11 Jul 2013 - in: The team

Ogbonna, power and pace

The giant stopper brings an enviable physical presence and a cultured left foot to Serie A’s strongest rearguard

Angelo Ogbonna joins the Bianconeri to significantly bolster the defensive options available to Antonio Conte for the 2013/14 campaign.

The widely-coveted centre-back, who makes the short switch across Turin from inter-city rivals Torino, combines an enviable physical presence with a cultured left foot.

Born in Cassino to Nigerian parentage, Ogbonna’s raw qualities were noted by the Granata at an early age, who swooped to recruit him as one of their rising academy stars.

A loan spell at Serie C1 outfit Crotone during the 2007/08 season enabled Ogbonna to experience regular first-team action, making 22 starts for the Calabria-based side in a productive campaign.

His return to Turin saw him push for a regular spot in the starting line-up, eventually cementing a permanent berth throughout the 2008/09 season.

After playing a crucial role in Torino’s 2011/12 promotion-winning side, Ogbonna capped off a memorable year by forming part of Cesare Prandelli’s Euro 2012 squad.

With six full caps to his name, the 25-year-old will now be aiming to win a place in Serie A’s strongest defence and firmly establish himself on the international scene.