Marco Borriello

Marco Borriello
Marco Borriello
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Personal information
Full name Marco Borriello
Date of birth 18 June 1982 (1982-06-18) (age 29)
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 22
Youth career
1999–2001 → Treviso (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2007 Milan 16 (1)
2001 Triestina (loan) 9 (1)
2001–2002 → Treviso (loan) 27 (10)
2003 Empoli (loan) 12 (1)
2004–2005 Reggina (loan) 30 (2)
2005–2006 Sampdoria (loan) 11 (2)
2006 → Treviso (loan) 20 (5)
2007–2008 Genoa 35 (19)
2008–2010 Milan 37 (15)
2010– Roma 40 (11)
National team
2001–2003 Italy U-21 12 (6)
2008– Italy 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 February 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 February 2011

Marco Borriello (born 18 June 1982 in Napoli) is an Italian footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Roma. He has previously played for other Italian clubs, including Milan, Sampdoria, Treviso, Reggina, Empoli, Triestina, and Genoa.


Club career

Early career

Borriello came up through the ranks of Milan but was transferred to Treviso on loan before having the chance to prove himself at the club. After another move, he made his professional debut for Triestina in Serie C2, subsequently returning to Treviso.[2] His 10 goals in 27 Serie C1 games with Treviso led to Milan's recalling him in June 2002.


Borriello made his Serie A debut for A.C. Milan on 21 September 2002 against Perugia but failed to establish himself and spent much of the next few years on loan at other Serie A clubs.

After only 3 appearances for Milan, he went on to shine for league rival Empoli for the rest of the 2002–03 Serie A season. He returned to Milan for the 2003–04 season but played in just 4 games. In the 2004–05 season, he was on loan to Reggina. In the 2005–06 season he was once again sent on loan, this time to Sampdoria along with Milan teammates Samuele Dalla Bona and Ignazio Abate. Borriello left Sampdoria in January 2006 for a six-month loan stint at Treviso where he scored his then-career best of 5 Serie A goals. Treviso were relegated that season.

Borriello was recalled to the Milan first team in the summer of 2006 after Milan sold star striker Andriy Shevchenko to Chelsea and Marcio Amoroso was released from the club. However, his future was put in jeopardy when on 21 December 2006 while serving his first full Milan season. He tested positive in a drug test for prednisolone and prednisone after the 11th match of the 2006/2007 Serie A season. After confirmation of the test results in January 2007, he was suspended until 21 March 2007.[3] Borriello later admitted he had taken the substances to treat an STD he had caught from his girlfriend at the time.[citation needed]


On 21 June 2007, Boriello was sold to Genoa in a co-ownership deal with Milan, for €1.8 million.[4]

On 26 September 2007, Borriello helped newly-promoted Genoa get their first win of the season, scoring his first hat-trick at the expense of Udinese. The game ended 3–2, with the striker scoring from the penalty spot in the 76th minute. Incidentally, in the return fixture on 24 February 2008 in Udine, Borriello hit another hat-trick in a 5–3 away win, reaching 15 league goals in the process. He finished the season with 19. This mark made him third in the league behind Juventus pair Alessandro Del Piero and David Trézéguet.

Return to Milan

Following the sale of Alberto Gilardino to Fiorentina, it was confirmed on 29 May 2008 that Borriello would return to Milan as his replacement. The deal included the move of Davide Di Gennaro to Genoa under a co-ownership deal, in addition to a reported €7 million fee.[5]

Shortly before the signing of Ronaldinho by Milan, Borriello's agent claimed his client might look for playing time at a different club if the club bought another striker. However, the signing of Ronaldinho was not seen as a threat to Borriello's position, as the Brazilian played normally as a supporting striker or an attacking midfielder.

2008–09 season

In Borriello's first season of his second spell at Milan, he made just 7 Serie A appearances scoring just 1 goal, which came against Reggina. He also scored against F.C. Zurich in the UEFA Cup, but an unfortunate injury kept him out of action for the rest of the season. After Kaká left the club in the summer 2009 transfer window, Borriello chose to switch to shirt number 22, which he had worn at Genoa.

2009–10 season

After a disappointing first season, Borriello scored his first ever brace for the Rossoneri in their 2–0 win over Parma on 1 November 2009. On November 25, Borriello scored his first Champions League goal against Marseille in a match that finished 1–1. Borriello scored another brace in Milan's 5–2 defeat of former club Genoa, one of his goals being an acrobatic bicycle kick from a cross from Ronaldinho. The following week Borriello scored a lovely goal against A.C. Siena, when he hooked a 30 yard chipped pass from Andrea Pirlo into the top corner on the volley in a move that brought back memories of Marco Van Basten's strike for Holland against the USSR in Euro 1988.[6] On 21 February 2010, Borriello scored his fourth volley of the season in Milan's 2–0 win over Bari. On 11 April, he scored two second half goals to help Milan come from 2–0 down to draw against Catania Calcio. Borriello finished the season with 14 league goals in 26 appearances.

AS Roma

2010-11 season

He started the first game of the season for Milan against U.S. Lecce. On 31 August 2010, he was loaned to Roma for free (where he then scored the winning goal against Milan at the San Siro on 19 December), with the obligation to purchase the player's rights before the 2011-2012 season for the payment of €10 million split in 3 years. He signed a 1+4-year contract; in the first year he would earn €4.5 million (in gross/pre-tax salary, excluded bonuses), an amount increasing to €5.4million in the following years.[7]

He scored 11 goals in Serie A, two in Coppa Italia and four in Champions League. Total of 17 goals for Roma in 2010-11 season.

2011-12 season

With the addition of Pablo Osvaldo to the team, Borriello has not been getting as much time on the pitch as part of the first eleven.

International career

Borriello received his first Italian national team call-up for a friendly against Portugal, which took place on 6 February 2008 in Zürich, Switzerland. He replaced Luca Toni for the final twenty minutes, with Italy winning 3–1. He also played in the next two friendlies, coming on as a substitute for Toni on both occasions. Borriello was in the squad for Euro 2008 but did not play.

He was in Marcello Lippi's 28-man provisional 2010 FIFA World Cup squad but was not included in the 23-man final squad.[8]

Personal life

Borriello grew up in the area of San Giovanni a Teduccio in Napoli. His father died in his teens, and he was raised along with siblings Fabio and Piergiorgio by his mother Margherita.


Career statistics

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Treviso 2001–02 29 10 - - - - 29 10
Milan 2002–03 3 0 2 1 1 0 6 1
Empoli 2002–03 12 1 - - - - 12 1
Milan 2003–04 4 0 6 0 1 0 11 0
Reggina 2004–05 30 2 - - - - 30 2
Sampdoria 2005–06 11 2 1 0 2 0 14 2
Treviso 2005–06 20 5 - - - - 20 5
Milan 2006–07 9 1 2 2 3 0 14 3
Genoa 2007–08 35 19 2 0 - - 37 19
Milan 2008–09 7 1 - - 1 1 8 2
2009–10 29 14 1 0 5 1 35 15
2010–11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Roma 2010–11 27 11 2 1 7 4 36 15
Career Total 209 62 14 3 18 6 241 71


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