Federico Macheda



Federico "Kiko" Macheda (Italian pronunciation: [fedeˈriːko maˈkɛːda]; born 22 August 1991) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Novara. Born in Rome, Macheda began his career with local club Lazio, but joined Manchester United when he turned 16 in 2007. He turned professional in 2008, before scoring on his first-team debut in April 2009. Macheda spent the next couple of years on the fringe of the United first-team, before twice going out on loan – first to Sampdoria in his native Italy in 2011, and then to Queens Park Rangers in 2012, the latter of which was curtailed by injury. He spent further spells on loan, at VfB Stuttgart, Doncaster Rovers and Birmingham City. Having failed to break into the Manchester United first team, Macheda was released at the end of his contract in June 2014, leaving him free to sign for Cardiff City. He spent two years there before being released, also having a short loan at Nottingham Forest. Macheda is also a former Italian youth international, having made appearances for the national under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 teams. He made his under-21 debut in August 2009 in a friendly against Russia (as the youngest U-21 player ever, until Lorenzo Crisetig broke the record in 2010) and scored his first goals for the team just over a year later in a match against Turkey.

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