Borriello playing for Genoa in 2008
|Full name||Marco Borriello|
|Date of birth||18 June 1982|
|Place of birth||Naples, Italy|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1999–2001||→ Treviso (loan)|
|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)|
|2012||→ Juventus (loan)||13||(2)|
|2012–2013||→ Genoa (loan)||28||(12)|
|2014||→ West Ham United (loan)||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:59, 12 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Marco Borriello (born 18 June 1982) is an Italian footballer who plays as a striker for Roma. He has previously played for other Italian clubs, including Milan, Sampdoria, Treviso, Reggina, Empoli, Triestina, and Juventus and for West Ham United. A dynamic, left-footed striker, Boriello is primarily known for his eye for goal, as well as ability in the air. His reliable technique and powerful physique also aid him in holding up the ball for team-mates when playing with his back to goal.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Honours
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Borriello came up through the ranks of Milan but was transferred to Treviso on loan before having the chance to prove himself at the first team. He scored 8 goals for Treviso reserve in 2000–01 season. After another move ca. January 2001, he made his professional debut for Triestina in 2000–01 Serie C2 (the fourth division), subsequently returning to Treviso in June 2001, via Milan. His 10 goals in 27 Serie C1 games with Treviso led to Milan's recalling him in June 2002.
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. Borriello later admitted he had taken the substances to treat an STD he had caught from his girlfriend at the time.
On 21 June 2007, Borriello was sold to Genoa in a co-ownership deal with Milan, for €1.8 million. 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 for €2.5 million, in addition to a €7.5 million fee. (However Di Gennaro was devalued to €1.25 million when he returned to Milan a year later, which made the return of Borriello had cost Milan €8.75 million).
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.
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.
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 25 November, 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 of the net. 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.
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 a total of €10 million split over 3 years (a general practice in Italy), as a direct consequence of the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Robinho. Borriello 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. His agent revealed that he almost joined English side Manchester City, but joined Roma, thanks to conviction and passion from Rosella Sensi, Roma's chairwoman.
He made his Roma debut, on 11 September 2010, as Roma lost 5-1 loss against Cagliari. In back to back matches on 19 and 22 of September 2010, He scored against Bologna and Brescia. A week later, on 28 September 2010, in the Champions League, he scored his first goal in the Champions League, in a 2-1 win over Cluj. This followed up, on 19 October 2010, in a 3-1 loss against Basel. His third came when he scored the first goal for Roma in a match before winning a penalty, allowing Totti to score a winner. He scored his fourth European goal, on the final game of the Group Stage, as Roma settled a draw with Cluj. In Derby della Capitale, Borriello scored the opener in the second half as Roma win 2-0 and scored again from the penalty, on 19 January 2011, in the round of 16 Coppa Italia, which Roma won 2-1 once more.
Borriello finished with 17 goals (in all competitions) for Roma in 2010–11 season, making him a second top scorer behind Francesco Totti.
With the arrival of new coach Luis Enrique, Borriello came to be considered surplus to the team's needs. He spent the first half of the season on the bench, playing just 7 matches, of which he started in only 2.
Borriello was signed by Juventus on January 2012 on a half-season loan from Roma for €500,000, with the option to buy him for €8 million at the end of the season. Borriello also received a leaving incentive of €275,000 from Roma, which de facto came from the loan income that Juventus paid. After his official unveiling as a Juventus player to Italian press, Borriello met with a hostile reception from Juventus fans. This was due to him moving to Roma, rather than to Juventus two years previous.
He scored his first Juventus goal in a win against Cesena on 25 April. After scoring his first goal, Borriello says his goal was dedicated to Andrea Fortunato, who died on April 25, 1995 at the age of 23 after contracting pneumonia. He scored again in the next game, a 4–0 win at Novara, which Juventus won the Serie A title since 2003. On 30 June, Borriello returned to Roma despite wishing to sign permanently for Juventus.
Return to Genoa
Juventus decided not to purchase Borriello after his loan spell at the club and he returned to Roma. He was not in new coach Zdeněk Zeman's plans and he was placed on the transfer list. On 31 August 2012, the final day of the Italian transfer market, Genoa signed him from Roma and sent Alberto Gilardino to Bologna F.C. 1909 also in temporary deal. Genoa paid Roma €250,000 with part of his wages being paid by Roma.
After making eight appearance and scoring three, Borriello then suffered a trauma injury in the right ankle, putting him out of action for forty-five days. Despite the injury, Borriello ended the season as the club's top scorer, and they avoided relegation by one place.
Return to Roma
With Genoa deciding not to purchase Borriello in full after his loan spell at the club, he returned to Roma. He started in the first game of the season against Livorno playing 60 minutes. On 31 October 2013 he scored a historical winner against Chievo Verona helping the team maintain its 100% record after ten games. It was his first goal in 2013-14 season.
West Ham United
On 25 January 2014, he signed for West Ham United on loan for the remainder of the season for €700,000. He made only two substitute appearances for West Ham before a calf-strain injury in February marked the end of his playing time for West Ham. 
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.
Borriello grew up in the area of San Giovanni a Teduccio in Naples. His father was killed by the camorra when Marco was still a child, and he was raised along with siblings Fabio and Piergiorgio by his mother Margherita.
- Serie A: 2
|Empoli||Jan.– Jun. 2003||12||1||-||-||-||-||-||-||12||1|
2Other Tournaments include the FIFA Club World Cup.
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