Luca Marrone

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Luca Marrone
Luca Marrone 2012.JPG
Personal information
Full name Luca Marrone
Date of birth (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Turin, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 39
Youth career
1995–1998 Lascaris
1998–2009 Juventus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Juventus 15 (1)
2010–2011 Siena (loan) 18 (1)
2013–2014 Sassuolo (loan) 15 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Italy U17 4 (0)
2007 Italy U19 1 (0)
2009–2013 Italy U21 32 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 September 2013

Luca Marrone (born 28 March 1990) is an Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder Serie A club Juventus.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Bosconero, a comune in the Province of Turin, Marrone began playing football with local club Lascaris in 1995 at the age of five and was scouted by provincial giants Torino and Juventus. A childhood Juventus fan, he chose the latter and joined their youth system at age eight.[1]

Juventus[edit]

At age eight, Marrone joined the Juventus youth system[1] and made his way through the ranks of the Juventus F.C. Youth Sector all the way through to the Primavera (under-20) youth squad for the 2007–08 season. After impressing in the Primavera side for a couple of seasons, then–Juventus head coach and former youth director at the club Ciro Ferrara called Marrone to join the first team squad for the 2009-–10 Serie A pre-season. After taking part in a number of friendly matches and pre-season tournaments, including the Peace Cup and the TIM Trophy, Marrone was called up to the Juventus bench for the season opener against Chievo Verona. He went on to make his Serie A debut as a 70th-minute substitute for Tiago.[2] He also received a yellow card later in that match. In September, he made his second appearance against Livorno as a late substitute for Mauro Camoranesi and was named on the bench for a number of important Serie A and European matches.[3] In February 2010, he captained the Primavera team to a successful defence of the Viareggio Tournament title.[4] He was once again called up for the summer training camp with the first team prior to the 2010–11 Serie A season under new head coach Luigi Delneri.[5]

On 1 July 2010, Marrone was sent to Siena with former Primavera teammate Ciro Immobile on a season-long loan deal in order to gain regular first-team playing time. He had a relatively successful spell with the Serie B side under former Juventus player Antonio Conte and helped the side reach second-place and gain automatic promotion back to Serie A.

Marrone returned to Juventus on 30 June 2011 upon the expiration of the loan deal. He was to be loaned out again until Conte, who had been recently appointed new Juventus manager, blocked the move and included the youngster in his plans for the upcoming season.[6] He made his first start for the club in the Coppa Italia fixture against Bologna and first appearance of the season away at Lecce in January. His first assist came in an away victory against Atalanta. He started his first Serie A match and scored his first top-flight goal in the return leg against the club from Bergamo on the last matchday of the season, as Juventus won the Scudetto undefeated.[7][8]

Marrone started in the opening match of the 2012–13 season against Parma in a 2–0 win, replacing the injured Giorgio Chiellini in an unfamiliar position as centre back but managed to help keep a clean sheet.[9] Throughout the remainder of the 2012–13 Serie A campaign, he was regularly utilized in central defense after that match. For the second season running, Marrone and Juventus finished the campaign as champions of Italy.

Sassuolo[edit]

Initially part of the first-team plans for Juventus prior to the start of the 2013–14 Serie A season, Marrone was sold to newly-promoted Serie A side, Sassuolo on 2 September 2013 on a co-ownership deal. The deal served as an exchange for 50% of the contract of Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi who joined Juventus on a co-ownership deal but remained at Sassuolo on loan for the 2013–14 campaign.[10] Marrone's season with the neroverdi began well, but was ultimately hampered by injuries that limited the midfielder to just 15 league appearances. On 20 June 2014, the co-ownership deal was renewed between Sassuolo and Juventus with Sassuolo retaining the playing rights for the player.[11]

Return to Juventus[edit]

On 3 July 2014, however, Marrone returned to Juventus once more after Juventus bought out the remaining 50% of his contract from Sassuolo in a deal worth €5 million (€500,000 plus Federico Peluso). He also signed a five-year contract that binds him to Juventus until 30 June 2019[12]

International career[edit]

Marrone made his debut with the Italy U-21 squad on 13 October 2009, under coach Pierluigi Casiraghi, in a qualifier match against Bosnia-Herzegovina.[13] In March 2010, he scored his first goal for the Azzurrini, a 20-yard volley, in a 2–0 victory over Hungary to put them second in their qualifying group.[14] Under former Primavera coach Ciro Ferrara, he continued to be a regular.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 September 2014.
Club League Season League Cup1 Europe2 Other Cups3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Juventus Serie A 2009–10 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Siena Serie B 2010–11 18 1 1 0 19 1
Juventus Serie A 2011–12 3 1 3 0 6 1
2012–13 10 0 4 0 0 0 15 0
Sassuolo 2013–14 15 0 0 0 - - 15 0
Juventus 2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Juventus Total 15 1 7 0 1 0 0 0 23 1
Career Total 48 2 8 0 1 0 0 0 57 2

1Includes Coppa Italia.

2Includes UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League.

3Includes Supercoppa Italiana.

Honours[edit]

Siena
Juventus

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