(12 August 2009)
Widely considered the natural heir of former Italy and Juventus great Marco Tardelli, Claudio Marchisio is an elegant midfielder with a strong personality. He is a proud product of Juve's youth system, and has captained Italy at every youth level.
The UEFA Europa League quarter-finals reached a climatic finish Thursday evening where Valencia battled back from a 3-0 first leg deficit against Basel to win 5-3 on aggregate, while Juventus, Benfica and Sevilla also advanced.
Young guns Mattia Destro, with a brace, and Miralem Pjanic were on target for Roma in a 3-0 win over Sampdoria to keep the Serie A title battle alive with Juventus, who defeated Chievo Verona 3-1 at home.