John Maisano

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John Maisano
Personal information
Full name John Marcel Maisano
Date of birth (1979-01-06) 6 January 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Youth career
1996–1997 Australian Institute of Sport
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Atalanta 0 (0)
1998–1999 Westerlo 10 (0)
2000 Helmond Sport 3 (1)
2000–2002 Marconi Stallions 42 (6)
2002–2005 Greenock Morton 92 (19)
2005–2006 Ayr United 3 (1)
2006 Stranraer 4 (0)
National team
1994–1995 Australia U17 10 (1)
1997-1999 Australia U20 9 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:00, 11 May 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:00, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

John Maisano (born 6 January 1979) is an Australian former footballer.

John Maisano was born in Melbourne to Italian parents. He holds dual nationality and began his professional football career at Italian Serie A team Atalanta. However his introduction to football came at the world renowned Australian Institute of Sport and it was after a year there (1996–1997) he moved overseas.

International[edit]

During his time at Atalanta, Maisano represented his country at international level. He was part of the Australia under 17 squad in the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Ecuador and the Australia under 20 squad that took part in the under 20 World Championships in Nigeria. Harry Kewell was a team mate in the under 17 competition while Brett Emerton was a team mate in the under 20 tournament.

Club[edit]

Maisano returned to Europe in 2002 when he left Marconi Stallions and signed for Greenock Morton. This was only a few months after younger brother Marco Maisano had joined the club. He (John) originally came to Scotland for a trial with Kilmarnock but their manager, at that time, Jim Jefferies said that he was an excellent player but was not quite what he was looking for at that time. Although most[who?] thought that he was too good to play in the Scottish Third Division he was enticed by the opportunity to link up with his brother in addition to how impressed he was with the set up at Morton when he went along to watch his brother play.[citation needed]

Maisano was an integral part of the Scottish Third Division championship winning side in season 2002/03. He left his biggest performance for the most important match, where the title was won on the final day of the season versus Peterhead.[1]

Maisano's inconsistency and his lack of appetite in less glamorous matches resulted in his release from Morton. His technical ability was unquestionable, however his consistency and work ethic certainly could be called into question.[citation needed]

After Morton he had brief spells at Ayr United and Stranraer.[2]

Maisano retired from professional football in 2006, aged only 27 years old. He continues to reside in Greenock, Scotland with his Scottish wife, whom he married during his time at Morton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Morton are champions". BBC Sport. 10 May 2003. Retrieved 19 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Stranraer snap up Aussie Maisano". BBC Sport. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2008.