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|Date of birth||19 March 1979|
|Place of birth||Cantù, Italy|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder, Winger|
|2002–2003||→ Ascoli (loan)||30||(7)|
|2004||→ Perugia (loan)||12||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Palermo under Sensi
In 2000 he was signed by A.S. Roma along with team-mate Attilio Nicodemo and Giuseppe Di Masi, which cost Roma 100 million Italian lire for Brienza (€51,646). Roma farmed Brienza and Nicodemo along with Roma youth products Daniele De Vezze and Luca Ferri to sister club Palermo, which Franco Sensi (the President of Roma) acquired the club in March 2000. Di Masi also joined the Sicily side in January 2001. He helped his club to win the league and achieve promotion to Serie B in 2001.
Palermo under Zamparini
After Sensi sold the club to Maurizio Zamparini in July 2002, he was out-favored by Palermo, as Zamparini also bought players from his another club Venezia. The co-ownership deal also terminated on 13 August 2002 for a peppercorn of 1 million lire (€516). His registration rights (€5,500,516) value also write drown to €1M to reflect his real value, in oppose the previous value under doping Amministrativo. However the "write-down" was actually through Articolo 18-bis Legge 91/1981, which only left over the toxic asset "worth "€4,500,516" list in asset side and amortize in 10-year period. On 31 August 2002, he moved on loan at Ascoli, re-joined team-mate Vincenzo Montalbano, where Brienza scored 7 goals playing as second striker.
In 2003 he returned at Palermo, playing for the rosanero for the first half of the season before being loaned out to Perugia on January 2004 as part of the agreement that brought Fabio Grosso to Palermo, making his Serie A debut at Stadio San Siro, in an away match lost 2–1 to A.C. Milan.
He returned once again at Palermo as the club won promotion to Serie A. In the 2004–05 Serie A campaign, Brienza scored an impressive 10 goals in 33 games playing just behind Luca Toni. He earned a call-up to the national team that season.
In 2005–06, new Palermo boss Luigi Delneri, who always showed a preference to play a 4–4–2 formation, ruled out a 'free role' for Brienza, who had little space during the first half of the season. After Del Neri's dismissal, Brienza later found more space in the starting lineup with new coach Giuseppe Papadopulo. He scored only one goal in 27 matches, being also featured 13 times in the UEFA Cup, scoring three goals in the continental competition.
The 2006–07 season begun with Francesco Guidolin's return to Palermo; however, Brienza failed to find a stable place in the regular lineup, being featured mostly as a substitute, playing only 22 league and five UEFA Cup matches. On the 37th matchday, a 2–1 home win to Siena, Guidolin declared his choice to use Brienza mostly as a reserve as one of his main mistakes in a troubled season which ended in a fifth place. Brienza, who originally declared his intention to leave Palermo to find more space in the lineup, was however confirmed also for the 2007–08 season, later stating to have changed his mind following a meeting with new boss Stefano Colantuono.
On 17 January, it was announced that Brienza had joined Reggina on loan, for €300,000. Before leaving Palermo, Brienza was the only player still contracted to Palermo who played with the rosanero in both Serie A, B and C1 divisions.
Brienza joined Siena following their relegation from the Serie A in the 2010–11 season, for about €700,000 in 3-year contract. He helped the club to win an immediate return in the top flight, and established himself as first choice also in the 2011–12 season under the guidance of new head coach Giuseppe Sannino, who regularly featured him as attacking midfielder.
Third stint at Palermo
On 6 June 2012, Palermo confirmed to have signed Brienza from Siena for €1.4 million in a two-year contract. The announcement came only a few hours after Palermo unveiled the hiring of Giuseppe Sannino, Brienza's former boss at Siena, as new head coach. On 18 August 2012, in the Coppa Italia match against Cremonese, reaches 200 appearances with Palermo: 168 in the league, 15 in UEFA Cup, 15 in Coppa Italia and 2 in the Supercoppa Serie C.
In 2005, Brienza was called up to the Italian national team by Marcello Lippi and has been subsequently been capped during a North-American tour with the Azzurri, marking his debut in a 1–1 draw with Serbia and Montenegro at Rogers Centre, Toronto on 8 June 2005, substituted Giorgio Chiellini in the 64th minutes. Brienza played also the next match, another 1–1 draw, this time to Ecuador, three days later, at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey state, suburb of New York City, New York state. That match he played as starting XI and partnered with Luca Toni and David Di Michele. Brienza and Toni was then replaced by Cristiano Lucarelli and Antonio Langella at half-time.
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- Profile at FIGC (Italian)