LAFC Signs Defender Giorgio Chiellini
June 16, 2022
By LAFC Communications
LAFC announced today that the Club has signed legendary Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini to a contract using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) through 2023. Chiellini will occupy an international roster slot upon the receipt of his P1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
LAFC will formally introduce Chiellini at a press conference on the morning of Wednesday, June 29 at Banc of California Stadium.
Chiellini, 37, joins LAFC from Italian Serie A side Juventus FC, where he spent 17 years leading the Club in an unprecedented run that included nine consecutive Serie A titles from 2011-2020. A three-time Serie A Defender of the Year, Chiellini was named to the Italian League’s Team of the Year five straight times from 2012-2018, in addition to winning five Italian Cups and five Italian Super Cups.
“Giorgio is a special, one-of-a-kind player and person,” LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington said. “Signing Giorgio was a unique opportunity to improve our club. He will complement what we believe is already a strong team as every day he will set the right example with his leadership competitiveness, and experience. He is a serial winner at the highest levels, and we are grateful he has chosen LAFC to join in our pursuit of trophies.”
Chiellini played 117 times for Italy, helping lead the Azzurri to the 2020 European Championship where he was recognized as the Defender of the Tournament. The Pisa, Italy native appeared for Italy in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup and registered a total of eight goals and four assists in his time with the National Team.