|Date of birth||18 June 1982|
|Place of birth||Naples, Italy|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2001||→ Triestina (loan)||9||(1)|
|2001–2002||→ Treviso (loan)||27||(10)|
|2003||→ Empoli (loan)||11||(2)|
|2004–2005||→ Reggina (loan)||29||(4)|
|2005–2006||→ Sampdoria (loan)||12||(2)|
|2006||→ Treviso (loan)||20||(5)|
|2010–2011||→ Roma (loan)||34||(11)|
|2012||→ Juventus (loan)||13||(2)|
|2012–||→ Genoa (loan)||24||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 April 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Marco Borriello (born 18 June 1982 in Naples) is an Italian footballer who plays striker for Serie A club Genoa. He has previously played for other Italian clubs, including Milan, Sampdoria, Treviso, Reggina, Empoli, Triestina, Juventus, and Roma.
Club career 
Early career 
Borriello came up through the ranks of Milan but was transferred to Treviso on loan before having the chance to prove himself at the club. After another move, he made his professional debut for Triestina in Serie C2, subsequently returning to Treviso. 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).
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.
2008–09 season 
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.
2009–10 season 
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.
2010–11 season 
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. Borriello finished with 17 goals for Roma in 2010–11 season.
2011–12 season 
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 (in 3-year installments) 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. He scored his first Juventus goal in a win against Cesena on 25 April. He scored again in the next game, a 4–0 win at Novara. On 30 June, Borriello returned to Roma.
Return to Genoa 
With Juventus deciding not to purchase Borriello in full after his loan spell at the club, he returned to Roma. New coach Zdeněk Zeman's plans did not include Borriello, and Roma were therefore looking to offload the player. On 31 August 2012, the final day of the Italian transfer market, Genoa announced that they had completed the signing of Marco Borriello from Roma and sent Alberto Gilardino to Bologna F.C. 1909 also in temporary deal.
International career 
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.
Personal life 
Borriello grew up in the area of San Giovanni a Teduccio in Napoli. His father was killed when he was still a child, and he was raised along with siblings Fabio and Piergiorgio by his mother Margherita.
Career statistics 
|Empoli||Jan.– Jun. 2003||12||1||-||-||-||-||-||-||12||1|
- "Triestina: Berti vuole chiarezza". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 26 June 2001. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- "Borriello suspended after drug test". UEFA.com. 22 December 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- "Marco 'cort' with his trousers down". Daily Mail (London). 17 January 2007. Retrieved January 2011.
- "Il Milan tiene Abbiati e riscatta Borriello". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 29 May 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
- Genoa CFC report and accounts on 30 June 2008 (Italian)
- AC Milan bilancio on 31 December 2008 (Italian)
- "ACQUISIZIONE A TITOLO TEMPORANEO, CON OBBLIGO DI RISCATTO PER L’ACQUISIZIONE A TITOLO DEFINITIVO DEI DIRITTI ALLE PRESTAZIONI SPORTIVE DEL CALCIATORE MARCO BORRIELLO" (PDF). AS Roma (in Italian). 31 August 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
- "Juventus to complete deal for Roma's Marco Borriello on Monday". Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- "Agreement with A.S. Roma for the temporary acquisition of the player Marco Borriello". Juventus FC. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
- "Cessione A Titolo Temporaneo Con Diritto Di Opzione Per L'acquisizione A Titolo Definitivo Dei Diritti Alle Prestazioni Sportive Del Calciatore Marco Borriello" (in Italian). AS Roma. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
- "Pronta la squadra azzurra: ecco la lista dei 23 per il Mondiale". FIGC (in Italian). Retrieved 1 June 2010.