serie B
season, following their relegation. In his first full season with the Tuscan
side, Lodi made 27 league appearances, scoring 6 goals, helping earn instant promotion back to the Serie A
. Lodi remained with Empoli, his first full season in the Serie A
. The midfielder made just 17 appearances however, and failed to hold down first team football. He scored no goals.
Loan to Frosinone
For the 2006-2007 Lega Calcio season, Empoli loaned the 22 year old to Serie B
side Frosinone Calcio
. Lodi instantly earned a starting role with the club, making 40 appearances, out of a possible 42, scoring 11 goals during the season. Despite his form, Empoli opted to keep the player at the Latium
-based club, where Lodi would continue his form. Lodi went on to make 41 appearances for the second division side and scored a very impressive 20 goals as a midfielder.