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Rolando Bianchi

Born: 15/2 1983
Birthplace: Italy
Nationality: Italy (0/0)
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Position: Forward
Playing Record:
Season: Club: Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
2001-2004 Atalanta (ITA) 21 0 0 0 0 0
2004 Cagliari (ITA) (loan) 14 2 0 0 0 0
2004-2005 Cagliari (ITA) 25 2 0 0 0 0
2004-2007 Reggina (ITA) 46 19 0 0 1 0
2007-2008 Manchester City 19 4 2 0 3 1
2007-2008 Lazio (ITA) (loan)            
Total:   125 27 2 0 3 1

Ronaldo Bianchi was considered to be one of the brightest promises of Italian football, and the young forward flourished in his last season with Reggina. The club was deducted 11 points in the 2006-07 season after the Italian league match-fixing scandal, and was widely expected to go down as a result. But with the help of the awakening hit-man Reggina just managed to claw their way up the table and secure their place in Serie A. Bianchi scored 18 goals and became the 4th highest goal scorer in Serie A before being lured to Manchester City by newly appointed Manager Sven-Göran Eriksson. Although Bianchi had expressed his desire to play for one of the big Italian clubs he regarded to move to the Premiership a refreshing challenge and admitted that Erikssons persuasiveness was the key to the move.

Bianchi began his career with Atalanta and Cagliari where he played 60 games, but only managed 4 goals despite being a prolific scorer in the reserves. However; only 22 of those games was from the start. He was sold to Reggina in 2005, where he scored one goal in nine appearances in his first season following a serious knee injury in a Italy U-21 training. Bianchi battled back and took part in the 2006 U-21 Championships in Portugal where he made three appearances and scored one goal. The next season marked his breakthrough when he finished 4th in the Serie A goal scoring table and helped Reggina retain top fight status. The Calabrian team finished 14th just 1 point clear of relegated Chievo.

Bianchi was snapped up by Manchester City in July 2007 for £8.8m and is believed to make a great impact to the Premiership with his notorius taste for goals shown in his last season with Reggina, and indeed he opened his scoring account with a clincal finish against West Ham in the opening game of the 2007/08 season.

Provided by: Svenn A. Hanssen, svenn@hanssen.priv.no