With his small build, low body weight and explosive power, Sebastian Giovinco, affectionately known as 'The Atomic Ant,' could not have a more fitting nickname.

 

The smallest player at last summer's UEFA EURO 2012, Giovinco is most at home in the hole behind a front two, although he is equally adept as a second striker, not unlike his illustrious former team-mate Alessandro Del Piero. His speed, quick feet and superb technique allows him to prise apart opposition defences, while his dead-ball skills, like Del Piero's, are first-class.

 

Born in Turin to a Calabrian mother and a Sicilian father, Giovinco came up through the youth system at Juventus. In 2007 he went on loan at Empoli, for whom he made his Serie A debut on 26 August that same year in a 3-1 defeat by Fiorentina. He then spent two seasons at Parma, where he scored 22 goals in 64 matches.

 

Giovinco represented Italy at all youth levels, from U-16 to U-21, before earning his first senior cap on 9 February 2011 in a 1-1 draw with Germany. As of May 2013 he has played 14 times for La Nazionale, but has yet to find the net. And at 26, he is no doubt wary of the competition from Italy's new wave of young talents.