Marco Motta

Marco Motta
Marco Motta
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Personal information
Date of birth 14 May 1986 (1986-05-14) (age 25)
Place of birth Merate, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 2
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Atalanta 19 (0)
2005–2009 Udinese 36 (1)
2007–2008 Torino (loan) 24 (1)
2009 Roma (loan) 13 (0)
2009–2010 Roma 16 (0)
2010–2011 Udinese 0 (0)
2010–2011 Juventus (loan) 22 (0)
2011– Juventus 0 (0)
National team
2002 Italy U-16 3 (2)
2002–2003 Italy U-17 14 (4)
2003–2004 Italy U-18 5 (0)
2003–2004 Italy U-19 6 (0)
2006 Italy U-20 1 (0)
2005–2009 Italy U-21 31 (1)
2008 Olympic Italy 6 (0)
2010– Italy 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 November 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 August 2010

Marco Motta (born 14 May 1986) is an Italian footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Juventus.

Motta is a former youth international and participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics.


Club career


Born in Merate, Lombardy, Motta began his professional career with Lombardy side Atalanta B.C. in 2005, following his promotion from the club's youth setup. He was a member of the 2004–05 Primavera Under-20 squad,[1] and made his Serie A debut on 9 January 2005, replacing Riccardo Montolivo in the 65th minute.[2] On 13 January he was a starter in the Cup, ahead Damiano Zenoni, a match in which Juventus was eliminated in a 5–3 aggregate.[3] Motta made 22 appearances (3 in Cup) in the remainder of the season to replace the left of Zenoni who left on 1 February, but due to the club's relegation, he moved to Udinese Calcio in a co-ownership deal, prior to the start of the 2005–06 Serie A season. Udinese also signed several players from Bergamo, namely Cesare Natali[4] and young players Massimo Gotti, Piermario Morosini, Fausto Rossini,[5] and Michele Rinaldi; it sent Thomas Manfredini and Antonino D'Agostino to Bergamo as part of the deal.


Udinese Calcio officially signed the wing back during the summer transfer window of 2005, and in his first season with the club, Motta was very sparingly used. A understudy of Damiano Zenoni, he made six league appearances and netted one goal. He also made his European debut for Udinese, on 2 November 2005, substituted David Di Michele in the 73rd minutes. That match Udinese lost 3–4 to Werder Bremen.[6] On 30 January 2006, he was injured and ruled out of season.[7][8][9]

He remained in Udine for the 2006–07 Serie A season, as well, and the player went on to make 16 additional league appearances (all as starting XI) with his club. In June 2007, Udinese bought the remainder of the player's contract from Atalanta, but the player did not remain in Friuli for the 2007–08 campaign. Atalanta also signed Zlatan Muslimović from Udine as part-exchange deal.

On 28 July 2007, Torino announced the one year loan signing of Motta from Udinese, re-joined Cesare Natali who sold to Turin weeks earlier.[10] Mainly a understudy of Gianluca Comotto, he made 24 league appearances (14 as starting XI) for his club, also scoring his second career Serie A goal.

Following a successful loan period, the player returned to Udinese ahead of the 2008–09 Serie A season, due to the injury of Cristián Zapata (right-back or central back). At Udine, he compete the starting line-up with Damiano Ferronetti (who can play left or right back), Aleksandar Luković (who can play left or central back) and Giovanni Pasquale (left-back or winger). He played eight league matches as starting line-up out of fourteen Serie A appearances. But at UEFA Cup, he was the starting right back at the group stage and played all four matches, three as starter, ahead of Ferronetti who played the first round. Udinese finished first in Group D.[11]

Since Udinese had signed Dušan Basta for the next season (who can play winger or right-back) and since Zapata recovered, he was loaned to A.S. Roma, agreed a ½+3 year deal, which he would earned a gross salary (pre-taxed income) of €300,000 for the remain 6 months of 2008–09 season and would increased to €660,000 in 2006–07 season.[12]


Motta made his debut for Roma on 8 February 2009, coming on as a substitute in the 31st minute in Roma's 3–0 victory against Genoa. He impressed both his new club's supporters and his new coach, Luciano Spalletti. In his various post-match press conferences with Roma Channel and Sky Italia, Spalletti said "Motta gets my compliments for that performance. It's not easy to enter onto the field at the Olimpico for the first time in front of a crowd like ours, with whom it's difficult to exhibit tranquility. He has great speed, force and technical quality, and he was very good in the defensive phase of the game. He played with great personality."[citation needed]

Motta then earned a starting position under Spalletti, beating off competition from the likes of Cicinho, Cristian Panucci, and Marco Cassetti. He also played both legs of UEFA Champions League round of 32 matches that lost to Arsenal.[13][14]

With the loan deal, the capital club obtained the option to for the right to buy half of the player's contract in June for €3.5million or outright for €7million in three installments.[12] On 24 June 2009 Roma exercised their right to sign half of Motta's contract for pre-agreed price.[15] Following the resignation of Spalletti, and the appointment of Claudio Ranieri, Motta lost his place in the Roma first team, and failed to became regular starter and made just 16 appearances during the entire 2009–10 Serie A season. At the conclusion of the season, the two clubs failed to agree price on him to negotiate the co-ownership and on 25 June 2010,[16] the deal went to a blind auction (submit the bid by envelope). Udinese repurchased Motta after winning the auction on 26 June.[17] for €1.45M.[18]


On 2 July 2010 Juventus F.C. agreed a loan deal for Motta with Udinese for the 2010–2011 season. Juventus have the option to sign Motta permanently at the end of the season, as Juventus was seeking a new right back to replace Martín Cáceres and Jonathan Zebina. Motta then joined the Juventus squad which they would left from Vinovo, Juventus's facility located to Pinzolo, the camp site for pre-season training, in although the deal was pending a formal finalization.[19][20] On 5 July, Juventus announced the deal was completed, which cost €1.25 million for the loan with option to made it permanently for a further €3.75 million.[21] He made his official Juventus debut on 29 July 2010 in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League qualifier against Shamrock Rovers, ahead Zdeněk Grygera as right back. The Old Lady won the Ireland side 3–0 in aggregate. Since mid-October, Grygera regained his starting place and Motta had to appear as unused substitute on the bench.

On 22 June Juventus excised the rights to sign him along with Simone Pepe in pre-agreed price.

International career

Since 2005, Motta has been a member of the Italy U-21 national team. In 2007, after the 2007 Euro U-21, he was named captain of the side.[citation needed] He also represented Italy at the 2008 Summer Olympics, 2003 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, 2006–07 Under-20 Four Nations Tournament, 2008 Toulon Tournament and 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, he missed 2006 edition due to injury,[9] where he played 4[22][23][24][25] out of possible 8[26] in qualifying since made his U21 debut.

On 22 March 2009, Motta received his first call-up to the Italian national team for the games against Montenegro and the Republic of Ireland[27] but remained an unused substitute.

He made his debut with the senior team on 10 August 2010, under new head coach Cesare Prandelli, in the friendly match lost 1–0 against Côte d'Ivoire.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2004–05 Atalanta Serie A 19 0 3 0 0 0 22 0
2005–06 Udinese 6 1 2 0 1 0 9 1
2006-07 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2007-08 Torino 24 1 1 0 0 0 25 1
2008-091 Udinese 14 0 1 0 5 0 20 0
Roma 13 0 0 0 2 0 15 0
2009–10 16 0 3 0 5 0 24 0
2010–11 Juventus 5 0 0 0 6 0 11 0
Career total 109 2 10 0 19 0 136 2

* Note 1: Motta signed for Roma during mid season.

As of 31 July 2010




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  11. ^ Group D
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  19. ^ "Marco Motta on the training camp with the team". Juventus FC. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
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  26. ^ Match Schedule & Result
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